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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.
One year ago today, the Federal Council implemented the first lockdown, since when the cultural sector has been in crisis.
The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia employs around 110 staff members in Switzerland and various regions around the world dedicated to promoting Swiss arts and culture. The Foundation runs a regional liaison office in Cairo, which is mandated to support projects in the Arab world. We are appointing as of 1st of July 2021