artlink, cultural cooperation

artlink is a Swiss organisation dedicated to art and culture from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. It not only documents and funds them, but also makes referrals for professional creative artists from these regions of the world and promotes their access to the Swiss cultural arts market.


A centre of competence mainly supported by the Swiss federal government, artlink maintains a wide range of contacts with artists, agencies, event organisers, journalists and cultural studies scholars as well as with public and private funding agencies for the cultural arts and integration. SüdKulturFonds, which is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), funds a large number of events and productions in Switzerland each year. Intercultural dialogue is promoted by a wide range of cultural workshops and schoolhouse concerts with immigrant creative artists. Der Andere Literaturklub makes novels from the World’s South accessible in German.

artlink emerged from the office of “Culture and Development”, which was founded in 1984 and is organised as an association. Its offices are located in Bern at the PROGR Zentrum für Kulturproduktion, an artistic centre and cultural hub. The basic operational units are financed through agreements with the SDC and two NGOs, Bread for all and Fastenopfer, with some individual projects doing so through contributions from other public and private bodies. The association collaborates with renowned specialists to assess artistic projects.

Partner / Links
News from independent music scenes in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin and North America.
CDs and concert reviews from Switzerland and other countries.

Virtual WOMEX
The worldwide music expo online.

litprom, Frankfurt
artlink’s partner organisation in the field of literature.

Salon Africain at the Salon International du Livre et de la Presse in Geneva. - Le site et la revue des cultures africains. An important magazine dedicated to African culture.

A network of artists’ studios in Switzerland and abroad.

Brings outstanding works to cinemas from the Global South and East.

Kulturen in Bewegung, Wien
Service centre for cultural projects with artists in Austria from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Culture Matters
The SDC cultural percent web platform.
A Switzerland-wide network of people and organisations operating in referral services for the cultural arts.

A Switzerland-wide organisation dedicated to education in the field of sustainable development.

Sehen und Handeln
The campaign website of Bread for all and Fastenopfer.