Pro Helvetia & DEZA «crossroads»

CROSSROADS – International perspectives on culture, art and society

CROSSROADS is a collaboration between the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperations (SDC) in cooperation with the partner institutions Kaserne Basel, Antigel Festival Geneva and the Center for African Studies at the University of Basel.


«CROSSROADS» brings together two Swiss institutions dedicated to culture in an international context. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA) and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia are both active in numerous regions around the world, including what is known as the Global South.

Roads ahead:
«CROSSROADS» takes a look behind the scenes of cultural production in various parts of the world and, by means of a conference and other formats of exchange, explores possible ways ahead.

Meeting point:
«CROSSROADS» unites cultural practitioners from Switzerland, India, the Arab world and Southern Africa and offers a multidisciplinary cultural programme lasting three days. With: Zuleikha Chaudhari / Boris Nikitin, Yan Duyvendak / Omar Ghayatt, Mandeep Raikhy, Antje Schupp / Annalyzer / Mbali Mduli / Kieron Jina, Lerato Shadi, Jonas Lüscher, Ntando Cele, SPARK, Gabriele Wittmann / Esther Sutter Straub und Mats Staub.

Thu 8.2.
17.00 – 18.30    Conversation «Residencies and international co-production: the role of location change in artistic creation»
18.30                Mats Staub (CH) «Artist (working title)»
18.30 – 20.30    Boris Nikitin (BS) & Zuleikha Chaudhari (IND) «Also the real thing»
19.30 – 20.20    Jonas Lüscher (CH) «REPORTAGEN»
20.30 – 22.10    Ntando Cele (ZA) «Black Off»

Fri 9.2.
17.00 – 18.30    Conversation «Navigating between mandate and local realities – Pro Helvetia liaison offices and European cultural agencies abroad»
19.00 – 19.30    Gespräch mit Mandeep Raikhy (IND) & Nicole Seiler (CH)
19.30 – 23.00    SPARCK «IN/FLUX – Mediatrips from the African World»
19.30                Mats Staub (CH) «Artist (working title)»
20.45 – 21.15    Lerato Shadi (ZA) «Basupa Tsela»
20.00 – 22.15    Mandeep Raikhy (IND) «Queen-Size»
22.00                Masr! Egyptian club night

Sat 10.2
17.00 – 18.30    Conversation «Investing in the arts abroad: What’s in it for Switzerland?»
18.30                Mats Staub (CH) «Artist (working title)»
19.00 – 21.15    Yan Duyvendak (CH/NL) & Omar Ghayatt (EGY) «Still in Paradise»
21.30 – 23.00    Antje Schupp (BS), Kieron Jina, Mbali Mdluli & Annalyzer (ZA) «PINK MON€Y»
22.00                Mzantsi! South African club night