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
Anja Kofmel already admired her cousin Chris as a little girl. His mysterious death in the midst of the wars in Yugoslavia in 1992 still keeps her occupied. Especially as the young Swiss journalist wore the uniform of an international mercenary group at the time of his death. What happened?
Hong Kong Design Institute and Zurich University of the Arts are collaborating again offering a five-day in-depth training in 2019. Swiss Inspiration: From Design Thinking to Design Doing in the Digital Age.
Location: Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong
In 2010, the Swiss entrepreneur Marco Simeoni created the Race for Water Foundation to fight against plastic pollution in the oceans. Committed to a five year Odyssey (2017-2021), the ambassador vessel of the Foundation is going around the world to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment and propose local solutions to this global problem, thanks to a machine which transforms plastic waste into electric energy: the BIOGREEN. A unique ambassador for energy transition, the Race for Water vessel is propelled solely by renewable energies thanks to its solar panels, its traction kite and its chain of hydrogen production and storage.
A cross-cutltural event you cannot miss. Park Stickney and GuoGan first performed together at the 2017 World Harp Congress in Hong Kong, and immediately found that the harp and erhu worked really well together, combining the singing tones of the erhu with the harp’s chromatic and rhythmic possibilities.
Location: 5/F, Sheung Wan Civic Center, 345 Queen’s Road, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, Hong Kong
How does the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) work towards better respect for international humanitarian law (IHL)? The ICRC Regional Delegation in Beijing will share with us their global experience in humanizing armed conflicts and their local experience of humanitarian diplomacy in China. What help does the ICRC offer to regional states to incorporate, implement and enforce IHL? What has been the ICRC’s experience in lobbying regional states such as China to join IHL related treaties such as the Arms Trade Treaty? How does the ICRC interact with other international/ transnational actors in relation to conflict-related migration in the region and outbound investments into conflict zones regulated by IHL? More generally, what is the ICRC’s hope on influential states, such as China, which is also a permanent member of the Security Council, to enhance respect for IHL? This lunchtime seminar will explore these and many more uncharted crossroads between IHL and China.
Location: Room 723, 7/F., Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
A panel of experts explores the mechanisms financing the Sustainable Development Goals, how investors are monitoring and evaluating them, and how Hong Kong positions itself in this growing landscape to capture the opportunities.
Location: Asia Society Hong Kong center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
European Film Festival Hong Kong
Throughout history, they have always been refugees. They used to come from places closer to home. During second World War, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof, took in Giovanna, an undernourished eight-year–old Italian girl as part of a short-term program to host children. After the end of her stay, she had to go back to Italy. The Imhoof family privately arranged for Giovanna to come back to visit for a second time. In the end, the Swiss government insisted sending Giovanna back to Italy. She died of illness at the age of thirteen, soon after being forced to return. Imhoof takes this early experience of personal loss as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, the biggest mass displacement of people since World War II.
Hong Kong Arts Festival
Five decades since their appearance on American TV’s The Muppet Show brought them fame, Mummenschanz are still unrivalled masters of their art. Using surreal, life-size puppets, masks, light, shadow and awe inspiring optical illusions their colourful world of transformation enthralls audiences of all ages around the world. Timeless, ingenious and stunning visual theatre that makes dreamers of us all. Theatre magic from Switzerland for the whole family.
Location: Lyric Theatre, HKAPA and Auditorium, Yuen Long Theatre
Christian Frei: Tectonics of Humanity
Oscar-nominated and Sundance winning Swiss director-producer Christian Frei plays both truth and dare, and is known for his attempts at weaving documentaries about different walks of life. His topics cover lovesickness in New York, extinct mammoth hunting in Siberia, the Taliban’s destruction of the largest Buddha statue, war photographer James Nachtwey, space tourism and more. Through investigating humanity’s ways of life in the extremes, Frei uncovers profound faces and forces of human nature. Frei was president of the Documentary Film Commission for the film section of the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, and is now president of the Swiss Film Academy.
Lecture; Exhibition ; Movie
Panel Discussion and Film screening
The distinguished panelists will explain the Swiss political system, its mechanism of direct democracy, and talk about the progress (or lack of) on gender equality. Furthermore, they will explore the link between direct democracy and gender equality and discuss if the model of direct democracy can accelerate social justice.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road
Roman Aebersold presents the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and gives an introduction into the Votes & Voices exhibiton on display at Goethe Institute Hong Kong. Votes & Voices presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No. 2 Harbour Road
The Votes & Voices exhibition presents visual argumentation strategies and a pictorial rhetoric that have shaped Swiss campaign posters from 1918 to the present. As sensitive indicators of socio-political moods, and as valuable contemporary documents, the exhibits reflect not only the history of Swiss mentality but also global trends.
Location: Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio, 14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre, No.2 Harbour Road, Hong Kong
ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young Ha. Comprised of talented musicians, ENSEMBLE MISE-EN strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences, wishing to impart an experience that is simultaneously multicultural and intellectually and aesthetically pleasing.
Location: Lee Hysan Concert Hall, Chinese University of 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.