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Designing for Art

Pro Helvetia New Delhi, the liaison office of the Swiss Arts Council, supports and disseminates Swiss arts and culture in South Asia. They promote cultural exchange, develop and nurture long-term partnerships, initiate co-productions and support residencies. Their programme is interdisciplinary in nature with focus on themes like literature, contemporary dance, visual arts, music, theatre, design and photography. 

We were first approached by them in November 2017 to work on a little giveaway for an event that saw the launch of a Hindi version of the Swiss classic Heidi. Since then we’ve gone on to design their half-yearly programmes for three seasons and a range of posters for various events. The beauty of it all is we get to be experimental with each new project and no two looks are the same. 

Designing for Pro Helvetia has been immensely fulfilling and the act of designing for art really made us open all our senses.  

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Phnd Yves

Yves Theiler Trio

Switzerland based piano trio – Yves Theiler on piano, Luca Sisera on bass and Lukas Mantel on drums – were in India for a three city tour. Their “deeply rooted and vibrating rhythms come to live through the distinguished sound of ecstatic improvisations that characterises the strong musical language of the these three musicians.”

February 2019

Phnd Yan

Still in Paradise

Yan Duyvendak (Switzerland) and Omar Ghayatt (Egypt) were in India to present ‘Still in Paradise’, a play that begins with a series of scenes that touch upon the encounters, and the ensuing doubts and differences of the two protagonists, following which “the spectators then choose which ones are to be played out in full. This means the show is different every night.”

January 2018

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Phnd Rangoato

Rangoato Hlasane

A cultural worker, DJ, educator and co-founder of Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg, South Africa, Rangoato Hlasane was in India to give a talk at the School of Arts & Aesthetics (Jawaharlal Nehru University) in Delhi on the pitfalls of one text and the need to read and write beyond that formal text to allow for multiple stories and multiple narratives.

September 2018

Phnd Kaavya

Kaavya Sanje / An Evening of Poetry

Ariane von Graffenried, a spoken word poet from Switzerland, participated in Kaavya Sanje, a community poetry event that brings together poets who write in various languages from across India and the world.

October 2018

Phnd Regula Lucien

From Baroque to Future Rock

Swiss musicians Lucien Dubuis (on bass clarinet) and Regula Schwab (on baroque violin), also known as “Krond – Flast”, were in India to present their music to audiences in three cities. Their performance, titled “From Baroque to Future Rock”, comprised of Baroque tunes and personal compositions by the duo.

September 2018

Phnd Gauthier

Gauthier Toux Trio

The Gauthier Toux Trio comprising of Gauthier Toux, Maxence Sibille and Rémi Bouyssiere were on a four-city tour in India.

Formed in 2013 in Switzerland and a “rising figure on the French, Swiss and European jazz scene, the trio has developed a unique jazz sound, complex and lyrical, blended with many influences ranging from pop to hip hop.”

December 2018

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