RCF opens a new mobility funding line with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture


The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) and the Ministry of Culture of Iraq are collaborating on an initiative to favour artistic exchanges and mobility of Iraqi artists and cultural operators and artists/cultural operators from the Euro-Arab geographical zone to Iraq in all art sectors. Candidates should already have a well-defined art or cultural project and have chosen a destination that can enrich and develop their project.


This initiative will see a series of open calls for travel grants being offered from 2014 onward; artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region who wish to prepare collaborative art and cultural projects, take part in a training session or residency, attend a seminar or conference and who satisfy the criteria below, are invited to apply.


In the region, artists are often confronted with obstacles to their mobility (lack of funding, lack of information, tight visa and border controls). This Fund will support travel that allows a committed and motivated artist or operator to find the opportunities and means to set up his or her personal or collective project; thus promoting networking, exchange of experiences and cultural and artistic cooperation. Travel grants will be provided to selected candidates coming from or going to Iraq.


The first open call will be launched on 1st September 2014 until 30th September 2014. Successful candidates will be notified on 1st December 2014. Funding is provided once the grantee has returned from his or her travel and has provided the copies of travel tickets, boarding passes, etc. as well as a report on his or her trip and the benefits obtained. In certain circumstances, 50% of the sum can be provided in advance.


Applications can be made in Arabic, English or French.


The following specific criteria apply to the fund: 

i)    Priority will be given to the following art forms: literature, especially travel for authors’ meetings, writing workshops, poetry; cultural management programmes; contemporary performing arts including new theatrical forms, new writing for theatre, dramaturgy, contemporary dance, circus, street performances in situ, puppet theatre and inter-disciplinary projects; visual arts including photography, film, digital arts, video arts.

ii)   Priority will be given to trips that contribute to cultural development at local level between Iraq and the Balkan countries.


For more details: www.cimettafund.org and http://www.mocul.gov.iq/en/ or contact: info@cimettafund.org.

If you want to apply please visit the RCF website from 1st September 2014 onwards, click on “Apply for a travel grant”, fill in the information required. If your request is considered eligible you will receive a link to the online application form that you will have to fill in and submit before the deadline (30/09/2014). 


ACEC - 13-15/11/2014


The African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC) is an annual gathering that highlights the role of culture in sustainable development. Co-hosted by the Association Racines/ Arterial Network Morocco, the 4th edition of the ACEC will take place in Rabat, at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco, from 13 to 15 November 2014. 


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.

Interview with Ferdinand Richard, President of the Roberto Cimetta Fund - by Herman Bashiron Mandolicchio


Herman Bashiron Mandolicchio, expert of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, has interviewed the Chairman of the association, Ferdinand Richard, exploring the concept and role of "cultural mobility" in the euro-arab geographical zone.


You will find the full text of the interview here.

Exchange platform - Arab world - Balkans


87 participants from 8 Arab countries (Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Algeria, Syria, Morocco, Palestine,), 9 CEI countries (Serbia, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Macedonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland) and from Irak, Turkey, France, Spain, Portugal, Malta and Greece discussed networking, advocacy and regional models of cooperation from 8th to 9th May 2014 at POGON, Centre for Independent Culture and Youth, Zagreb with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture, the City of Zagreb, the Central European Initiative, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the French Institute of Belgrade and the Kultura Nova Foundation. To download the programme, click here; to download the list of participants click here.


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 www.smajali.co.uk.
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 wearehome@live.co.uk

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


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.

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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