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Cultural Challenge scholarship programme 2020

The Cultural Challenge scholarship programme offered in cooperation with Atelier Mondial and the Susanna Biedermann Foundation between the cities of Basel and Marrakesh.
In February 2020 filmmaker Rim Mejdi took part in the Swiss Cultural Challenge programme. For the development of her new film, she cooperates with students from the Visual Communication Institute at the Academy of Art and Design FHNW. Rim Mejdi completed her Master studies in directing at École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAV) in 2014. She is the co-organizer of SAAED Meetings for emerging filmmakers in Casablanca, director and film producer. In Basel she lived and worked at Atelier Mondial – International Arts Exchange Program.
Image credits: Summer Vacation 2045. Short animation film. Author: Rim Mejdi. Year of production: 2021. Location: Morocco/Switzerland. In the development stage

«I greatly appreciate the Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship initiative because it shows that the combination of meaningful work in an entrepreneurial environment does not have to contradict each other. Quite the contrary, the areas complement each other – if the right resources are used. The former students are supported with a variety of hands-on examples to successfully implement their ideas in a company.»

Marc Zehntner (Director Vitra Design Museum)

Through its incentive programme Swiss Cultural Challenge, the initiative Swiss Cultural Entrepreneurship supports creative personalities, cultural practitioners and initiators who wish to advance their founding idea and are ready to assume responsibility for themselves and society. In the critical phase between studying and a professional career in art and design, the initiative backs the requisite steps in project and business development through offering workshops in communication, law, finances, individual mentoring as well as discursive formats and exhibitions.

Regardless of whether a project just needs a few finishing touches, whether a new format is being developed, or whether the venture is still in its infancy: the capacity-building programme provides time and space for creative and cultural workers to test and experiment– always with the current societal challenges in mind. Swiss Cultural Challenge advocates a transdisciplinary, diversitary and cooperative approach. It provides guidance to projects after graduation, enables encounters, provides space for critique, inspiration, and experimentation for the purpose of sharpening and enhancing a proposed business idea. Collaboration partners include like-minded experts and initiatives as well as museums, business companies and associations, as well as foundations.


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