RSS: Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) survey

15.05.2018

“Autocratic regimes fear artists because they express cultural identity, advance new ideas, promote dialogue, and bear witness to inhumanity.” 

 

ARC serve artists of all disciplines: visual artists, musicians, filmmakers, performance artists, writers, and other individuals who produce significant creative output in any medium. ARC is looking for your support with these two important surveys concerning individual at-risk artists or those who were formerly at-risk:

  1. one survey designed for organizations that support artists at risk, and 
  2. one survey intended for individual at-risk artists.

 

The survey for artists is available in English, Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian, Turkish and Chinese. The survey for organizations is only available in English.

 

Both surveys only take a few minutes and will be open until May 25.

To know more about ARC please visit their website

 


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RSS: 2018 ENCATC Education and Research Session Open Call

02.05.2018

ENCATC, the European  network on cultural management and policy, is accepting submissions to the Open Call for the 2018 Education and Research Session to be held on 28 September in Bucharest, Romania during the 2018 ENCATC Congress “Beyond EYCH2018. What is the cultural horizon? Opening up perspectives to face ongoing transformations” (26-29 September 2018). There are three types of submissions in the call, each with its own online form:

 

-Submit an abstract with the aim to present your latest in cultural management and cultural policy research. All accepted papers will be published in an electronic book of proceedings (with ISBN) which will be published for the Congress. The electronic book of proceedings may include papers in English and French.

- Submit a proposal for the Poster Exhibition to present a research, practical or pedagogical project within cultural management and policy and with a connection to the main theme of the Congress.

 - Submit a proposal for a Teaching Demonstration to provide innovative teaching methods and pedagogical tools to be applied within cultural management and policy.

 

Deadline: 25 May 2018

More information and the Open Call are available here

 


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RSS: Travel Ban 3.0: Request for artist travel stories

19.04.2018

The National Coalition Against Censorship are preparing some materials to send out to media outlets about the effect the 'Travel Ban 3.0' has had specifically on artists traveling to or from the US and whom have encountered visa denials, and restrictive travel difficulties in 2018. NCAC is therefore looking for more concrete stories/experiences based on which a hearing will be prepared. Please send your examples directly to joy@ncac.org 

 

To know more about the actions of NCAC please visit their website

 

 


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RCF/Valletta 2018 open call for travel grants

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-MENA geographical zone.

 

The application for mobility must directly address one of the three themes of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture's cultural programme, these being Island stories, Future baroque and Voyages and must involve a Maltese partner or have a tangible link with Malta. click here to read more

 

The first call is launched today 1st March 2018 for one month. Artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-MENA region who wish to undertake collaborative projects and who satisfy the criteria below are invited to apply.

For the general criteria please click here

To apply please click here

 

Applications can be made in Arabic, English or French.

 


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RSS: International Theatre and Music Project “INSTANT ACTS against Violence and Racism 2018” (Germany)

01.03.2018

nterkunst e.V., located in Berlin, is looking for young performing artists for their upcoming theatre and music tour “INSTANT ACTS against violence and racism”. The project takes place in Germany and Italy (South Tyrol) and is from September 2 until November 2, 2018.

 

nterkunst e.V. is seeking soloists or duos, age between 18 and 30, who are involved in theatre, dance, music, circus, etc., to create an international ensemble of 15 talented and creative people to explore different aspects of violence, racism and islamophobia. 

 

Deadline: 30 April 2018

Find all details online

 


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RSS: European Cultural Foundation Courageous Citizens Open Call for Research & Development Grants 2018

01.03.2018

Courageous Citizens: Open Call for Research & Development Grants 2018. The  European Cultural Foundation announced an invitation for research proposals and ideas for positive change and equality at a local, regional and/or European level by ‘courageous citizens’ drawing on culture and creativity as a way of contributing to better ways of living together.

 

The European Cultural Foundation believes these courageous citizens can inspire the creation of models, movements and policies, acknowledging the role culture can play in making positive change.

 

 

Deadline for applications is 9 May 2018

For more details please click here

 

 


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RSS: UNESCO launches its 9th IFCD call and a new initiative with Sabrina Ho to support women in digital creative industries

01.03.2018

 

U40 Empowered: Women entrepreneurs powering the digital creative industries. It is a special call to expand the IFCD’s actions to support young women entrepreneurs in the digital creative industries.  U40 Empowered represents a unique opportunity to increase young women’s opportunities to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries. 

 

Deadline: 16 April 2018

For more details please click here

 


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RSS: “Me, Europe” (Ich, Europa) Call For Participation

28.02.2018

For a new theatre production at the Schauspiel Dortmund, in Dortmund, Germany, we are looking for playwrights and authors from North Africa and  the Middle East. The opening of the production called “Me, Europe” (Ich, Europa) is scheduled for mid-October 2018.

 

“Ich, Europa” (Me, Europe) recounts the 1.400 years filled with stories of  love and hate between Orient and Occident, between Muslims and Christians – in a perspective which is foreign for a Western European audience. 13 male and female writers (from Turkey, Kurdistan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) let the persona of Europa speak (which will be embodied by our entire actors’ ensemble).

 

We are looking for authors who are willing to write a formative historic experience about this relationship in a three to four page monologue. 

 

 

For more details, please contact Michael Eickhoff (meickhoff@theaterdo.de)

 


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RSS: Creative writing residencies in Belgium -MOPHRADAT

Mophradat has a rolling open call for bespoke residencies in Brussels for writers from the Arab world in 2018 and 2019. Lasting for a period of 6 weeks for each selected writer, the residencies are intended to provide an opportunity to focus on a specific writing project.

 

Application deadline: 15 April 2018

For more information click here

 


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RSS: Al Mawred Al Thaqafy - Cultural Policy Program

26.02.2018

Al Mawred Al Thaqafy announces an open call for projects that aim to develop or change cultural policies on the local or regional levels in the Arab region. Applications are received from institutions / individuals / groups from all Arab countries.

 

Deadline: 12 April 2018

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RSS: NORA Artist— in—Residence Program for refugees exiled in France [Call for projects 2018]

21.02.2018

Initiated in 2016, NORA program has hosted eleven artists from the Middle East in French Cultural centres for several months. Taking part in NORA program helped them to connect with various professional structures working with poetry and visual arts. Some of them managed to publish their first book, others were able to continue to create, make exhibitions, animated films. 

The call is aimed at artists, researchers and culture professionals from Near and Middle East and from Africa, who have recently received a refugee status in France. The following countries will be examined in priority: Syria, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Eritrea and Yemen. 

 

Deadline: 23 April 2018

For information on the project click here

 

 


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RCF - Eligibility Check of applicants for travel grants

16.02.2018

RCF received 385 applications for travel grants on the general fund this January. An eligibility check was made and the following applicants were considered eligible, which means that their applications will be evaluated by our experts. Decisions on the selection of grants will be made end of March and the announcement of grantees will be made on 1st April. Non-eligible or non-prioritised applicants will be informed by email in the next few days.

 

مداح رندا

عدواني مختار

عبدالله سيمونا

الأمين سليمان

عياصره غسان

صباهي فاطمة البتول

Abbas Sajjad

الأشوح أحمد

Aabour Abdelhakim

Beshoy Helmi

كناني الباقر

كعبي نضال

Ismail Elfallahi

دميان  جاكلين

Abigail Hirsch

Ada Ioana Coruga

Ádám Bence Bethlenfalvy

Ádám Cziboly

Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Elhawary

Aiman Safieh

Alaa Albaba

Alaoui Soce Rhita

Aleksandra Nowicka

Alexis Nercessian

André Wauquier

Andrea Micelli

Anna Alvarez Clasper

Anna Lyszcz

Anu Helena Korpela

Arjuna Neuman

Arnold László Nyári

Ashlee Moniz

Aslı Dinç

Ayman Saad Kamel Ebeid

Baptiste Cogitore

Bassaïd Sagia

Benjamin Bloch

Berit Schuck

Bernard Sultan

Bernardo Montet

Bertrand Fachaux

Branislav Mazúch

Btisam Akarkach

Carmen Mazzaro

Caroline Gervay

Cataldo Nicoletta

Chamekh Ferdaws

Chloé Viton

Chun-Yuan Hu

Claire Audhuy

Claire Priou

Collin Eliza

Dalia Basiouny Hassan

Daniela  Tomaz

Danylo Halkin

Daria Sedova

Denis Rochard

Dermis Pérez León

Dima Shahin

Dimitar Uzunov

Dina Mohamed AbdelNaby AbdelWareth Hamouda

Dzovinar Mikirditsian

Eleonore Raginel

Elisa Fabia Schönherr

Elodie Saget

Elsa Menad

Emna Marref

Erdogan Onur Ceritoglu

Fabien Marques

Fabio Omodei

Fernando Sousa

Feyzan Bostanci

Firas Fakhfakh

Francesca Masoero

Frederico Sousa Nepomuceno

Gakjina Mira

Ghiwa Allam

Ginoux Dönmez

Gizem Aksu

Guermazi Raida

Guilhem Causse

Hajer Bouden

Hakan Silahsizoglu

Haman Fouladvand

Heni Maatar

Hernández Gómez Iris Sofia

Hmaine Yassine

Hritina Sormaz

Igor Dimitri Coelho Gonçalves

Imane Maher Mohamed Hussein Mansi Nadim Bahsoun

Irena Pejovic

Isabelle Hervouet

Isabelle Vicherat

Jabrane lakhssassi

Jacob Davidson

Jacquot Meivelyan

Janine Armin

Jessika Khazrik

Jovanka Popova

Karim Mohsen Ibrahim

Karsten Xuereb

Kasmi Rachid

Kata Mijatović

Kaya Dzaba

Kazumi Fuchigami

Khaldun Bshara

Laurent Chiffoleau Niang

Leila Ferault

Lina Fuad Ali Shannak

Lore Macé

Louise Roux

Lynda Rahal

Mabiala Mboungou Jorus

Madeleine Carrouee

Mahrez Ghali

Mais Alazab

Malak Ismail Helmy

Malikka Bouaissa

Marek Turošík

Maria Toumazou

Marianna Liosi

Marie Massoud

Marie-Valérie Poinsot

Marwa El Sahn

Marwa Seed Ahmed Fadl

Maxence Voiseux

Meriem Benmhamed

Michel Garreau-Guillaume

Michele Restuccia

Mina Abdelsayed

Mocktar Fall

Mohamed Benslama

Mohamed el Amine Hattou

Mohamed Hady

Mohammad Mhanna

Mohammed Abusrour

Mohammed Ouaddane

Mona Aghababaei Khozani

Moustapha Abdelaal Elhadidi

Mustafa Al-Sakran

Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş

My Johansson

Nahhas Mohamed

Najib Abidi

Natacha Marie Llorens

Ndongo Moussa

Nesrine Khodr

Nesrine Mansour

Nezli Berhouni

Nihan Somay

Nina Khada

Nour Abou Ismail

Olga El Toum

Olga Krystyna Drygas

Olga Roszkowska

Oustad Abdellah

Parvin Saljoughi

Patricia Mato-Mora

Paul Alexis

Pauline Murris

Philip Widmann

Pierre Antoine Gombeaud

Pierre Demange

Prodanov Krajisnik Ira

Quentin L'helgoualc'h

Rabie Mustapha

Rachel Sindy Hayton

Raef Sabry Wassef Farag

Rafiki Rezine

Rajwa Tohme

Rami Mhazres

Ravid

Raydan Zebian

Reeham Ebrahim Aly Sayed

Rheim Alkadhi

Roberta Gigante

Roland Serge

Roman François

Saif Eddine Raies

Salima Hammoujite

Sally Saad Elfishawy

Samaa Wakim

Samar King Abu Jabal

Sana Tamzini

Sara Refaat AbdelFattah Ahmed Abdou

Sarah El-Haddad

Sarah Isabelle Maske

Sarah Thuillier

Seyedeh Mehregan Meysami

Shayma Ahmed Adam

Shaymaa Albess

Sina Saberi

Sobczyk Paulina

Sondos Gamal Mohamed Ibrahim Shabayek

Sonya Schönberger

Souhayla Mansour

Soumaya Nadia Hedhili

Stanislaw Suchora

Stéphane Titelein

Subashi Dorina

Suzanne El Amine

Sylvie Vieville

Thomas Creed

Tom Bogaert

Toni Cafiero

Tuğçe Aydın

Urru Fausto

Utku Zeka

Valentina Medda

Vasiliki Georgikopoulou

Verbraeken Laudine

Ville Sandqvist

Vincent Chomaz

Violette Youseph

Virani Samina

Virginie Frappart

Yaser Mohamed Abdelkader Mekawei

Yasir Kareem Yasir

Yassine Mouqère

Younes Lagharari Zoukari

Zelin Wei

Zeynep Köprülü

 


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RSS - Open Call for mobility grant by Africa Art Lines - Deadline : 28/02/18

05.02.2018

 

Africa Art Lines launches its call for mobility grant for artist and cultural operators residents in the African continent. The project must be related to Morocco (from Morocco to another African country or conversely) and to performing arts disciplines (music, dance, theater..). 

 

Africa Art Lines intends to

- Identify and support artists and holders of intra-African artistic and cultural projects.

- Ensure better presence of Moroccan artists in the continent and host African artists and projects in Morocco.

 - Encourage creative projects between Morocco and the other countries of the continent.

 - Extend the audiences and participate to the development of art market in Africa.

 - Convey through the arts, the values of diversity and intercultural dialogue.

 

Deadline : 28th February 2018 

 

For further informations, click here

 


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RSS - Call for artistic residencies for artist in exile in Turkey - Deadline : 18/02/18

30.01.2018

The Collectif Kahraba and Hammana Artist House, in partnership with L’Atelier des Artistes en Exil, A corner in the World and Moussem, are launching an artistic residencies programme. The programme AMARRE aims to connect forcibly displaced artists (or artists in exile) to their host communities. It is a residency programme that provides a safe working space for the selected artists to develop their projects and share them with the local audience, as well as connect them to the professional networks in their new environments. 

 

This call invites artists of Syrian origin, currently in exile in Turkey. The eligible projects are in the disciplines of performing arts and music, have not yet been premiered, are led by artists available to work on the project between 15 days and a maximum of 1.5 month between 01 March and 20 April 2018.

 

Schedule : 

- TURKEY   

08 January - 18 February 2018: Open call for applications

01 March - 20 April: Open period for residencies

 

Next open calls :

- LEBANON

1 February - 1 March 2018: Open call for applications

15 April - 30 May 2018: Open period for residencies

- BELGIUM

1 April - 1 May 2018: Open call for applications

1 June - 15 July 2018: Open period for residencies

 

For further information, click here

 


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RCF - Call for travel grant General Fund - Deadline : 31/01/2018

03.01.2018

Artists and cultural operators having a mobility project in the Euro-MENA zone can apply.

 

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching its annual Mobility Funding Programme for 2018. The General Fund opens from the 1st to 31 st January 2018 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"

 


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RSS - Open call on States Machines - Deadline : 31/01/2018

19.12.2017

 

State Machines is a programme of activities devoted to the investigation of new relationships between states, citizens and the stateless made possible by emerging technologies, focussing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance. 

 

We are interested in works that explore shifts in agency towards individuals, groups and commons from nation states and private companies. We invite proposals that draw on first-hand experiences in:

– efforts and actions that resist new enclosures and preserve mobilities, freedom of assembly and other hard-won rights

– unintended impacts of digital flows on physical bodies, places and infrastructure

– shifting techniques for controls and flows of information and finance by governments, private companies and individuals;

– public deliberation and free speech in social media – algorithmic and human corruption and its counterforces;

– new tools and data for wrangling the personal and political impacts of cloud computing

The call is open to artists, technologists, activists, inventors and individuals, groups and hybrid human- artificial intelligence collaborations.

 

Deadline : 31/01/2018

 

More details on the conditions, here 


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RSS - Call for applications by Trans Europe Halles - Deadline : 28/01/18

12.12.2017

In the framework of the project Factories of Imagination (2017-2021), Trans Europe Halles is addressing a growing demand: to support civil society initiatives in repurposing post-industrial buildings for cultural and social uses. This demand is exceptionally strong in certain areas of Europe, such as the Balkans, Eastern Partnership and Southern Mediterranean countries.

Being true to our mission to strengthen the sustainable development of non-governmental cultural centres and encourage new initiatives, we are launching our new Startup Support Programme. The programme aims to assist leaders of civil society organisations in their endeavour to set up cultural centres in repurposed buildings.

 

In its first edition, February to August 2018, we are looking for three emergent cultural centres from the Balkans region – focus region of this first edition – to take part in the programme.

 

Deadline : 28 January 2018

 

More details about the criteria, here 

 


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RSS: The Cultural Resource Imkan Training Programme Call for applications

15.05.2018

The Cultural Resource is receiving applications for a training workshop for cultural leaders in the Arab region. The workshop will take place from 2 till 9 September 2018 in Beirut.

 

The Imkan program aims to enable young cultural managers, leaders and workers in the Arab region to play a central role in supporting the cultural sector. Towards this end, it works to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to become more effective in promoting independent cultural activity in the region. The programme also opens opportunities for networking and dialogue. It targets, in particular, cultural actors with practical experience in cultural work in view of the advanced level of the workshop. 

 

 

Deadline: Friday, 1 June 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

For further inquiries, please email the Imkan team at: imkan@mawred.org

to know more click here 

 

 


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RSS: The new 2018 edition of SafirLab Call for applications

29.04.2018

In partnership with the French Institute, Lab'ess launches the Call for applications for the 2018 edition of SafirLab.

 

Designed as an 'acceleration' program for social innovation, SafirLab enables young people between 20 and 30 years of age to participate,  and benefit from the expertise of eminent civil society actors, both in Paris and their country of origin, in order to share successful local experiences and imagine innovative steps for the advancement of their entrepreneurial projects.

 

Deadline for application: 3 June 2018

For further information please click here


 


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RSS: Visa for Music 2018 for artists from African and the Middle East in Rabat, Morocco Call Extended

17.04.2018

This year the VFM is scheduled to take place in Rabat, Morocco from 21 to 24 November 2018. The call for application for participation has been extended. Selected artists will perform before the industry professionals from all over the world.

 

 

Deadline: 30 April 2018

For more details and for the artists’ application, please visit VFM website

 


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Ferdinand Richard on "The Impact of Culture"

14.03.2018

Introductory speech by Ferdinand Richard, Chairman of the Roberto Cimetta Fund during the Final Conference of the Southmed CV programme "The impact of Culture in the Southern Mediterranean Region" Amman, 1-4/12/2017.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In order to consider Culture as the vector of development in the Southern Mediterranean region, I would like to recall five evidences:

 

1 - In our shared space, we are today facing an on-going attempt to re-nationalise Culture and Arts. Culture and Arts are now considered an ultimate tool for national sovereignties, a branding device for smart cities, a communication tool for mass-tourism. A growing consequence of this is the festivalisation of Culture, the reduction of critical narratives and experimentations, self-censorship… All in all, independent producers are more often considered as unsustainable sub-contractors surviving thanks to the accumulation of rapidly forgotten "projects". Our salvation depends on nothing else than re-inventing our "trajectories" in a shared political space, beyond the dictatorship of nationalisms.

 

2 - We take good note that the growing political divide nowadays has its roots in the falsification of History, in any region of the world, here as well. Although it is never 100% achieved, Art as a witness for truth has an immense responsibility.

 

3 - We ought to project ourselves in the future, refusing the dictatorship of immediacy, and look for long term multi-level solutions. The MENA region knows full well that sometimes quick solutions turn into long term problems.

 

4 - We acknowledge that the notion of common good is wide, transversal, holistic and flexible. It is an on-going construction process. There is no dogma on what common goods are or should be. As indicated in their name, common goods belong to everybody and to no one person in particular.

 

5 - We move in multiple and administratively overlapping spaces, which in many ways no longer respond to the classic neo-colonial approach of the so-called Euro-Mediterranean space. The Arab cultural world is far larger than the Mediterranean Sea, and it cannot be considered isolated from the entire Middle East. What is happening today in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, Kurdistan, etc... is evidence of this.

 

Therefore, an attempt to express some medium and long term tendencies in economy, in politics and in the humanistic sphere is necessary:

 

a) Economy:

 

a1) Agile, flexible, transversal, multi-functional light-weight content industries will replace vertically-organised heavy-weight ones.

According to many specialists, content industries (multi-media, internet, communication, leisure, culture and online education) may become the first economic asset in the world in the next 50 years, following the decline of fossil fuels. Some petrol states have already begun to launch initiatives in this perspective. Global investment funds are already spending huge sums; for example, Providence Equity Fund published on their website, a plan to invest 50 billions dollars in global media, education and culture (they are already the owners of Warner). These global players are already attempting to rule our game.

However, this also means that funds dedicated to Culture will increase and thus, paradoxically, agile, hyper-active networks of lighter content industries, running on peer-to-peer relationship models, will be able to strengthen their new markets since these will not be considered interesting enough financially by what I call "the monstrous military-industrial empires". These lighter content industries will still keep their leadership on R&D, on innovation, on creativity, but they have to quickly organise their independence from the big heavyweight industries. In this regard, skilled negotiators in the Cultural sector will be highly necessary.

Contrary to the heavyweight industries, these smaller, multi-lateral, instant, horizontal networks of lightweight industries will facilitate inter-cultural dialogue.

 

a2) The nature of mass-consumption (of which mass-tourism is the most visible aspect in the Med area) and its requirement to constantly be at its maximum efficiency, drives it to separate individuals into different categories up to a point which becomes hard to stand for human beings. The generation gap is a direct consequence of marketing consumption, city planning is directly linked to gentrification, women still have a lot of difficulties to have their human rights respected, etc... Mass-consumption is not only a threat to the environment, it is also a direct threat to intercultural dialogue. More than ever culture, as a platform for dialogue is an utmost priority.

Soberness as a personal form of behaviour as well.

 

a3)  The notion of ethical capitalism, which is by the way directly placed at the intersection of religions and secularism, remains marginal when confronted to profit maximisation. In the current context of global negotiations on economy, ethical capitalism still remains an intellectual speculation, and the absence of ethics in economy has a direct effect on the religious question, including in the most violent theatres of conflict. Censorship is not only political, it is also produced by some forms of economy. Who today is the guardian of ethics, of freedom of expression, of freedom of creation? The legitimate desire of inter-cultural dialogue forces us to re-consider the restrictive control imposed by wild ultra-liberalism.        

 

b) politics:

 

b1) The influence of cultural (and cultual) zones is gradually replacing the national borders, for the best and for the worst.  Trapped in a very old-fashioned "block-against-block" strategy dating from former centuries, the traditional competition between nations is being replaced by the instrumentalization of cultural differences (very often disguised under the term "cultural diplomacy"), by a so-called "shock of civilisations" which is more and more successful, although it is nothing else than a new make-up on the face of nationalism. In MENA region, after the apparent decline of colonial powers, some new regional or religious heavyweights try to occupy the empty chair, become more aggressive, more radical, gain more influence, although the constant and never-ending pressure of the US, Russia and the EU is still there, under new forms. Do these regional powers consider intercultural dialogue as an essential tool for peace? Do they even consider peace as their number one objective? Or do they prefer their expansion?

No culture, no dialogue... No dialogue, no peace... No peace, no business... War is the business... 

 

b2) Asia shows a growing interest for Africa and the MENA region. The centre of the world has shifted, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic, and now from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Interestingly enough, we Arabs, Europeans, Middle-easterners, do not know that we are collectively seen from China as a single coherent cultural entity, with a common heritage, a common, original religious frame, and somehow common genetics. Is this reciprocal? Do we show interest in the other regions of the world? If yes, what are we collectively interested in? Social models? Market development? The exotic? Spiritualism? Can we collectively address the rest of the world? Isn't the rest of the world expecting us?

 

b3) hybridation/integration/assimilation

Beyond the fascinating and on-going research of "Cultural Base", a joint programme led by the Universities of Barcelona and Glasgow, the remaining and long-lasting question is: Who is integrating who? Who is assimilating who? What level of hybridisation is compatible with Cultural Diversity?

 

c) the human factor:

 

c1) Whatever happens, the Europe of the younger generations, including the ones of immigrant origin, will be based on and will affect the Europe/MENA region relationship. What we can witness today is not the withdrawal of the European dream, but the somehow painful, often anticipated beginnings of a positive transformation, which requires that every single individual living in Europe redefines his/her position towards the rest of the world. This also includes the re-balancing of another north/south-periphery/centre unfair deal, the one internally affecting Europe, between its north and its south, which, by a domino effect, is also weakening the relationship between Europe and the MENA region.  The future partners of the younger generations in MENA region are everywhere in Europe, not only in the capital cities.

 

c2) Whether virtual or physical mobility, the peer-to-peer, transversal, universal approach does not comply with the notion of a one-way, no return ticket.

The "golden triangles" of Art and Culture (for example London/Amsterdam/Paris) are the geographical bases of the empire. They concentrate all the tools of the cultural power. They behave towards the creative youth of the peripheries as magnets. The brain drain effect is their worst consequence. It deprives local communities of the return on the expensive investment that has been made in the education and capacity building of their youth. It prevents the creative youth from participating in the development/reconstruction of its own community, and, on a not-so-long term, it fuels an unfair imbalanced situation, which incidentally nourishes europhobia inside, and xenophobia outside.

Everywhere in the world this "golden triangles" syndrome is growing. It is also the fruit of modern global planning politics.

Local development is the condition for a fair international relationship, the individual is the engine of this development, with his/her cultural and intellectual assets. Mobility is first of all an affair of local development, and cannot be reduced to a small cohort of smart people living in airports. It concerns first of all your ability to share the benefits of your trip with your community when you go back home.  I believe that the future of the world will be made of an organic network of multiple peripheries. Peripheries are the multiple sources of knowledge, since knowledge is not the priviledge of a few scientific centres wherever they may be, including in the Euro-MENA region.

 

As a conclusion, I would refer to article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

"All human beings are equal in dignity and in rights".

In my understanding, to be equal in dignity means that there cannot be any dominating Culture.

 

I thank you for your attention. Ferdinand Richard

 

 


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RSS: Valletta 2018 Foundation: annual conference Call for Submissions

14.03.2018

Valletta 2018 Foundation’s annual conference this year will look at the legacy of Valletta 2018 and other important projects, including other European Capitals of Culture, but not exclusively, and the legacy these may, or may not create. ‘Sharing the Legacy’ will take place in Valletta between the 24th and 26th October.

A call for submissions from a performative, artistic or academic perspective which focus on legacy is open till the 29th March. 

 

Full information may be found on the conference website

 

Deadline: 29 March 2018


 


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RSS: Walking Art / Walking Aesthetics: Call for papers and art projects | INTERARTIVE

13.03.2018

This Call for Papers and Artistic Projects intends to record the history and the potential of walking as an art practice. The procedure of walk has been developed as an art practice from the beginning of Modernism. Since the '60s however it has become an established form of art expression.

 

Deadline: 31st May 2018

For information on the call for papers click here

 


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RSS: Urgent Action Fund For Women’s Human Rights: Rapid Response Grantmaking

13.03.2018

 

Women’s and trans* human rights defenders face unanticipated opportunities or threats. Urgent Action Fund is making flexible grants available for activists without the lengthy approval processes employed by most foundations. Urgent Action Fund’s grantmaking model enables women’s and trans* human rights defenders to act quickly, take advantage of unexpected opportunities, mitigate threats, and/or prevent backsliding in their ongoing work to advance the human rights of all people. Rapid Response Grants are a lifeline to women’s human rights defenders worldwide.

 

To know more about UAF please click here

 


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RSS: Sharing the Legacy conference 24 — 26 October 2018 Valletta, Malta

08.03.2018

The fifth Valletta 2018 Foundation annual conference encourages broad reflection on the central issues that define urban life by channeling its discussions through the basic question of “What makes a city better?”. This reflection aims to understand how cities can be shaped to better suit the needs and desires of the individuals and communities that it hosts, whether on a permanent or temporary basis. 

 

Deadline: 29 March 2018

For information on the conference click here

 


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RSS: Tandem Shaml 2018-2019

08.03.2018

Twenty-six cultural managers from Europe and the Arab region will be chosen to join the next round of Tandem Shaml. The one-year Tandem programme, in the spirit of ‘Doing-it-together’, gives cultural managers a space to experiment with multidisciplinary project ideas and inventive approaches to create change in our societies through culture.

 

 

Deadline for application: 29 March 2018

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RSS:Mass Alexandria (Egypt) and the VAA Nida Art Colony (Lithuania) Open Call for Residency

07.03.2018

For Egyptian artists: 

Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) and MASS Alexandria invite artists from Egypt to apply for a two-month studio residency at NAC in Lithuania. The residency is complementing the activities of the project 4Cs: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. Participating artist are expected to focus on issues of conflict, rootless communities, migration, displacement, and ways of making unfamiliar territories your own, conviviality, identity and related experiences. There are no limits on time or geographical area if the artist choses to work on specific historical events.

 

Deadline: 15 March 2018

For more details and for the artists’ application, please visit NAC website

 


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RSS: Villa Seurat Foundation Call for projects

07.03.2018

 

The Villa Seurat Foundation seeks to create bridges between worlds that rarely meet, to expand the scope of artistic creation by addressing vulnerable people who do not have access to art for economic, cultural or social reasons.

These projects will be « social sculptures » (Joseph Beuys), in which the gaze of the artist(s) and that of each person in the group will encounter and echo one another in the space of creation, sharing and transmission of this artistic dialogue.

This call for projects is directed to artists (one or several artists in the case of a collaboration or an artist collective), regardless of their nationality and place of residence.

 

Deadline: 24 March 2018

Find all details online

 


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RSS: The next generation 2018: Prince Claus Fund

07.03.2018

Stimulating young people to work towards an open, inclusive society through arts and culture, The Prince Claus Fund announces a new Call for Proposals: the Next Generation 2018. The Fund will support one-year initiatives by and for young people that inspire them to contribute to their societies in ways that make them more inclusive and accepting of differences. The programme is designed to create safe spaces for young women and men where they can explore the possibilities of different stories or alternative narratives that allow them to imagine different ways of being. 

 

Deadline: 16 March 2018

To read about the Call for Proposals click here

 


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RSS: Create Syria: A project to empower Syrian art in exile - 2nd edition

20.02.2018

A project in partnership between the British Council and Ettijahat-Independent Culture and in collaboration with Mimeta, that seeks to increase the capacity of artists to contribute to the development of stronger, more cohesive communities through the design and delivery of high-quality community arts initiatives. The project will support artists to build their technical and artistic skills in community settings through providing a tailored training, local and international peer-to-peer networking opportunities and seed funding for the implementation of innovative community arts initiatives.

 

 

Application deadline: 22 April 2018

For more information click here

 


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RSS - Publication "Why culture is the solution" by Marsad

08.02.2018

 

This publication is the outcome of a one year of work, within the framework of the project MARSAD (Mediterranean Action and Research for Sustainability and Development). The project is initiated by Racines, in partnership with : “Notre Culture d'Abord“ association (Tunisia), “ElMadina for performing and digital arts“ (Egypt) and “Me’zaf“ (Lebanon).

 

It presents an inventory of the cultural situation in these 4 countries and about all artistic disciplines. 

 

To read the publication, click here


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RSS - Appel à candidatures pour des résidences sur mesure avec l'Institut français - Deadline : 12/02/18

23.01.2018

 

L’Institut français lance les Résidences Sur Mesure permettant à des artistes confirmés d’effectuer et/ou d’approfondir une recherche afin de mener le projet significatif de leur choix, à l’étranger, dans les pays indiqués.

 

Elles sont destinées à des créateurs, français ou étrangers domiciliés en France depuis plus de 5 ans, souhaitant séjourner à l’étranger pour mener un projet personnel.

L’Institut français apporte un accompagnement personnalisé, adapté aux projets retenus. Les candidats sélectionnés seront amenés à organiser leur séjour avec le pôle Résidences.

 

Les disciplines concernées pour l’appel 2018 sont : Arts de la rue, nouveau cirque, marionnettes, danse et performance en arts de la scène, théâtre, musiques de création.

 

Montant des allocations attribuées : 

  • pour 1 mois : de 3000 € à 4500 €
  • pour 2 mois : de 6000 € à 8000 €
  • pour 3 mois : de 9000 € à 11000 €

 

Deadline : 12 février 2018

 

Pour en savoir plus sur ce programme, cliquez ici

 


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RSS - Open Call for residency at the Cité internationale des arts - Deadline : 1/03/18

11.01.2018

Every year, the Cité internationale des arts welcomes more than 1,200 artists from 90 different countries in more than 300 studios in the center of Paris, in Marais and Montmartre districts.

 

Based on artistic projects of residents, artists and/or curators, the Cité internationale des arts implements a multidisciplinary cultural program in its various facilities: the Galerie (525 m2 of exhibition space), the Corridor, the Auditorium (128 seats) and through its studios by organizing open studio sessions. The Cité internationale des arts also supports projects outside its walls ("hors les murs") by its residents and participates in bringing them into contact with professionals.

 

Residents can also benefit from French lessons, work in collective workshops (engraving workshop, silkscreen printing) and use a ceramic stove. Partnerships with other Parisian and Ile-de-France institutions also enable residents to develop their practices outside the walls of the Cité internationale des arts.

 

PLANNING:

- Submission of applications: from January 10 to March 1, 2018

- Notification of results: from mid-April onwards

- Residences start: between July and late November 2018.

 

For further informations, click here


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RSS - Call for Artist in Residence - Esplora Interactive Science Center in Malta - Deadline : 31/01/2018

21.12.2017

 

The Valletta 2018 Foundation and Esplora Interactive Science Centre, are inviting artists to apply for an immersive Artist-in-Residence (AiR) experience. The Residency Programme aims to communicate science through and with the art form of storytelling and encourages productive interaction between international creatives, local creatives and local communities as well as, physical and virtual environments.

The residency will be held at Esplora Interactive Science Centre, Triq il-Marina, Kalkara, Malta between April 2018 and May 2018 and will run for 6 weeks.

 

The successful artist will create a site-specific storytelling performance for Esplora Interactive Science Centre and will work closer with the Esplora Lead Science Programme Developer, as well as the Esplora Director. Esplora offers a various range of indoor and outdoor spaces for performances with multiple viewpoints and extensive exposure to day and evening visitors.

 

Deadline : 31st January 2018

 

For further informations, click here

 


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RSS - Open call for MM 2018 by Sharjah Art Foundation - Deadline : 10/01/2018

13.12.2017

 

March Meeting 2018 open call welcomes proposals from artists, writers, curators and art practitioners that resonate with this year’s theme : resistance.

 

Applicants are invited to propose a presentation in performance, lecture performance, talk or other form that reflects on or responds to the MM 2018 concept. 
Selected open call applicants will be invited to carry out their proposal during MM 2018, and are expected to attend all sessions of MM2018. A work sample relevant to the proposal is also required. A total of six applications will be selected. 

 

Deadline : 10 January 2018 

 

More details here


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RSS - Call for proposals for the DRHA conference - Deadline : 31/01/18

22.11.2017

 

Throughout 2018, Valletta will hold the title of European Capital of Culture; in this context, substantial capital projects have been developed to strengthen Malta’s cultural and creative sector. Digital Research in Humanities and the Arts Malta 2018 mirrors Fondazzjoni Kreattività’s purpose of catalysing innovative and cutting edge research and creative work in its theme of ‘Creative Legacies: Collaborative Practices for Digital Cultural Heritage.’

 

The conference programme will be structured within 5 distinct strands :

- Digital arts, design and performance ;

 - Digital humanities ;

 - Creative and cultural industries ;

 - Digital libraries and archives ; 

 - Digital cities and urban commons.

 

Deadline to submit your proposal : 31st January 2018

 

For further informations about the call, click here


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