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Three of our liaison offices celebrate anniversaries.

To the festivities

International perspectives on culture, art and society

08 – 10 February 2018 / Basel & Geneva

What impact do cultural exchange and international networks have? What roles do art and culture play in the process of social change? CROSSROADS, organised by The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), offered from 8 – 10 February 2018 in Basel and Geneva a platform for discussion with a conference and a cultural programme on these core questions. CROSSROADS stands for:

CROSSROADS brought together two Swiss institutions dedicated to culture in an international context. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia have both been active for many years in numerous regions around the world, including what is known as the Global South. In addition to that, the oldest three liaison offices of Pro Helvetia, in Cairo, New Delhi and Johannesburg celebrate round anniversaries between 2017 and 2018.

Roads ahead:
CROSSROADS took a look behind the scenes of cultural production and promotion in various parts of the world and, by means of a conference and panels, explored possible ways ahead in the cultural cooperation of the future.

Meeting point:
CROSSROADS united cultural practitioners from Switzerland, India, the Arab world and Southern Africa and offered a multidisciplinary cultural programme lasting three days. Participants included, amongst others, Michael Anklin, Kami Awori, Ntando Cele, Zuleikha Chaudhari, Yan Duyvendak, Omar Ghayatt, Dirty Paraffin, Islam Chipsy, Jonas Lüscher, Kesivan Naidoo, Boris Nikitin, Thandi Ntuli, Nur, Janiv Oron, Mandeep Raikhy, Antje Schupp, Mats Staub and Manthe Ribane.

Did you miss the conference?

All modules of the conference are available online as videos.


CROSSROADS was a three-day event that took place in Basel and Geneva. It comprised a multi-disciplinary arts programme, a conference organised by the Knowledge-Learning-Culture Division of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), and theme-based panel discussions.

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