Founded in Geneva in 1983, the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie (ADEM) is a cultural association dedicated to world music and dance. Throughout the year, the Ateliers offers concerts and festivals, lessons and courses, as well as activities for young people. The Ateliers also produces books and CDs and supports migrant musicians who live in the region.

Concerts and Festivals

The Ateliers organises numerous concerts and theme-based festivals every year. The Ateliers is also involved in various events in the region’s cultural life, including the Fête de la Musique. Most of the concerts are often complemented by films, audio-visual documents and conferences. more info


The Ateliers coordinates more than 50 world music and dance classes. In addition, the association also organises several workshops with guest artists, and notably, since 1995, the Croisée des cultures, a large multicultural event that takes place at the beginning of summer. The Ateliers also offers workshops and activities throughout the year to schools. more info

Migrant Musicians

The Ateliers supports numerous migrant musicians living in the Geneva region, some of whom are internationally recognised professionals. With their support, the Ateliers contributes to the development and promotion of their careers. more info


The Ateliers edits the Cahiers d’ethnomusicologie, a scientific journal that is distributed internationally, and Ethnomad, a CD collection dedicated to migrant musicians who sustain their culture of origin in the context of migration. Finally, the Ateliers publishes Ethnosphères, a monthly electronic newsletter on world music and dance events taking place in Swiss Romande. more info


The Committee

As a non-profit cultural association, the Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie has a committee made up of eight members: Viviana Adaya, Serge Samba, Thierry Wuarin, Patrick Vincent Dasen, Mauricio Estrada-Munoz, Angela Mancipe. Thierry Wuarin is the President.

The Office

The office staff is made up of five part-time employees:

Laurent Aubert: Director, programming – Email:
Fabrice Contri:programming and new director appointed for July 1st, 2018 - Email :
Sylvie Pasche: Production and logistics – Email:
Nicole Wicht: Administration – Email:
Alexis Toubhantz: Communication – Email:
Astrid Stierlin: Pedagogical Activities, younger audience – Email:

The technical advisor of the music centre: Vincent Marchetti

Where to find us ?

The Ateliers d’ethnomusicologie’s offices and a number of classes are currently located at 10, rue de Montbrillant, 1201 Geneva. Situated just behind the Cornavin train station, you can see our location on The association’s other activities take place in numerous localities throughout the canton.


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