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Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges


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The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia presents «COINCIDENCIA» (2017-2020), a programme which aims to foster cultural exchanges between Swiss and South American arts professionals, to give rise to new partnerships, and to enable South American platforms to present Swiss arts.

Focus on partnerships

Focusing on exchanges between Switzerland and countries of South America, «COINCIDENCIA» is launched and represented in Santiago de Chile, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and Bogotá in October 2017. The cultural exchange programme supports projects that can involve partners anywhere on the continent. «COINCIDENCIA» backs projects in the fields of performing arts, visual arts, literature and music, as well as multi- and transdisciplinary approaches. Within these fields, certain practices are prioritised.

Work that, in the broadest sense, relates to matters of memory, the construction of territory, conflict and post-conflict, contemporaneity and non-modern narratives, is prioritised in a thematic focus.

Multiplying formats

«COINCIDENCIA» provides support for projects developed by partners in South America and Switzerland, in various formats, such as exhibitions, residencies, research platforms, tours, co-productions, translations and research trips. It strengthens critical thinking in the arts through the circulation of people and content and through the exchange of tools between artists. It brings autonomous initiatives, curators, festivals and institutions close together.