The cultural affairs section promotes cultural exchange between Switzerland and Hong Kong/Macau. It helps connect Swiss artists in a variety of fields such as music, dance, drama or photography with useful contacts in this part of the world.
Regularly the cultural affairs section organizes or co-hosts various events and exhibitions with a Swiss interest and works closely with organisations such as the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.
A studio residency (3 months) in China or, conversely, in Switzerland gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the cost of travel, insurances and per diem expenses. Applicants may benefit three times in total from a Pro Helvetia studio residency.
convincing track record: personal artistic activity above and beyond regional level
adequate foreign language skills
Applications for studio residency in 2019 can be submitted until March 1, 2018 via www.myprohelvetia.ch. The studio residencies for 2018 have already been assigned. Applications must be written in English. Further information on www.prohelvetia.ch and Pro Helvetia Shanghai homepage www.prohelvetia.cn, and follow wechat account pro_helvetia.
光 · 影 · 香港夜 / Lumieres Hong Kong is pleased to announce its 2018 open call for artistic proposals.
The Festival invites artists, creative practitioners, designers, art organisations, architects, cultural and educational institutions to submit projects using light as the media to enhance the heritage, culture and unique architecture of Hong Kong.
Creative teams are expected to provide via email their final artistic proposal, including artistic concept and technical specifications, renderings and fully-itemised budget by April 1, 2018 (Sunday), 18:00 (Hong Kong Time)
The selection of the artistic projects will take place within April
The Asia World City, Hong Kong is a territory rich of heritage and culture, renowned for its unique and vibrant local gastronomic scene.
With over 500,000 visitors reached in three days, 光 · 影 · 香港夜 / Lumieres Hong Kong made a successful debut in November 2017. Inspired by and in partnership with the mega Fête des Lumières de Lyon (France), 光 · 影 · 香港夜 / Lumieres Hong Kong will feature in November 2018 four nights of light installations, video projections and dining to experience Hong Kong in a bright new light.
Kindly contact The 光 · 影 · 香港夜 / Lumieres Hong Kong Team for any further information via firstname.lastname@example.org.
The aesthetic of Swiss style is the famous model of graphic design of the 1950s and 1960s, best known for its use of minimal grid-based systems and its cold, impersonal approach. It was born during an era of heavy industrialization when there was a need for a simple visual language that could be understood by many within international trades. Today, design and advertising has changed but Swiss graphic design, with its important role in design history, is still often reduced to those clichés. The philosophy of the pioneers of Swiss design, with their strict rules and grids, has had an influence on contemporary Swiss designers, but the Swiss style today is much more diverse, emotional and fun.
Location: Tap Seac Gallery, 95 Avenida Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, Macau
Much-loved works by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Saint-Saëns played by the renowned Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra (VFCO) together with two of the most sought-after soloists of this generation – the French cellist Gautier Capuçon and the Hong Kong pianist Rachel Cheung. A stellar concert to relish!
Location: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
The Dördüncü sisters have mesmerized classical music lovers with their “flawless technique, delivering vigorous and evocative performances”. Over the years, the Swiss piano duo has ventured from classical repertory to the contemporary musical landscape, earning equally successful receptions worldwide. Following the great success of their 2006 recording Rendez-Vous Avec l'Enfance, a compilation of piano 4-hands works by French composers, the Dördüncü Piano Duo has further captured positive feedbacks with their new releases on works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stephano Gervasoni.
Location: Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
With their unique instrumental lineup and timbre, which often feature a percussive piano against a melodic percussion, the Makrokosmos quartet has collaborated with contemporary composers such as Heinz Holliger, Brian Ferneyhough, and Stefano Gervasoni, whilst inspiring more new commissions for the setting. Under Hathut Records, the quartet has also produced some phenomenal interpretations of works by Nik Bärtsch, Ivan Fedele, Guillermo Gregorio and Stefan Wirth.
Location: Grand Hall, Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
"Exuberance," a special exhibit of the recent works of David Stein, known to many in Hong Kong and abroad as David Preisig, the name he took as a hotelier. His paintings are like him - layered, complicated and passionate. He hopes that his work will make people smile, reflect and find something joyous. This will be his fourth solo exhibition in Hong Kong.
Location: Level 9, Hotel ICON, 17 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, one of the foremost singers of her generation, will be touring Hong Kong in the company of the Basal-based La Cetra Baroque Orchestra with the programme Con che soavi accenti under the direction of Andrea Marcon, a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical periods.
Location: Concert Hall, City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Central District, Hong Kong
Swiss conductor Patrick Furrer is coming back to Hong Kong again in April, doing a concert together with the Academy Symphony Orchestra of Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts. This time, they are playing Mahler: Symphony no. 9.
Location: Academy Concert Hall, Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, 1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
LE ROI ANGUS is a Swiss rock band, formed in 2014 in an underground club in Geneva. During its first year, the newly-formed band locked themselves in a studio to record their first album, "Iles Essentiel". It was released in the autumn of 2015 on Cheptel Records. LE ROI ANGUS has since toured heavily in Switzerland and released their record in France. LE ROI ANGUS is inspired by a mysterious mix from Birgitte Fontaine to Melody Nelson, Jacco Gardner and Morrissey.
Location: Mom Livehouse, 7 Seas Shopping Center, B/F, 113-121 King's Road. MTR Fortress Hill
A project by Michael Spranger and Stéphane Noël, questioning the ways in which we interact with machines in the age of AI. Das Fremde is a mind-blowing immersive installation featuring a ‘tribe’ of artificially intelligent robots that invent their own language and culture in real-time, with intricate scenography courtesy of Hong Kong artist Pauline Yau. Featuring a blend of major sound, visual and interactive installations and performances, the artistic portion of Sónar+D highlights the connections between technology, music, creativity, innovation and science.
Location: Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin, N.T, Hong Kong
Undergraduate students studying German at colleges, universities and higher education institutions in Hong Kong and Macau now have the opportunity for the first time to demonstrate their language proficiency at the level A1 to B1 in a German Language Olympics for the academic year 2017/2018.The final competition for will be held at the University of Hong Kong and our Deputy Consul General will be on the judging panel. Come and support all the finalists!
Location: Cho Yiu Hall, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
For one and a half years, the filmmaker follows three ski mountaineers as they prepare for the Patrouille des Glaciers, an incredibly tough race across the Swiss Alps. Florence wants to take part in memory of her father, but she is not used to engage in a team. Guillaume is an accomplished competitor. He struggles to find a balance between family, work and his passion. Antoine is emerging from a difficult period. Now he’s eager to prove his worth to the world. A raw and intimate journey into the three protagonists' innermost motivations and the story of how this adventure transforms them.
Location: Alliance Francaise Library, 1/F, Jordan Centre, Kowloon, Hong Kong
The China Women’s Film Festival in Hong Kong is hosted by the China Women's Film Festival Limited and co-organized by the Diversity Independence Education, the Gender Studies Programme and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Location: HK 01 Space, 127 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
The European Film Festival presented by the Minor in European Studies, Department of English has chosen 7 films from The Netherlands, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Germany and France for the HK PolyU European Film Festival 2018. You can register for the session that you are interested in. It's free, so please come and join us! We are looking forward to seeing you at the film festival.
Location: AG710, The Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon
The Swiss Film "The Devine Order" opens this year's EU Film Fesitval.
Nora is a young housewife and mother, living in a quaint little village with her husband and their two sons. The Swiss countryside is untouched by the major social upheavals the movement of 1968 has brought about. Nora’s life is not affected either; she is a quiet person who is liked by everybody – until she starts to publicly fight for women’s suffrage, which the men are due to vote on in a ballot on February 7, 1971.
Location: Broadway Cinematheque, Prosperous Garden, 3 Public Square Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Christian Spuck’s superb choreography retells the tragic story of Anna Karenina, from the heights of erotic love to the depths of despair. With music by Rachmaninov and Lutosławski, stylish costumes, evocative and timeless sets and clever use of video projections, Ballett Zürich’s Anna Karenina takes its place among the most memorable and dramatic interpretations of Tolstoy’s masterpiece.
Location: Grand Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Center, 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Switzerland is one of the most influential countries in the world in the fields related to design. ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, ranked among the top 10 institutions in the world in this area, is pleased to present in Hong Kong its unique know-how, especially in graphic design and luxury design. On this occasion, Alexis Georgacopoulos, ECAL Director and 3 other graphic designers are going to explain how a small country like Switzerland managed to define its identity as a creative nation and have such an important impact through design.
Location: Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
Trio ARS ET LABOR, established in 2011, brings together three instrumentalists - Swiss pianist Christa Bützberger, Italian violonist Sara Gianfriddo, and French cellist Héloïse Piolat, - that, as the renowned critic and musicologist Christoph Schlüren wrote, have “internationally revivified the great Italian tradition of the piano trio. The name itself is programmatic: ARS ET LABOR stands for the most refined interpretative culture, entirely at the service of music.” Since the first concerts, the Trio has stood out for its solid background and the exquisite performance of masterpieces for this formation.
Location: Y-Theatre, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong Island
The Osage Art Foundation and Fundaziun NAIRS Contemporary Art Centre are proud to present Interval in Space, a Hong Kong - Switzerland Cultural Exchange Project, co-organised by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Hong Kong.
International Film Appreciation
A hurricane of catastrophic proportions is brewing over Switzerland. The country is in a state of emergency. Ten directors from a new generation of filmmakers imagine how the Swiss would deal with the worst possible disaster: the downfall of their country.
Location: Hall D, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau
Young Artist in Residence @ V54
An initiative run by a local charity, Po Leung Kuk, aiming to provide low rental fees and short-term residencies for young artists, to encourage them to express their appreciation of Art and Culture of East & West and life history, and also to make contributions to society by promoting the value of Art and Culture to young people.