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The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is due to open an office in South America in 2021, with staff members located in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia, as a follow-up to the successful «COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges» programme. The programme was launched in 2017. It supported numerous projects by Swiss artists in South America and enabled cooperations involving Swiss and South American cultural practitioners and institutions. The new office will allow Pro Helvetia to consolidate existing international relationships and add an important seventh region to those already covered by its global network of offices abroad.
In recent months, the internationally active groups have had to repeatedly adapt and revise their projects due to Covid-19 depending on the current situation. In the meantime, it has become clear that artists have to and want to change their working methods in the medium and long term. Pro Helvetia is therefore launching a call for proposals for research contributions in the performing arts.
The Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia will open a branch in South America from 2021 with local employees in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Colombia. Pro Helvetia is thus continuing the successful development work of the “COINCIDENCIA - Cultural Exchange Switzerland - South America” program.
The COVID-19 law creates the legal basis that allows the Federal Council to extend the measures introduced by virtue of the law of necessity and still indispensable to tackle the COVID-19 epidemic. In the meeting of 14 October 2020, the Federal Council adopted the COVID-19 culture ordinance, in which it specifies the measures intended for this sector.
Conversas Diversas is a series of online conversations that establishes connections between artists, collectives and platforms which collaborated with COINCIDENCIA – Swiss and South American Cultural Exchanges in its three years of programme in both territories (2017 – 2020).
What impact does and will the COVID-19 pandemic have on artistic production? This was the question put forward by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in early April with its call for projects under the heading «Close Distance».