Our Offices Abroad

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

Joseph Gaylard

Head Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

johannesburg@prohelvetia.org.za


We have been committed to cultural exchange between Switzerland and Southern Africa through our liaison office in Johannesburg since 1998.

Areas of operation

South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Angola and Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Activities

To raise awareness of Swiss culture around the world, we forge ties with local event organisers, develop and nurture long-term partnerships, initiate co-productions with artists from the regions concerned and organise residencies.

The liaison office in Johannesburg also carries out a mandate by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). It supports the development of the local arts scene, fosters transnational cooperation and enhances the mobility of artists in the region.

Key focus

The programme is interdisciplinary in nature. Special emphasis is placed on the disciplines of visual and performing arts, music, design, new technologies and cultural outreach.

We focus on collaboration projects between cultural practitioners from Switzerland and Southern Africa, exhibitions of work by Swiss artists and residencies. The liaison office in Johannesburg is generally interested in projects at the interface of arts, social issues and politics.