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ZURICH MEETS NEW YORK: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity Set for 5/16-23

Performing and visual artists, scientists and urban planners, public intellectuals and researchers will come together to examine the far-reaching influence of one of Europe's great cities, as New York hosts Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity, May 16-23. The multi-venue, citywide festival takes its inspiration from the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Dada movement, founded in Zurich by refugees fleeing World War I, and the city's current role as a global center of artistic and scientific innovation. In all, 25 events will engage audiences in panels and performances highlighting the contemporary relevance of visionary movements and ideas born in Zurich and their impact on American culture.

Zürich Meets New York: A Festival of Swiss Ingenuity is presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, the City of Zurich, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich (UZH).

Featured participants include novelist Renata Adler, choreographer Simone Aughterlony, new music ensemble Collegium Novum, neuro-economist Ernst Fehr, science editor Fred Guterl, theater production company Giants Are Small, urban planner Constantine E. Kontokosta, novelist Ben Marcus, cultural icon Dieter Meier, artificial intelligence expert Rolf Pfeifer, policy analyst T. Irene Sanders, video game developer Tim Schafer, veteran option trader Nassim N. Taleb, and physicist and economist Didier Sornette, among others.

"In the spirit of Dadaism and its legendary Cabaret Voltaire, we invite New Yorkers to participate in lively, provocative debates and performances capturing Zurich's incredible creative force," says Ambassador François Barras, Consul General of Switzerland in New York. "How is Dada understood and lived by 21st century artists? How can we build more resilient cities, systems and societies for a new century? What is Jung's influence on screenwriting and video games? The festival provides a vibrant 'third space' for these dynamic conversations." [...] - March 19, 2014