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Our call for projects 2022 is currently running!

Cima Città is currently hibernating. We are closed from 01.12.21. until 31.01.22. and we are happy to welcome residents starting February 2022.


We are convinced that the most promising answers to the pressing questions of our time can only be found in the exchange between art, society, politics and academia. Our aim is therefore to bring together committed voices from different disciplines in a place that functions as a laboratory for the development and exchange of courageous ideas.

Cima Città is an interdisciplinary residency program in a historic chocolate factory in Ticino. It is a space for creation, concentration and connection of committed individuals from the arts, society, politics and science. Cima Città wants to promote fruitful and critical dialogue and encourage new forms of collaboration. This exchange fosters novel, transdisciplinary approaches to pressing contemporary issues.

Cima Città enables individuals and groups to live and work together on site for a few days or weeks. Everyone is welcome and should feel comfortable. The site of the Cima Norma chocolate factory in the Valle di Blenio offers inspiring and generous space for working on projects.

Copyright Images: Nelly Rodriguez 2019 The three large factory buildings are owned by the Fondazione la Fabbrica del Cioccolato. Exhibition with works by Markus Keibel, Debora Hirsch, Simon Berz, 2019.


The heart of Cima Città is the inviting clubhouse "Pensionato". It offers seven bedrooms (simple standard), in which up to 14 people can stay in double rooms, a large kitchen for cooking, a lounge and two workrooms.

The premises of the disused chocolate factory Cima Norma consists of several buildings and offers various interesting indoor and outdoor spaces. In addition to the clubhouse, Cima Città has other workrooms on the site: an atelier, a music room, a workshop, a rehearsal room for dance and performance, a vegetable garden. The residential part of the factory is inhabited all year round. Every summer the Fondazione la Fabbrica del Cioccolato organizes an art festival in the large industrial halls. These halls can be rented for projects on request.

The group house "Adula", which is also located on the premises, can accommodate up to 45 people.


Cima Città is located between the villages of Dangio and Torre at 800 meters above sea level. The Valle Blenio in the northern part of Ticino extends from the Lukmanier Pass (1914m) down to Biasca. It is very sunny due to its north-south orientation. The Lukmanier Pass road leads from Campo Blenio to Disentis/Sedrun in the Grisons Surselva and is passable all year round. The relatively untouristic Valle di Blenio lives mainly from agriculture and is known for its hiking, climbing and biking routes.

Cima Città is easily accessible by public transport (from Biasca take bus 131 to Dangio-Paese). Parking spaces can be provided upon request. The area is not barrier-free.

The area is not barrier-free.

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Interactive Archive

Central goals of the residency program Cima Città are exchange, networking and interdisciplinary inspiration. Our interactive archive (digital and physical) consists of material produced at the Cima Città and is available to all interested parties for viewing or further processing. All guests are invited to document their work process on site and make it available under the free license Creative Commons. More information about Creative Commons and CC licenses

The interactive archive will be accessible via this website from summer 2021.


Cima Città works closely with Swiss partner institutions. These include the Fondazione la Fabbrica del Cioccolato, Migros Kulturprozent Double, Sonart.

Stays and Residences

Cima Città offers two types of stays:


Clubhouse and workrooms can be rented from February to November for work stays. Purpose: workshops, retreats and coworking weeks of associations and collectives, project-trips of universities, band and performing arts rehearsals, research and project work of individuals. Inquiries are accepted at any time. The maximum length of stay is two weeks. Vacation stays are excluded. If you are interested, please fill out the inquiry form and send it to

Residences supported by Cima Città

Every year Cima Città supports projects from different disciplines. Interested parties can apply to the annual call for applications. The support given consists of the waiver of rental and cleaning costs for accommodation and working spaces (including infrastructure), as well as a flat rate for travel expenses. Per diems are not covered.

You can apply now for a two-week 2022 residency at Cima Città! The theme: Criptic Species - Listening to the Unseen. Click here for the call for applications. Application deadline is December 31, 2021.

Curatorial concept

Each year, Cima Citta formulates a thematic focus for the residency call. In addition to the residencies, Cima Città organizes its own events such as workshops, conferences, networking meetings, etc., which deal with the thematic focus in greater depth.

Background Cima Norma

The Cima Norma chocolate factory has been out of operation since 1968 and was temporarily used as military barracks. The site has found a new purpose as a cultural space. The Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, founded in 2015, has taken on the tasks of renovating the factory and organising exhibitions. In 2019, the association re/fugium began complementing previous activities and establishing the residency programme Cima Città in the inspiring industrial space. The Cima Norma chocolate factory, which has been out of operation since 1968 and was temporarily used as barracks has found its new purpose as a cultural site. The Fondazione La Fabbrica del Cioccolato, founded in 2015, has taken on the task of expanding the disused factory and organizing exhibitions. Since 2019, the association re/fugium complements the activities on the industrial premises with the Cima Città residential program. More information about the history of Cima Norma.

Association and project team

Behind Cima Città is the nonprofit association re/fugium, founded in 2015, which realized the self-organized, interdisciplinary residency project re/fugium in summer 2016. Inspired by this project, the association re/fugium decided to establish a long-term residency program on the grounds of Cima Norma: Cima Città. Since 2019 the association re/fugium rents the former workers' pension and offers working stays on site. The infrastructure of Cima Città is constantly being expanded. The association now has 45 members from all over Switzerland. The project is managed by the eight-member association board. The team has a broad disciplinary base and is based in German-speaking Switzerland. Besides the project team, other members of the re/fugium association are also responsible for sub-projects of Cima Città.

Lea Loeb

is a dramaturg and curator. She is part of the programme board of the Zürcher Theater Spektakel and assistant to the artistic director. She is also completing a master's degree in transdisciplinarity at the ZHdK. Loeb is co-founder of the interdisciplinary artists' and curators' collective FRICTION, with which she curated the Offspace Perla Fashion in Zurich. In 2015/2016 FRICTION curated the Kunstraum Nordflügel of the Theaterhaus Gessnerallee as part of a one-year residency. Lea Loeb is co-founder and organizer of the music and performance festival PERLATON. In the 16/17 and 17/18 seasons she worked as a program dramaturg at the Theater Neumarkt in Zurich and at the Südpol in Lucerne.

Maximilian Stern

M.A., studied political science, economics and European law in Zurich and Munich. In 2009 he was co-founder of the think tank foraus - Foreign Policy Forum. As such, he served as managing director for four years and is now a member of the board. Subsequently, he worked as a Mercator Fellow at the interface between innovation, technology and democratic participation. Today, Maximilian is a partner in the consulting firm crstl and Vice President of the staatslabor, an institution dedicated to innovation in public administration. Most recently, he published the "Agenda for a Digital Democracy" (NZZ Libro June 2018). Stern works for the City of Zurich in the Smart City department.

Lukas von Blarer

is an independent web developer (attribute GmbH), specialized in frontend development. Besides his work as a programmer, he spends a lot of time with his passion, music. He was the initiator of the first PERLATON Festival and presides over some of the most important organizational tasks in the association. Besides that he is involved in the Digitale Gesellschaft, a non-profit organisation which promotes ethics in digital change. He regularly turns the tables at parties in Zurich as DJ Lukrativ .

Francesca Giardina

works in the digital policy environment as deputy director of the Parliamentary Group on Digital Sustainability (Parldigi). She is co-leader of the Working Group on Digital Shifts of the political movement Operation Libero and has led and moderated the annual conference for digital sustainability DINAcon since its inception. Prior to that she worked as a multimedia producer in sports and cultural institutions. She is completing an interdisciplinary Master of European Global Studies from the University of Basel.

Stefan Breit

is an environmental scientist and futurologist. He currently works as a researcher at the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute and analyses social, economic and technological changes with a focus on housing, infrastructure and environment. Prior to this, he studied environmental sciences at ETH Zurich. After an internship in the NEST project at Empa Dübendorf on innovations in the building sector, he worked for six months in the Global Scanning Network for the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies.

Jessica Huber

Her artistic work slides back and forth between different performance worlds: while her early works were primarily choreographically influenced, her more recent productions vary considerably in form and expression. What the works have in common, however, is the search for a practice and aesthetics of sharing and exchange, and the lived desire for collaboration. Accordingly, Jessica has made collaboration with other artists her primary working method: formats such as walks, residencies and workshops are not only inspiring moments of interaction for her, but also an essential part of the creative process.

Dominik Wolfinger

is a freelance screenwriter, dramaturg, cultural journalist and narrative designer for computer games. He himself sees his destiny in storytelling and likes to express himself in different media. Wolfinger is co-founder of the online magazine tsü, where he regularly works as a journalist. He also co-founded the collective Bild mit Ton. From time to time he performs on stage or in front of the camera, although he prefers to find himself staring at a blank word file.

Lorenz Hubacher

is an art historian, curator and cultural mediator. He works and is involved in various cultural institutions and projects in various fields. He has worked for Gessnerallee Zurich and the Zürcher Theater Spektakel, curated exhibitions at Atelier Hermann Haller on behalf of the City of Zurich from 2012 to 2017, is part of the organising team of the International Short Film Festival Winterthur and currently works for the independent radio station GDS.FM and as a freelance art historian.


The association re/fugium is happy about new members!
Members of the association receive four times a year an update on the status of the project by mail. Once a year a general assembly takes place in the Cima Città. Association members* have the opportunity to contribute inputs to the program of the Cima Città in exchange with the association's board of directors. Regular membership costs CHF 50 per year. A patron membership costs CHF 100 per year. Membership comes into effect upon payment of the membership fee.

After filling out this form, you will receive an e-mail with the payment details in the next few weeks. If the amount of CHF 50 is too high, you can contact us at any time via

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Association re/fugium
Strada Vecchia 100
6717 Torre
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Development: ATTRIBUTE (Alex Jenter, Lukas von Blarer)
Design: Christof Täschler