With this initiative, the insurer joins a group of entities that collaborate with the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco to support the training of promising youths in singing, dance and guitar.

Helvetia Insurance, in its commitment to culture and the training of youth, has signed an agreement of collaboration with the Fundación Cristina Heeren de Arte Flamenco for the awarding of a scholarship to a promising flamenco dance youth to study in the Foundation's school. The beneficiary of the 'Helvetia Scholarship' is Rocio Romero, a 26 year old dancer from Cordoba who won the second prize in the 2017 Flamenco Dance Talent Competition which the Foundation organised last June in the Sala Compañia in Jerez de la Frontera. In this contest, Rocio won over the public with her great talent. In the judges´deliberations, the dancer from Cordoba was tied in points with the winner, Adrián Domínguez, and the final position was decided by lottery. And now, thanks to this scholarship, she can fulfill her dreams to complete her training in one of the most internationally prestigious flamenco training centers.

Carmen Caballero, responsable de Helvetia, con Cristina Heeren y la bailaora Rocío Romero

In the picture, Carmen Caballero, representative of Helvetia, with the President Cristina Heeren and the dancer Rocio Romero

Supporting young flamenco talents

For 20 years, the Fundación Cristina Heeren has organised Flamenco Talent Competitions to inspire the training of promising youths in guitar, singing and flamenco dancing through scholarships and economic support in order to participate in the Annual Flamenco Course which is given by the Foundation´s school. This year, held between May and July, the Foundation has recognised 27 emerging artists under 30 in the nine competitions that have taken place in Almeria, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jerez de la Frontera, Málaga, Sevilla and Úbeda.

For the patron Cristina Heeren, these competitions, which in previous years have enabled the discovery of artists such as India Martínez, Maria José Pérez, El Choro and Jermo Segura, would not be possible without the economic support of public and private entities. Therefore, thanks to Helvetia Insurance for their participations in this initiative, because their collaboration contributes to the "search and training of new flamenco talents".

About the Helvetia Group

For more than 150 years the Helvetia Group has been growing through various insurers from Switzerland and other countries, becoming an international insurance group of success. Currently, Helvetia owns branches in the domestic market, Switzerland, as well as in the Europe market area: Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain. Through its market area Specialty Markets, Helvetia is also present in France and in certain regions of the world. They also undertake part of their investor and financial activities through subsidiaries and investment fund companies in Luxembourg and Jersey. The central site of the Helvetia Group is situation in the Swiss city of St. Gallen. Helvetia offers Life and Non-Life policies, as well as custom specialty lines and reinsurance coverage. Its business activities are focused both on individual clients as well as small and medium enterprises, and in big corporations. With around 6,500 employees, it services more than 5 million customers. With a business volume of 8,513 million Swiss Francs, Helvetia generated an underlying benefit of 491.8 million Swiss Francs in 2016. Helvetia Holding´s nominal shares are traded on the Swiss exchange SIX Swiss Exchange with the abbreviation HELN.