Istikshaf Online Petition, Policy Agenda


The Roberto Cimetta Fund would like to thank all those who have signed the petition and supported the Istikshaf policy agenda, which can be viewed by clicking on this link. To this day, the initiative has reached 257 signatures, from 47 differents countries. Your support is crucial in order to improve and promote artistic and cultural mobility in the euro-Mediterranean, as a fundamental element for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding between different countries.We invite you to keep on supporting this cause, and to share the petition on your social network / official websites. 


Thank you for your interest !

Balkan-Arab Exchange Platform, 8th-9th May 2014


The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) provides its expertise to develop Euro-Arab relations that directly benefits local artists working at international level.


With the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb, the Central European Initiative, the Anna Lindh Foundation and Kultura Nova Foundation, RCF will be organising an exchange platform entitled “Enlightening hidden passes: the reality of cultural mobilities between the Balkans, Europe and the Arab world”. The meeting will be held at POGON, Zagreb Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, on the 8th and 9th May 2014.


The aim of the exchange platform is to explore the current situation of artistic and cultural mobility between the two regions (Balkans and Arab world). More specifically, the Zagreb Meeting will be the ideal continuation of the RCF Belgrade workshop[1] which was organised on 11/09/2013. This follow-up meeting in Zagreb, Croatia provides the opportunity to continue to make headway through networking and advocacy to formulate solutions for cultural cooperation. Our meetings aim to build the capacities of the artists and cultural managers we support so that they can structure and develop, on a longer term, cross-border cooperation, networks and art projects. Mobility should be seen as a return trip bringing back potential to the starting point of the journey; potential in terms of multilateral partnerships that require specific know-how.


Because artists and cultural managers have a vital role to play in society-building (through critical processes, community activism, remembrance, diversity of cultural productions) we believe that their travel between the Balkans and the Arab world is essential and needs to be highlighted and supported. By bringing these actors together we want to advocate for recognition of the importance of these connexions and allow for real encounters to take place, which foster the trust and affiliations necessary for sustainable partnerships.


Speakers from EU, Arab and CEI countries who have regional network-building experience will provide knowledge and skills and will insist on concrete result-making plenary sessions and speed or slow dating discussions. We hope this will serve to build real Balkan-Balkan, Euro-Balkan-Arab and Arab-Balkan networks and sustainable models of international cooperation through mutualisation of artistic practice focusing on promotion of minority cultures, intercultural dialogue, conflict resolution through culture and arts, local micro-funding and international fundraising.


Call for entries - 36e Cinemed


Dates of the 36th Cinemed: 24 October-1 November 2014. 

Online submission of films to be selected for the different competition or panorama sections is available from 17 February to 31 August 2014 on the website 

Participation is open to films completed since 1 July 2013. The subject and handling of the films must contribute to the cinematic representation of the Mediterranean and the director must be from one of the states in the Mediterranean Basin, the Black Sea states, Portugal or Armenia.

Deadlines for registration: 

- Fiction features: 31 August 2014 

- Fiction shorts: 15 July 2014 

- Documentaries: 15 July 2014

- Development Grant: 15 July 2014 

Conditions of participation: see Submission 

Call for applications - Scholarships for for professional dancers, choreographers, actors and circus performers, "ArtUniverse"


Project Title: 
International Physical Theatre Laboratory 2014

Project Dates and Location:
May 16-24 - Tuscany, Italy

For the Lab in Italy each scholarship grant covers up to 300,00 EUR of the total participation fee.

July 7-12 - Styria, Austria

For the Lab in Austria each scholarship grant covers up to 400,00 EUR of the total participation fee.

Selection Criteria and Eligibility
Who can apply?dancers, choreographers, actors (dance theatre, physical theatre, drama theatre, musical theatre), contemporary circus performers


You can find further information here.

The Political Manifesto of Culture Action Europe for the european elections 2014


The european cultural network Culture Action Europe published a political manifesto for the next European elections, to be held in May. Culture Action Europe is presenting its vision for the European project and made ​​a number of demands to the future parliament. This document was sent to the parties, MEPs and all political groups.


Please publish this manifesto on your websites and social media and help CAE to disseminate it to national political parties and ideally to candidates in your country.

Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF) - Calls for production and touring


The Young Arab Theatre Fund (YATF) is an international organization designed to serve independent young artists living and working in the Arab World. The long term goal of YATF is to encourage the sustainability of the independent artistic scene in the Arab World and to nurture and sustain its development. Deadlines: three fixed deadlines per year, on the 1st of January, 1st of May and 1st of September.


You can find further information here

Call for applications. Art Residency Paris. Deadline 25/03/2014


The residency  proposed is organized with the support of the City of Paris within its residenciesʼ program at the Cité internationale des Arts.
Choreographer artists, video directors, plasticiens, circassiens, performer, all creator of new expression forms. Artists from the relation to the other who develop an approach in relation to human contexts, social and economic.


Click here for further information

Call for applications: 36th Cinemed


The International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier 2014 will take place from 24th October to the 1st November.


Movies online registration for the selection in different competitions and panoramas is open from February 17th to August 31st on the official  website.

Participation is open to films completed since 1 July 2013. The subject and handling of the films must contribute to the cinematic representation of the Mediterranean and the director must be from one of the states in the
Mediterranean Basin, the Black Sea states, Portugal or Armenia. 


Deadline for registration:
- Feature film fictions: August 31st, 2014
- Short feature fictions: July 15th, 2014
- Documentaries: July 15th, 2014
- Development grants: July 15th, 2014


Further information on Submissions.

Open forums report analysis


Halfway through the first year of work, four open forums have broadened the Paideia 4D approach to a wide public in each department. 656 people (politicians, officers of the General Council, partners and inhabitants) came together to share their conception of cultural rights, their inclusion in professional practice and, more broadly, in the development and implementation of public policies. 

Soon, here, the analysis report of these four forums.

Call for Applications: Sundance Institute. Deadline 1/07/2014


The Sundance Institute invites artists to create a unique, compelling, and personal Short Film that explores an empowering person or an optimistic story about individuals and communities who are overcoming poverty and hunger, combating disease, or improving health. The aim is to use the power of independent film and collective creativity to inspire a global conversation around innovative solutions that real people are using to conquer these challenges (10 000$ prize available). More information on the official website.

Launch of an Arab-Balkan virtual platform


The Roberto Cimetta Fund organised the “Arab-Balkan - platform for exchange” on 11th September 2013 in Belgrade in the framework of the YUropa conference coordinated by the Serbian Cultural Contact Point.


Over 90 artists, operators, journalists, institutional representatives, experts and Board members of RCF and regional members of the Istikshaf platform from 14 countries (Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Serbia, Tunisia, Turkey) took part. 


You will read the final report by clicking here.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is pleased to announce that a knowledge sharing forum will be set up by the beginning of April 2014 in a spirit of international collaboration and generosity.


The network of artists initiated by the Roberto Cimetta Fund all from the Arab world and the wider Europe. The main objectives are to share knowledge on the conditions in which the participants of the forum are working particularly in the Arab and Balkan regions, to communicate the similarities and dissimilarities of these conditions, to identify the specific and shared problems or challenges faced by the members, to collectively search for solutions that can be implemented (reciprocally or effectively) and elaborate realistic strategies through collective actions or support through members’ own communities or countries.


If you are interested by this initiative please contact the RCF to receive more information:

Open call: submission of mobile phone footage of everyday - Europe and MENA region


This is an open call for submissions of short clips of the everyday from Europe and the MENA(Middle-East & North Africa) Region. 

Artist Sulaiman Majali is creating a piece of work involving the selection and curation of the submitted material in forming a piece of work which requires the public to participate in submitting short film documents of their respective situations and surroundings at the time of recording.

This project requires participants from Europe and the MENA region, to record "everyday" footage on their mobile phones, nothing staged, out of the ordinary or scripted, but a short (no longer than 2minute) documentation of their respective situations/surroundings/environments.
By submitting a short clip, the participant and all people who feature in their clips must agree to the footage being used for the creation and public exhibition of the work. Submissions that are used in the final production of the piece will be credited online at
Footage should be sent as AIFF, MP3, MPEG, WAVE, JPEG, TIFF, M4V, or MP4* File. (*Most common format for Smartphones)

For submissions and any queries you might have e-mail

1st edition of Visa For Music (VFM), Africa and Middle East Music Meeting, from 12th to 15th November, 2014.


As the first professional music salon for Morocco, the Middle East and Africa, Visa For Music promises to be a unique and indispensable international marketplace for World and New Music of these regions, and a professional platform for the music industry in Morocco and countries of the South. The main mission of Visa For Music is to promote the constitution of a music marketplace in Africa and Middle East.


Today, this market is insufficient whereas the local musical creation is extremely rich and diverse. Thus, Visa For Music has the ambition of creating a platform for greater visibility as well as an environment favoring creativity and professionalization in the cultural sector.If there is one country in Africa which can  legitimately claim the right to organise this event, then it is Morocco. In recent years the country has experienced a growth in the development of its cultural and musical landscape. Its great music festivals, whose reputation are spreading worldwide, are just one obvious proof of this.


Visa For Music will gather professionals of the music industry: artists, professional organizations, and groups, independent and major labels, cultural institutions and foundations, media and distributors, managers, agents… etc. The meeting will be punctuated by many activities, such as the showcases whose goal is to put the spotlight on new talents and booming artists. In order to do so, 24 artists / bands will be selected and will have the opportunity to perform in front of professionals and a prestigious jury. A tribute will also be given to some of the figures that have left a mark on the recent music history in Morocco, on the African continent and in the Middle East. A series of others activities will animate this meeting in order to make it an event full of interactivity and exchange: conferences and documentary films projection, professional trainings, speed-meeting, networking, professional sittings…On the fringe of Visa For Music 2014 the 4th edition of the International Conference on Creative Economy in Africa will be held, an annual meeting organized by ARTerial Network. This event will gather almost 300 participants of the cultural and artistic sector from the whole continent and beyond in order to tackle current fundamental issues and to formulate development and durability strategies for a dynamic African creative sector.


Visa For Music is organized with the support of:

-   The Ministry of Culture of the Kingdom of Morocco
-   The European Forum of Worldwide Music Festivals (EFWMF)
-  The Foundation HIBA


You can find further information here


Questionnaire on new Agenda 21 for culture


The Agenda 21 for culture was approved in 2004 by UCLG. Today, it has accumulated 10 years of specific practices and meaningful experiences. We need to update it; we need a new charter on cities, culture and sustainable development, a new Agenda 21 for culture. 

We have prepared a QUESTIONNAIRE. We kindly ask you to devote a maximum of 10 minutes of your time to answer some questions so that we can learn from your experience and your expectations. We would also appreciate if you could disseminate this questionnaire to your networks. 
Should you require any additional information on the new Agenda 21 for culture, please visit the and do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat of the 

Call for applications: the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) was established in 2007 by local cultural lobbyists as an independent initiative that funds individuals and organizations in the fields of cinema, performing arts, literature, music and visual arts while facilitating cultural exchange, research and cooperation across the Arab world and globally.


Two fundamental principles guide AFAC's mode of work: transparency in the grant giving process and independence through a diversity of funding sources.


Dates when calls will be open:

- 1st February 2014 for Visual Arts and Performing Arts (deadline: 1 May 2014)

- 1st May 2014 for Cinema

- 1st June 2014 for Music and RTR (Research, Training and Regional events)


Find all details online

Call for applications: International Residency Programme, CCDC


Open to emerging professional artists from Egypt, the Middle East, Africa and beyond, who work in the areas of contemporary dance and performance. The Cairo Contemporary Dance Center annual residency program offers artists in residence with a working space, artistic feedback, artistic accompanyment and presentation and exchange platforms.


Calls for Residences are open all year to those interested.


- A short motivation statement

- A project description

- A short summary of your project description (max.1000 characters)

- Curriculum vitae for everyone involved in the project

All applications must include links to full length video examples of your own work. 


Application requests are sent here.

International Graduate Student Conference on Arts and Cultural Management, Turkey, 19-20/06/2014


Istanbul Bilgi University organizes, in cooperation with the ENCATC (European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers), an international academic conference on the management of arts and culture on 19 and 20 June 2014 in Istanbul (Turkey). These two days will be the opportunity to take part in cultural and political challenges that the Balkans, and also Turkey, are currently facing. 
Students in arts management and cultural administration can participate by answering a call for contributions before March 3, 2014 online.


Further information here.

Call for Presentations: ArtConference, Italy, 19-22 December 2014


"Theatre between tradition and contemporaneity" is the professional multidisciplinary conference researching the bridge between tradition and modernity in performing arts.  The event is designed to foster creativity exchange, develop international network opportunities and new collaboration projects. Actors, directors, choreographers, dancers, performing arts educators, teachers, musicians, singers, composers, stage designers, lighting designers, costume designers, painters, mask makers, multimedia artists, scriptwriters, playwrights, press officers, theatre critics, journalists, theatre researchers, producers and arts managers. This meeting is the opportunity to meet potential partners from different countries!


You can find further information on submission procedure and pratical details here.

TRANKAT EPISODE #1. An itinerant exhibition in Morocco throughout 2014


Rendezvous in Marrakech from February 27, 2014! Then in Casablanca, Rabat, Meknes, El Jadida, Oujda and finally, Tetouan!  


Produced by the French Institute in Morocco as part of the France-Morocco 2014 Cultural Season, and project partner of the Marrakech Biennale, the exhibition is presenting works by residents TRANKAT in 2013 and offers various readings of contemporary Morocco , its territories, zones of influence, cultural and social constructions.


You can find further information here.

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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