Swiss Cultural Challenge

«The socially relevant topics of gender and post-coloniality are significant for the creative and cultural industries. During the Friction workshop in 2018 I saw how my perspective in filmmaking and exhibition practice is connected to that field. What began in Friction set the stage for me to go more in depth and I look forward to bringing more of my work into the discussion with others to develop a more critical framework for looking at cultural entrepreneurship both in theory and practice. I am motivated to contribute to the Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship network and to help to create a platform for all voices that can engage both the local and trans-local critically.»

Harsha Menon (Artist and filmmaker, lecturer at Philipps-University Marburg, Boston)

The Swiss Cultural Challenge is a supportive programme for creative and cultural professionals. The Challenge frames aesthetic and social questions in an entrepreneurial framework.

Young cultural entrepreneurs working in Switzerland are eligible for the programme. These include master students and alumni of art, design and music academies, who are able to consolidate economic, social and creative approaches into their projects. With the Swiss Cultural Challenge ideas or concepts of master students and alumni of art, design and music academies can be explored and contextualized in a supportive environment – through mentoring, workshops and network events. A maximum of 15 proposals will be developed into entrepreneurial viable concepts in the course of the challenge. After successful participation in the programme, the three best concepts will be selected by a professional jury and will receive a prize of CHF 10,000 each for the project implementation, institutionalisation and further development of the initiative.