About FRC

The Roberto Cimetta Fund’s mission is to promote and facilitate the mobility of cultural professionals by taking an active part in debates around mobility and cultural policies, by allocating travel grants, by offering support and vocational training.

Since 1999, the Roberto Cimetta Fund has been one of the major actors in the mobility of artists and cultural operators in the Mediterranean countries.

The Fund is named after the late Roberto Cimetta, a well-known and respected director and theatre-maker, who was at the origin of many initiatives that contributed to the development of the international theatre community: the Inteatro festival in Polverigi (Italy), IETM (Informal European Theater Meeting), the ACARTE program of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal for contemporary performing arts.

Mobility is an essential component of the trajectories of artists and cultural operators

  • it facilitates access to informal training by encouraging the exploration of new places, practices and aesthetics;
  • it develops professional opportunities through partnerships and the discovery of new markets ;
  • it promotes a better understanding of the diversity of the Mediterranean world and helps to forge links between people and communities in this region and beyond.

Having always been a space of reflection that open and aware of the world's issues, the questions of equity in mobility, environment and sustainability are reflected in the projects of the RCF.

Since 2020, the RCF's activities revolve around 4 missions to understand the question of mobility in the Mediterranean:

  • Observe mobility needs and practices and develop advocacy;
  • Develop training and support processes on the issues of professionalization of cultural actors and the inscription of their practice on their territory;
  • Support and promote cooperative projects and networking;
  • Allocate funding for the mobility of artists and cultural operators;

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is financially supported by the French Ministry of Culture and the DIMED of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. It is also a member of On the Move, Culture Action Europe and Euromed FranceThe RCF works regularly in partnership with :

Advisory board & team
Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos
Isin Öno
Giovanna Tanzarella
Serene Huleileh
Cristina Farinha
Khadija El Bennaoui
Fanny Bouquerel
Development Officer
Lucile Etienne
Project manager
Mohamed Biyjeddiguene
Communications Officer
Membres fondateurs
  • Velia Papa, artistic director of the Inteatro festival and general manager of Marche Teatro, professor of economics and management of the performing arts at the Politecnica delle Marche University.
  • Mary Ann De Vlieg, board member of Ettijahat, co-founder of IARA – International Arts Rights Advisor, former secretary general of IETM network.
  • Fabien Jannelle, president of the Artistic Office of the Aquitaine region, former director of the ONDA, National Office for Artistic Distribution – France.
  • Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos, member of the scientific committee of the National Institute of Research and Training/Bucharest-Romania, Professor at the National Institute of Fine Arts of Tetouan-Morocco. Former director of the French Institute Romania, cultural attaché Bulgaria.
  • Gil Mendo Valente and Branco, former Director of the Department ofDance of the Portuguese Institute of Performing Arts, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Res Bosshart, former director of the Master Theater University of Zurich, former general director of the Meiningen Opera, former general director of the Kampnagel, Hamburg

13 Bis rue Henri Monnier

75009 Paris - France

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