Two appointments to the management of Swiss Cultural Capital 2027

Two appointments to the management of Swiss Cultural Capital 2027
Two appointments to the management of Swiss Cultural Capital 2027

The La Chaux-de-Fonds association Swiss Cultural Capital 2027 has named the two people who will lead the event. These are Simone Töndury, who will take care of artistic direction, and Olivier Schinz, who will take over as executive director.

As artistic director, Simone Töndury, specialist in performing arts, will be responsible for guaranteeing the quality and diversity of the event’s cultural offerings, the association said on Tuesday. She is currently a performing arts programmer at La Bâtie – Festival de Genève.

Of Graubünden origin, quadrilingual, engaged with independent Swiss artists and companies for more than 20 years, Simone Töndury also provided the performing arts programming for the Cité festival in Lausanne between 2014 and 2021. She appears to be ‘solidly anchored in the Swiss cultural landscape.

Ambitious demonstration

‘La Chaux-de-Fonds is a town recognized for its artists and cultural actors as well as its prestigious institutions. I am curious to discover this city and its inhabitants and to put my skills and my network at the service of this ambitious event,’ declared the new artistic director.

As for Olivier Schinz, in the coming months he will transform his mission as project manager started in 2021 by becoming the executive director of the event. An anthropologist by training, he has acquired more than 20 years of experience in the field of museography and heritage.

Crucial period

Olivier Schinz previously worked as assistant curator at the Neuchâtel Museum of Ethnography. ‘The work to be done so that we are ready to receive the million visitors expected in 2027 is immense, but it matches the enthusiasm that carries the region,’ he rejoiced, quoted in the press release.

In the coming months, the association chaired by Jean Studer will announce its new composition as well as its revised organization, in order to be fully functional in the fall. She already says she is happy with the nominations announced on Tuesday, which ‘are a guarantee of the continuity of the project as well as of artistic quality and openness’.

The period will be ‘crucial’, to the extent that municipal and cantonal legislatures will have to vote on credit requests relating to the Swiss Cultural Capital, recalls the association. For their part, the Federal Chambers will decide on the cultural message which recognizes the Swiss Cultural Capital program.

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