Cultural relations between Switzerland and Bosnia and Herzegovina are vibrant. Switzerland has been active in the cultural field in BiH since the end of the war 1995. Initially the focus was set on the reconstruction of various cultural institutions. Later on it shifted on revival of independent cultural work and local cultural scene by supporting single initiatives and investing in capacity building.
By the end of 2016 around 500 cultural projects – small actions, national and regional projects - were supported either by the Embassy of Switzerland directly and organisations mandated by the Swiss Government (Antenna office of Pro Helvetia in Sarajevo) or from a fund Swiss Government contributed to (Balkan Arts and Culture Fund).