National anthem sought
They are beautiful and deeply moving, the celebratory occasions when, on 1 August or at sporting events, the Swiss national anthem is played. Quite often such celebratory moments are also a little embarrassing as the Swiss anthem is difficult and grandiose and most Swiss people do not know the words beyond the third line. That is now set to change – a competition to find a new anthem is underway where everyone can contribute towards deciding which text set to which tune should raise Swiss hearts in future. A total of 208 entries were received in the first round of the competition, three of which have now reached the final stage. They can be heard online where they are wonderfully interpreted by the Swiss youth choir. The online vote, in which the Swiss Abroad can also take part, runs until 6 September. The final will then take place on 12 September at the folk music festival in Aarau.
Voting is taking place at:www.chymne.ch
Important information: Voting for the new Swiss national anthem from abroad is only possible with a mobile phone that has a Swiss SIM card, as voting codes are sent to mobile devices. This prevents multiple votes from being cast. However, the organisers are offering an alternative: Swiss abroad can cast their vote by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The votes are then entered into the system manually.