RELEASE DATE: 2 August 2019

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 30 September 2019

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 October 2019

CONTACT: [email protected]

In the context of empowering cross-border dialogue and to enhance intercultural understanding through arts in the Western Balkans, Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania invites local and regional cultural organizations to submit proposals for the design and implementation of an Art Residency Program that emphasizes this aspect.

The mission of the fund is to bring together a group of talented artists from different backgrounds and countries of the region and offer them the space, time and context to produce art works that explore and comprehend relationships and coexistence despite political discordance.

Applications are welcome from cultural organizations from Albania or the region, with proven experience in organizing, managing or being partners in previous art residency programs.

If you are interested to apply, please carefully read the application guidelines before submitting your proposal.

In case of unclarities please send your questions by 10th of October 2019 at 24:00 to [email protected].

Feeling grateful for your interest about the fourth call for applications, we are sharing with you the questions that we have received in our email, along with the respective answers.

What does it mean “Description of the technical methodology to be used”? (topic: Literature).
The description of the technical methodology to be used, includes detailed information about the type of studio, equipment, software, staff and other tools that will be used in the production of the audio book.

What is the maximum grant amount for individuals?
The local grants of Swiss Cultural Fund offer the same maximum amount for both individuals and organisations.

I cannot find the albanian language application form. Can you please email it to me?
Swiss Cultural Fund does not send application forms by email. The albanian language application form can be found in the albanian language section of the website.

Are projects with a high budget percentage of material costs accepted?
All applications that fulfill the administative criteria, are evaluated according the same technical criteria, such as: originality, clarity, experience and professionalism of the applicant and budget efficiency.

Do you also support the publishing of the authentic autorial material in the form of a physical book? (theme: Literature)
The call only supports the regjistration, production and publication of the audio book.

Can education institutions apply?
This grant is only open for young artists and cultural organisations. Education institutions are excluded.

Can I submit my application documents in albanian?
Swiss Cultural Fund prefers that applications are made in both languages, albanian and english. However, applications in only one of the languages are not excluded.

Announcement

Following the extended deadline of applications for the call “Cross-cultural dialogue in art”, we announce the postponement of the initial timeline for evaluation of the proposals.

Thank you for your understanding!

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania announces extended deadline for proposals for the open call “Cross-cultural dialogue in art”

until 20th of January 2019.

Please continue reading below for the details of the call.

RELEASE DATE: 22 October 2018

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5 January 2019 at 00:00

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 20 January 2019

CONTACT: [email protected]

In the context of empowering cross-border dialogue and to enhance intercultural understanding through arts in the Western Balkans, Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania invites local and regional cultural organizations to submit proposals for the design and implementation of an Art Residency Program that emphasizes this aspect.

The mission of the fund is to bring together a group of talented artists from different backgrounds and countries of the region and offer them the space, time and context to create collaborative art that explores and comprehends relationships and coexistence regardless of political tensions.

Please read the Guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal.

Proposals that do not meet all the criteria and conditions will not be considered. In instance of unclarities please send your questions within 12thof November 2018 at 12:00 to [email protected] before submitting your proposal.

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania supported the production and the promotion of the album “9” by Vitmar Basha, at the Puppet Theater in Tirana

Nine new songs were performed yesterday evening for the public of Tirana. The concert marked the publication of the album titled “9”, which is now available to purchase. This album collects songs about social and personal themes, composed by the artist himself.

The production and the promotion of the album was supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, through the local grant “Production or Promotion of Alternative Music”.

 “Alternative music is going through harsh days. That is because this genre is distant from commercial trends. But we believe that even commercial music would not survive without the inspiration from alternative experimentation”, said Kleidi Eski, representative of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania.

More than 150 spectators attended the concert at the Puppet Theater, which lasted about one hour.

“On this album, a dedicated group of musicians worked very hard, recently until dawn”, said Vitmar Basha, author of the project.

Artist Marsela Çibukaj joined Basha on stage for a duet, which got applauded and cheered by the public. Together with Basha in acoustic guitar, the following musicians interpreted: Fatlind Dehiri in drums, Gjergj Kaçinari in acoustic guitar, Arvit Banishta in bass and Erdio Hoxha in keyboard. Along the lyrics written by Basha, the album includes lyrics written by Marsela Çibukaj and Nina Cara.

Additionally to new material, the album’s tracklist includes two bonus tracks from the artist’s repertoire.

The Swiss Cultural Fund is a project by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) that aims to support young and emerging artists through local grants, regional collaboration programmes and capacity building. It is implemented by the “Centre for Business Technology and Leadership (CBTL).

Photos: Egli Çela, Sibel Eski

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania enables the latest innovative performance ‘Wild Animal’ at contemporary art space Bazament by Haveit Collective

The social issue of parental education and the effect of parent’s cursing words on their children was reflected last Thursday evening at the Bazament Art Space in Tirana. ‘Wild Animal’ by Haveit Collective intertwines art installations and a live performance to drive home its key message.

“Young and emerging artists in Albania struggle”, said Philipp Keller, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Switzerland in Albania. “The Swiss Cultural Fund has a mandate to encourage and to create better links between art and culture from different countries – in the region and beyond.”, he added.

“What we call contemporary art, is the art of this era. A reflection of the present, of our society today and here. Together with our experts, we saw at Bazament a promising new actor in the field of contemporary art.”, said Kleidi Eski, representative of the Swiss Cultural Fund.

“The support by the Swiss Cultural Fund provided us with full creative freedom in implementing the project”, said Genti Korini, co-founder of Bazament.

Together with a community of regular gallery visitors, dozens of artists and representatives of the cultural sector attended the event.

During the opening performance seven LED screens displayed cursing words and phrases collected from the jargon of Albanian families. Meanwhile, four female artists stayed motionless in corners of the gallery rooms holding vacuum cleaners. With a frozen distant stare the sister duplets Hana and Vesa Qena and Alketa and Lola Syla frequently switched their vacuum cleaners on and off, in mock display of housewives doing chores.

The art installation of the performance objects will be exhibited at Bazament Art Space until October 24th.

This project by Bazament Art Space was enabled by the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania during its latest call for proposals for the production and exhibition of contemporary art works.

The Swiss Cultural Fund is a project by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) that aims to support young and emerging artists through local grants, regional collabora- tion programmes and capacity building. It is implemented by the “Centre for Business Technol- ogy and Leadership (CBTL).