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Pro Helvetia is launching its first podcast series as part of its « Art, Science and Technology » focus: each of the seven episodes addresses a specific theme and features an artist and a researcher who have worked together. The conversations consider the joys and challenges of transdisciplinary collaboration. Produced in English, the series has a global scope, both in terms of its speakers, who come from Pro Helvetia’s international network, and in terms of its audience.
Women are significantly under-represented in the Swiss cultural sector in many disciplines. This is true for management and artistic leadership positions as well as for the visibility of women on stage and in exhibitions. These are the findings of a preliminary study by the Center for Gender Studies at Basel University published today. The study presents new statistics for gender relations in the disciplines of performing arts, music, literature and visual arts.
In 2020, Pro Helvetia supported over 1600 art and cultural projects across Switzerland. Supporting Swiss artistic creation in all its diversity and ensuring its dissemination across Switzerland’s different language regions, both on the basis of applications, are Pro Helvetia’s core activities. The Arts Council is also committed to giving new impetus to cultural life and to supporting projects of national significance.
Pro Helvetia and Arts at CERN, the official arts programme of CERN, have been organising residencies together since 2014. Building on this common experience, the two institutions are taking a further step towards their goal of strengthening the dialogue between arts and science by providing it with an international framework. In the long-term, «Connect» aims to create a global network for artists, scientists and partners, to foster dialogue and share experiences.
The Federal Council is continuing its strategy of taking cautious, gradual steps towards reopening. At its meeting on 14 April, it decided on further reopening measures. From Monday, 19 April, it will again be possible to hold events with audiences and spectators subject to restrictions, for example at sports stadiums, cinemas, theatres and concert venues. Indoor sports and cultural activities will also be allowed, as well as certain matches and competitions.
The Federal Council is increasing federal support for the cultural sector. Creative artists will receive retroactive compensation from November 1, 2020.