RCF - Call for TAMTEEN Grants. Deadline: 30.09.2016.


In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is running a funding line to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and their activities. This funding line entitled "Tamteen" aims to strengthen cultural and artistic organisations and/or artists collectives operating in the Arab World and 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.


This call is open for organisations, artists collectives and independents cultural managers based in the Arab world and have been operating at least for a year.


The demand presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development. Sustainability implies any action that will allow the organisation or its action to last. by covering operational costs. For example this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space or any other operational cost. Support to artistic production can be provided only if this production can prove “sustaining” effects. Thus, this fund does not finance production costs directly related to artistic works. 


The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.

This third call for applications is open from 1st August 2016 until 30th September 2016.


The evaluation and selection processes will take place during the months of October and November 2016.


The results will be announced on 1st December 2016.


Five projects at least will be selected. The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise. 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to strengthen projects that emerge following the benefits of a travel grant and at the same time support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives.


You can apply in Arabic, English and French.


For more information on the eligibility criteria, please click here.


For more infromation on how to apply, please click here.


RSS - Sundance Institute Theatre Program . Deadline: 01 & 15.11.2016.


The Sundance Institute Theatre Program is pleased to announce TWO new play development opportunities for theatre artists:


• 2017 MENA Playwrights Residency in Berlin (Spring 2017). MENA Arabic-speaking playwrights, particularly Syrian, who have been based in Europe for five years or less (2011-2016) are encouraged to apply to this text-based residency - Application deadline: November 1, 2016: http://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre-program#berlin


• 2017 Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort (July 2017). All theatre-makers from the US and Arabic-speaking artists from the Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply to the Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort (MENA artists working in English or French can be considered too) - Application deadline: November 15, 2016: http://www.sundance.org/programs/theatre-program#lab 

The same ideals guide both activities: meaningful, peer-to-peer mentorship free from commercial pressures.


For further information, you can send your questions by email or visit the Facebook page of the MENA initiative. 


RCF - Joint conference - A.M.I./RCF - 16-17.03.2016 Marseille, France


Incubinc/AMI & Roberto Cimetta Fund

Joint conference16th & 17th March 2016 at the Villa Méditerranée / Marseilles


In partnership with the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur Region, the Villa Méditerranée / AViTeM


With the support from the French Institutes in Lebanon and Morocco and the French Embassy in South Africa.
Live streaming & realisation of the videos by Urban Prod.


RCF - Tribune for artists in exile - 7/10/2016


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, the French Office For Contemporary Performing Arts Circulation, the Syndeac and the Arab World Institute invite you to a Tribune for artists in exile on Friday 7th October 2016, from 18h00 to 19h30 at the Arab World Institute in Paris.


This event will encourage more awareness about the current situation of Arab artists and cultural operators in exile particularly amongst their French and European counterparts, in order to favour understanding, exchange and engagement.


Well-known artists and cultural operators in exile or representing the artistic and cultural world in Arab countries, will contribute to the debate: Fadi Yazigi, Syrian visual artists and sculptor, Hanan Kassab Hassan, Syrian professor and cultural operator, Sana Yazigi, Syrian designer, Hala Omran and May Skaf, both Syrian Actresses.


Jack Lang, Chairman of the Arab World Institute will open the debate.

Ferdinand Richard, Chairman of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, will moderate the debate.


Free entrance, limited seating available.

To register please click here.

Doors open at: 17h30


Arab World Institute

1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V 75005 Paris

tel.: 00 33 01 40 51 38 38




Fadi Yazigi’s art is a testimony to the power and conviction of a whole generation of artists living and still working in Syria. Fadi constantly experiments with new materials and techniques and his work ranges from painting to sculpture to reliefs. His sculptures depict people as under-developed creatures or half-human beasts emerging from a half-monster, half-human world that is constantly fluctuating between the two. His work has been shown in individual and collective exhibitions in the Arab world, in Europe, in the USA and in China. In April 2016, his individual exhibition entitled “Sourced From Mother Earth” was presented at the Art Paris Art Fair.


Hanan Kassab Hassan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. Renowned theatre expert, Professor at IESAV-University Saint Joseph, Lebanon, formerly professor at the University of Damascus, Hanan was Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts of Damascus, General Secretary of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008 and the General Director of the Opera of Damascus, Syria.


Sana Yazigi is the founder of the creativememory.org website which aims to archive all the intellectual and artistic expressions produced since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011 until today. This website is a rare and precious example of how to preserve contemporary artistic expression and intangible cultural heritage from the danger of being wiped out and forgotten.


Hala Omran trained as an actress at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts of Damascus. During her career she has worked with Syrian and French-Arab directors such as Ossama Mohammed in his film Sacrifices (official selection Cannes 2002) or Yousry Nasrallah in his film The Gate of Sun (official selection Cannes 2004). Hala is a poet and also promotes the diversity of Syrian and Arabic culture through songs and translations of major works by Syrian poets or young playwrights in exile.


May Skaf is a Syrian actress and television star in her country. Founder of “Teatro”, workshops for young Syrian artists in Damascus, May is a fervent defender of independence for the arts in her country. She stayed in Syria at the beginning of the revolution and was an opponent to the regime before deciding to leave for Jordan and has only recently arrived in France. At the beginning of the revolution she and many artists and intellectuals wrote a declaration to ask that the siege of Deraa cease (in 2011). May was taken prisoner then released and was imprisoned many times after that. The media, particularly in the West, have often relayed her outspoken words. 





RSS- Call for application // Darat al Funun (Jordan). Deadline: 15.11.2016.


Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for its 2017/2018 dissertation fellowship.


The fellowship, established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world, provides financial support of up to US $10,000 to PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to two fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration must range from four to six months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun's cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five- to seven-page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun's website.

Applications are welcome until 15 November 2016.

For more information, please click here.



RCF - Selected artists / Europe Grand Central


Europe Grand Central is a ground-breaking cooperation endeavour aiming to build on the human act of crossing borders in order to produce inclusive statements on diversity and ultimately pave the way for global movements of connected human values.


Within the framework of this EU funded project, 10 partner organisations and collaborators*, all solid cultural operators and networks, have joined forces to develop grassroot projects and encourage trans border mobility.A series of methods to meet audiences wherever they may be are currently being elaborated by partners working on a variety of issues such as rising xenophobia towards refugees in Sweden, individual consequences of mounting economic crisis in Greece, disconnected suburbs and city-dwellers in Bologna and Bremen, political tension towards the eastern borderlands in Poland and so on. The main tool to highlight is a unique digital and conceptual virtual interface called Bordrs, connecting audience-created narratives of border-crossings.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, as a partner in this project launched an open call to invite Arab artists to submit proposal to four thematic European art residencies on the concept of BORDERS and related to the local communities.


Following an evaluation of applications run by RCF’s Committee of experts, and in agreement with the EGC partners and RCF Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be attending residencies in Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland and Sweden from June 2016 to January 2017. The selected artists are:  

- Amira- Géhanne Khelfallah, Morocco

- Charbel Samuel Aoun, Lebanon

- Deema Shahin, Jordan

- Dina Kobrosly, Lebanon

- Hind Oudrhiri, Morocco

- Majdal Nateel, Palestine

- Paul Geday, Egypt

- Radhouan Fiddini, Tunisia

- Reuben Yemoh Odoi, Morocco


* Not Quite, Trans Europe Halles, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Laminarie/DOM La Cupola del Pilastro, Vyrsodepseio/ODC Ensemble, European Foundation for Urban Culture, Bordr, Workshops of Culture, Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018, Roberto Cimetta Fund.


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