The festival of Swiss culture in Satka
The Days of Swiss Culture have been held annually in Satka since 2016 with the support of the Cultural Department of the Embassy of Switzerland in the Russian Federation.
The program of the Days of Swiss Culture traditionally includes round tables and discussions on Russian-Swiss cooperation in the fields of economy, culture, tourism, education and science. The city hosts both fiction and documentary film screenings presenting contemporary Swiss cinema, exhibitions, concerts and workshops.
In 2016, the Days of Swiss Culture in Satka were opened by Ambassador Pierre Helg. At the same time, the Days of Swiss Cinema were held for the first time in the city. The viewers were presented with both fictional and documentary films representing modern Swiss cinema, including the fictional film “Sam”, the documentary “From the Life of the Village of Zuberg”, the film “Horizons” about the creative path of the dancers of the classical ballet of Gran Teatro de La Habana.
In the following years, two exhibitions were held in the city: the world’s largest collection of Swiss posters “Votes & Voices” in the Magnezit Museum and the photo exhibition “Quick Gold”, which presented episodes from the life of prospectors engaged in gold mining in the jungles of Peru. A dozen film screenings took place, as well as a concert of piano music by Aglaia Graf, a young performer, laureate of prestigious international competitions.
The main objectives of the Days of Swiss Culture:
Encouraging interest in the culture and history of Switzerland, in the deep historical ties between Switzerland and Russia;
Encouraging participants to study and improve knowledge of foreign languages.
Days of Swiss culture is already a traditional event for Satka residents. A year ago, Pierre Helg, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Swiss Confederation in Russia, opened the Festival of Swiss Culture in Satka. During the month, feature films and documentaries representing contemporary Swiss art were shown to the audience.
Film screenings will resume this time too. Organizers invite visitors to screenings of five Swiss films in Italian: Everybody Sometimes Falls, What Remains, Sinestesia, Bread and Tulips, The River is Always Right. Each of these films is a unique and courageous creative experiment. These works were presented at international film festivals in Switzerland, Austria, Solothurn, London, Stockholm and many others, and were noted by experts in the field of cinema.
In addition, Satka residents may attend photo exhibition "Quickgold". It will be held from July 18 to 22 in Magnezit museum. After that it can be visited at the Center for Cultural Initiatives from July 25 to August 22. The exhibition is a result of the joint work of the Russian photographer Andrey Gordasevich and the Swiss sociologist Niels Krauer. Episodes from the life of artisan miners engaged in gold mining in the jungles of Peru, in the province of Mare de Dios were captured.
The world of artisan miners is shown without embellishment: there is uneasy everyday life of local residents represented behind the brilliance of extracted gold. This is a story of where this precious metal comes from and what work is hidden behind the golden glitter. It also covers the theme of legacy of the Incas, in the life of which the gold played a cult role. But the authors of the project refer us not to historical roots of the Inca civilization, but consider echoes of their culture in the modern life of artisan miners and their surrounding nature.
Organizers of the Days of Swiss Culture were the Swiss Embassy in Russia, the administration of Satkinsky District, Sobranie Fund, and Magnezit Group.
Events dedicated to the Days of Swiss Culture will be held on the following days:
July 18 at 17:00 - Official opening of the Days of Swiss Culture in Satka and opening of Quickgold exhibition. Magnezit Museum.
19:00 - Official opening of the film festival. Feature film Sinestesia. Foyer of Magnezit Cultural Center.
July 19 at 19:00 Documentary film "The River Is Always Right". Foyer of Magnezit Cultural Center.
July 20 at 19:00 Feature film "Everybody Sometimes Falls". Foyer of Magnezit Cultural Center.
July 21 at 19:00 Documentary film "What Remains". Foyer of Magnezit Cultural Center.
July 22 at 19:00 Documentary film "Bread and Tulips". Foyer of Magnezit Cultural Center.
Since September 28 until October 3, the Days of Swiss Culture will take place in Satka for the third time.
The festival is organized by the Embassy of the Swiss Confederation in Russia, Prohelvetia Arts Council, Local Government of the Satka Municipality, Sobranie Cultural Initiative Supporting & Preservation Fund and Magnezit Group.
The two sites – Magnezit Museum and Magnezit Cultural Center – will open new facets of the cultural phenomenon of Switzerland.
The honored guest of the festival, Mod Mobiar, attaché for cultural relations of the embassy of Switzerland will open the festival September 28.
The exhibition of the world largest collection of Swiss posters, People’s Voice, held in Magnezit Museum is intended to tell of the society of Switzerland, its evolution, traditions and tendencies. The showroom presents the most remarkable campaigning posters of referendums and popular initiative since 1918 until now. Posters that supporters or opponents of a certain draft law use to fight for the votes of electors are a unique primary source of history. “It’s only at first sight that the exhibition tells of the political system of Switzerland, – explained Elena Naumova, head of the department of culture of the Embassy of Switzerland, — but the heart is the fine arts aspect that allows these posters to retain their enchantment even now, intensely affecting the viewer. And they are presented not chronologically, but grouped in sections of graphic arts. Their names speak for themselves: Enemy Images, Hands to Speak, Close-Up, Men and Women, Swiss Myth etc. A separate section is devoted the posters in the comics style.
September 28 (5 p.m.), the main hall of Magnezit Cultural Center will become the venue for the piano concert of a young performer Aglaia Graf, an award winner of internationally recognized contests. She will perform pieces by E. Grieg, F. Schubert, F. Martin, A. Ginastera and other great composers. And September 29, Aglaia will have a master class for young Satka musicians.
The modern Swiss cinema industry examines burning global issues and local stories. September 29 – October 3, Magnezit will broadcast five full-length films of how fragile nature is, about relations with the surrounding world and the future of the mankind. Heidi is a fiction classics for children telling about a girl Heidi and idyllic life in the Alps. Alptraum: the Last Great Adventure is, on the contrary, a truthful movie of how romantic illusions in the mountain beauties of Switzerland can translate into stark reality. The other two documentaries — More than Honey and Hoping for the Future (Futur d'espoir) — are the films where filmmakers approach effects of human intrusion in the environment from different sides. Hiver nomade is a philosophical adventure documentary telling of the winter trip of shepherds and their cattle through the mountains. The movie gets us back to the roots and poses unexpected questions of where the modern society heads for.
The poster exhibition will last until October 28.