Our Offices & Partners Abroad


CROSSROADS – conversations

conversations crossroads

The conversations were held in English.

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Kaserne Basel

Meeting point:
Kaserne Basel ticket office 10 min before the start.


conference & conversations


Thursday, 8 February
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Residencies and international co-production:
the role of location change in artistic creation

Artists today operate within a context of ever growing internationalisation and globalisation, and hence need to connect internationally. The CROSSROADS programme presents different examples of international collaboration. What do they mean for the artists involved? Were they sometimes ‘forced’ to participate to secure funding from a sponsor who insisted on a specific type of collaboration?
Residencies provide a deeper understanding of ‘other’ contexts. What role do they play in an artist’s career? Are residencies essential for meaningful international collaboration? Under what conditions are they beneficial?

Moderated by Inés Mateos (Expert, consultant and moderator, Switzerland)

With Aparna Rao (Artist, India) / Dana Whabira (Founder, Njelele Art Station, Zimbabwe) / Tim Zulauf (Author and director of KMUProduktionen, Switzerland), Jan Goossens (Director, Festival de Marseille, France)

Friday, 9 February
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Navigating between mandate and local realities –
Pro Helvetia liaison offices and European cultural agencies abroad

Even where the overall (national) mandate is clear, the process of implementing it is strongly influenced by specific local conditions and circumstances. Cultural, social and religious sensibilities, potential conflicts, stakeholder groups, local history and the current political climate must all be taken into consideration. In this light, this panel looks at the Pro Helvetia liaison offices, their impact, the opportunities they provide and the challenges they face.

Moderated by Inés Mateos (Expert, consultant and moderator, Switzerland)

With Joseph Gaylard (Head Pro Helvetia Johannesburg) / Dalia Suleiman (Head Pro Helvetia Cairo) / Akshay Pathak (Head Pro Helvetia New Delhi) / Heba Hage Felder (Senior Programme Manager, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Lebanon)

Saturday, 10 February
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Investing in the arts abroad: What’s in it for Switzerland?

Today’s global political climate is a multi-layered affair. If populist tendencies are on the rise, then so are initiatives embracing diversity and interculturality. In what ways could a substantial international arts exchange programme, outside the big international art fairs, give a boost to the Swiss arts scene and contribute to a better understanding of both local and global dynamics in a changing world?

Moderated by Anisha Imhasly (Arts manager, coach, member INES Institute New Switzerland)

With Mauro Abbühl (artlink, Office for culture cooperation, Switzerland) / Anja Dirks (Director, Belluard Festival Fribourg, Switzerland) / Boris Nikitin (Theatre maker, Switzerland) / Joëlle Comé (Director, Istituto Svizzero di Roma, Italy)