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
Sponsored by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, three energetic and active Swiss projects will be touring seven Chinese cities in November in China. Join them if you wish to get away and enjoy freedom through music. 2m2 is the result of teamwork between China’s noise experimenter Mei Zhiyong, and the eclectic Swiss drummer Maxime Hänsenberger. An explosive collaboration is to be expected! Also joining the league are PURPURA and NuR, Andrea Nucamendi’s and Claudia Cerri’s solo projects of abstract and experimental electronic music, promising to give the audience a feast of sound.
Location: SAAL, Suite D, 3/F, 54 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Black Box Festival
Five Easy Pieces, concept, text and direction by Milo Rau, a Swiss theatre and film director, journalist, essayist and lecturer, is a profound, funny and confrontational experience that blends realism and brutality, probing the limits of what children know, feel, and do and initiating them in the emotional and political absurdities of the adult world. Using performers aged under 13, and the biography of the country’s most notorious criminal, child killer Marc Dutroux, the performance sketches a brief history of Belgium and reflects on the (re)presentation of human feelings on stage.
Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre Shouson Theatre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Hong Kong International Black Box Festival
Filmed on-location in eastern Congo and in Berlin, the harrowing theatre and film project The Congo Tribunal offers a profound analytic tableau of the causes and background of one of the biggest and bloodiest economic wars in the history of mankind – the war affecting the Great Lakes region of Central Africa for the past 20 years.
Location: Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Just before the summer vacation 15-year-old Mia and her parents move to the suburbs of Zürich. She has long felt estranged from her parents, and when she asks whether she might be adopted her mother becomes offended – but doesn’t reply. While Mia plunges into a wild teenager existence in an attempt to cope with it all, her body begins to change oddly. First hardly noticeably, but then with a force that threatens to drive her out of her mind. In her despair she attempts to numb herself with sex and drugs, hoping to halt the tidal wave that is overwhelming her. But nature is more powerful. Mia’s transformation progresses inexorably, and she turns into the being which has slumbered within her for years… and is now gaining the upper hand.
Location: Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Center and Cinematheque Passion, Macau
Late at night, psychologist Eliane Hess is called to the hospital bed of 8-year-old Yves. The boy is the only family member to have survived a car crash. Eliane is both horrified and fascinated by the boy’s fate. An invisible bond develops between them, blurring the boundaries between private and working life.
Location: The Grand Cinema, Hong Kong and Cinematheque・Passion, Macau
The 32nd Macao International Music Festival
A pair of lovers, whose fathers are old enemies, do not want to suffer the same fate as Romeo and Juliet. How do they overcome all the difficulties? The composer of the farce, with a witty and brisk score, is Gioachino Rossini, the most humorous and bestselling opera composer in the history of Western opera.
Location: Dom Pedro V Theatre, Largo de Santo Agostinho, Macau SAR
Germany (D), Austria (A) and Switzerland (CH) have long been under the same roof: they are bond by a common language, German. For the first time in Hong Kong, there will be a D-A-CH Tage for teachers of German. The event is organized by Goethe-Institut Hongkong and the Austrian Ministry of Education with the support of Consulate Generals of Austria, Germany and Switzerland and in cooperation with three publishers of German teaching material: Cornelsen, Ernst Klett Sprachen and Hueber. With the motto “Under one D-A-CH: Language and Culture in Germany, Austria and Switzerland”, there will be different workshops on 12th and 13th October.
Location: Goethe-Institut Hongkong, 13-14/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre, 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai
The Consulate General of Switzerland cordially invites Alumni of Swiss Public Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences currently living in Hong Kong and Macao (incl. current and former exchange students) to the Swiss Alumni event 2018 entitled;
“EPFL: 50 Years of Innovation and a Look into the Future”
EPFL will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019. The talk will highlight EPFL’s spectacular journey during the last years and shed light on the innovative spirit behind EPFL. But 50 years are also a reason to look ahead and address new exciting challenges and opportunities
Location: Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) Limited, Level 88, International Commerce Centre, 1, Austin Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
A selection of distinctive Bachelor, Master and research projects from the seven subject areas of the Department of Design at Zurich University of the Arts will be on showcase to demonstrate the school’s notion of design, how design is understood and taught today, and how design can contribute to social and technological innovations.
Location: HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong
A collaboration between HKDI and ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts), a leading University famous for its long design tradition and innovation potential, on how design as a discipline has the power to tackle complex real life problems in the commercial world and the society problems by using Design Strategies and Design Thinking. This four-day program touches the Design & Economy, Design & Identity, Design & Socitey, Design & Technology, targeting on the managerial level executives, creative industries, public services, and educators from primary through tertiary institutions, to echo the Hong Kong government’s recent initiative. This strategic partnership aims at building Hong Kong as a hub of a future oriented design culture, embedding design methods, design thinking and design strategies in Asia.
Location: Hong Kong Design Institute, 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, N.T. H.K
The 32nd Macao International Music Festival
To commemorate the 170th anniversary of the death of Donizetti, the Macao International Music Festival will kick off with the timeless Elixir of Love in a production by Zurich Opera House. The highly-praised German stage director, Grischa Asagaroff will join hands with tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz, pupil of Plácido Domingo, and acclaimed soprano Laura Giordano to enlighten us about the magical power of love amidst the magnificent music by this great Italian composer!
Location: Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, Avenida Xian Xing Hai s/n, NAPE, Macau
Curiously food and nutrition were for a long period not touched by design. Starting with the question of production and later consumption, packaging and culture of food, design today plays a vital role when it comes to innovation in the food sector. Prof. Michael Krohn of Zurich University of the Arts, will bring us to a closer and deeper look at the power of Design Thinking in resolving “wicked problems” in different facets of our lives, hence promoting its relevance and adoption in all walks of life.
Location: Hong Kong Design Institute & IVE (Lee Wai Lee), 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O, New Territories, Hong Kong, (Tiu Keng Leng MTR station A2 exit)
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.