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Award for the Trio Rafale


Since 1974, Migros Culture Percentage has been helping young Swiss chamber music ensembles launch their careers. This year, the final of the chamber music competition was open to the public for the second time. Three ensembles qualified for the final round: the Belenus Quartett (string quartet) from Zurich, the Daimones Piano Trio from Basel and the Trio Rafale (piano trio) from Zurich. The three ensembles each displayed their talents during a 30-minute performance. The Trio Rafale, comprising Maki Wiederkehr (piano) and Flurin Cuonz (violoncello) – both Migros Culture Percentage Study Prize winners – together with Daniel Meller (violin), impressed both the experts and the audience with its performance of Ravel's Trio in A-flat. They were awarded both the jury and audience prizes. As the Migros Culture Percentage Ensemble 2013, the three musicians (shown here with Hedy Graber, Manager of the Directorate of Cultural and Social Affairs of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives and Fabrice Zumbrunnen, member of the General Directorate of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives) receive a prize of 10,000 francs and comprehensive support assisting them in gaining concert experience and raising their nationwide profile.

Robert Crumb in self-portrait

Lucerne dedicates itself to comics


From 16 to 24 March, Lucerne will once again become the Swiss capital of comics. The international comic festival Fumetto is dedicated this year to a host of themes including the US underground comic scene of the 1960s and 1970s. An outstanding figure of this period was Robert Crumb (shown here in a self-portrait from 1969), who opened up a whole new world of content and aesthetic in this medium. Many original works will be on display at the Fumetto. The «Robert Crumb & The Underground» exhibition also shows works by fellow artists such as Gilbert Shelton, Paul Mavrides, Harvey Kurtzman and Art Spiegelman. There are many other artists to discover, for example in the exhibition on comics from the Arabian region or the Belgian artist Olivier Schrauwen's show in the Kunsthalle Luzern. The young talent platform «Fumetto-Schleuder», which is supported by the Migros Culture Percentage, shows works this year by the young artist Bastien Gachet from Geneva

Katia and Marielle Labèque

Twenty Fingers for Mendelssohn


For the fourth tour of the Migros Culture Percentage Classics series' 2012/2013 season, piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque will perform in Switzerland with the Munich Philharmonic under the direction of Semyon Bychkov. From 12 to 15 March, the musicians will be playing in Geneva, Bern, Zurich and Lucerne; the pianists will perform the Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra in E major by Mendelssohn. The programme also includes compositions by Brahms and a new work composed especially for the series of concerts by the American composer Gunther Schuller.

Geneva – Victoria Hall, Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 8.00 p.m.
Bern – Kulturcasino, Wednesday, 13 March 2013, 7.30 p.m.
Zurich – Tonhalle, Thursday, 14 March 2013, 7.30 p.m.
Lucerne – KKL, Friday, 15 March 2013, 7.30 p.m.

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The Grandmother Revolution heading to Ticino


This year, the Grandmother Revolution is heading to Ticino. To help establish the project, Norma Bargetzi, project leader for the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, has convened a planing group to define the project's name, focus and activities, and first steps. This development will be reflected on the Grandmother Revolution Switzerland website, which will be available in Italian, French and German by the end of March 2013. With the Grandmother Revolution project, Migros Culture Percentage promotes existing or emerging networks for older women and acts as a platform and think tank for their social and political engagement.

If you are interested in the work of the Grandmother Revolutin Ticino, please contact the project leader Norma Bargetzi, Tel. 079 352 98 89,


Migros Club School language test

Migros Club School online language test


How good are your foreign language skills? Is your English rusty? Parlez-vous français fluently? Migros Club School offers a free online test to help you assess your language skills in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. Over 110,000 people have already used this service in the past year. Now there's a revised version with a simpler user interface and a more attractive design. The degree of difficulty adjusts during the course of the test between six different language levels (A1 bis C2). The test takes around 20 minutes. The results are displayed in a bar chart at the end and can be sent to the user by email. The tool even offers the possibility to book a language course online according to the test results and preferred intensity of learning.

online language test

Wild Belle

The m4music programme has been confirmed


The programme of the 16th m4music, the Migros Culture Percentage pop music festival, has been confirmed. In addition to international stars such as Foals, Jamie Lidell and Walk Off The Earth, popular Swiss acts will also be appearing including Steff La Cheffe and Dead Bunny. A DJ set with Chase & Status and MC Rage has also been confirmed, alongside Wild Belle from the USA (photo) and the Swiss performer Evelinn Trouble. The festival starts on 23 March in the Club Les Docks in Lausanne. Opening the festival will be Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, WhoMadeWho and Domi Chansorn. The Best Swiss Video Clip will also be selected on this evening.

The festival continues on Friday and Saturday, 22-23 March 2013, in Zurich on the Schiffbau stage and at the Moods and Exil clubs with over 40 further concerts and DJ sets. As in previous years, a conference will be held in addition to the live concerts at which the hottest topics concerning the music industry will be examined in workshops and panel discussions. The Demotape Clinic will also take place. 777 demos have been submitted this year for this most important Swiss talent competition.

The complete festival programme, further information and online voting for the Best Swiss Video Clip can be found at Tickets are available from
Also read the comprehensive article «Clips are more important than ever» about the Best Swiss Video Clip.

Forbidden Voices

Film supported by Migros Culture Percentage nominated for the Swiss Film Awards


The Swiss Film Academy announced the nominees for the Quartz, the Swiss Film Award, at the Solothurn Film Festival. Among the nominees  were four productions supported by post-production funding from Migros Culture Percentage. «Hiver Nomade» by Manuel von Stürler was nominated in three categories: «Best Documentary», «Best Original Score» and «Best Cinematography». Barbara Miller's «Forbidden Voices» (image) was also nominated for «Best Documentary», while Pietro Zürcher was nominated for his camera work in «Tutti Giù». «La nuit de l’ours» by Sam and Fred Guillaume is in the running for «Best Animation».
The 16th Swiss Film Awards will take place on 23 March 2013 in the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva.

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«meingleichgewicht» award goes to the educational institution Sommeri


As part of the Migros Culture Percentage project meingleichgewicht (myequilibrium), institutions can submit projects that promote health and curb obesity among people with disabilities. An independent jury honours the best projects each year. The winner of the second competition was the Sommeri educational institution located in rural Thurgau. Their project «Coaching to a healthy balance» received the first prize worth 10,000 francs. In cooperation with management, employees – from kitchen staff to residential group teams – and families of the residents, suitable nutritional and exercise guidelines were developed to stabilise the residents' weight and motivate them to act on their own initiative. Three other institutions from Uster, Herisau and Kriens also won prizes. 

Please read the in-depth article «No success without one’s own initiative» about the project at the Sommeri educational institution.

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Thomas Isler wins the third Migros Culture Percentage CH-Dokfilm competition


The winner of Migros Culture Percentage's third CH-Dokfilm competition with the theme «Courage? Courage!» has been chosen: Basel-born director Thomas Isler (pictured here alongside producer Brigitte Hofer) managed to outshine his two competitors with his project «Es wird kalt in Europa» (It's gonna be cold in Europe). Isler's film, which bears the caption «Die falschen Freunde der Direkten Demokratie» (Direct democracy's false friends) addresses the notion that Europe's right-wing extremist parties are increasingly beind inspired by Switzerland's direct democratic system. «Es wird kalt in Europa», which will be financed by Migros Culture Percentage together with SRG SSR, is expected to hit cinemas in 2014. At the Solothurn Film Festival, Migros Culture Percentage also launched the fourth CH-Dokfilm competition – the first edition without a prescribed theme. The competition invites Swiss documentary filmmakers to address issues affecting modern-day Switzerland.

Read the full article on the third CH-Dokfilm competition.


The five candidates for the «Best Swiss Video Clip» are confirmed


On Saturday 26 January at the 48th Solothurn Film Festival, the selection committee for the «Upcoming Music Clips» programme presented the nominees for the «Best Swiss Video Clip». Five clips were chosen from a total of 178 submissions. The nominated clips, which will each receive a prize of 1,000 francs sponsored by FONDATION SUISA, are «Alice in the Sky» by Jonas Meier and Mike Raths (band: Rusconi), «Berlin» by François Chalet (band: Modeselektor), «Mojo» by August Blum (band: Big Zis), «Radioactivity» by Jean-Paul Frenay (band: Kyasma, photo) and («Walking With a Ghost») by David Hoauncheringer, Steven Blatter and Eremita Mirko (band: Kadebostany). The nominees are now competing for the top prize which will be awarded on 21 March 2013 in Lausanne at the opening of m4music, the Migros Culture Percentage pop music festival. Voting takes place on-line at

The winner of the SUISSIMAGE / SSA audience award for best animation film goes to Frédéric Guillaume and Samuel Guillaume. Their film «La nuit de l’ours» (The night of the bear), which received post-production support from Migros Culture Percentage, was awarded the first prize of more than 5,000 francs.

Please read the article «Clips sind wichtiger als je zuvor» about the «Best Swiss Video Clip» award as well as the interview with Frédéric Guillaume (both in German).

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