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NEWSLETTER 21.07.2011


Pro Helvetia’s future is taking shape. The Federal Council has named the nine members of the Board of Trustees that will be responsible for the Arts Council’s strategy from 2012. There is also news about a change in personnel at Pro Helvetia: Music dramaturg Andri Hardmeier will take the helm of the music department from 1 October. The Newsletter provides you with information on these people and on the projects Pro Helvetia supports at home and abroad. We wish a pleasant summer rich in culture.


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Federal Council nominates new Board of Trustees

The Swiss Federal Council has appointed Pro Helvetia’s new Board of Trustees for the 2012-2015 period. It is made up of nine personalities representing different approaches to cultural life from the perspectives of management, cultural practice and cultural theory. The new Board members will take up their position on 1 January 2012. Click here for the related media release of the Federal Department of Home Affairs:  


New Head of Music from October

As of 1 October 2011, Andri Hardmeier will take the helm of Pro Helvetia’s music department. The Arts Council’s Board of Trustees has elected the 37-year-old music dramaturg as the successor of Thomas Gartmann. Find out more about Andri Hardmeier here:


Composition commission – world premiere

Improvisation and performance artist Charlotte Hug is due to present her «Nachtplasmen» (night plasmas), a composition project commissioned by Pro Helvetia, at the forthcoming Lucerne Festival. As an «artiste étoile», she can, thanks to the support of the Arts Council, also be seen and heard in further concerts, performances and a film, as well as at debates, a workshop and an installation exhibition by the Museum of Art Lucerne. For details go to:

«Dû myô véâdzo – us mym Dorf» (from my village)

The 10th «Schweizer Mundarttag» (Swiss dialect day) is due to be held on 24 July in connection with the «Seetaler Poesiesommer», presenting insights into the diversity of Switzerland’s dialects. The event will trace the history of the patois in the French-speaking part of Valais, introduce poetry from the Lower Engadine, and highlight examples of Alsatian in literary use. The complete programme can be accessed here:


Platform for aspiring theatre practitioners

The «Treibstoff» festival represents a contest for not-yet-established theatre practitioners from Switzerland and its neighbouring countries. This year, seven young groups will be given the opportunity to produce a project of their own in a professional environment and then stage it between 31 August and 11 September. Venues are Theater Roxy, Kaserne and raum33 in Basel. Details at:


Promotion of Swiss publishers and translation

The call is out for applications for financial support in the field of literary publication and translation. With this form of promotion, Pro Helvetia aims to boost literary exchange in Switzerland and to enhance editorial competence with regard to literature in translation. Publishers of literature domiciled in Switzerland can apply online up to

30 September:

Requirements are listed here:


Enrichment through cultural diversity

A forum on the topic of «Kulturelle Vielfalt für nachhaltige Entwicklung» (cultural diversity for a sustainable development) has been organised for 26 August at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee in Zurich. Three years after Switzerland’s ratification of the UNESCO convention on the protection and promotion of cultural diversity, the forum will explore questions on the extent to which the convention’s requirements have been implemented in this country. For example regarding the integration of cultural issues in international development projects or the demand for lower barriers to mobility. For programme and registration, click here:

Festival time

Late summer is a good time for lovers of stage art. Three high-profile dance and theatre festivals in Switzerland are to showcase current trends from all over the world: the FAR Festival des Arts Vivants in Nyon, the Zürcher Theater Spektakel and the La Bâtie festival in Geneva. Performer Massimo Furlan from the French-speaking part of Switzerland will be on show no less than three times, presenting «Aura» in Nyon and Zurich and «Schiller Thriller» in Geneva. Further information on the festivals can be found at:, and


Art in unison with nature

From 26 July to 17 August, the New Media Art Triennale will take place at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Artistic creativity meets and is inspired by the economic and ecological challenges of our times. The interactive, multisensory installation «Tomato Quintett» and the impressive biomorphic «Weather Tunnel» are two Chinese-Swiss cooperation projects supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai. More at and

Homage to Alain Tanner

A selection of 15 films by Geneva-based film maker Alain Tanner is going on tour, starting on 2 August in Buenos Aires and continuing via Montevideo and Quito to Mexico City. The homage includes films from all periods of Tanner’s work. SWISS FILMS, as the project partner, has made the film copies available and prepared a Spanish version of the cine-portrait of Alain Tanner. Click here for the dates of the cinematic tour:


Flags for Venice

This was the first-ever cooperation project between the Swiss Institute New York and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. Twelve artists were invited to create flags not in the traditional, national sense, but as emblems of community. During the opening days of the Venice Biennale, these flags were on display between Arsenale and Giardini. The NY Times Style Magazine blog has called it «… one of the most interesting and eye-catching installations from a graphic point of view»:

Classical music in the Middle Kingdom

The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra is back from its tour of China, which was co-financed by Pro Helvetia. Audience reaction was highly enthusiastic throughout, making the performances in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou a memorable success. As recently outlined in the Neue Luzerner Zeitung, classical music has a touch of adventure in China and manages to attract a wide and especially a young public besides the cultural elite. Click here for the article: NLZ article



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Editor: Isabel Drews

Translations: Martin Striegel

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