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03.09.2019
Dance and theatre: spotlight on Swiss productions in Paris

The 48th edition of the Festival d’Automne in Paris is showcasing the diversity of Swiss theatre and dance. The programme features a large-scale retrospective of works by performance artist La Ribot as well as productions by Stefan Kaegi (Rimini Protokoll), Marco Berrettini and 2b company. In parallel and for the first time in France, the …

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20.08.2019
Gamescom 2019: Federal Councillor Alain Berset visits Swiss game studios

Federal Councillor Alain Berset is visiting Gamescom in Cologne today, die largest computer game trade fair in Europe. Switzerland’s game development scene is represented there by a delegation of 19 studios. They will be showcasing their latest creations under the label «SwissGames», organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. Regularly attracting several hundred thousand …

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10.07.2019
First «Swiss Selection» at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is, for the first time, presenting a selection of three Swiss theatre productions at The Fringe in Edinburgh, the world’s largest theatre festival. The selected artists are given the opportunity to showcase their work in front of an international audience of theatre professionals. «Swiss Selection Edinburgh» represents a pilot …

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25.06.2019
Work Grants for Literature – spoken word now also included

In 2019, the Swiss Arts Council is endowing 23 literary projects with a work grant. For the first time, such grants will also be awarded to performative literature, be it for «spoken word» events or «spoken concerts». The overall grant sum amounts to around CHF 600,000. Work grants for literature provided by the Swiss Arts Council …

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21.05.2019
Artificial idylls: Switzerland’s contribution at the Prague Quadrennial 2019

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia will be presenting «Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable (?) landscapes» as the official Swiss contribution at the Prague Quadrennial 2019 (PQ19). The interactive installation created by the Lausanne-based art studio Fragmentin and Kosmos Architects from Geneva explores the impact of technology on natural landscapes and questions clichés of untouched …

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08.05.2019
«Moving Backwards» to open on Thursday 9 May at the Swiss Pavilion

Federal Councillor Alain Berset will open the «Moving Backwards» exhibition at the Swiss Pavilion on Thursday 9 May during the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. Curator Charlotte Laubard, responsible for the 2019 Swiss Pavilion, has invited artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz to present a new cinematic installation. An inescapable point …

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11.04.2019
The Swiss Selection in Avignon: Proven Success and Five New Editions on the Horizon

In 2016, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Commission romande de diffusion des spectacles (CORODIS) established the «Swiss Selection in Avignon» (SCH) to present Swiss theatre productions at the Festival OFF d’Avignon. Evaluated positively after three editions, the programme is set to continue until 2023, with Laurence Perez being reappointed for another three …

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28.03.2019
Architecture Biennale 2020: Selecting Switzerland’s contribution

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has commissioned a team of architects comprising Mounir Ayoub, Vanessa Lacaille from the Laboratoire d’architecture in Geneva as well as Fabrice Aragno and Pierre Szczepski to create the Swiss Pavilion exhibition at the 2020 architecture Biennale in Venice. Their project was chosen out of 51 applications. It deals with the …

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07.03.2019
Game Developers Conference: Swiss Games Stride towards the Next Level

Every March, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco opens its doors to game developers. At the world’s most important computer games fair, Pro Helvetia will be presenting one of the largest national delegations ever under the SwissGames label. Three studios have already received «Honorable Mentions» for the GDC Best In Play Award. Its …

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26.02.2019
Pavilion of Switzerland at the Biennale Arte 2019 – «Moving Backwards»

At the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, artist duo Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz will transform the Swiss Pavilion into a vast immersive installation. Entitled «Moving Backwards», the project explores, in a time of massive backlash, resistance practices, combining guerrilla techniques, postmodern choreography and urban dance, as well as elements of …

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19.02.2019
Bologna 2019: international Focus on Swiss Children’s Books

Switzerland is the guest of honour at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019, to be held at the beginning of April. This represents a unique opportunity for the vibrant and diverse Swiss children’s and youth book scene to present its creations to an international audience. The centrepiece of Switzerland’s contribution as guest of honour is …

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09.01.2019
The Centre Culturel Swiss (CCS) in Paris presents its new programme

On 17 and 18 January 2019, the Centre Culturel Suisse (CCS) will present its new programme. It has been devised by Jean-Marc Diébold, CCS director since 1 October 2018, and Claire Hoffmann, head of visual arts programming. The programme launch gives carte blanche to performers Delgado Fuchs, who have invited musicians, performers and dancers to …

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12.12.2018
More European Collaboration in Support of Performing Arts

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is, for the first time, supporting the set-up of long-term partnerships between Swiss and European institutions, organisations and festivals in the realm of performing arts. Such cooperation agreements provide Swiss performing artists with greater geographic scope for their activities beyond the confines of linguistic and political borders, and boosts …

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23.08.2018
Swiss design September in London

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is presenting contemporary Swiss design on two platforms in London this September. At the London Design Biennale, the Swiss contribution demonstrates an artistic and reflective take on the shaping of friendly relations. At the London designjunction, seven young Swiss studios from the domains of interior and product design will …

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11.06.2018
Swiss Presence at the 2019 Venice Biennale: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz to exhibit at the Pavilion of Switzerland and Céline Eidenbenz to curate the «Salon Suisse»

The curator of the Swiss Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Charlotte Laubard, appointed by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, has announced she is developing an exhibition with artists Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz. Curator and art historian Céline Eidenbenz is responsible for next year’s «Salon Suisse» at …

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