RCF - Eligibility of RCF/Valletta 2018 travel grant requests


The Roberto Cimetta Fund received twenty grant requests for the Valletta 2018/RCF funding line. Thirteen requests were considered eligible.


Eligible candidates are:

Yasmine Modestine

Angelique Muller

Didier Boujard

Elsa Gomis

Azahara Cerezo

Kareim Kdash

Matteo Graziano

Keren Rosenberg

Mateja Stanislava Rot

Farah Makki

Charlie Prince

Philippe Cartelli

Mariangela Ciccarello


This list will be deleted from the site on 21st April.


If your request is not on this list, it has been considered non-eligible for one or more of the following reasons :

-       the sum requested is too high

-       the travel requested is outside of the eligible zone

-       your travel plan or project is not precise and clear enough to be evaluated

-       the date of travel is not eligible.


The evaluation and selection will start on 15th April until 30th May. The results will be announced on 1st June.


A second session for travel grants will be launched on 1st June.



RSS - Open Call for artists in exil - ACCR-Europe


Artists, researchers or cultural operators in exil in France, apply for an artist residency!


The Nora program, launched by the ACCR-Europe, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Communication, aim to develop artistic projects with cultural actors in cooperation with Cultural Centers in France. 


The deadline is 02/04/17.


For further informations about the process, click here


RCF - Open Call for cultural entrepreneurs - Deadline 7/04/2017


If you are a cultural entrepreneur working in the euro-arab zone, apply to the call.



Within the framework of Creative Tracks, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching an open call for travel grants from 7th March to 7th April 2017


The aim of the project is to contribute to the development of a cultural dymanic on a local level. Once the candidate has returned in his/her region, he/she has to enable initiatives that foster cultural and artistic networking.


For further informations, click on "Funding line - Creative Tracks"





RSS -E-mapping of participatory governance practices in culture - Deadline : 1/03/2017


Kultural Nova Foundation in Croatia is looking for cultural spaces & venues that are based on participatory governance of diverse stakeholders (public authorities, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, private associations, artists, local community organizations etc.).

To take part in the survey click here

The survey for e-mapping is open until March 1st 2017.


Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb, Croatia) is pursuing the e-mapping within the project "Approaches to Participatory Governance of Cultural Institutions", supported by UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). It is a two year project started in March 2016, focusing on the emerging models of innovative cultural institutions that are developing around creative spaces based on participatory governance and some form of civil-public partnership. Project activities include: research of participatory governance models and institutional frameworks, knowledge sharing and capacity building sessions, publication about participatory governance in culture and international conference about participatory governance in culture.



RSS - Call for proposal / Change of Scene - International artistic cooperation . Deadline: 17.02.2016.


Change of Scene – International artistic cooperations for the Performing Arts - helps to initiate and develop international artistic projects that are the result of direct collaboration between the cooperating partners. For up to two years, artists will gain the time and space to meet each other as well as have opportunity for intensive exchange. Existing contacts can be deepened further or built up afresh. 


This Call for Proposals is directed at civic and state theateres as well as independent companies from the German-speaking realm (Germany, Austria or Switzerland) who wish to develop a new artistic project with a partner from North Africa or Eastern Europe that address prevailing social themes and change and manifest them in a joint artistic response. 

Change of Scene is open to all sectors of the performing arts. There should be one public presentation of the sponsored projects in both countries, or, at least, in the German-speaking partner country.  


The jury chooses about 10 cooperation projects, each to receive a subsidy of up to 15.000 Euros.  


Applications can be submitted until 15 February 2017 online in German and English. Partners from North African or Eastern European countries should submit their application together with a partner from the German-speaking realm. 


For further information, please go to:www.szenenwechsel.org/en



RSS - IFEX Special Report on Kurdish Theatre situation in Turkey.


IFEX, the global network for freedom of expression has published a special report: "Turkey's state of emergency puts Kurdish theatre in a chokehold".


To read or download it, click here.



RSS - Call for applications - The Voice of Arabia


Talpa Middle East, creator and producer of The Voice of Arabia and The Voice of Arabia Kids, is looking for talents for the 4th Season of The Voice of Arabia and 2nd season of The Voice Kids.

For The Voice Adults, variety of genres, original acts and established talents are key.For The Voice Kids, talents from 7 to 14 years old, who want to personally participate in the show and experience such an adventure are invited to apply. 

If you want to find out more or apply, contact Fady Gemayel  fgemayel@talpa-me.tv 


RSS - IFEX report on Arts in Turkey


IFEX, the global network for freedom of expression has published a report on the situation of artists in Turkey. To read or download it, click here.


RSS - Call for participation - Hackatons - Deadline : 15/01/2017


In the framework of a project called "Li Tgal Yddar", Racines in Casablanca Morrocco is launching a call for proposals to use the web to create a buzz about the question of accountability. To find out more and apply, click here.


RCF - TAMTEEN Grantees 2016


The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) is pleased to announce the results of the third call for applications for Tamteen Grant. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms).


The call received 575 online requests and 98 written applications. 68 applications out of 98 were considered eligible. The evaluation of the applications was made by the Expert Committee of RCF and took place from October to November 2016. The final selection was approved by the Board of Directors of RCF in December 2016.


The grantees are:


- Tiyatro Medresesi, Izmir, Turkey 

- Darak Group, Al Qanater, Egypt

- Goozor, Sinaï, Egypt 

- Bethlehem Strings, Bethlehem, Palestine 

- Shajar Groupe, Al Arroub Camp - Hebron, Palestine 

- MedeArts, Irbid, Jordan

- Tarkib Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq 

- Sheherazade Cultural Association, Sanaa, Yemen 

- Bikas wa Balas Theatre Group, Alexandria, Egypt

- Rou'a - Visions Association, Rafah - Gaza - Palestine


The Roberto Cimetta Team wishes them all the best!


RSS- Call for application: Nine Dots Prize Essay- Writing Contest. Deadline: 15.01.2017.


The Nine Dots Prize is an international competition that seeks to reward original and creative thinking tackling contemporary societal issues.


For its new prize, now open for applications, the inaugural question is: “Are digital technologies making politics impossible?”


The winner will be awarded US $100,000 to write a short book of between 25,000 and 40,000 words expanding on their ideas.


All those aged 18 and over are welcome to enter, but responses and the resulting book must be in English. The prize board is looking for innovative thinking, whether this comes from new voices or from experienced authors. The prize’s heartland is in the social sciences, but responses that draw on all disciplines and cross-discipline thinking are welcome. Joint responses from multiple authors will be considered, although proposals that put forward a number of authors who are all contributing to single sections (such as an edited collection) will not be accepted.


To apply online, please click here


Entrants are asked to respond to the Nine Dots Prize question in a 3,000-word summary. The summary should cover the main arguments that the proposed book will set out, the previous research or ideas on which it draws and the key conclusions it will reach. An outline structure of this short book, including provisional chapter headings, can also be submitted, as well as a justification of your ability to complete the book in the time given (approximately nine months).


The submission deadline is 31 January 2017.


The winner will be announced in May 2017, and the winner’s book will be published in May 2018.

For more information, please click here, read the submission guidelines for applicants here, read the prize rules here or send an email to questions@ninedotsprize.org.


The Nine Dots Prize is sponsored by the Kadas Prize Foundation, with support from the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Press. The aim of the prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address the problems facing the modern world. The name of the prize references the nine-dots puzzle – a lateral-thinking puzzle that can only be solved by thinking outside the box.



RSS - Call for residencies. JIWAR/ Barcelona. Deadline: 15.01.2017.


Xabaca Project seeks to empower female artists as a source of social transformation and defense of Human Rights and to enhance art and creativity as means to combat gender discrimination, censorship and social injustice.


This will be achieved by an empowerment artistic process of four female Arab artists staying at Jiwar (Barcelona) for 1 month. 


The call is now open.


●      Open Call for Arab female artists living and working in Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Palestine.

●      Open to all the disciplines (visual arts, literature, music, performance, etc.)

●      Residency from the 1st of March to the 31st of March 2017. 

●      4 full scholarships covering 100% the cost of the residence (travel + accommodation), including 400 euros per diem and artist

●      Artistic material covered

●      Send your application to jiwar@jiwarbarcelona.com

●      DEADLINE: 15th of January 2017

●      Applications can be send in ENGLISH, FRENCH and ARABIC. 


For more information about how to apply and other details, please click here


Xabaca project is a collaboration between Jiwar, Novact and AL Fanar.


Illustration credits: Jana Trabulsi.


RSS - A legal research project e-publication on Arts and Public Spaces in Lebanon. Temporary . Art. Platform.


T.A.P ( Temporary Art Platform) in collaboration with Naylal Geagea, Attornew at law has launched its new e-publication : 


A Few Things You Need to Know When Creating an Art Project in a Public Space in Lebanon Art in public spaces in Lebanon: A research project and tool guide on the legal and administrative challenges and opportunities.


This research was made possible through the support of Mophradat and AFAC.


To Download the document, please Click here.


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.


RSS - Call for applications for the Challenge b.creative - Deadline 28/04/17


b.creative invites artists, cultural and creative entrepreneurs from all over the world to take part in the b.creative challenge 2017.


The aim of the b.creative challenge is to foster new ideas in an international endeavour to better handle issues like: growing poverty rates, social cohesion, access to education and digital literacy, mental and physical wellbeing, transport and people’s mobility, new food and sustainable agriculture, climate change and environmental protection.


The competition focuses on interdisciplinary and international collaborations between professionals in creative fields.


Deadline : 28th April 2017


To go further, click here



RCF - Open Call for travel grants - Deadline 15/04/2017


Artists and cultural operators having a mobility project in the euro-arab zone can apply.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching its annual Mobility Funding Programme for 2017. The General Fund opens from the 15th March to 15th April 2017 for all travel grant requests respecting the RCF's criteria.


The travel must contribute to the candidate capacity building, which in turn can be shared in a “networking” fashion to maintain and develop contemporary art in their region. 


For further informations about criteria, click on "Funding line - General Fund"



RCF - Open Call for travel grants - Deadline 31/03/2017


Apply now for travel grants in the Euro-Mediterranean region!

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation relaunch a call for application to foster mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region. Artists and cultural operators can fill in the form until 31st March 2017.


The aim of the travel must show potential impact on the arts sector in a concrete, localised context.


To have more informations about the call and the criteria, click on "Mobility programme" on this website.



RSS - National and International Cultural and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump's Executive Order on Immigration


New York, NY, 2/7/2017- Today, more than thirty cultural institutions and human rights organizations around the world, including international arts, curators’ and critics’ associations, organizations protecting free speech rights, as well as U.S. based performance, arts and creative freedom organizations and alliances, issued a joint statement opposing United States President Donald J. Trump’s immigration ban. Read the full statement below. 


On Friday, January 27th, President Trump signed an Executive Order to temporarily block citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. This order bars citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days. It also suspends the entry of all refugees for 120 days and bars Syrian refugees indefinitely.

The organizations express grave concern that the Executive Order will have a broad and far-reaching impact on artists’ freedom of movement and, as a result, will seriously inhibit creative freedom, collaboration, and the free flow of ideas. U.S. border regulations, the organizations argue, must only be issued after a process of deliberation which takes into account the impact such regulations would have on the core values of the country, on its cultural leadership, and on the world as a whole.

Representatives of several of the participating organizations issued additional statements on the immigration ban and its impact on writers and artists:

Helge Lunde, Executive Director of ICORN, said, “Freedom of movement is a fundamental right. Curtailing this puts vulnerable people, people at risk and those who speak out against dictators and aggressors, at an even greater risk.”

Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of Programs at the U.S. National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC), said, “In a troubled and divided world, we need more understanding, not greater divisions. It is the voices of artists that help us understand, empathize, and see the common humanity underlying the separations of political and religious differences. Silencing these voices is not likely to make us any safer.”

Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director of PEN America, said, “The immigration ban is interfering with the ability of artists and creators to pursue their work and exercise their right to free expression. In keeping with its mission to defend open expression and foster the free flow of ideas between cultures and across borders, PEN America vows to fight on behalf of the artists affected by this Executive Order.” 


Diana Ramarohetra, Project Manager of Arterial Network, said, "A limit on mobility and limits on freedom of expression has the reverse effect - to spur hate and ignorance. Artists from Somalia and Sudan play a crucial role in spreading the message to their peers about human rights, often putting themselves at great risk in countries affected by ongoing conflict. Denying them safety is to fail them in our obligation to protect and defend their rights."

Ole Reitov, Executive Director of Freemuse, said, “This is a de-facto cultural boycott, not only preventing great artists from performing, but even negatively affecting the U.S. cultural economy and its citizens rights to access important diversity of artistic expressions.”

Shawn Van Sluys, Director of Musagetes and ArtsEverywhere, said, “Musagetes/ArtsEverywhere stands in solidarity with all who protect artist rights and the freedom of mobility. It is time for bold collective actions to defend free and open inquiry around the world.”

A growing number of organizations continue to sign the statement visit this website:


The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) is an alliance of 56 national non-profit organizations dedicated to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.



February 7, 2017

Freedom of artistic expression is fundamental to a free and open society. Uninhibited creative expression catalyzes social and political engagement, stimulates the exchange of ideas and opinions, and encourages cross-cultural understanding. It fosters empathy between individuals and communities, and challenges us to confront difficult realities with compassion.

Restricting creative freedom and the free flow of ideas strikes at the heart of the core values of an open society. By inhibiting artists’ ability to move freely in the performance, exhibition, or distribution of their work, United States President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order, blocking immigration from seven countries to the United States and refusing entry to all refugees, jettisons voices which contribute to the vibrancy, quality, and diversity of US cultural wealth and promote global understanding.

The Executive Order threatens the United States safe havens for artists who are at risk in their home countries, in many cases for daring to challenge repressive regimes. It will deprive those artists of crucial platforms for expression and thus deprive all of us of our best hopes for creating mutual understanding in a divided world. It will also damage global cultural economies, including the cultural economy of the United States.

Art has the power to transcend historical divisions and socio-cultural differences. It conveys essential, alternative perspectives on the world. The voices of cultural workers coming from every part of the world - writers, visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, and performers - are more vital than ever today, at a time when we must listen to others in the search for unity and global understanding, when we need, more than anything else, to imagine creative solutions to the crises of our time.

As cultural or human rights organizations, we urge the United States government to take into consideration all these serious concerns and to adopt any regulations of United States borders only after a process of deliberation, which takes into account the impact such regulations would have on the core values of the country, on its cultural leadership, as well as on the world as a whole.

African Arts Institute (South Africa)

Aide aux Musiques Innovatrices (AMI) (France)

Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts (USA)

Arterial (Africa)

Artistic Freedom Initiative (USA)

ArtsEverywhere (Canada)

Association of Art Museum Curators and Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation

Association Racines (Morocco)

Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taiwan)

Cartoonists Rights Network International

Cedilla & Co. (USA)

Culture Resource - Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Lebanon)

International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM)

College Art Association (USA)

European Composer and Songwriter Alliance (ECSA)

European Council of Artists

Freemuse: Freedom of Expression for Musicians

Index on Censorship: Defending Free Expression Worldwide

Independent Curators International

International Arts Critics Association

 International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

The International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN)

Levy Delval Gallery (Belgium)

Geneva Ethnography Museum (Switzerland)

National Coalition Against Censorship (USA)

New School for Drama Arts Integrity Initiative (USA)

Observatoire de la Liberté de Création (France)

On the Move | Cultural Mobility Information Network

PEN America (USA)

Roberto Cimetta Fund

San Francisco Art Institute (USA)

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) (USA)

Tamizdat (USA)

Vera List Center for Art and Politics, New School (USA)





RSS - Arab Arts Focus - Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Call for proposals - Deadline : 24/01/2017


Arab Art Focus is looking for new Arab works to programme at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. If you are interested, you can apply here.


RSS - Call for application // Program Courants Du Monde. paris. Deadline: 31.01.2017.


An international seminar entitled « Cultural institutions for urban and territorial development » will be held in Paris in the framework of the Programme Courants du Monde 2017, from Monday 20th to Thursday 30th March 2017.


This bilingual seminar is being offered by the Ministry of Culture and Communication (General Secretariat, Division of legal and international affairs) within the framework of its visitors programmes, implemented by the Maison des Cultures du Monde.

Fifteen experienced cultural managers working in the fields of cultural development, territorial action and/or the management of cultural, heritage and non-heritage structures will come together in Paris and in the provinces.. The purpose of this seminar is to familiarize the participants with the French context and to facilitate the development of professional networks between France and the countries concerned and amongst the participants. They will thus be able to share their knowledge, practices and projects on issues of cultural institutions and urban and territorial development, through presentations, round table discussions, professional meetings and visits.


The seminar will be in English only.


Deadline for submission : 31st January 2017.

For criteria, conditions and application, please click here.

For any other information: isabelle.hurdubae@culture.gouv.fr


RSS - Call for application // Beirut Cinema Platform. Deadline: 07.01.2017.


Submissions are now open for the second edition of Beirut Cinema Platform, a platform implemented by the Lebanese Beirut DC association for Arab independent filmmakers/producers working on their first or second feature-length documentary or fiction films, whose projects are in development or in post-production.


This platform is designed to bring together Arab independent filmmakers with Arab and international industry professionals, with the aim of encouraging co-productions, collaborations and partnerships.


To apply, please click here to fill in the application form (in English or in Arabic), and send it to lab@beirutdc.org.


Please note that the following documents should be sent for projects in development:

A short synopsis (100 words maximum), a long synopsis, a visual treatment (or, if available, a script), a director’s statement, a photo plus biography of the director (75 words maximum), a photo plus biography of the producer (75 words maximum), a logo plus description of the production company (75 words maximum), a development budget and financing plan, previous works by the director (if available), and a trailer or visual material (if available).


Please note that the following documents should be sent for projects in the final stage of production:

A short synopsis (100 words maximum), a long synopsis, a visual treatment (for documentaries), a script (for fiction films), a technical list, a cast and crew list, a director’s statement, a biography and filmography of the director (75 words maximum), a biography and filmography of the producer (75 words maximum), a logo and description of the production company (75 words maximum), a full budget and financing plan of the post-production, previous works by the director (if available), and a rough cut or scene selection of 30 minutes minimum (via link).


Please note that documents can be sent in English, French or Arabic, but should the project be selected, the files must be translated into English within one week of the selection notification email sent to the filmmaker.


The submission deadline is 7 January 2017.

For more information, please click here or send an email to lab@beirutdc.org.


BJCEM - call for applications. Deadline: 15.01.2017


BJCEM and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania announce the launch of Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, an international multidisciplinary event, that takes place in Tirana and Durrës, Albania, from May 4th to May 9th 2017.


The call is open to all creative - visual artists, filmmakers, writers, performers, musicians and designers from 18 to 34 years old (born from January 1st 1982). Selected artists will be hosted in Tirana – Durrës from May 4th until May 9th 2017 included. During these days their works and performances will be displayed in specic venues of the cities. The deadline for applications is January 15th 2017, midnight (CEST Italian time). For Turkey only the deadline is December 30th 2016.


For further information, click here.


RSS - Call for application/ FAM Sciences Po. Paris. Deadline: 06.03.2017


FAM is a unique programme conceived by Sciences Po Paris, addressed to young women from the South Mediterranean region. 

This program is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and international development as well as the French Ministry of social affairs, health and Women rights. It aims at accompanying those distinguished women in their professional career, promoting man-woman equality and developing an euro-mediterranean network concerned by that topic.


 The third edition will take place from the 9th till the 19th of May 2017 and will host women with different profiles, active within the civil society, the political sphere, enterprise, cultural sector, or public sector.

To apply and for me information on criteria and conditions, please click here.


Deadline for application submission : 03 March 2017.

For more general information about the program, contact: femmes.mediterranee@sciencespo.fr


RSS - Cultural fellowships for Russia. Likhachev Foundation. St-Petersburg. Deadline: 15.02.2017.


The Likhachev Foundation (St. Petersburg, Russia) and The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center (Moscow, Russia), with support of the Committee on External Relations of St. Petersburg, announce a competition for cultural fellowships in St. Petersburg on  May 15 - May 28, 2017. 

The Likhachev Foundation will accept applications from artists, scholars, writers, managers of museums, theatres, and festivals. Students are not eligible. Command of the Russian language is very helpful but not required. Working languages of the program are English and Russian. 


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. Airfare and accommodations will be covered by the organizers.


Ten fellowships will take place on May 15-28, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Russia.


Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Applicants will be notified by March 15, 2017.

Contact:vitenberg@lfond.spb.ru and elenavitenberg@gmail.com with the subject line “Application for the Fellowship”. 

For more information about the program, please click here.  


RSS - Professor Position. University of the Arts. Berlin. Deadline: 23.01.2017.


The following position is vacant at the Berlin University of the Arts,at the Inter-University Centre for Dance [HZT]:

Professor at a University of Art - Salary group W 2 - Part-time professorshipwith half of the regular teaching commitment, for a limited period of 5 years with the option of extension or removal of the time limit.

The professorship is to be regulated with an employment contract.

Teaching area: Theory of dance, choreography, performance.

Teaching responsibilities: 6 course hours


Please submit your written application in English, specifying the reference no. by 23 January 2017 per post to Universität der Künste Berlin - ZSD 1 -, Postfach 12 05 44, 10595 Berlin.


Find more information, click here or check 




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