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Ceremony honouring outstanding woman at 12 a.m. on Sunday (not Monday!) at Fraumünster church.
The Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster will be holding a ceremony to honour Charlotte Birch-Pfeiffer (1800-1868), the first woman director of the Zurich City Theatre, director from 1837 – 1843.
The people of Zurich are more than welcome to attend the event, which will take place at 12.00 a.m on Sunday, 10 April 2011 at the Fraumünster church. After the ceremony, participants are invited to join the ladies of the Gesellschaft for drinks in the cloisters.
Zurich’s guildmasters have invited the Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster to take part in the Sechseläuten parade. They will be marching in second position, behind the Weggen guild. The Fraumünster ladies represent the long history of the Fraumünster Abbey, which exercised a key function in the city for over 650 years.
The honorary guests are Renzo Simoni, CEO of AlpTransit Gotthard AG, three miners and Susanna Bliggenstorfer, director of Zurich’s cantonal, city and university library (the Zentralbibliothek Zürich).
The parade will be escorted by the halberdiers of the Grosser, Allmächtiger und Unüberwindlicher Rat from Zug. The Ladies Music Band, assembled ad hoc each year from musicians from inside and outside the Zurich cantonal borders will provide musical entertainment. The ladies of the Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster will also be accompanied by novices, a medieval carriage, the guests of the individual ladies and a colourful troop of children with ponies.
(more details -> here in German)
The procession includes the Fraumünster ladies with their mediaeval robes, the halberd-bearing GAUR group from Zug, our own ladies’ musical ensemble, invited groups and honorary guests from the guest canton, as well as a mediaeval ox cart recalling our mediaeval spectacle.
For further information about the official Sechseläuten procession, go to www.sechselaeuten.ch (in German).
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English H. Baumer