Cultural relations between Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina are vibrant. Switzerland has been active in the cultural field in BiH since the end of the war 1995. Initially the focus was set on the reconstruction of various cultural institutions. Later on it shifted the revival of independent cultural work and local cultural scene by supporting single initiatives and investing in capacity building.

By the end of 2016 around 500 cultural projects – small actions, national and regional projects - were supported either by the Embassy of Switzerland directly and organisations mandated by the Swiss Government (Antenna office of Pro Helvetia in Sarajevo) or from a fund Swiss Government contributed to (Balkan Arts and Culture Fund).


Art and culture – drivers of social change (information on Swiss engagement in the cultural field in partner regions and countries)

Artlink (supports productions and events in Switzerland featuring artists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe (non-EU countries)

The Fund Visions sud est (supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe (non EU-countries) and their distribution in Switzerland)

Pro Helvetia (supports and disseminates Swiss arts and culture)

Traduki (supports translation from, to and within South Eastern Europe)