OPENING DATE: 1 October 2020

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15 October 24:00 CET

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 22 October 24:00 CET

CONTACT: [email protected]

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania is launching an open call for the design and implementation of virtual tours of cultural sites.

Should you be interested to learn more, you are welcome to download our Application package.

You are kindly asked to carefully read the guidelines before you submit an application.

In case of uncertainty, please send your questions 10th of October in our email address. The answers of all the submitted questions will be published collectively by 12 October 2020.

Please kindly note that, in the framework of SCFA regulation, you will not receive private answers by email before this date.

Following the sixth call for local grants and the third call for regional grants of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, we hereby announce the projects selected for funding.

We take the opportunity to thank every applicant for their time, energy, commitment and interest! We welcome and encourage each of you to apply in our future calls.

6th Local Grants Call

Applicant: Arbi Allushi

Project: Youth Free Zone

Theme: Challenging the Status Quo

Duration of Implementation : 45 days


Applicant: Bianti Kuko

Project: Earth Gap

Theme: Environment on focus

Duration of Implementation : 62 days


Applicant: Jonida Sela

Project: Arapët e Polenës

Theme: Cultural heritage

Duration of Implementation : 50 days


Applicant: Neraida Cukali

Project: Vices of Communism

Theme: Stories from the collective memory

Duration of Implementation : 105 days

3rd Regional Call: Art Residency Program

Individual/Organization: Code Partners

Project:Music beyond all borders – new narratives for a melodious Balkan

Grant: Regional grant for the design and implementation of an art-residency program

Duration of Implementation : 120 Days

OPENING DATE: 23 January 2020

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1 April 2020 24:00 CET

CONTACT: [email protected]

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania opens the sixth call for applications for local grants. The proposals must address one of the following thematic areas:

Culture outside of the capital

Access to culture has been often seen as a privilege of the people who live in the capital. This affects local artists and audiences in smaller cities. In the long term, the centralization of the cultural scene might contribute to unequal development. By supporting cultural projects outside of Tirana, the Swiss Cultural Fund aims to contribute in the decentralization of the cultural scene.

This area of the call is open for proposals of artistic and cultural projects taking place in cities, towns or natural spots outside of Tirana.

Focus on the environment

Artists as active citizens and cultural organizations have the power to promote positive change on critical causes, such as the environment.
However their engagement is tangled with complex logistical issues and lack of resources.
By supporting cultural projects with a focus on the environment, the SCFA aims to encourage artists in engaging in cultural activism, with an impact outside of the cultural sphere.

This area of the call is open for proposals of artistic and cultural projects that utilize art and culture as means of addressing environmental issues.

Challenging the status-quo

In democratic societies, throughout history, artists have raised the voice and have often been heard on the necessity of social change.
Social change needs imagination, and nothing better than arts and culture can enrich this imagination. Considering that art and culture attracts and inspires wide audiences, through this call the SCFA aims to support projects that potential impact beyond the cultural sector.

This area of the call is open for proposals of artistic and cultural projects that utilize art and culture as means of raising questions and critical thought on issues related to democracy, activism, freedom of speech and social justice.

Stories from the collective memory

Albanian culture has faced rapid changes throughout the last thirty years. However, instead of acting as a process of cultural enrichment, this change has been seen by many as merely cultural replacement. This sense of replacement is often the source of misconception and alienation between new and previous generations.

By supporting projects that emphasize on collective memory, we hope to build bridges that cross the generation gap and promote common youth ideals and cultural continuity.
By supporting projects around this theme, the SCFA aims to motivate Albanian artists to delve deeper into Albanian life and bring to surface a variety of original stories from our past.

This area of the call is open for proposals of artistic and cultural projects that explore intriguing aspects of life throughout recent Albanian history by means of first-hand witness.

Albanian Design

Design is among the most prolific sectors of economy with impact on individuals and small business. While Albania has a new generation of talented graphic, fashion, architectural and interior designers, their work is barely promoted beyond their own personal efforts.
By supporting projects around this theme, the SCFA aims to enable young Albanian designers to advance their skills, free from intervention and investor restrictions and promote their work in tangible forms.

This area of the call is open for proposals of design projects that feature young Albanian designers as centerpiece of functional production of working prototypes.

Cultural heritage

This area of the call is open for proposals of cultural projects that research and document the work tools used in Albanian traditional crafts, weaving, cloth-making, agriculture and food-production practices.

You may find the application form and application guidelines inside the Application package

You are kindly asked to carefully read the guidelines before you fill your application form.

In case of uncertainty, please send your questions by 20th of March 2020 12:00 at [email protected] before you submit your application.

Following the fifth call for local grants and the second call for regional grants of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, we hereby announce the projects selected for funding.

We take the opportunity to thank every applicant for their time, energy, commitment and interest! We welcome and encourage each of you to apply in our future calls.

5th Local Call: Music Production Workshop

Individual/Organization: Herta Basha

Grant: Local grant for the design and implementation of a music workshop 

Duration of Implementation : 1 month

Description:

Studio recording workshop consisting of theory about recording, performance, harmonies, with focus in rock music and practice in recording studio for a group of young individual artists. The workshop will be mentored and facilitated by musician Bojken Lako and a supporting team.

2nd Regional Call: Art Residency Program

Individual/Organization: Zeta Center

Grant: Regional grant for the design and implementation of an art-residency program

Duration of Implementation : 90 Days

Description:

Extensive Art residency program hosted in Tirana in the fields of visual arts. The artists are invited through confirmed partner organizations in the region and selected from a pool of 16 proposed candidates. Several speakers from relevant themes will present lectures, their work or talks.

The program will last four weeks. With research in the first week, planning and work in the second and third week, and exhibition preparation in the final week.

The final exhibition at Zeta Gallery, a 90 sqm space in Blloku area will stay open for two weeks.

 

Following the fourth call for local grants of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, we hereby announce the projects selected for funding as below.

We would like once again to thank all the applicants!

1. Voice of a Book

Individual/Organization: Orbis

Topic of Interest: Literature

Duration of Implementation : 3 Months | 15 Sep – 15 Dec 2019

Description:

Audio-book recording of At’ Zef Pllumi’s “Rrno vetëm për me tregue” (Live only to witness). At Zef’ Pllumi was one of the many clerics prosecuted, tortured and incarcerated by the communist system, as part of the war against religion. He spent the majority of his years in several jails and work camps throughout Albania. His three-volume work is a rich documentation of the sufference that political prisoners went through between late 40s and early 90s.

2. The cost of forest ecocide in Albania

Individual/Organization: Ajet Rira

Topic of Interest: Photography

Duration of Implementation : 110 Days | 08 Jul – 30 Oct 2019

Description:

Documentary photography project about over 25 years, significant deforestation activity in the national park of Lura.

3. PreservingAlbania

Individual/Organization: Jora Kasapi

Topic of Interest: Cultural Heritage

Duration of Implementation : 120 Days | 10 Jul – 10 Nov 2019

Description:

A research, documentation and mapping project that promotes Albanian vernacular (traditional) architecture in rural and urban areas throughout the territory.

4. “Waiting Room” dance performance

Individual/Organization: Rosella Pellicciotti

Topic of Interest: Performing Arts

Duration of Implementation : 120 Days | 1 Aug – 30 Nov 2019

Description:

Contemporary dance and dance-theatre project between Rosella Pellicciotti, Robert M. Hayden (choreographer) and Bledi Boraku (musician), focusing on the theme of waiting and time passing.

5. “Squeezing Life”

Individual/Organization: Lediona Kasapi

Topic of Interest: Artistic or Cultural heritage projects themed on the olive tree.

Duration of Implementation : 90 Days | 30 Jul – 30 Oct 2019

Description:

Short non-narrative documentary film about the cohabitation between Albanian southern people and the olive tree. It will be shot in Berat and Vuno, where different aspects of olive cultuvation appear.

No project was selected from the topic of interest “Visual Art”.

RELEASE DATE: 03 MAY 2019

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 03 JUNE 2019 24:00 CET

CONTACT: [email protected]

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania announces the fourth local grants call for applications. Proposals should address one of the following topics of interest:

Literature

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania is launching a call to submit proposals for:

 

  • Recording and publication of one audio book in Albanian language

 

This call accepts proposals from independent professionals or cultural organisations. The eligible applicants must demonstrate that they can get copyright clearance for the recorded material, should it be necessary. Applicants should demonstrate capacities for high quality sound recordings, through previous samples or technical information

Applicants are required to describe:

  • A suggested list of titles
  • Description of the technical methodology to be used
  • An actual work plan
  • Further use of the produced materials
  • Details about the final event where the project results will be presented to the public and partners.

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, artistic activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

Photography

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania is launching a call for young and emerging photographers to submit proposals for the:

 

  • Production and exhibition of a full photographic project

 

The call adresses photographers that aim to capture and express relevant aspects of the albanian reality through elaborated means and techniques.

This call excludes any genres of commercial photography, such as: wedding photography, food photography, fashion and glamour photography.

Each applicant should submit a resume and a photography portfolio of earlier works, along the application form attached to this call. Applicants should clearly explain their proposal by emphasizing:

  • The theme of their proposed photography project
  • The intended locations or people related to the project
  • An actual work plan is
  • A list of the equipment to be used
  • The expected results of the photography production
  • Details about the exhibition


The selected applicant will implement the production and the exhibition of the project within the proposed timeline.

This call does not support costs for the purchase of equipment, but rental costs for equipment and location are covered.

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, artistic activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

Cultural Heritage

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania is launching a call for young and emerging artists and other cultural actors  to submit proposals for projects that:

  • Empower albanian cultural heritage in rural areas.

The call accepts proposals such such as:

  • Research or digital mapping of cultural heritage assets, crafts, tools or work methods with impact to local economy.
  • Documentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage through video, photography, recording etc.;
  • Promotion and dissemination of local cultural heritage through the web;

This call will not support:

  • Restoration or maintenance projects for cultural heritage assets or sites;
  • Concerts or festivals;
  • Courses, trainings or other short term education programs;
  • Folk literature collections;

Requirements:

Each applicant is required to submit a resume indicating previous activity similar to or in the field of the actual proposal. In the application form, applicants should clearly explain their proposal by emphasizing:

  • The concept and theme of the project
  • The intended locations or people related to the project
  • An actual work plan
  • The expected results of the project
  • Details about the final event where the project results will be presented to the public and partners.

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, artistic activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

Visual Art

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania is launching a call for young and emerging artists for the:

 

  • Production and exhibition of visual art works

 

This call accepts proposals from visual artists in the fields of:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Multimedia (audio-visual)

 

Proposals must address an original and innovative vision on today’s social issues.

 

The call is open both for individual artists or groups.

 

This call will not support:

  • Production of commercial art
  • Production of art for public spaces
  • Repertoire exhibitions
  • Travel expenses for participation in activities abroad

 

Each applicant is required to submit a resume and artist statement, along the application form.

Applicants are required to describe:

  • The concept and theme of their project
  • The intended locations or people related to the project
  • An actual work plan
  • The expected results of the project
  • Details about the final exhibition.

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, artistic activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

Performing Arts

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania invites young and emerging artists, collectives or cultural organisations to submit proposals for the:

 

  • Production and performance of contemporary dance

 

This call accepts proposals that address an innovative approach in contemporary dance, by challenging the limitations of classic dance, such as music typology, choreography, staging, lighting, costumes etc.

The call will support expenses for

  • Rehearsal and work space for the pre-production
  • Costumes, hair, make-up
  • Staging costs (projector rental, props and materials, sound system rental, etc)
  • Auditorium and promotion costs for the live event

This call will not support:

  • Travel expenses for participation in activities abroad
  • Television productions
  • Street performance
  • Folk performance
  • Classical ballet

Each applicant is required to submit a resume and samples of previous work in the format of video links, along the application form.

Applicants are required to describe:

  • The concept and theme of their project
  • The intended locations or people related to the project
  • An actual work plan
  • The expected results of the project
  • Details about the live performance.

 

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, artistic activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

Artistic or cultural heritage projects themed on the olive tree

In mediterranean cultures, the olive tree is considered a symbol of peace. It is often metaphorically associated with heritage, history and generations.

To emphasize and celebrate Albania’s mediterranean nature, the Swiss Cultural Fund is launching an open call themed on the olive tree and the intangible cultural heritage related to it. The proposals can include a variety of art disciplines, such as, but not limited to: visual arts, multimedia, film, photography and performance arts.

The ideal proposal should offer an original, creative and efficient way of putting the theme through the lens of art.

This call does not address:

  • Projects with a scope other than cultural
  • Agricultural organizations or individuals employed in agriculture
  • Organizations with no prior experience in the cultural field

 

Applicants are required to describe:

  • The concept and theme of their project
  • The intended locations or people related to the project
  • An actual work plan
  • The expected results of the project
  • Details about how the theme is addressed.

 

Applicants will be selected by a panel of independent experts of the field, based on the quality of the proposal, cultural activity of the last three years and compliance within the above-mentioned criteria.

You will find the Application form and Guidelines inside the Application Package.

Please read the Guidelines carefully before compiling your Application Form.

Proposals that do not meet all the criteria and conditions will not be considered.

In instance of unclarities please send your questions within 30thof May 2019 at 12:00 to [email protected] before submitting your application.

Following the second call of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, we hereby announce the projects selected for funding as below:

1. 12 Bridges

Individual/Organization: Vitmar Basha

Topic of Interest: Production or promotion for alternative music

Duration of Implementation : 4 Months | 1 Jul – 1 Nov 2018

Description: Production and promotion of a solo album, containing original songs written and performed by the artist.

2. I always talk with my mouth full

Individual/Organization: Bazament

Topic of Interest: Production and exhibition of contemporary art works

Duration of Implementation : 24 Days | 12 Jul – 5 Aug 2018

Description: Collaboration between Bazament and Haveit art collective, resulting in performance and the production of a video installation.

Following the first call of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, we hereby announce the projects selected for funding as below:

1. Kruja si'Xhade

Individual/Organization: Youth For Integration, Activation and Awareness (YIAA)

Topic of Interest: Art through Carfts in Kruja

Duration of Implementation : 3 Months | 1 Feb-30 April 2018

Description: Artistic intervention on public space, to depict large-scale folkloric patterns from the local tradition.

2. Revitalisation of the wood-carving tradition in the city of Kruja

Individual/Organization: Eduart Karaj

Topic of Interest: Art through Carfts in Kruja

Duration of Implementation : 3 Months | 1 Feb-30 April 2018

Description: Workshop with community engagement, aiming to explore and master the art of wood-carving.

3. 360º Film "Without Title"

Individual/Organisation: Jonid Jorgji

Topic of Interest: Art and Technology

Duration of Implementation : 3 Months | 1 March-31 May 2018

Description: A dark comedy about two circus workers and a gift. Short film, produced through the technology of 360º/VR cameras and equipment.