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Pro Helvetia promotes artistic work and activities from Switzerland, with a focus on diversity as well as on national and international appeal. It supports the creation of interdisciplinary work, the dissemination of artistic work from Switzerland abroad, cultural exchange within Switzerland as well as audience awareness of the arts. As a national institution, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and supports only projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

To qualify for support from Pro Helvetia, a project must

  • be clearly connected to Switzerland;
  • be of nationwide importance;
  • be publicly accessible;
  • be adequately co-financed by other public or private sponsors (incl. publishers / event organisers).

Criteria fulfilled? Below you will find an overview of what interdisciplinary projects we promote.

What we support: Scope of promotion

Work grants

Pro Helvetia supports the creation of new interdisciplinary work and its first public presentation by means of contributions to:

  • productions by Swiss art practitioners and independent groups;
  • co-productions of foreign and Swiss art practitioners and independent groups.

Transdisciplinary formats and projects that combine several arts disciplines in a conceptual manner, in particular by applying new media and technology, are considered to be interdisciplinary.

As a general rule, public presentation of the work at cross-regionally recognised festivals and venues in Switzerland is a condition for support. Projects in the digital sphere must contain evidence of a national or international distribution strategy on the internet. Projects that are publicly presented in multiple cities are prioritised.

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Events in Switzerland

Considered to be interdisciplinary are:

  • Transdisciplinary event formats (e.g. festivals)
  • projects that combine several arts disciplines in a conceptual manner

Project grants are contributions towards costs incurred in the context of a public presentation of a project. For contributions towards production costs, an application for a work grant has to be submitted.

Pro Helvetia supports interdisciplinary projects by independent groups and art practitioners at nationally recognised venues and festivals in a linguistic region of Switzerland other than the individual’s or group’s own.

The Artists – Theatre – Organisers Association of Switzerland (ktv) provides support on behalf of Pro Helvetia for domestic tours in the area of cabaret and variety shows involving theatre, dance or music (Kleinkunst): www.ktv.ch.

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Events abroad

Considered to be interdisciplinary are:

  • Transdisciplinary event formats (e.g. festivals)
  • projects that combine several arts disciplines in a conceptual manner

Project grants are contributions towards costs incurred in the context of a public presentation of a project. For contributions towards production costs, an application for a work grant has to be submitted.

Pro Helvetia supports interdisciplinary projects by independent groups and art practitioners at internationally recognised venues and festivals. As a rule, the amount of support provided is linked to the travel and transport expenses involved.

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Arts and audience projects

Pro Helvetia supports arts and audience projects in Switzerland that engage audiences in personal encounters with professional artistic creation and thereby heighten their awareness of artistic works and presentations. Projects can be considered for promotion if they contain an innovative approach to outreach and education in practice and therefore are of nationwide exemplary nature or if they focus on more than one linguistic region in Switzerland.

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Knowledge exchange

Pro Helvetia fosters the international exchange of knowledge. Eligible for support are specialists who contribute to the content of public events outside of Switzerland on topics connected with Swiss artistic production. As a rule, the amount of support is measured against the travel expenses. The application is to be submitted by the event organiser.

Pro Helvetia supports publications that deal with topics of Swiss arts from a contemporary perspective (cf. Guidelines Culture and Society).

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Promotion of aspiring artists

Pro Helvetia supports aspiring artists primarily in collaboration with recognised institutions in Switzerland and abroad (production sites, festivals, art colleges, etc.). The promotion is aimed at artists of outstanding talent with prospects of a national or an international career. Aspiring artists are supported during the first five years of their professional artistic career either after they have obtained their artistic degree or following the first public presentation of their work. The upper age limit for support is 35. Only projects that are conducive to establishing the artist in a professional environment at national and international level are eligible for support.

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