RSS - Sign the petition to support Racines, Morocco


Dissolution of NGO Racines, an unacceptable violation of cultural rights in Morocco


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, is outraged to learn of the dissolution of the NGO Racines, announced by the civil court of the first instance of Casablanca on 26thDecember 2018. This sudden attack is unjust and unjustifiable, serving the Moroccan Government’s desire to clamp down on associations that would dare to be too free in their expression. 


The Governor of Casablanca-Anfa, a senior official of the Ministry of the Interior, filed a complaint against Racines for the hosting of a YouTube show 1 Dîner 2 Cons, a satirical political commentary. The show is one of the bastions of free speech, addressing the often-taboo topics of politics, religion and sex.  During the August 5 episode, viewed more than half a million times, some guests criticized the Moroccan King’s speeches and policies regarding police repression of protests. On December 26, 2018, the civil court of the first instance of Casablanca announced the dissolution of Racines on the grounds that the group had “expressed political views which were far removed from the purposes for which the association was created.” In parallel, the show I diner 2 cons continues to work and produce its forthcoming episode. Racines has appealed the court’s decision. The sentence is currently non-binding, and Racines is continuing its work advocating for freedom of expression and cultural diversity.


Established in 2010, Racines is a non-profit, non-political and non-denominational, cultural organisation based in Casablanca, working throughout Morocco to support the setting up of cultural action and policies which respond to citizens’ needs. Racines’ work is exemplary, based on territorial diagnosis, mapping, research, advocacy, and resulting in concrete outcomes in terms of cultural entrepreneurship, training, freedom of expression and the integration of culture as a key component of social and economic stability. Their recent publication “Culture is the solution” brings clear arguments to the fore.


Freedom of artistic expression is fundamental to a free and open society. Uninhibited creative expression catalyzes social and political engagement, stimulates the exchange of ideas and opinions, and encourages intercultural dialogue, a key element to the resolution of conflicts of any kind. Freedom of expression is essential to individuals and communities, challenging us to confront difficult realities together. 

Restricting this freedom and the free flow of ideas strikes at the heart of the core values of an open society.


Launched in 1999 as an international civil society initiative, the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) expresses the determination of cultural and arts professionals in finding solutions to improve cooperation with their colleagues from the Arab world and the Middle East, strengthening exchange in a sustainable way via a multilateral mobility programme. 


RCF considers that the voices of artists and cultural operators like Racines and coming from every part of the world - writers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performers - are more vital than ever today, at a time when we must listen to others in the search for global understanding, when we need, more than anything else, to imagine together the creative solutions for the crises of our time. 


Echoing the words of many other international cultural and human rights organisations, the Roberto Cimetta Fund - its Board members, experts, staff and beneficiaires - urge the Government of Morocco to take into consideration these serious concerns and release the charges against Racines.


Sign the petition to support Racines and say no to the dissolution.



RCF - Job announcement - part time


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association that provides support for artistic and cultural mobility in the Euro-Arab-Middle East area. It has provided 1800 travel grants to date. RCF is in touch with the emerging art scene and has a general overview of artistic and cultural projects taking shape in the Arab world and the Middle East as well as a focus on artists in exile near the conflict zones.


Context for recruting: In the last few years RCF has diversified its funding sources, widening its action and multiplying grants with success. In order to be fully operational, RCF has decided to recrute a project manager in the framework of a Government aided support programme called « parcours emploi compétences ». 


Position: Project manager


Assignment: Administration of the programmes run by RCF (announcing calls, receiving applications, liaising with the committee of experts, liaising with the successful candidates, communicating and reporting). Designing tools to valorise the artistic and cultural projects of grantees. Communication and reporting tools management. Translations. 


Specificity: in the framework of a government funded programme called “parcours emploi compétences”


Workplace: c/o ONDA, 13bis rue Henri Monnier, 75009 PARIS, FRANCE


Beginning of contract:  from March 2019


Number of working hours: 20 hours per week 


Length: one year, renewable


Daily schedule: 9h30 – 13h, 14h- 18h from Monday to Thursday 9h30 – 13h, 14h-16h on Friday


Salary: SMIC 


Qualifications: Master, in cultural management /cultural policy/international relations.


Languages required: Arabic and English, intermediary level in French.


Technical capacities required: Mac environment, software (word, excel), social networks (twitter, instagram..)


Applications (motivation letter and CV) must be sent


Deadline for receiving applications: 28/02/19



RSS - Call For Applications: Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies


Are you specialised in a particular discipline-and at times concerned about how open and porous your specialism is in relation to other disciplines? Do you have questions about your discipline-and are unable to find satisfactory answers in discussing them with your peers? Do you have experience as a practising artist-and yet feel uncertain when experimenting with unfamiliar formats? Are you convinced about the fruitfulness of a critical debate between the arts and the sciences-but haven't yet found a suitable framework for such a debate? If you have such or similar questions, you will feel at home at our MA Transdisciplinary Studies.
The new arises both on the edges of or at the interfaces between traditional disciplines be it in the arts, the sciences, or everyday life. Our postgraduate program me explores precisely these interfaces and intersections, and serves as a hinge and hub between the arts, the sciences, and society. Here, at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), we see transdisciplinarity as a form of cooperation capable of opening up innovative perspectives, questions, and solutions. 


Coursework is dedicated to building the transversal skills needed to deepen, extend, and position one's specialist skills with a view to developing and competently pursuing new questions, methods, and core working areas. We aim to contribute to the professionalisation of transdisciplinary work and to equipping students with the skills and qualifications needed for unforeseeable professional tasks. Our programme builds on the manifold teaching and research competencies at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), on the specialist skills of our students, and on possible connections with various professional fields.


Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) is a vibrant centre for teaching, research, and production excellence. While firmly anchored in Greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. We offer a broad range of degree programmes and further education courses in education, design, film, art & media, dance, theatre, and music. Closely interrelating teaching and research, weprovide an ideal setting for transdisciplinary projects. Committed to bridging higher education, professional practice, and the interests of the wider public, we showcase the work and achievements of our staff and students in our own exhibition spaces, theatres, and various dance and concert halls. Our Theatre of the Arts presents cutting-edge student productions, our concert halls are home to concerts almost every day, and the Mehrspur Music Club offers a wide variety of pop and jazz concerts. Our affiliated museums-the Museum of Design and the Bellerive Museum-present a rich array of acclaimed art and design exhibitions. Hosting over 600 events each year, we make a significant contribution to cultural life in the city and region of Zurich.



Get an inside look into the Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary program:November 21 2018, 6.30-8 pm, room 7.F03 (7th floor)Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96, 8031 Zurich



Deadline for application: March 1, 2019Begin of studies: September 16, 2019


Admission Requirements:




Prof. Patrick Mueller



Telephone +41 43 446 42 02



Zurich University of the Arts

Department of Cultural Analysis

Master of Arts in Transdisciplinary Studies

Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96

Postfach, 8031 Zurich



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صندوق روبيرتو شيميتا

c/o ONDA
13 bis rue Henri Monnier
75009 Paris - France
T +33 145 26 33 74