ROOMS FOR SEMINARS AND BANQUETTES

You will not be spoilt for choice, because you can have everything you need here! Those of you who prefer a more urban setting will be pleased with our modern infrastructure and central location in the city of Basel: we have direct bus links to the train station and to Messe Basel, as well as paid parking. Equally those of you who enjoy fresh air and a spacious meeting environment will be pleased by our well-lit meeting rooms.

A quick tip: in summer why not spontaneously take your meeting outside to enjoy under the canopy of the trees in the park.
You are in good hands, we have 150 years experience in hosting meetings and seminars and we will use this experience for your needs too.

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Auditorium

Size: 180 m2

Concert capacity: 200 people
Meeting capacity: 80 people
Horseshoe: 75 people

Why the Auditorium?
Known today as the large Auditorium, made up of the Kapelle [chapel] (half of the room with the organ) and the Lingua Franca hall, formerly known as the prayer room. Originally it was a large prayer room supported by two pillars. With its size and flexibility, it is suitable for major events. Whether it is a group retreat, a small meeting, gatherings or parties, the large windows and partition create a pleasing atmosphere – the foundation for a successful occasion.

Lingua Franca-Saal

Size: 90 m2

Concert capacity: 90 people
Meeting capacity: 30 people
Horseshoe: 24 people

Why Lingua Franca-Saal?
The Lingua Franca-Saal used to be the prayer room and can be separated off from the Auditorium by a partition. Lingua franca is a romance-based Pidgin-language which originated in the middle ages through language contact between Romanic speakers and non-Romanic speakers. Today lingua franca refers to languages, like English, used between two speakers of different language communities. With modern facilities and large windows, the Lingua Franca-Saal is one of our most popular rooms.

Kapelle

Size: 90 m2

Concert capacity: 90 people
Meeting capacity: 30 people
Horseshoe: 24 people

Why Kapelle?
The Kapelle which used to be the prayer room, can be separated off from the Auditorium. The name still commemorates the devotions that were seen as religious celebrations in this room. Even today, the organ still peaks out from behind the screen and is still functional. With modern facilities and large windows the Kapelle is one of our most popular rooms.

Selamat-Saal

Size: 60 m2

Concert capacity: 45 people
Meeting capacity: 20 people
Horseshoe: 15 people

What does selamat mean?
In Indonesian the word selamat means salvation, blessing and has the same roots as islam and shalom. The Muslim intellectual Noorhalis Majid who works in Banjarmasin, Indonesia, reflected on this relationship between the words: “Those who believe islam to be within the meaning of selamat are to bring salvation and blessings to the world. Muslims are called upon to preserve peace and life source. That’s why islam is seen as mercy for the world, islam governs relationships between people based on blessings and mercy. They are equal to one another. The only thing which distinguishes them from one another is their belief relationships towards the Creator. As these only lie in God’s power, humans are not able to judge and rank each other higher than another. Thus, this judgement between true and untrue should be left up to God and is not for humans to decide, especially in theology”.

Tahuna-Saal

Size: 47 m2

Concert capacity: 30 people
Meeting capacity: 16 people
Horseshoe: 15 people

Why Tahuna?
Between Sulawesi and the Philippines on the island of Sangihe lies the town of Tahuna. Sangihe is one of the 77 districts in Sangihe-Talaud district of which the capital is Tahuna.

There are many active volcanoes in this country and they often erupt several times a day. The soil is very fertile, and the vegetation is characterised by dense coconut forests with thick undergrowth. The total area of all 77 islands is 2070 km2. The life of the 240,00 inhabitants of the Sangihe-Talaud district is shaped by the sea and the sea is the reason for the population’s centuries of livelihood. Sangihe-Talaud’s inhabitants are mainly skilful fishermen who work with poisons made from plant roots, traps, fishing hooks, small nets or harpoons. The few tourists who come to Tahuna are mainly divers, who are drawn to the small island group by the wonderful underwater world there.

Sangihe-Talaud isn’t just an island paradise though, the population of the islands face a diversity of problems: isolation and overpopulation, overfishing and pollution, erosion and economic dependency on the main island of Sulawesi impedes the group of island’s own development. The predominantly Christian area of Sangihe-Talaud is home to a partner church of Mission 21.

Darsane-Saal

Size: 32 m2

Concert capacity: 25 people
Meeting capacity: 12 people
Horseshoe: 10 people

Why Darsane?
“Art is a means of representing God’s presence in people’s lives.” For Balinese artist I Nyoman Darsane, art and religion are inextricably linked. As a Christian he integrates elements of his religion into Bali’s traditionally Hindu art forms, such as shadow play, batik, dance and painting. Born into a Hindu family in 1939, Darsane grew up in poverty. He studied at Java’s Art Academy and acquired a Bachelor of Arts.There he was intensively involved with the Christian religion. He eventually converted to Christianity as a result of his strong beliefs. He took themes from the Bible and integrated them into the Balinese symbolic world. I Nyoman Darsane’s paintings depict a different Christ to that of Western art. The cross is somewhat irrelevant to him but Christ is almost always dancing. Be it on the water, during the creation, as a preacher or healer – his dances are always fast-paced. The elements of Hindu traditions are clearly perceived in this art form. I Nyoman Darsane’s art came to Germany, Holland and Switzerland in the 1970s.

Bienvenidas-Saal

Size: 60 m2

Concert capacity: 45 people
Meeting capacity: 24 people
Horseshoe: 20 people

Why Bienvenidas-Saal?
Bienvenido means welcome in English. The bienvenida is a greeting. It gives the impression that a person is received with gratitude and joy and that the person has arrived safely. Guests in Latin America are received with great warmth and open arms.

Bali-Zimmer

Size: 31 m2

Concert capacity: 25 people
Meeting capacity: 12 people
Horseshoe: 10 people

In 1903 the first missionary station in Bali in Northwest Cameroon was established. The initiative came from the King himself. The Fon (King) Galega I and his son Fonyonga tried to get Basel mission to set up missionary stations in Bali for five years. They finally succeeded in 1903 when the first school for 63 boys was opened. The king visited the school again and again to urge the pupils to regularly attend school. In addition, the King set an example by learning to read and write himself. Bali then became the starting point for further Christian missions in the Northwest Province of Cameroon. It was and still is an area of rich handicraft tradition. In the 1950s this inspired the missionary Hans Knöpfli to establish a centre to promote traditional crafts. Later, the company Prescraft was created, which today offers opportunities for hundreds of men and women to sell handicraft items all over the world.

Akropong-Zimmer

Size: 10 m2

Chairs in a circle: 6 people
Block seating: 4 people

Why Akropong?
Akropong, is the name of the oldest missionary station in Ghana which still exists to this day. It was established in 1835 by Andreas Riis, the sole survivor of the seven missionaries who were sent to Ghana by the Basel Mission Committee in 1828 and 1831. Everyone else died from tropical fever and other tropical diseases. Later in Akropong the first teacher training centre was created, which was crucial for the further development of the school system in Ghana and throughout English-speaking West Africa. The old teaching seminar buildings are now Akrofi-Christaller-Memorial-Centre, which houses a research and education centre for applied (African) theology.

Marhaba-Zimmer

Size: 24 m2

Block seating: 8 people

Why Marhaba?
Marhaba is an Arabic word which means “Welcome!”. The emphasis lies on the first syllable. All three a’s in the word are short syllables. Marhaba is used as a greeting throughout South and Southeast Asia as well as on the East coast of Africa, where Arab traders were already established before the Portuguese and English traders arrived. It could be compared to both the English “hello” and the German “hallo”.

Tierras Altas-Saal

Size: 24 m2

Circle of seats: 12 people
Block seating: 6 people

Why Tierras Altas?
Tierras Altas is the name of an agricultural project that was supported by Mission 21 and the Canton of Basel-Landschaft from 1997 to 2003 in the department of Cajamarca, in the Andes, North Peru.
The activities of the project took place in various communities in the district of Chetilla, which lies over 3000 m above sea level (hence the name high country). This district was classified by the National Equalization and Development Fund of Peru (FONCODES) as an area of extreme poverty. Indicators for this include chronic malnutrition of children, high illiteracy rates, incomplete compulsory education, precarious housing conditions, lack of drinking water supplies and sewage installations.

Campesino-Saal

Size: 50 m2

Concert capacity: 45 people
Meeting capacity: 20 people
Horseshoe: 20 people

Why Campesino?
Even in today’s society a large proportion of the population of Latin America live as campesino/campesina, farmers, in the countryside. Although there are large geographical, environmental, historical and cultural differences from country to country and from region to region, the Latin American farmers have various characteristics in common, such as the application of traditional agricultural techniques and very limited financial resources. Multifunctionality is another attribute which small farms in Latin America share.
Despite their important contribution to society, the living conditions of large parts of the rural population remain miserable. The rural population are still by far the largest proportion of poor people in Latin America: 66% of the rural poor work on small farms; over 40% of the rural poor have very limited (or no) means to increase their income and 80% of the indigenous population are classified as poor.

Komitee-Zimmer

Size: 54 m2

Concert capacity: 45 people
Meeting capacity: 20 people
Horseshoe: 20 people

Why Komitee?
On the 25th of September 1815 in the rectory of St Martin the committee (formerly the Comité) convened their first meeting as the governing body of the newly founded missionary institution in Basel. In 1860 after the construction of the Missionary House on Missionsstrasse, the committee had its own office. The Komitee Room was the meeting room of the Basel Mission, where the committee as well as the “Inspectors Conference” met and made their decisions. The committee was made up of pastors, professors, councillors and tradesmen from the city of Basel (strategic management level). They led missionary work according to their beliefs and business principles at that time. The director of the seminar, the teachers and other members of the management as well as the inspectors made up the operational management level. The committee was transformed into the executive board of the Basel Mission in 1995 and operational business was transferred to the newly formed management body of the Basel Mission.

“Meeting room” is a too profane of a term to represent the meaning of the room. A Ghanaian pastor called it “the inner sanctum of the Basel Mission”. A place that unauthorised persons were not allowed to enter! The room has lost its former nimbus since the 1960s and 70s. It became the meeting room for the management and commission of the cooperation of evangelical missions (KEM) as well as other missionary institutions. The room has also been offered to guests and customers as a meeting room since 2002.

Hermann Hesse-Stube

Size: 28 m2

Concert capacity: 20 people
Meeting capacity: 12 people
Horseshoe: 12 people

Hermann Hesse came from a family of missionaries. In 1881 his parents were appointed to the Missionary House in Basel. In 1884 Hesse was in the first year of boy’s school of the Basel mission, a school for children who would be sent out as missionaries in the future. This school can still be seen to this day at the end of the garden.

The time in and around the existence of the Missionary House (1881-1886) marked a decisive turn in Hesse’s life. The spiritual breadth of the city of Basel, the mission and his struggle with the pietist beliefs of his parents, shaped him.

Spalenkeller

Size: 71 m2

Concert capacity: 30 people
Meeting capacity: 24 people
Horse shoe: 15 people

The Mission House was built in 1860. The original stones used to build the house are still clearly visible in the Spalenkeller. The stones are sandstone from the old city wall which ran along to the Spalentor [Gate of Spalen]. This is where the name Spalenkeller comes from.
Before the conversion of the Missionary House (2000-2002) the room was used as a store room or as a break and coffee room for the employees. In the past, crates were packed here for missionaries working oversees. Today the Spalenkeller is a meeting room and a popular place to convene after seminars and meetings or for various celebrations and events.

Kirchensaal im Oekolampad

Size: 555 m2

Concert capacity: 400 people
Meeting capacity: 150 people
8 people per table: 150 people

What is Kirchensaal?
Imagine a room where the Basel Madrigalists and the Basel Chamber Orchestra rehearse. Then imagine celebrating a party or holding a modern-day conference in this room. We can make your dreams reality and are pleased that we can offer you these rooms and a meeting room for 400 people, in such a unique place in Switzerland, in the church Oekolampad. The Kirchensaal is versatile with its stage and gallery. The church is called Oekolampad after the Basel reformer Johannes Oekolampadius.

Weinsbergstube im Oekolampad

Size: 125 m2

Concert capacity: 100 people
Meeting capacity: 46 people
Horse: 40 people

What is Weinsbergstube
Next to the Kirchensaal is the well-lit Weinsbergstube in Oekolampad. Around 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, the dependency is located in such a unique place in Switzerland, in the church Oekolampad. The name Weinsberg comes from the time of the Reformation. The Basel Reformer Johannes Oekolampadius was a preacher in the Johanneskirche in the town of Weinsberg. However, he caused much offense with his sermons on the reformation and later left the town.