Alexander Bücheli

Alexander Bücheli

Nightlife Lobbyist, conference co-organiser

Alexander Bücheli has over fifteen years of experience with prevention and harm reduction in recreational settings. He was in charge of the nightlife prevention offer, saferparty.ch, from 2001 until 2015. Today he is as freelancer member of Zurich’s Night Major Council, mandated from the Bar and Club Commission Zurich and Switzerland as nightlife-lobbyist and active in different Swiss (e.g. Safer Nightlife Switzerland) and European (e.g. NEW Net, NIGHTS) nightlife prevention groups. His vision of the night, as harm reduction specialist, nightlife lobbyist and community developer is not only focussing on health, it’s also about city management and an attractive nightlife offer, to enhance the pleasure of going out. Alexander Bücheli is part of the organisation committee since the Padua 2013 edition.

Federating nightlife promoters

C12
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

Night ambassadors approaches

Bip.Brussels - Guichet
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

Pop goes politics

Bip.Brussels - Brel
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

Social innovations within music events – EN/FR

Bip.Brussels - Guichet
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

Opening session

Fuse - Main room
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

La Nuit à échelle Européenne

Bip.Brussels - Brel
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE

Night ambassadors meeting

Brussels City Hall
Nightlife involving alcohol and other drug use, sexual behavior and music and dancing go back millennia. Today going out and having fun, or to use the more colloquial term «partying», is one of the main leisure activities, for young people, in our society. During the last decades, the growth of night-time economies has expanded the opportunities for leisure activities but also the challenges for developing appropriate and effective prevention and harm reduction interventions in such settings. Nightlife can be seen as a trendsetter, not only in cultural and social terms, but as a place of pleasure, ecstasy and excess, for which the use of substance plays a role, for many partygoers. For the City of Zurich, nightlife is an important cultural and economic factor. Every weekend more than 70’000 people are partying, in more than 160 bars and clubs, a high concentration for a city of 400’000 residents. Since over twenty years the Street Parade, with around 1 Million visitors, the biggest rave in the world takes place in Zurich. In the mid 90’s, as XTC use increased, Zurich’s health department became aware about the specific health challenges of the Nightlife culture. Starting with an information campaign related to the use of XTC, targeting party goers, followed by the mobile Drug Checking service in 2001, the Drug Information Centre in 2006, the establishment of the Bar & Club commission 2011 and the building up of a night-major-council in 2015. Zurich’s integrated nightlife approach based on cooperation between the night time industry and the public sector can be seen as best practice example to address the challenges of the nightlife culture.
READ MORE