The dissemination of Swiss culture abroad and international cultural exchange are key elements of cultural promotion. This also includes education and Swiss schools abroad. Although our country's culture does not stop at our borders, the very rich cultural heritage of the Swiss abroad is not sufficiently recognised. However, the dissemination of culture and the exchange associated with it, as well as the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage, have a strong influence on identity formation, the perception of a country abroad, the economy and also technological development.
- Swiss culture is lived far beyond the country's borders. Would it not therefore be necessary to implement a strategy that preserves and highlights Swiss culture as a whole and across borders?
- How can culture help build bridges to other communities? Is the role of Pro Helvetia in Switzerland and abroad sufficient in this context, and should the contributions of Swiss people abroad not be included?
- What contributions do educationsuisse and the 18 Swiss schools abroad make to international cultural exchange?
- Is culture in the broadest sense an export product like any other? Does it contribute to strengthening Switzerland's image internationally? What are the cost and benefit considerations in this context?
- The Confederation, the cantons and the municipalities each pursue their own cultural policies. Are there conflicts of competence and gaps in support?
- Culture and economy: How do technological innovations affect art and culture?
- What is the opinion of Swiss artists from Switzerland and abroad on Swiss cultural promotion?
In the context of this theme, the online museum project of the Canadian delegate Johann Roduit must be taken into account, as well as the involvement of the national museums, Presence Switzerland and the Swiss Abroad Square in Brunnen. This theme is intended to highlight the cultural contribution of the Fifth Switzerland and all its members.