Our Offices & Partners Abroad


Spoken Word Performances

Call for applications

Submission deadline:
1 March 2019

only via myprohelvetia.ch

New Promotion Instruments

Spoken Word performances have become an established new art form in Switzerland, with numerous artists – either individually or as a collective – dedicating themselves to this form of spoken literature. Opportunities to perform at publishing houses, theatres and Spoken Word festivals are increasingly opening up for the vibrant Swiss scene, which has gained a sizeable following.

Pro Helvetia is adjusting its promotion practice to these developments and is creating new instruments for the promotion of high-quality Spoken Word performances. They include flexible work grants up to a maximum amount of CHF 15,000, contributions towards translations, as well as fees and travel expenses in connection with tours. Authors of Spoken Word literature will also be entitled to apply for residencies – naturally as collectives, too.


Ana Gysi
Literature Specialist (Italian)

+41 44 267 71 86


Jennifer Bigelow
Literature Specialist (German)

+41 44 267 71 50


Aurélia Maillard Despont
Literature Specialist (French)

+41 44 267 71 01


(Photo: Grandmaster Saul Williams at woerdz-Festival in Lucerne 2018
© Franca Pedrazzetti)

Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.