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Presentation of RCF

 

Presentations of the Fund are available in Greek, Italian and Portuguese.

A more detailed presentation of the Fund is also available in English.

RCF has two wordpress websites which you can visit here and there.

The Roberto Cimetta Fund, is an international non-profit making organisation created in 1999 to respond rapidly and directly to individual artists and cultural managers wishing to travel in order to develop contemporary artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Arab geographical zone and beyond. Since 2014, RCF is also providing sustaining support grants for venues, platforms and networks in the Arab geographical zone exclusively.

 

The Board of Directors of the Fund, the Committee of experts and the staff have built up considerable expertise on the development of funding mechanisms and management of funding for the benefit of international cultural co-construction processes within the artistic community at large.

 

This expertise is offered to local, regional, national and international governing bodies and private entities to implement well-planned strategies in international cultural relations that provide an enabling environment for artists and cultural operators, promoting a fair-trade attitude to culture, that entails stability and sustainability in the Euro-Arab geographical region and beyond.

 

RCF is fully engaged in the aims of the European Agenda for Culture in a globalised world that promote culture and mobility as essential tools in the external relations of the European Union.

 

RCF addresses the recommendations of the UNESCO Convention and the Agenda 21 for Culture that call for the strengthening of multilateral relations between North and South and preferential treatment to artists and professionals from developing countries. RCF is alined with the cultural conference of the Slovenian EU presidency in 2008, paying special attention to relations between Arab and Balkan artists. In 2011, RCF issued an action plan at the meeting organised in Paris at the French Ministry of Culture.

 

The Cimetta Fund considers that mobility is an essential learning tool and a legitimate policy that recognises the free circulation of cultural connecters, agents and practitioners. It addresses the questions of reciprocity and equal exchange, it gives equal support to incoming and outgoing artists, it provides interconnections in multicultural urban societies, it extends partnerships internationally… Mobility means intercultural dialogue where the artistic community can acquire intercultural competencies through confrontation, curiosity and permeation allowing for new forms of art and culture to emerge. Exchange and dialogue form an integral part of the values promoted by the Ethical Charter of the Fund to which artists should agree before receiving their grants. This Charter was first drafted in Amman, Jordan in September 2012. If you want to download it, click here.

 

 

Board of Directors

 


 

The Chairman of the Fund is Ferdinand RichardHe has been the founder/director of A.M.I (1985 to 2017), an association based in Marseille that promotes local cultural development. Ferdinand is also a founder-member of La Friche Belle-de-Mai/Marseille in 1992, and has been its deputy-director for 8 years, under the presidence of the architect Jean Nouvel.

Since 2017, he is the founder-president of Global Grand Central, an international and interactive digital platform dedicated to presenting artists works and processes. Since 2018, he is expert for Mobility First!, the Asia Europe Foundation program dedicated to the artists and cultural professionals mobility between Europe and Asia. From 2010 to 2015, he became the first coordinator of the International Fund for Cultural Diversity/UNESCO experts panel. Since January 2016, he is member of the governance of the Institut du Monde Arabe in the Region Hauts-de-France (Tourcoing/France). Between 1996 and 1999 he was the president of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage (re-named today Culture Action Europe), the largest platform of European cultural networks. In 2007, he participated in the preparation of the Declaration of Fribourg on Cultural Rights. He also had a 20-year career as a musician and producer and wrote many articles about artistic mobility (available on our website). 

 

 

Jumana Al Yasiri, Treasurer of RCF

Paris-based performing arts manager, Jumana has a fifteen-year experience designing and implementing residencies, festivals, conferences, and grants and training programs for artists and cultural practitioners. Her numerous collaborations with regional and international organizations and initiatives, include: Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008, The Young Arab Theatre Fund, Morgenland Festival Osnabrück, D-CAF, IETM, Med Culture Programme, among others. In 2015, Jumana was appointed Middle East and North Africa Manager at the Sundance Institute Theatre Program, co-leading the development and the implementation of the program’s outreach in the region and beyond. Elected Board Member of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for Artistic Mobility in the Euro-Arab Region for the second time in a row, she is also a regular panellist, writer and translator. Hailing from Syrian-Iraqi origins, Jumana holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Damascus Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts, and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University Paris VIII. Jumana is also part of the inaugural Fellows cohort at The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University.

 

Dounia Benslimane, Secretary

Dounia is a medical doctor (2003) who dedicated herself to cultural activism and management. In 2010, she co-founded Racines in Casablanca (Morocco) and she is currently its Development & Partnership Director. From 2011 to 2013, she was in charge of the programming and management of "La Fabrique Culturelle des anciens abattoirs", an independent urban and contemporary arts space in Casablanca. Dounia is a member of several cultural NGOs in Morocco, Africa and Europe. She produced many reports and studies on cultural policies, artistic freedom and cultural management for the British Council, Freemuse, MedCulture, Istanbul Bilgi University... She obtained the European Diploma on Cultural Projects Management of Marcel Hicter Association (Brussels, Belgium) in 2014. She is an alumni of the International Visitors Leadership Programme of the US Department of State (2017).

 

 

Velia Papa, Administrator

Director of Inteatro since 1998, world reknowned performing arts festival held annually in Polverigi, Italy.  Since 2014, Velia is also Director of Marche Teatro and she is also Professor of "Performing Arts, Economics and Management" at Università Politecnica delle Marche since 2004. She has a particular expertise in artistic innovation, in discovery and promotion of new talents and emerging artists of the national and international scene. Moreover, she has participated in founding several European networks such as IETM. She was also a member, in 2008/2009, of the Music Commission set up by Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MIBAC) and a speaker in international panels, conferences and seminars (San Francisco, Curitiba, Barcelona, Murcia, Tunis, Zurich, etc.). 

 

Hanan Kassab Hassan, Administrator

Syrian Professor of theater at Damascus University, and at Saint Joseph University (Beirut), she was also the General Manager of Damascus Opera House, the General Secretary of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008, the Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Damascus and a member of the Strategic Commitee of the "Conseil Culturel de l'Union pour la Méditerranée" in France. 

She worked also as an external consultant for the IFPC and ICH, UNESCO. She wrote many researches in the field of theater and culture, and she translated from French into Arabic many books including plays of Jean Genet, Koltes and Beckett. 

 

 

Isin Önol, Administrator

She is an independent turkish curator based in New York and Vienna. She is a member of Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University, New York. She works as a guest critic at the Arts & Design MFA program at Montclair University, New Jersey and as a visiting curator at the Social Design – Art as Urban Innovation MA Program at University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Besides teaching, since 2009, she has produced number of exhibitions in various countries as an independent curator. Prior to that, she leaded the Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art as its director and curator in Istanbul for three years. (2006-2009). She is the founder and program coordinator of Nesin Art Village, Sirince, Turkey

 

Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, Administrator

He is a researcher, writer, editor and curator, based in Barcelone and Rome, working across different disciplines, territories and cultures. He holds a PhD in “Art History, Theory and Criticism” from the University of Barcelona. He is also Lecturer at the Cultural Management Programme of the University of Barcelona, and faculty member and core advisor at Transart Institute (NY-Berlin). His main interests and research lines are focused on the practices of intercultural processes, cross-cultural encounters, cultural cooperation, participation and mobility through the artistic, creative and educational experiences. He has participated in numerous conferences and developed projects and research residencies internationally. As an art critic, editor and independent curator he collaborates with several organizations and institutions worldwide and writes for different international magazines.

 

Expertise


As a regranting organisation, RCF is committed to being accessible (wide-outreach/open calls), transparent (impartial selecting system), efficient (in respect of artists’ timeframe) and accountable (consistant evaluation of impact).

 

In order to select candidates of travel or sustaining support grants, the Board assigns experienced arts professionals with the role of expert on the evaluation committee. There are currently 35 experts from 17 countries from both Europe and the Arab geographical zone. They are members of the General Assembly of RCF. An expert that becomes a member of the Board of RCF is no longer an expert for the term of his or her mandate. In respect of privacy, the names of the 35 experts currently on the RCF Committee will not be indicated on this website. The former experts of RCF are Zeina Arida, Aisha Ayari, Valérie Baran, Radhouane El Meddeb, Ghislaine Glasson-Deschaumes, Alice-Ann Jeandrel, Susa Popp.

 

Requests are examined by the experts of each artistic discipline: Interdisciplinary digital arts/performing arts, theatre, dance, music, interdisciplinary performing arts/visual arts/architecture/film, cinema, photography, design, fashion, architecture, documentaries, digital arts, video arts, literature, poetry, dramaturgy, storytelling. Requests from cultural operators are examined by experts in cultural management or who are specialised in local cultural development in the country concerned. 

 

RCF Staff

 

Angie Cotte

 

Angie Cotte, General Secretary. Angie has extensive experience in cultural networking at European level. She has contributed to the organisation of many European conferences on cultural policy and has coordinated arts and culture projects for a number of years. Angie's text on artists and mobile work can be downloaded here.

 

 

Measuring the impact of what we do


RCF presented its first Assessment on the impact of its funding scheme for mobility in 2012. This evaluation highlighted the fact that individual mobility leads to a better integration into one’s art field/practice and that rapid concrete results were obtained such as follow-up projects, publications, performances, screening, press coverage, concerts and not only touring as one could more readily imagine. 97% of artists stay in touch with their hosts. 56% plan to return to their hosts in the near future or to continuing circulating in the region. The assessment is available here.

 

A study on the impact of the cultural and artistic mobility funding line between the County Council of Bouches-du-Rhône (France), its cooperation zones in the Euro-Arab region and the Roberto Cimetta Fund was issued in 2013. Assessment available here.

 

A survey on Access to funding and funding needs was carried out in 2014 but the results are not conclusive and a new survey will be undertaken soon.

 

In Memoriam


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is named in memory of the well-known and respected theatre and festival director, Roberto Cimetta, whose career ended far too early. He initiated projects that contributed deeply to the development of the international theatre community: the Inteatro Festival in Polverigi, Italy; IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting); ACARTE, the contemporary performing arts programme of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, etc.

 

Founding Members 


Vélia Papa, Director of the International Theatre Festival, Inteatro, Polverigi, Italy 

Mary Ann De Vlieg, General Secretary of IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

Fabien Jannelle, Director of ONDA, French National Office of Artistic Distribution

Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos, Producer, France

Gil Mendo Valente e Branco, Dance professor and Head of Dance Department of the Portuguese Institute of Art and Performance, Lisbon, Portugal 

Res Bosshart, Artistic Director, Germany & Switzerland



What do we do?

Presentation of RCF |  | Partners | Local cultural development
Ferdinand Richard - Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund | Resources | Fil Manfa - host organisations for artists in exile
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