An updated cultural policy profile for Switzerland is now available thanks to the great work of our Swiss expert team: Christoph Weckerle, Claudio Bucher and Yris Apsit (Zurich Centre for Creative Economies).
The Swiss profile contains the latest information on major developments in the field of cultural policy. Below you can see some of those current changes, new developments and data in Switzerland:
- In the five years to 2020, applications to Pro Helvetia increased from around 3500 to over 5000, while successful applications fell from 52.3% to 48.4%.
- The 2021-24 work programme of the National Dialogue on Culture includes a “National Strategy on Cultural Heritage”, “Adequate Compensation for Cultural Producers” and “Sustainability in cultural production”.
- The Suisseculture Sociale association is operating an emergency fund of supplementary support to professional cultural workers experiencing economic hardship due to Covid-19.
- A modernised Copyright Act came into force on 1 April 2020 in order to adapt copyright law to the development of technology and society’s approach to culture
- In 2021 a package of measures was approved by Parliament to support the framework conditions for the media and to promote a diverse offering in the regions
- In 2021, the Federal Council adopted the Swiss government’s first national strategy specifically aimed at promoting gender equality
- In 2020, the share of feature films funded by women directors was over 50% for the first time in 5 years
- The 2021-24 Culture Despatch celebrates Dance as a separate artform in the field of performing arts
- Since 2021, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has a new department to support Swiss creatives in the areas of design and interactive media.