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NEWSLETTER 21.08.2014


On 7 September, Pro Helvetia’s latest cross-border cultural exchange programme «Viavai» kicks off in Lugano. «Viavai – Contrabbando culturale Svizzera-Lombardia» aims to boost collaboration between artists and cultural institutions from Italian-speaking Switzerland and the Lombardy region in Italy. Up to spring 2015, 19 projects, all bi-nationally produced, will be presented on both sides of the border. Italianità is also very much alive at the literature festival «Le livre sur les quais» in Morges, where six authors from Ticino have been invited to hold readings. Buon divertimento!


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Zurich to Host Europe’s First Computer Game Festival

«Ludicious» is the name of Europe’s first ever computer game festival, initiated by Pro Helvetia and the City of Zurich. From 18 September, replete with live acts, exhibitions and conferences, it brings together young talents and representatives of the game world and industry at the Kasernenareal in Zurich. Visitors will also be invited to make discoveries of their own. During the festival, Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture and the Suisa foundation will jointly launch the third edition of their «Call for Projects: Swiss Games 2014/2015». Further information at competitions.ludicious.ch

Kick-Off for Cross-Border Programme «Viavai»

With a festive ceremony on 7 September at the Museo Cantonale d’Arte in Lugano, Pro Helvetia is launching its new cross-border cultural exchange programme «Viavai – Contrabbando culturale Svizzera-Lombardia». The programme comprises 19 bi-national projects running until spring 2015. Also shown will be the results of the «Arte riprogrammata» workshop, which reproduces and reinterprets works by the artists collective «Gruppo T» from the 1960s. Details at www.viavai-cultura.net


40 Years Jazz Festival Willisau

Without much ballyhoo, instead with a choice selection of contemporary jazz, the Jazz Festival Willisau will be celebrating its 40th edition from 27 to 31 August. The artist line-up includes the Swiss-South African formation around Bänz Oester and the Rainmakers, pianist Vera Kappeler with percussionist Peter Conradin Zumthor, and Michael Flury, long-time trombone player with Sophie Hunger, in a duo with violinist Tobias Preisig. Truly an event to be relished. For programme details, go to www.jazzwillisau.ch

Literature Festival on Lake Geneva

Literature comes alive in and around Morges on the first weekend of September. On quays, in the old town and on scheduled passenger boats, around 300 authors will be participating in readings, performances and public discussions at the «Le livre sur les quais» festival. The event, which is supported by Pro Helvetia, places a strong focus on Swiss literature. Coming from Ticino are writers Fabiano Alborghetti, Matteo Terzaghi, Yari Bernasconi, Anna Felder, Claudia Quadri and Anna Ruchat. German-speaking Switzerland will be represented by, among others, Pedro Lenz and Wilfried Meichtry. Details at www.lelivresurlesquais.ch

Switzerland and World War One

The outbreak of the First World War one hundred years ago marks the beginning of the major catastrophes in the 20th century. An exhibition called «14/18 - Die Schweiz und der Grosse Krieg» (Switzerland and the great war), opening at the Barfüsserkirche in Basel on 22 August, spotlights the impact of the war on Switzerland. The focus is not so much on the military as on the social aspects involved – the experience of fundamental uncertainty, the threat to political cohesion, precarious food supplies and social conflict. The exhibition will subsequently go on tour to other Swiss cities. Details at www.museenbasel.ch

Folk Music Comes to Town

Once every two years, fiddlers, yodellers and accordion players descend on Zurich en masse. They come from all of Switzerland’s four linguistic regions and demonstrate, at the «Stubete am See», how fresh, diverse and appealing this once denigrated form of music can be today. Over three days, there will be 44 concerts staged at four different venues. For the first time, the festival also includes a programme for children and a «Stubete» ball. And for visitors who feel like dancing to the music but don’t know how, there are daily crash courses to teach them the moves. Programme and other details at www.stubeteamsee.ch

«Portable Realities» Event Series

Am 24. September beginnt in Basel die fünftägige Veranstaltungsreihe «Portable Realities». Das ist eines der sechs Kooperationsprojekte, die Pro Helvetia im Rahmen ihres Schwerpunkts «Digitale Kultur» unterstützt. Mittels einer Videobrille wird beispielsweise bei der belgischen Gruppe Crew zu erleben sein, wie neue Technologien im Theater effektvoll eingesetzt werden. Dabei aufgeworfenen Fragen nach Fiktion und Realität wird in Vorträgen nachgegangen. Mit dabei: die Dokumentartheaterexperten von Rimini Protokoll. Weitere Informationen unter: www.haus-ek.org

Milo Rau in Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Berne

Why do some young Europeans prefer to die in Syria rather than live in Western Europe? This question has given rise to a new theatre production called «The Civil Wars» by Milo Rau and the International Institute of Political Murder, to be performed at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel festival (27 – 31 August) and at La Bâtie – Festival de Genève (8 –10 September). The latter is dedicating a special programme to the oeuvre of Milo Rau, showing «Hate Radio», «Breivik’s Statement» and some of Rau’s films as well. «The Civil Wars» will subsequently be staged in Basel in October and in Berne in April. Details at www.theaterspektakel.ch and www.batie.ch

«Vanishing Point» – an Exhibition

«Vanishing Point» is the name of a 1970s cult road movie from the US. Under the same title, a group exhibition is due to open at Ausstellungsraum Klingental in Basel on 6 September. It presents seven artist positions dealing with the vanishing point concept. The artists, invited by Polish curator Agnieszka Sosnowska, are Martin Chramosta, Brigitte Dätwyler, Florian Graf, Łukasz Jastrubczak, JocJohJosch, Florence Jung and Roland Roos. This guest curator project is a co-production of Ausstellungsraum Klingental, the international exchange and studio programme iaab and Pro Helvetia. Further information at www.ausstellungsraum.ch


Dialogue with no Voices

Nobody speaks in the shows by the comedy duo «Ohne Rolf», yet their performances are full of wordplay. The two artists communicate exclusively with text on placards and with the mimicry that goes with it. They are now about to present their printed texts in Chinese as well. With the help of the Pro Helvetia liaison office in Shanghai, «Ohne Rolf» will be touring China from September for the first time, performing their programme «Blattrand» in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. Further details at www.prohelvetia.cn

India Discovers Swiss Game Designer

With his multiplayer game «Drei» (three), backed by Pro Helvetia in the prototype phase, game designer Christian Etter from Zurich has recently conquered app stores around the world. In September, at the recommendation of the Swiss Arts Council’s liaison office in New Delhi, Christian Etter will be travelling to Goa. There he is scheduled to hold a speech in front of visitors from all over Asia at the Kyoorius Digiyatra and the Designyatra, the most renowned conferences in India on new-media-related topics. Subsequently, Etter will speak at the National Institute of Design in Bangalore. Further information at www.prohelvetia.in


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Editor: Isabel Drews

Translations: Martin Striegel

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