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20.08.2020 The Arts Council, Innovation & Society
Call for COVID-19 projects a success

Shortly after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia launched a call for projects under the title «Close Distance». The aim was to encourage cultural practitioners and institutions to develop new formats containing innovative ways of coping with restricted mobility. Within two months, nearly 600 projects were submitted proposing new …

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02.07.2020 Literature
Work grants for literature: new fiction in the making

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has this year awarded work grants to 21 authors from all four linguistic regions in Switzerland for a literary project. The selected projects include works of poetry as well as numerous novels by established and up-and-coming voices.   With work grants amounting to CHF 25,000 each, the Swiss Arts …

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30.04.2020 Uncategorised
PolARTS: Researchers and artists join forces

With their PolARTS initiative, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Polar Institute are enabling nine personalities from the worlds of art and polar research to collaborate in tandems.   On the recommendation of an external jury, the Arts Council selected four out of the 15 tandems that had applied. The tandems chosen combine, …

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21.04.2020 Literature, Visual Arts
Pro Helvetia Strengthens Support for Comics

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is seeking applications for work grants and is unifying its existing support instruments in the field of comics. The aim is to provide more comprehensive support to the Swiss comics scene. The work grants for comics productions are to help consolidate comics as an independent art discipline and close …

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07.04.2020 Uncategorised
Close Distance instead of cultural distancing – Pro Helvetia supports new cultural formats

In reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is launching a call for projects for new formats that enable art production and reception to continue despite restrictions on mobility and gatherings. With its call for projects named «Close Distance», Pro Helvetia is inviting cultural practitioners and institutions to use the current lockdown as an opportunity to develop new formats that do …

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28.01.2020 Uncategorised
Latifa Echakhch selected for Swiss Pavilion at Biennale Arte 2021

On jury recommendation, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has chosen to entrust the Swiss Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia to the artist Latifa Echakhch. Living in Fully (Switzerland) with a French-Moroccan background, she has gained considerable international renown over many years in the contemporary art world.   …

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21.01.2020 Uncategorised
Big stages for young audiences – spotlight on Swiss children’s and youth theatre

For the first time an international festival is putting a special focus on Swiss theatre and dance productions for children and adolescents. Momix festival in Alsace – starting end of January – is including ten Swiss productions for young audiences in its programme under the heading «Momix à la Suisse». The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia supports the Swiss companies’ participation as part of …

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