From Negotiated Order to Freedom Proper


Vahid Evazzadeh is an RCF expert living in Copenhagen of Iranian nationality. He is a filmmaker, theatre director, performers' trainer, writer and cinematographer. He is also Chairman of the Counter Institute and CEO of the film production company doublExpose, Ltd.

RCF would like to share with you a text he has brilliantly written on the role of the Roberto Cimetta Fund within what he names "Negotiated Order", allowing "Freedom Proper".

Please take the time to read this excellent document here (all rights reserved).


Ferdinand Richard, Chair of RCF in Baghdad


Ferdinand Richard, Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, traveled to Baghdad from 15th to 22nd December 2014 on the invitation of the Iraqi Ministry of  Culture. He met many Iraqian artists (see photo below) and other artists working in Baghdad.  


The RCF/Iraqi Ministry of Culture partnership is the first that RCF has set up with an Arab institution. In order to consolidate this partnership, Ferdinand Richard went to Baghdad to officially sign the agreement with the Iraqi Minister of Culture, his excellence Mr. Faryad Raondzi. 


RCF launches a new mobility funding line with Valletta 2018


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, responsible for the implementation of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018 are collaborating on an initiative to improve and increase mobility of artists in the Euro-Mediterranean region and more widely through the Euro-Arab territory.


This initiative will see a series of open calls for travel grants being offered from 2015 to 2018; artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab region who wish to undertake collaborative projects satisfying the criteria indicated in the "mobility programme" section of this website are invited to apply.


Both the Roberto Cimetta Fund and Valletta 2018 see freedom of mobility as essential to the development of the arts and strongly support the right of the artist to travel freely. In the context of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018, where Valletta is physically and culturally a crossroads and meeting point in the centre of the Mediterranean, this fund aims to aid mobility, communication, collaboration and exchange between diverse cultures and to contribute to local, community participation in the arts in the broader context of the Euro-Arab zone.


The first open call opened on 1st January 2015 for one month; the Cimetta Fund will programme a series of calls up until December 2018.


Applications can be made in Maltese, Arabic, English or French.


RCF - Open call for travel grants. Deadline : 31/01/2015


The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) is launching the first 2015 open call for travel grants from 1st to 31 st January 2015.


Artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region can apply in Arabic, English or French. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions.


The open call concerns three separate mobility funds

- the NEW RCF/Valletta 2018 Fund,  - the RCF/Ministry of Culture of Iraq Fund, and

- the RCF/Conseil Régional Ile-de-France Fund. 


This call is therefore open for travel related to specific criteria of Valletta 2018 (information is currently available in the section mobility programme of this website), as well as travel from or to Iraq, and finally from or to the Ile-de-France Region. 



RCF launches a Fund to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects


In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching a funding line to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and projects. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms). We hope through this fund to create a leverage effect that could contribute modestly to rebalancing forces between Arab and European components in the exchange, as well as strengthening and sustaining cultural exchange between Arab regions. The grants provided will not exceed 3000€ and can be considered as co-funding depending on the projects selected. Only artists and cultural operators from the Arab world can apply to this fund. The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation. For more information go to the Support Programme section of this website.


Travel grants, Prince Claus Foundation


The Prince Claus Fund’s Ticket Fund supports the cross-cultural exchange of artists and cultural practitioners.  By covering travel costs, such as economy class plane or train tickets, the Ticket Fund assists in the professional growth and networking abilities of those it supports. The Ticket Fund is open throughout the year to receive applications. It is specifically intended for artists and cultural practitioners living in Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, non-EU Balkans and non-EU Eastern Europe who wish to travel within these areas.Please note, the Ticket Fund does not include accommodation, visa or per diem costs. 


Please find further information on the official website.

RCF - Seminar in Brussels - 27/02/2015


In collaboration with the Region of Nord-Pas de Calais in Brussels, we have the pleasure to announce that the Roberto Cimetta Fund is organising a seminar entitled “Euro-Arab relations for local cultural development” on Friday 27th February 2015 at the Brussels based office of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region, 14 rue de la Science (M°Trône).


This seminar has been organised thanks to the sponsorship of Ms. Catherine Genisson, Vice-Chairman of the Regional Council Nord-Pas de Calais in charge of Culture.


Representatives of local and regional authorities in Brussels will be invited to attend to meet and exchange with cultural experts from Europe and the Arab world. 


The preliminary programme can be downloaded here.

If you would like more information just send a request to

Call for applications - Deadline : 15/02/2015


The funding program Change of Scene, initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the German Centre of the International Theatre Institute, supports international cooperation projects in the performing arts with partners from Eastern Europe and North Africa. 


The program is looking for projects which take up recent tendencies and changes in societies and make them visible in the mutual artistic reflection.


The program’s main purpose is to support the preparation and development of new artistic projects that are created together in a time period up to two years. Existing contacts can be expanded as well as new ones initiated.


The collaborations should put new accents on proven ways of expression and present new working methods in their projects. Particularly, the initiation and development of international artistic projects which are created through cooperation of two partners are supported by Change of Scene. 


The call for applications is intended for theater and independent theater groups from all areas of the performing arts such as drama, children and youth theater, dance, musical theater, puppet theater and performance from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The supported projects should be presented in the German-speaking country; however a presentation in the partner country is equally desirable. 10-12 international cooperation projects, chosen by an independent jury, will be supported with up to 15,000 Euro.


The jurors are Tilmann Broszat (director Festival SPIELART München), Annette Dabs (director Puppet Theater Festival FIDENA), Stefan Schmidtke (curator Wiener Festwochen), Branko Šimic (director KRASS Festival) and Elisabeth Wellershaus (cultural journalist). 


Application deadline: February 15, 2015.


For further information on the grant program and on submitting applicationsplease visit

MyMed - New website


The team My Med has launched a new website. To visit it click here 

Likhachev Foundation


CEC ArtsLink is pleased to share with you the request for fellowship applications by their Russian colleagues at the Likhachev Foundation. If you are interested in applying, review the information below and respond directly to the competition coordinator, Elena Vitenberg, at and


The subject line should read “Application for the Fellowship”. Please note that CEC ArtsLink does not administer this program and has no hand in the selection process. 

The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and the Fund of the First Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for 2-week cultural fellowships in St. Petersburg on  May 11-24, 2015. The application deadline is February 1, 2015.  The Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from the US and European professionals in the fields of culture, history and arts who are working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Students are not eligible. Working languages of the program are English and Russian. Creative project could be a museum exhibition, a theater performance, a film, photo exhibition, preparation of fiction or research books, etc. related to Russian culture or history. Creative project should be conceived in the USA or Europe for a broad American or European audience. Residence in Russia should serve as an important stage in the realization of the applicant’s cultural project. The Likhachev Foundation will prepare individual programs for the fellows according to their projects’ specifics, to help them achieve maximum results during their fellowships. These programs will include meetings with Russian colleagues, possibilities to work at St. Petersburg museums, libraries, archives and other organizations. Ten two-week fellowships will be organized on May 11-24, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.Deadline for submitted applications is February 1, 2015.Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2015. Application should include: 
CV (including information on Russian language skills, previous creative projects related to Russia and previous visits to Russia).Description of creative project (up to 3 pages) such as museum or exhibition project, theater performance, film, preparation of fiction or research book and other types of cultural projects related to Russian culture or history. It should contain, in particular, a paragraph on how a residency in St. Petersburg will benefit the applicant’s creative project and which cultural organizations in St. Petersburg the applicant would like to work with. Email your application in Russian or English to the competition coordinator Elena Vitenberg at and with subject line «application for the fellowship».   
The D. S. Likhachev International Charitable
B. Yeltsin Presidential
Committee on External Relations of Saint Petersburg

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.

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