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FRIBOURG. 'Salons de Modeste' Friday Feb 25th, from 7 pm onwards
Calendar: Social Events
25.02.2011 19:00 to 23:30
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City/Town: Fribourg
Event Type: Other
Meeting Point: Some 20 to 30 addresses in Fribourg

In 1995, some cultural organization in Fribourg created the ‘Salons de Modeste’, an event which brings together people for an informal evening. The first edition of the Salons was scheduled on February 24th 1995. On consulting their agenda, the organizers remarked it was Saint-Modeste’s day. They ‘dropped the Saint’ and Modeste gave his name to the event held every year on the Friday closest to Feb 24th.

On the evening of the event, the participants agree to open their home to strangers. On the same day, their addresses are published in the ‘La Liberté’ newspaper, together with a random key dispatching the guests to one of them.
Examples of random keys over the years have been:
- if your day of birth is ‘1’, then go to address A, ‘2’ to address ‘B’, ...
- if your hour of birth is between 0 and 1 am, go to address A, 1 and 2 am to address B, ...
According to this random key, people go to ‘their’ address from 7pm onwards where they meet with their host and other guests, have a drink, maybe a small snack, all according to the host’s way of receiving guests. You can always bring a bottle of wine if you don’t want to arrive empty-handed. The discussion may continue all night, but after 21.30 the host reveals the address of the location that brings all the ‘Salons’ together. Some Salons arrive at 22.00, some at midnight; it all depends on the atmosphere of the Salon. And you’re totally free to skip the second part and go back home. The general party changes location every year, and tries to be a ‘surprising’ one.
You don’t have to be from Fribourg to participate. It is just expected you more or less respect the random key.

You feel excited about the idea? Any questions? It is a moment to try some French, or German, but be sure there will always be someone who speaks English.

Over the years, we have hosted the ‘Salon’ some 5 or 6 times and we always had a very good moment. The other years, I was just a simple guest.

This year, the ‘Salons de Modeste’ is on Friday 25th of February.
The local morning papers ‘La Liberté’ and probably also the ‘Freiburger Nachrichten’ will disclose on the morning of the 25th some 20 to 30 addresses with the random key, addresses mostly situated in Fribourg town, with maybe some in the first circle of the surrounding villages.
I’ll publish them on the website here.

Have a go at it, come and meet the locals.
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  • pagl57 + 1 guest - The key to dispatch the guests: each astrological sign is divided in a first half and a second half. According to your day/month of birth, you go to the address published in La Liberté this morning on page 11.
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