Sélection suisse en Avignon was created because we felt Swiss artists were not visible enough on the international performing arts scene. A study led by Michelle Pralong was commissioned by Pro Helvetia and Corodis, and its results gave birth to the creation of SCH, which was to help highlight Swiss productions in the Avignon Festival and increase their visibility in the French-speaking cultural network. SCH was first created in 2016 with a three-year pilot project; it was a big success and the project was renewed.
Laurence Perez was the first SCH director. Her mandate ended after the 6th edition.
Esther Welger-Barboza has been our new director since September 2022.

Let’s talk numbers

Since its creation

17 readings/ events
151 artists and their teams
357 performances
3 638 professionals
371 journalists  

It also fostered tours in

422 venues in France
100 venues abroad
189 venues in Switzerland