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The Marktgasse Hotel celebrates the centenary of Dadaism

The Marktgasse Hotel
The spotlight is on Zurich for arty travellers next month as the city celebrates 100 years of Dadaism, an anti-war avant-garde art movement made up of creative exiles, writers and intellectuals opposed to the first world war and twentieth century values, which began in Zurich’s old town in February 1916 before spreading throughout Europe and beyond.

To mark the Centenary, the city’s newest boutique hotel, the Marktgasse Hotel, has launched a special Dada package in partnership with its neighbour, the infamous Cabaret Voltaire, where the movement originated a hundred years ago.  

Celebrations will run for 165 days, one for each of the founding Dadaists, kicking off on 5th February. Guests of the Marktgasse will be granted special access to the celebrations which include the Cabaret Voltaire’s daily Offizium, a blessing-like ceremony led by Adrian Notz, Director of the Cabaret Voltaire at 6.30am and the “Obsession Dada” exhibition, a collection of archived manuscripts depicting Dadaist obsession. Every evening there will be a celebratory performance, a gathering of artists and musicians who have come together to honour the art through recitals and concerts. As part of the Dada experience, guests will also receive a complimentary ticket to the “Dadaglobe Reconstructed” exhibition at the Kunsthaus, an exhibition dedicated to the artistic diversity, socio-political relevance and art-historical impact of Dada.  

A heritage building itself, the 39-room Marktgasse is located just across the road from the Cabaret Voltaire, housed in two historically listed buildings that originally date back to 1291. The buildings were acquired by Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist, Beat Curti, back in 2004 and form part of a wider heritage conservation effort in the old town of the city. After an extensive two-year renovation, the hotel opened its doors in November 2015 and now tastefully mixes the old and the new where carefully restored interiors meet timeless eclectic design. The hotel’s bistro style restaurant Baltho serves up modern spins on international classics whilst on the ground floor, Delish is one of the city’s only all-day healthy delicatessen style eateries.  

By way of a tribute to the centenary of a game changing artistic movement founded just moments from the hotel, the Marktgasse will open its very own Dada themed library in their salon with books on loan from the Cabaret Voltaire. Guests will also be welcomed with a DCC Dada Century Cocktail (a Green Velvet absinthe based cocktail) at Baltho Bar, the hotel’s very own artisanal-style bar.  

The Marktgasse Hotel’s Ga Ga for Dada package is valid from 5 February to 15 May and is priced from CHF 730 for two people for a two night stay including complimentary entrance to the Cabaret Voltaire including the Offizium at 6.30am, the evening performance and the “Obsession Dada” exhibition, a ticket to “Dadaglobe Reconstructed” in the Kunsthaus Zurich, daily breakfast at delish, a welcome cocktail and unlimited access to the Fitnesspark Hammam Münstergasse spa.

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