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Label Suisse: a kaleidoscope of Swiss music

From 16 to 28 September 2022, the tenth edition of the Label Suisse festival in Lausanne offers a three-day window to Swiss music. The festival, launched on the initiative of RTS (French-Swiss radio and television) in 2004, supported by Pro Helvetia and held once every two years, transcends individual genres and mirrors the diversity of …


Openlab: The Witness

Can conscious listening spark radical change? This is the question explored by the long-term project Openlab: The Witness. Artists, scientists and activists from all around the world work together with local communities and listen to messages coming from our endangered planet. Their findings are recorded in audio, video and text format and presented on an …


Podcast «Swiss Jazz Hour»

The online radio BOXOUT.FM based in New Delhi is putting a special focus on Swiss jazz with a podcast entitled Swiss Jazz Hour. Each of the six chapters is dedicated to a certain aspect of Swiss jazz: history of the genre, record labels, emerging jazz talents, jazz festivals, the role of traditional music in jazz, …

Global Network & International Affairs

Selected Projects: «To-gather»

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has selected 31 projects to support the development and testing of new frameworks and methodologies for working internationally as part of the «To-gather» international collaboration. For the first time, «To-gather» supports 2–3-year collaborations between arts practitioners, cultural organisations and institutions in Switzerland and their counterparts in the regions of …

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Innovation & Society

Call for Applications «Multiply Perspectives»

With its call for applications «Multiply Perspectives», the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia aims to support projects that seek innovative ways of thinking critically about art and culture and about their function in society as part of our thematic focus on «Critical Reflection». Funded projects should stimulate opinion-forming, multiple perspectives and critical discussion on the …

Global Network & International Affairs

In/Out Festival

Connecting experimental music scenes in disparate locations The first edition of IN/OUT was initiated as a response to the pandemic in the context of COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Culture Exchanges to stimulate collaboration between experimental music scenes in South American. For this second edition supported by the Pro Helvetia liaison offices in South …

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The Arts Council

Overview of open calls for applications

The upcoming submission deadline for calls for application in the various disciplines is 1 September. For further information on open calls and forms of promotion Pro Helvetia offers, please visit our webpage: Design Innovation & Society Interactive Media Literature Music Performing Arts Visual Arts

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Innovation & Society

Results «Close Distance»

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …