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NEWSLETTER 01.10.2015


The autumn just begun will be marked by a host of opportunities for exchange among cultural practitioners from all over the world. Be it at the comics festival in Cairo, a Dürrenmatt theatre production in China, fairs and conferences on game design in India, Paris and Moscow or the photo days in Nepal – events like these underscore the importance of the international networking performed by Pro Helvetia’s offices abroad and the ensuing cooperation projects. A selection of recently published Swiss literature is also being sent out again to the world at large this year. The latest edition of «12 Swiss Books», comprising the literary highlights of 2015, will be launched so as to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair.


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Swiss literature goes out into the world

The fourth edition of Pro Helvetia’s promotional «12 Swiss Books» is fresh off the press. The magazine, aimed at publishers, translators and literature specialists, presents 12 books – in Switzerland’s three main national languages – that are particularly recommended for translation. Besides prose fiction, this year’s collection includes a book of poetry and a volume of essays. Sample translations offer a first taste of the work at hand. The magazine moreover comprises information on the promotion of translation, contact data of licence holders, features by authors and translators, and more. www.12swissbooks.ch


Zeroing in on language smugglers

«La Cuntrabanda» is Rhaeto-Romanic for smuggling. It is also the motto of the 25th «Dis da litteratura», the Rhaeto-Romanic literature festival in Domat/Ems from 6 to 8 November. Not smuggling goods is at the heart of the matter, but smuggling language, and the paths from one language to another. This year’s anniversary edition will open with a poetry slam and in the following offer readings, by Mevina Puorger, Angelika Overath and others, a literature game focused on translation and a cabaret show. www.litteraturarumantscha.ch

Theatre night out in industrial zone

Aarau’s former industrial zone of Telli is to become the stage for «Playland». Six young authors have agreed to write a text each relating to the site. A puppeteer, a professional actor and various lay participants will bring the texts to life once night sets in. From 15 October, visitors can, on a labyrinthine course, experience wild stories, atmospheric rooms and hauntingly beautiful scenes on the borderline between fiction and reality. The event also represents an opportunity to become acquainted with newcomers to the Swiss literary scene. www.szenart.ch

Dance forum in Fribourg

The third edition of «Forum Dance» will be held on 16 October, this time in the city of Fribourg. Pro Helvetia, Reso and Danse Suisse invite dance practitioners and dance-related institutions to lay out their visions for dance in the years to come. The aim of the meet is to provide space and time for encounters, exchange and networking in the field of dance. The day will be rounded off in celebratory fashion with the presentation of the Swiss Dance Awards 2015 of the Federal Office of Culture at the Theatre Equilibre. www.forumtanz.ch


«The Physicists» on tour in China

Schauspielhaus Zürich has the honour of opening the renowned Wuzhen Theatre Festival this year with a production of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s play «The Physicists». The festival in the historic city of Wuzhen features among the most important cultural events in China, enjoys worldwide resonance, and has evolved into an Asia-wide meeting point for lovers and practitioners of theatre. Performances are scheduled for 15, 16 and 17 October. www.wuzhenfestival.com

Opera of a special kind

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2015 are staging the world premiere of Patrick Frank’s «Freiheit – die eutopische Gesellschaft» (freedom – the eutopian society) on 17 October. Composer and cultural theory specialist Patrick Frank has created a four-hour «theory opera» that is at once a happening, an installation, a performance and a concert. It takes place in four separate, yet acoustically connected rooms. The Donaueschinger Musiktage festival ranks among the world’s foremost events for contemporary music. www.swr.de/donaueschingen

Comics on the rise

Comics are becoming ever more popular in the Arabic world. They used to be primarily a form a children’s literature, now erstwhile readers have become the authors and comic-strip artists of today. Last year, as a reflection of this development, saw the founding of the «Egypt Comix Week» in Cairo. Its second edition has been scheduled for 7 to 9 November, with Swiss illustrators Julia Marti und Lika Nüssli among the participants. One aim is to boost networking between Egyptian and international comic artists, another to foster exchange among Arab illustrators of different generations. sefsafa.net

Pro Helvetia’s first project in Kathmandu

Swiss photographer Anne Golaz is touring the Indian sub-continent this year, taking part in the Delhi Photo Festival and at Photo Kathmandu. This is the first time that Pro Helvetia’s liaison office in New Delhi is supporting an event in Kathmandu, Nepal. Following the devastating earthquake in spring this year, the event organisers are keen to help revive the country’s cultural life and, specifically, to enable photographers to develop their art and strengthen their networks. www.prohelvetia.in, www.delhiphotofestival.com and www.photoktm.com

I love John Giorno

Ugo Rondinone presents a declaration of love of John Giorno at Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The American poet’s life and work is spotlighted in eight chapters. Installations, paintings, performances, poetry – 250 works in all – give evidence of the wide-ranging influence that Giorno has on artists of different generations, among them Andy Warhol, R.E.M. and Elizabet Peyton. A fine example of his work is the poem telephone service Dial-A-Poem (1968), which within a very short time was used by over one million people wanting to listen to a poem. The exhibition opens on 21 October. www.palaisdetokyo.com

Le Corbusier revisited

For the second edition of «Annual Architecture and Design Series», the Swiss Institute in New York has borrowed from Le Corbusier. Under the heading «Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau – A 21st Century Show Home», it presents new concepts and forms of living and working – 90 years after the opening of the original exhibition in Paris. Topics include innovation in furniture design, the symbiosis of crafts and computer, as well as relations between public and private space. Altogether, the show constitutes a journey of discovery through contemporary arts and design. From 25 September to 8 November. www.swissinstitute.net

Swiss games around the world

Swiss game design is hip. This autumn, innovative ideas from Switzerland are in demand at three venues in different parts of the world. At the NASSCOM Game Developers Conference in Pune, India, at Game Connection in Paris and at White Nights in Moscow, various Swiss game studios will not only be presenting their work, but also exchanging ideas and forging new contacts with game designers from around the globe. www.nasscom.in, www.game-connection.com and wnconf.com


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Editor: Isabel Drews

Translations: Martin Striegel

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