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Cultural diversity in non-urban regions

Project Manager

Karin Frei Rappenecker

T +41 44 267 71 71

Media Relations

Sabina Schwarzenbach
Head of Communication

T +41 44 267 71 39

With its «Cultural diversity in non-urban regions» initiative launched in 2015, Pro Helvetia aims to improve conditions for artistic practitioners in non-urban regions and to enhance their visibility. We support cultural production and promote the variety of culture on offer outside the country’s major cities.

The initiative also provides financial backing for cross-regional cultural networking and residency programmes. Finally, support goes to projects that encourage individuals to play an active part in bringing about greater cultural diversity, for instance through participation in crowdfunding.


BudgetCHF 1,5 million

In collaboration with cantons and municipalities, we picked 12 specific projects to be realised by July 2015. The selection process took into account the different focal points of the initiative.

The projects chosen highlight various facets of culture in non-urban regions. They reflect living traditions in new forms and interpretations, and are intended as pilot projects that can be replicated in other regions.


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