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«We don't know if we'll survive our tour …» 3.4.13

It was one of the highlights of this year's Migros Culture Percentage m4music pop music festival: the Foals concert. Before their performance, the band from Oxford talked about their success, the British music market, self-doubt — and energy drinks.

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The Outsider Who Became a Contemporary Classic 15.3.13

From 16 to 24 March, Lucerne turns into the capital of comics. Supported by Migros Culture Percentage, this year the International Comix-Festical Fumetto highlights the work of the American underground of the sixties and seventies. The beacon of this era undoubtedly was Robert Crumb who opened up whole new worlds of aesthetics and topics for the medium of comic strips.

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«We’re looking for talent with an edge» 13.3.13

The Demotape Clinic, part of Migros Culture Percentage’s pop music festival m4music, offers aspiring musicians a platform to receive feedback from professionals. Demotape Clinic project manager Martin Geisser and m4music director Philipp Schnyder von Wartensee talk about recent developments in the Swiss pop music scene.

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«Alongside Vivaldi, I also play Alban Berg!» 11.3.13

The violinist Giuliano Carmignola is the face of baroque music for Deutsche Grammophon. He, however, doesn't see himself as a baroque specialist. His performance at the Extrakonzert of the Migros Culture Percentage Classics with the Venice Baroque Orchestra in St. Gallen on 16 March 2013 will speak for itself – Carmignola always finds something new to discover in the famous concertos by Antonio Vivaldi.

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«Is a greedy life a good life?» 14.2.13

He does not mince his words – and that’s why he’s successful. At the age of 24 he was already Václav Havel’s economic advisor. Today, he is chief economist at the biggest Czech bank, teaches at Charles University in Prague and answers questions like: why did our kind of capitalism hit a dead end? Tomáš Sedláček, visionary thinker and international bestselling author, is a speaker at «sharing knowledge», Migros Culture Percent’s event series on social issues.

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Beware of False Friends 6.2.13

The winning project of Migros Culture Percent’s third Documentary Film Award “CH-Dokfilm” will treat politically explosive material. In his film “Es wird kalt in Europa” (“It’s getting cold in Europe”), director Thomas Isler critically investigates the mechanisms of direct democracy – and the Swiss political system’s sudden appeal to populist right-wing politicians from all over Europe.

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«Film funding is one of our main pillars» 1.2.13

Without funding, there would be no Swiss films. Alongside public institutions, Migros Culture Percentage plays an important role in this area.  In our interview, the duo behind the scenes seem satisfied with what has been achieved so far, but they also see opportunities to take their commitment even further.

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«Cinema is more than just numbers» 23.1.13

Just how bad is the situation in the Swiss film business? Do the low admission figures mean we’re in the middle of a crisis? Let’s hear it from Bettina Oberli and Peter Liechti, Swiss filmmakers have reaped success in their respective genres.

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The digital folding master 15.10.12

Jun Mitani uses computer programs to develop complex folding patterns and create totally new forms for origami, the ancient art of paper folding. At several of the workshops organised by :digital brainstorming, the Japanese computer specialist introduced us to the secrets of computer-aided paper folding.

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«Quality criteria are of little importance in Switzerland» 4.10.12

With projects such as Prairie, watch&talk, Premio and dramatist support, Migros Culture Percentage is one of the largest private supporters of theatre in Switzerland. New, contemporary ways are continually being explored.

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