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Switzerland/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

Amateur arts associations play an important role within federalist Switzerland. More than 10% of the population serve as volunteers in cultural associations. (For statistics, see chapter 8.2.1). This is certainly due in large part to Switzerland's observation of the federal principle. This is reflected in the diversity of cultural centres and activities, which are primarily given financial backing at the communal level. There are also public-private partnerships, such as the Dada House in Zurich. Significant for being the birthplace of the Dada movement, the building was rescued from near-death due to a planned building usage change, and has now been turned into the Cabaret Voltaire, a cultural centre, which, among others, is extending aspects of the avant-garde into the 21st century. On the administrative side, related institutions may be located in the corresponding cultural, youth, or social domains.

Chapter published: 13-11-2014

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