Welcome by Markus Hongler
CEO Swiss Mobiliar
Dear Festival visitors,
It is not long now before the Locarno Festival gets underway and we at Swiss Mobiliar are greatly looking forward to making our first ever debut as main partner.
We value Ticino as an economically up-and-coming and culturally self-confident canton. We aim with our partnership to ensure that this remains the case – in the interests of Switzerland as a whole. This is consistent with the idea of Swiss Mobiliar’s own cooperative structure.
We also wish to strengthen our support of film-making, as films are contemporary witnesses of our society. They open up new horizons and arouse our curiosity. We learn at the cinema what it means to think outside the box and seize the future.
Swiss Mobiliar also wishes to play an active role in shaping the future and is not content with the role of spectator. With the new talk show Locarno Talks la Mobiliare at the Spazio Cinema we aim to initiate a public dialogue on current social issues – with national and international figures from science, politics, art and culture.
Don't forget to visit our spectacular pavilion of the Swiss artist Kerim Seiler in the Locarno Garden La Mobiliare. We look forward to seeing you and wish you an inspiring festival.