The support of the Confederation to the contemporary artistic creation, as well as artists and culture, aims to contribute to a qualitative and diverse scene. Switzerland demonstrates the importance given to culture and the arts through the ratification of international conventions that affirm the importance of arts and culture (UNESCO, European Council, amongst others), as well as through cultural policies set nationally (cohesion, inclusion, diversity) and internationally (see chapter 1.1). Artists and cultural professionals have, therefore, an essential role both inside and outside the country.
Many of the statements made on the 2021-2024 Culture Dispatch attest to this role, as many challenges to come revolve around creating better conditions for artists and cultural economies; whether this includes encouraging young talents, addressing gender inequalities, revision on retributions, broadening the notion of artwork (oeuvre), or fostering better visibility of artistic works on international platforms.
The National Cultural Dialogue will also address the topic of “Adequate Compensation for Cultural Workers” in its 2021-2024 work programme.