Our Offices & Partners Abroad

Illustration «Compass» © Mirjana Farkas
Performing Arts

Call for applications «COMPASS»

With COMPASS, Pro Helvetia aims to support emerging companies with initial guest performance experience in developing strategies and work structures for their international touring activities. There are numerous platforms in Switzerland for initial or short productions by emerging companies, or for participation in national residency or touring programmes. At an international level, however, emerging companies …

03.01.2023
Guide to Surviving Masculinist Territory (Pintozor)
Performing Arts

Swiss Selection Edinburgh 2022

With «Swiss Selection Edinburgh», we enable selected Swiss groups and artists to present their works at The Fringe festival in Edinburgh, the most important performing arts festival in the Anglo-Saxon world. This showcase will include spanning real life experiences of motherhood, a fascinating study into the dark world of ‘incels’ and personal testimonies of shame. …

02.06.2022
Performing Arts

Sélection suisse en Avignon 2022

The Festival d’Avignon (from 7 to 26 July 2022) is one of the leading festivals worldwide for performing arts and attracts a large number of visitors each year, including numerous event organisers and festival managers. Since 2016, «Sélection suisse en Avignon» has been sending a curated selection of Swiss stage productions to the Festival d’Avignon …

14.04.2022
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 …

14.01.2022
Impulse Theaterfestival 2019 © Robin Junicke
Performing Arts

Networking at the Impulse Theater Festival

The Impulse Theater Festival in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Cologne und Düsseldorf is one of the most important platforms for independent theatre in the German-speaking area. Each year, NRW KULTURsekretariat‘s Impulse Festival presents exemplary works that have been produced outside the traditional system of city theatres and that test, question and expend the medium of …

09.12.2021
Performing Arts

Retrospective «ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival»

This year’s «ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival» with its focus on Switzerland featured 14 Swiss dance productions that, supported by Pro Helvetia, presented contemporary Swiss dance in all its variety. We present three groups in the video below. Also featured are two participants from the ATLAS workshop and research programme for emerging artists. By …

07.09.2021
Collage Swiss Selection Edinburgh: Ntando Cele, Alan Alpenfelt, Trân Tran © Pro Helvetia
Performing Arts

Swiss Selection Live in London 2022

After a second year of being unable to present live work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the artists selected for 2021 will now showcase their work in front of an audience at Brixton House Theatre in London. Discover the «Swiss Selection Live» with Ntando Cele, Trân Tran and Alan Alpenfelt in the video or live on site in London from …

23.08.2021
Performing Arts

Swiss Selection Edinburgh: Winter Residencies 2021

Following the success of the Summer Virtual Residencies in 2020, «Swiss Selection Edinburgh» of Pro Helvetia is proposing a new round of residencies over the winter. The program matches three Swiss artist/Companies of the performing arts with UK venues and festivals for a week-long virtual residency programme. The aim of the project is to build …

05.03.2021
Performing Arts, The Arts Council

Research Contributions Dance & Theatre

Over the past months, as a result of the rapidly changing situation with Covid-19, international groups had to adapt and revise their projects over and over again. Meanwhile, it has become apparent that cultural practitioners will have to and also want to change their ways of working in the medium and long term. Therefore, Pro …

10.11.2020
Swiss Virtual Residency 2020
Swiss Selection Edinburgh

Swiss Selection Edinburgh: Virtual Residencies 2020

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is partnering with three prominent UK arts venues to deliver a «virtual residency» programme. The Swiss artists taking part in the residencies would have been in the UK this August, presenting work as part of the Swiss Selection Edinburgh 2020 programme at the Edinburgh Fringe. But, as many other platforms, the Scottish performing arts festival …

20.07.2020
© It's Raining Elephants
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 …

09.06.2020
© Mirjana Farkas
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 …

07.04.2020