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
On June 1, 2016, Switzerland celebrated the opening of the world’s longest railway tunnel, which was a milestone of worldwide significance. For this occasion, in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong and the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong, The Consulate proudly present a talk by Prof. Emeritus Christian Schlüchter – Assistant Professor between 1986 and 1983 at the Institute of Geology at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and Professor and Chair in Quaternary and Environmental Geology at the University of Bern – to talk about this masterpiece in engineering from a geological point of view.
Location: The University of Hong Kong, Lecture Theatre P3, Chong Yuet Ming Building, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Supported by the Mercator Foundation Switzerland, Connecting Spaces Hong Kong – Zurich is proud to welcome the return of Transcultural Collaboration, a transcultural and cross-disciplinary graduate semester programme that considers the fundamental need to discuss and understand “globalization” and the questions and issues surrounding a chosen topic regarding. This year, the programme settled on the theme, Beyond Purity, and will take place between 12 September and 3 December 2016 at Connecting Space Hong Kong.
Location: Connecting Space Hong Kong, G/F, Wah Kin Mansion, 18-20 Fort Street, North Point, Hong Kong
Winner of the ARD and Prague Spring International Music Competitions, virtuosic German bassoonist Matthias Rácz is currently Principal Bassoon of Tonhalle Orchester Zürich and Lucerne Festival Orchestra. He has performed with many renowned orchestras including Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Symphoniker, and has appeared as guest soloist at prestigious festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals.
Location: Concert Hall, Hong Kong City Hall, 5 Edinburg Place, Central
Come and take a seat on stage! Acclaimed bassoon player Matthias Rácz will be performing with Hong Kong Sinfonietta musicians, guest pianist Anna Bertogna and oboist Yiu Song-lam right in front of you. He will also share with you his own musical encounters.
Location: HK City Hall Concert Hall, 5 Edinburg Place, Central
Matthias Rácz (Bassoon), Principal Bassoon, Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich and Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Winner, ARD International Music Competition 2002 and Winner, Prague Spring International Music Competition 2002 will be conducting a Master Class at HKAPA.
Location: Recital Hall, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Co-presented by Modern Academy, Connecting Space HK-ZH and collaborated by Department of Music of Hong Kong Baptist University, this telematic concert is a live performance via high-bandwidth Internet by musicians playing simultaneously in Zurich and Hong Kong.
Location: AST916, Au Shue Hung Building, Hong Kong Baptist University
Currently Music and Artistic Director of Geneva Camerata, David Greilsammer, deemed “One of the most accomplished and adventurous musicians of his generation” (The New York Times), will be performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 17 with Hong Kong Sinfonietta on 25 June.
Location: Concert Hall, HK City Hall, 5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong
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.