Pro Helvetia opened its liaison office in Russia in 2017 after a successful 4-year programme called “Swiss Made in Russia. Contemporary Cultural Exchanges 2013-2016″. It hosted around 1000 cultural events in some 70 cities accross Russia and helped to intensify contacts and promote an open dialogue between cultural professionals from the two countries. Pro Helvetia’s core mission is to build bridges and to facilitate access and dialogue between cultures.
Pro Helvetia condemns the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine in the strongest possible terms. As an immediate response to the war, Pro Helvetia decided to suspend support for all public activities in Russia. At the same time, it was decided to review the situation on a regular basis. The local team, the management and the Board of Trustees are in regular dialogue.
In November 2022, the Foundation Board decided to reduce the mandate of the office. Since then, only direct exchanges between artists and cultural practitioners in the form of residencies or research-based projects have been supported.
At its meeting on 22 November 2023, the Board of Trustees decided that it is no longer possible to maintain the office in Moscow in its current form. A decision on the options for maintaining cultural exchange will be taken in Spring 2024.
Pro Helvetia Moscow is currently not processing any new applications.
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Please note that Pro Helvetia Moscow is not processing any new applications for residencies in the region at the moment.
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