Rolex names Berlin as host city for Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative events


Berlin has been named as the host city for next year’s Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

The event will see hundreds of internationally acclaimed artists, rising talents and leading members of Germany’s artistic community gathering at some of Berlin’s most important cultural institutions in the first week of February 2018.

The weekend programme will include performances, presentations, exhibitions, installations, readings and screenings, including three world premieres across artistic disciplines ranging from dance, music, theatre and film to literature, visual arts and architecture.

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Rebecca Irvin, head of philanthropy at Rolex, said: “We are delighted to bring this unique philanthropic programme to Berlin, whose thriving arts scene and vibrant culture make it the perfect location and a wonderful destination for our participating artists.”

Rolex supports protégés in various artistic fields throughout their early careers with peer-to-peer assistance and by providing opportunities at events like the Berlin weekend, which will give a platform to seven of the artists.

“The seven talented protégés will demonstrate the insights they gained from their mentors over the past year, illustrating the importance of inspiring a new generation of artists that is integral to the Rolex Initiative’s mission. Rolex has a long commitment to the arts and the transmission of excellence is important to the company, which recognizes and supports individual achievement,” Ms Irvin explains.

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