Forum on the Conclusion of the Swiss Cultural Programme in South Eastern Europe (SCP)
Friday, 6 December 2013, 9:00 to 17:00. Kornhausforum Bern

Culture and the arts are the building blocks of human existence. They make an essential contribution to the development of societies and can fulfil important roles in conflict situations and in democratic reconstruction. Acting on this conviction, Switzerland launched a long-term programme to promote the arts and culture in Southeast Europe and Ukraine in 1999. From 2008 to 2013 the programme focused on the countries of the Western Balkans and trans-border projects. The Swiss Cultural Programme in South Eastern Europe (SCP) was brought to a close in the summer of 2013. To what extent did the projects funded positively contribute to social change? How do funding programmes influence the production of culture in their target countries and cultural exchange between them and Switzerland? What lessons from the experiences in the Balkan can be used to improve cultural cooperation with other countries and regions of the world?

For one day, experts, artists and people involved in arts outreach from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Switzerland, together with the staff of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Pro Helvetia who were responsible for the programme, will present their intentions, experiences, successes and limits for public discussion. The talks and discussion groups (English-German) will be supplemented by a selection of music, dance and art videos, short films and an exhibition.

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Registration at, no later than 2 December 2013
Attendance of the conference is free.

The forum is organised by artlink cultural cooperation
in cooperation with CULTURESCAPES and
with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)