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Opportunity Description

Pro Helvetia Johannesburg is happy to announce our annual call for applications for residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural operators from the Southern African region. Pro Helvetia has a network of regional liaison offices in China, Egypt (for the Arab region), India (for the Indian subcontinent), Russia and South Africa (for Southern Africa).

In order to enhance cultural exchange and artistic collaborations between Switzerland and these regions Pro Helvetia offers residencies in both directions. Southern African and Swiss artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event and festival organisers, mediators) in the areas of music, literature, visual arts, design and interactive media, theatre and dance are eligible to apply.

Research residency

A research residency (max. 4 weeks) enables artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, event and festival organisers, mediators) to carry out research in Switzerland. The aim of the residency is to explore possibilities for a collaborative or exchange project between Switzerland and Southern Africa. Pro Helvetia supports the compilation of the visiting programme. The Swiss Arts council covers the costs of travel, accommodation, insurance and per diem expenses.

Selection criteria

convincing track record: professional activity above and beyond local/regional – context-related motivation
specific cultural exchange project with sustainable impact and international resonance, that meet the general criteria of Pro Helvetia. – relevant language skills (English, French and/or German)

How to Apply


Applications can be submitted via at any time up to three months before the start of the trip. Applications must be written in English.