Our Offices & Partners Abroad

For detailed information please click on the offices and cultural centres below. For further information on the headquarters in Zurich please go to: www.prohelvetia.ch


Magda Drozd | Research Trip

Switzerland-based multidisciplinary artist Magda Drozd will spend time in Johannesburg, South Africa from 17 July to 14 August 2023 to connect with local musicians and explore the sonic structures of the city’s electronic music scene. Magda’s work spans music, sound art, and composition. Her approach to music is experimental and boundary-pushing. Utilizing a diverse array …


Eva Kess | Research Trip

Swiss double bassist and composer Eva Kess will spend time in various cities in South Africa for a research trip from 26 June – 25 July 2023. The trip is planned to coincide with the National Jazz Festival in Makhanda, giving Eva the opportunity to connect and engage with a large number of musicians in …


Samuel Karugu | Research Trip

Kenyan musician Samuel Karugu will undertake a research trip in Neuchâtel, Switzerland from 31 May – 1 July 2023. Together with Swiss musician Basile Huguenin-Virchaux, they will be experimenting with the open-source Pure Data audio programming software to create synthesizer and sequencers for traditional African tunings and rhythms. The two musicians met through a performance …


Romy Brauteseth | Residency

Well-known in the South African jazz scene, bassist Romy Brauteseth has frequently performed at the Bird’s Eye Jazz Club in Basel, Switzerland, accompanying other South African composers such as Marcus Wyatt, Bokani Dyer and Keenan Ahrends. For a period of three months split into two sojourns in April-May and August- September 2023, Romy will be …


Christine Kamau | Research Trip

Christine Kamau is a Kenyan trumpeter and performing artist whose music has been described as “a wide-eared approach to jazz, paying attention to various styles without losing the jazz tonality”. She will be in Switzerland for a research trip from 3 – 30 April 2023 based at Musikerwonhaus in Basel. During this time Christine plans to …


Florian Götte | Research Trip

Swiss musician Florian Götte will undertake a research trip in Namibia from 26 March to 15 April 2023 in the context of an interdisciplinary theatre work planned for summer 2023 in Munich. The research forms part of “Traces of Memory”, a larger examination of Germany’s colonial past in “German Southwest Africa” initiated by director and …


Daryl Xzavier Stone | Residency

Daryl Xzavier Stone, who goes by the moniker Xzavier Stone, is an artist, producer, DJ and vocalist from Zurich, Switzerland. He first encountered music from South Africa in the early 2010s when he befriended Spoek Mathambo and Gazelle’s Xander Ferreira and Nick Matthews during their Europe tour. Nearly a decade later, Xzavier created the score …


Elisabeth Stoudmann | Research Trip

Swiss journalist and cultural project manager Elisabeth Stoudmann has been invited to participating in Music in Africa’s Annual Conference for Collaboration, Exchange and Showcase (ACCES) this year hosted in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania from 24-26 November 2022. She will join a panel discussion titled “Breaking Boundaries: Platforms for African Sounds”, together with Ghita Khaldi …


Jessie Cox | Research Trip

Experimental Swiss drummer and composer Jessie Cox will be in Dakar, Senegal for a research trip from 19-25 November 2022 to collaborate with local musicians and record new material. The research trip emerges from a project Jessie developed with the Frankfurt-based Ensemble Modern and visit to Dakar in 2021 to work with the local five-piece …


tracy september | Research Trip

tracy september is a South African musician, performer, producer, and music researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland. Her practice explores themes of memory, spirituality and protest, which inform the new project Ritual & Communion that she will be initiating during her research trip from 17 October to 6 November 2022 at Abuntu+ in Accra, Ghana. The …


Upcoming maintenance work

The application portal myprohelvetia will be updated from 1.1.-7.1.2024. Due to these changes, open applications must be finalized and submitted via the current online portal (myprohelvetia.ch) by the latest 23:59 on 31 December 2023. Until this date, the deadlines and criteria outlined in the current guidelines and calls for applications apply. New applications can be created and submitted in the application portal as of 8 January 2024.