RCF - Independent mobility funds in the Mediterranean and Central America - Lisboa, 18-19/06/2015


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Municipality of Lisbon co-organised a Meeting of Independent Artistic and Cultural Mobility Funds in the Mediterranean and Central America on 18th and 19th June 2015 at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. 


The programme, presentation of speakers and written contributions can be found on RCF’s blog: https://cimettafund.wordpress.com/ 


The meeting grouped together cultural operators from 21 different countries of Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East and the Mediterranean region (Costa Rica, Guatemala, Venezuela, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon and Morocco as well as representatives of Ministries of Culture of Iraq and France). 


Discussions highlighted the similarities in both regions such as needs and rights of artists and cultural operators to flexible procedures of support which respect freedom of expression, timeframe of the creative process as well as the creative processes themselves, needs for places to meet and talk freely, needs and rights to build up local markets and have more consideration for the changemaker role of artists in society. Artists and cultural operators in both regions require courage to be mobile and to be civil society actors as well as determination to uphold their own culture in their own country.During the course of the debate, it was underlined that networks and independent mobility funds could indeed be useful glocal tools for these two regions because both tools are managed in non-hierarchical ways through interconnecting.On a different level, the participants suggested that cultural policy should be considered as part of public policy which concerns local inhabitants as much as the diaspora elsewhere. In fact cultural policy could be the most important binding factor between all public policies.The participants firmly advocated that artists and intellectuals isolated in Syria or Iraq should not be left alone. We must connect with them since neither they nor we are alone in facing terrorism. The oppression and instable political situations in places like Palestine and Venezuela were also strongly voiced during the debate.At the same time, all the participants agreed that artistic and cultural mobility builds spaces, pathways and trust-building that are essential for interconnected societal dynamics. In this sense, we need to move beyond the catastrophe narrative of migration, uprooting and cultural assimilation to the artists’ stories, the quality of exchange and concrete civic demands. 

New UN resolution on Culture and Development


The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus on 12 December 2013 a third resolution on Culture and Development. Building on the recognition of the role of culture for development acknowledged in the previous resolutions, this new resolution represents an important breakthrough on the development agenda as it explicitly recognizes the direct linkages between culture and the 3 pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental) as well as peace and security.

RCF – A model of cultural cooperation for local and regional authorities in the Euro-Arab geographical zone – the example of the Roberto Cimetta Fund


Since 2010, the County Council of the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Roberto Cimetta Fund have developed a specific partnership to support mobility from the Bouches-du-Rhône County and its cooperation zones : the City of Algiers, the City of Gyumri, the Region of Barcelona, the City of Haïfa, the Province of Genova, the City of Marrakech, the City of Bethlehem and the City of Tunis. The aim of the partnership is to allow access to mobility in between the Bouches-du-Rhône and its cooperation zones in the Euro-Arab geographical zone for cultural and artistic reasons.


We are proud to communicate the excellent results of this partnership which, we believe is an excellent model of cultural and artistic cooperation for other local and regional authorities in Europe and in the Arab world in partnership with the Roberto Cimetta Fund.


Please visit our new blog https://boursiersfrc.wordpress.com to read about the grantees who have benefited from this partnership and the results of the impact study produced in 2013. Please feel free to share your comments and questions via this blog.


If you would like to discuss this programme with us please don’t hesitate to send us an email. We hope to build up more models of mobility funding with other local and regional authorities and are open to your suggestions !


Contact : Ferdinand Richard, Président, Angie Cotte, Secrétaire Générale : info@cimettafund.org




RSS - Art Angle - Open Call - deadline : 6/09/2015


OPEN CALL - Art Angle has just launched a call for submission of proposals for Collaboration Projects in Arts and Culture - COLABs. Independent cultural organisations, networks, foundations and/or associations in the Balkans are invited to submit ideas. Deadline to apply is 6 September. For more information, visit BAC (Balkan Arts and Culture Fund)'s website.


The Counter Institute's Workshop in Malta


Department of Theatre Studies, The University of Malta & The Counter Institute present


10–13 September 2015. 08:00 to 18:00

Price: €90 (concession €60)


To receiving the participation form send an e-mail to workshops@counterinstitute.com


For more informations visit the Facebook page event or the Counter Institute website. 


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