RSS - Call for Participants // Workshop on "Cyberparks". COST. Lisbon. Deadline: 31.12.2016.


Expressions of interest are invited from the COST Action TU1306 “Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces”(CyberParks)” to participate in a young planners, PhD/ Early stage researchers level workshop related to the co- creation of inclusive and mediated public open space.

This workshop is entitled « Co-Creating of Inclusive and Mediated Public Spaces » and will take place in Lisbon, Portugal from 13th to 16th February 2017.

In this workshop participants will explore the concept of inclusiveness and co-creation of public spaces as a means of citizen empowerment and user oriented design, towards maximizing the response to user needs. In particular, participants will reflect on the interactions between people, places, and technology in creating open spaces mashed-up with technology and will investigate how to make use of the opportunities opened up digital technologies to engage and activate citizens around the public spaces in urban areas.

Deadline for submission:  31st December 2016.

For more information about the workshop, please click here

Any question regarding the workshop can be addressed to the organizing committee at:


RSS - Call for scholarships in France 2016-2017. SEFE /UNESCO.


In order to promote the competencies of the human ressources of the countries in development and to foster the comprehension and friendship between the nation and the French people, the UNESCO French National Commission (CNF) in agreement with the French Secretary of State for Education (SEFE) is providing 100 scholarships to foreign students willing to undertake a research or study visit in France for the year 2016/2017.

All candidates must fill in a pre-selection application in PDF before applying to the scholarship.


Please ask for the pre-selection application from the French of Secretary State for Education (SEFE) by sending a cover letter mentioning the country you come from to get more information on how to submit your demand.

Email of the Scholarship department: 


RCF - Eligible Candidates // Tamteen Support Programme 2016


The Roberto Cimetta Fund has received 98 requests for the the call for Tamteen Support Programme 2016. The office of the Fund has checked the eligibility of the requests. This eligibility simply means that the request can be evaluated by the experts because the eligibility criteria has been respected. Eligibility does not imply that the grant has been given.


For the session 2016, eligible candidates to Tamteen grants are:


Abed AlFattah Ghabayen – Music Garage, Jordan

Agnieska Piotrowska – The Polish- Arabic Library, Egypt

Ahmed El Deeb - Reflection for Arts, Training and Development, Egypt

Ahmed Hammoud – Daha Wassa Theatre, Morocco

Ahmet Senocak – Senocak, Turkey

Amanda Abi Khalil – Temporary Art Platform, Lebanon

Amar Zahr – Beirut art Residency, Lebanon

Amine Metahni – Shouka , Tunisia

Amir Sabra – Stereo 48, Palestine

Amira Hanafi – Opportunities for Egyptian artists, Egypt

Aml Hashem – Tanweera Association, Egypt

Arej Abou Harb, Me’zaf - Lebanon

Arsani Ajban – AlSafina for arts and Culture, Egypt

Aysha Shamayleh – The Writer’s Cell, Jordan

Azza Mandour – Taraha Association, Egypt

Belal Taha – Nile Sunset Annex, Egypt

Bouchar Boulouiz – Fondation Roselli, Morocco

Cyrinne Douss – Association Hayyou’Raqs, Tunisia

David Ruffel – Association Masnaâ, Morocco

Dia Mahmoud – MEDRAR, Egypt

Doreen Toutikian – MENA Design Research Centre, Lebanon

Fatme Jegham – Tahadi Association, Tunisia

Hakeem AbdelNaeem Khalil – Zen Association, Egypt

Hana Tefrati – MAC association/ Queens Collective, Morocco

Hassan Darsi – La source du lion, Morocco

Hicham Bouzid – Think Tanger, Morroco

Hiram Naaman – MINUS 5, Lebanon

Houssam Alwan – Egypt

Jamal Salem – Culture, Arts and Popular Heritage Association, Palestine

Kassem Istanbouli – Association Tiro for Arts, Lebanon

Khaled Halimi – Toudra, Morocco

Labwa Saleh Majeed – TARKIB Baghdad Contemporary Arts Institute, Iraq

Lucien Arino – centre Rézodance, Egypt

Mario Botrous – Mozayek, Syria

Mathilde Vittu – Bethlehem Strings, Palestine

Medhat Anis – Naghmacha/Sohag, Egypt

Mihamed Seddik Kekli – DEBO, Tunisia

Mohamed  El Gamaal – MADAR Association for arts and Culture, Egypt

Mohamed Abdel Latif – Daerat Al Fan, Egypt

Mohamed Adwan – VACS, Palestine

Mohamed Chaihab, Assocation kel Tamasheq Oued Noun, Morroco

Mohamed ElSayed Rashed – Escape Art production, Egypt

Mohamed Jaafar – Goozor Association, Egypt

Mohamed Mahdi – Darak Group, Egypt

Mohamed Moqdad – Horoof Centre, Palestine

Mohamed Osama Hawary – Al Masrah AlJawal Troup, Egypt

Mohamed Ragab – Torrah, Egypt

Mohamed Sammour – MedeArts , Jordan

Mona Elmaharqi – Shehrazad Cultural Association, Yemen

Nada Hussein – Zafir, Egypt

Nour Benbaya – Al Enma, Lybia

Noureddine AlRaai – Al Shajar Group, Palestine

Omar Berakdar – Art There Istanbul, Turkey/Syria

Oscar Wood – Seenaryo, Lebanon

Ouahib Mortada – Association ISSAF, Morocco

Rashed El Helou – For Media, Palestine

Rawand Arqawi – Chazaya Theatre Group, Palestine

Réda Hmidi – Amplif, Morroco

Rehab Eldalil – Al Tarfa Development, Egypt

Rhita Alaoui Soce – the Ultra Laboratory, Morocco

Rim Mejdi – Collectif Madrassa, Morocco

Şafak Ersözlü - Açık Stüdyo, Turkey

Waguih AlLaqani – Cinema Everywhere, Egypt

Yahya Takieddine – Al Hellal, Algeria

Zahed Sultan Al Essa – REUSE, Kuwait


If you sent your request but your name is not on this list, your request has been considered non-eligible (co-production request without sustainability, lack of information concerning expenses that are linked to the sustainable nature of the project, organisation to be created whilst this fund is for organisations that already exist….).

If your request was considered non-eligible you will be notified soon.


This list will only appear on the website until 26th November to respect privacy.





RCF - Tribune for artists in exile. 7 October 2016.


At the initiative of Roberto Cimetta Fund, a Tribune for artists in exile was organized on Friday 7th October 2016 at the Arab World Institute in Paris in collaboration with Onda - the French Office For Contemporary Performing Arts Circulation, the Syndeac and the Arab World Institute


This event was aiming to encourage more awareness about the current situation of Arab artists and cultural operators in exile particularly amongst their French and European counterparts, in order to favour understanding, exchange and engagement. More than 120 professionals from the sector of Arts and Culture took part in it.


The following artists and cultural operators, representing the artistic and cultural world in Arab countries, have contributed to the debate: Fadi Yazigi, Syrian visual artist and sculptor, Hanan Kassab Hassan, Syrian professor and cultural operator, Sana Yazigi, Syrian designer, Hala Omran and May Skaf, both Syrian actresses.


Jack Lang, President of the Arab World Institute opened the debate, which were moderated by Ferdinand Richard, Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund.


We want to thank all our partners and all the participants who took part with enthusiasm to this initiative through their presence, solidarity and generosity.



RSS - Grant opportunities // CEC artslink. USA. Deadline: 05.12.2016.


CEC ArtsLink invites artists, arts managers and non-profit arts organizations in all disciplines from 37 eligible countries (see below) to apply for Independent Projects Awards.


Project grants enable artists and arts managers from eligible countries to carry out self-directed projects in the US.  Applicants must have a letter of invitation from a non-profit organization or individual in the US to apply.
US artists and arts managers seeking to collaborate with international colleagues are encouraged to consider this opportunity for potential funding. The application must be submitted by your international partner, so we invite you to share this information.


Deadline: December 5, 2016


For Application and Guidelines.


Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Please visit our website for more information.


RSS - Conference // Reforming the Common European Asylum System. Brussels : 16.11.2016.


Public Policy Exchange organises a conference entitled: Reforming the Common European Asylum System: Towards a Unified, Fair and Effective Policy.

Venue: Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre.

Time: 10:00am - 4:30pm.

Date: 16th November 2016.

In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe. Conflict in Syria, ongoing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan, poverty in Kosovo and abuses in Eritrea led and still lead people via Turkey and Albania to the EU, seeking a better life and new perspectives. Applications for asylum reached enormous numbers with 1,321,560 million, about four times higher than in 2014.


The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) thought to provide common minimum standards for the treatment of all asylum seekers. It also leaves … (continue).

Visit the website:


For Registration, please click here.


RSS - Residency opportunities // CEC Artslink Award 2017. USA. Deadline : 15.10.2016.


CEC ArtsLink invites artists and arts managers in Performing Arts and Literature from 37 eligible countries to apply for structured residencies at US arts organizations.

The five-week Residencies will take place in fall 2017. ArtsLink places Fellows at established US non-profit arts organizations and covers associated living, working, travel, and health insurance costs.

Applicants do not need to have contacts with organizations in the US to apply for this program, but proficiency in English is required.


Since 1993, 555 Fellows have participated in Residencies at 321 arts organizations throughout the US.


Submission deadline for Fall 2017 ArtsLink Residencies is October 15, 2016.


Application and Guidelines.


Applicants in visual and media arts may apply in October 2017 for residencies in 2018.


Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Please visit our website for more information.



RCF - Call for TAMTEEN Grants. Deadline: 30.09.2016.


In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is running a funding line to support strengthening and sustainability of organisations and their activities. This funding line entitled "Tamteen" aims to strengthen cultural and artistic organisations and/or artists collectives operating in the Arab World and developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms).


We hope through this fund to create a leverage effect that could contribute modestly to rebalancing forces between Arab and European components in the exchange, as well as strengthening and sustaining cultural exchange between Arab regions. The grants provided will not exceed 3000€ and can be considered as co-funding depending on the projects selected.


This call is open for organisations, artists collectives and independents cultural managers based in the Arab world and have been operating at least for a year.


The demand presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development. Sustainability implies any action that will allow the organisation or its action to last. by covering operational costs. For example this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space or any other operational cost. Support to artistic production can be provided only if this production can prove “sustaining” effects. Thus, this fund does not finance production costs directly related to artistic works. 


The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.

This third call for applications is open from 1st August 2016 until 30th September 2016.


The evaluation and selection processes will take place during the months of October and November 2016.


The results will be announced on 1st December 2016.


Five projects at least will be selected. The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise. 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to strengthen projects that emerge following the benefits of a travel grant and at the same time support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives.


You can apply in Arabic, English and French.


For more information on the eligibility criteria, please click here.


For more infromation on how to apply, please click here.


RSS - Sundance Institute Theatre Program . Deadline: 01 & 15.11.2016.


The Sundance Institute Theatre Program is pleased to announce TWO new play development opportunities for theatre artists:


• 2017 MENA Playwrights Residency in Berlin (Spring 2017). MENA Arabic-speaking playwrights, particularly Syrian, who have been based in Europe for five years or less (2011-2016) are encouraged to apply to this text-based residency - Application deadline: November 1, 2016:


• 2017 Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort (July 2017). All theatre-makers from the US and Arabic-speaking artists from the Middle East and North Africa are encouraged to apply to the Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort (MENA artists working in English or French can be considered too) - Application deadline: November 15, 2016: 

The same ideals guide both activities: meaningful, peer-to-peer mentorship free from commercial pressures.


For further information, you can send your questions by email or visit the Facebook page of the MENA initiative. 


RCF- Open Call- RCF/Valletta 2018. Deadline : 15.08.2016.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta Foundation are launching the second 2016 open call for travel grants to artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Mediterranean region. 


This call is open for mobility projects related to the specific criteria of Valletta 2018, that you may find  here



RSS - Open call. Laboratory for arts -Supporting Syrian artists/ Ettijahat-Independent Culture. Deadline: 31.07.2016.


Ettijahat- Independent Culture in collaboration with the Goethe Institut is launching an open call for artistic proposals for its Laboratory of Arts: a programme supporting Syrian artists.

The programme aims to empower Syrian artists and cultural organisations by supporting them through a grant scheme, enabling them to produce original creative artworks.


The programme is aimed at artists and existing initiatives in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Turkey, as well as countries of exile in Europe. This will be achieved through the provision of ten grants, each up to the value of $5000.

For conditions of participation, the application process and the FAQs, visit our website, or visit our page on facebook.

The final deadline for submission is : July 31st, 2016  2015


For more information, contact us at:



RSS- Consultation Intentional destruction of cultural heritage


As announced in her first report to the human right's council in March, the special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Ms. Karima Bennoune, intends to devote her next thematic report to the Intentional destruction of cultural heritage and would like to invite of relevant actors to send contributions to inform her report. 

The consultation aims to assess the intentional destruction of cultural heritage as a violation of human rights and its impact on the exercise of the rights to enjoy and access cultural heritage, to access, contribute to and enjoy the arts and to participate in cultural life. Contributions would particularly be appreciated on the following issues:


What is the impact of the intentional destruction of cultural heritage on the enjoyment of human rights, and particularly, on cultural rights? What is the impact of destruction of tangible cultural heritage on intangible cultural heritage, on cultural practices and beliefs, and on the right of concerned persons to participate in cultural life?


What are examples of different situations illustrating the above (situations of armed / non armed conflict or international / internal conflict; destructions by States / Non-States actors; geographical or other diversity, etc.)? 


What are examples of good practices, especially with regard to prevention and protection against destruction, as well as repatriation and reconstruction measures of cultural heritage, including through human and cultural rights education and awareness?


What strategies are in place to protect cultural heritage defenders at risk? Under which circumstances can they be considered as cultural rights defenders?


Submission of maximum 2'500 words should be submitted no later than 10 June 2016 to 


More details can be found here: 


RSS - Overseas Scholarships Competition / SMATRO 2016. Deadline: 27th May 2016.


SAMRO invites instrumentalists to compete in this year's scholarships competition with a chance to win R200k to support overseas studies.
The Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) invites applications for the 2016 SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition for Instrumentalists. Musically gifted Southern Africans are encouraged to take this opportunity to compete for a scholarship to further their postgraduate studies or attend master classes overseas.


Who can compete?
To participate in the 2016 competition, you must be:
- a music student or professional instrumentalist (excluding keyboards),
- between the ages of 20 and 32 (born after 15 May 1983), and
- a citizen of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho or Swaziland.

For more information , please click here



RSS- Open call for participation: "The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories" - deadline: 29th April 2016


The concept of “locality” that the project Understanding Territorialities addresses, is that of a “territory we feel most emotionally connected to”, which is “often exploited by Eurosceptic and nationalist arguments but often neglected as a subject for discussion by Europhiles". At the same time, the feeling of getting “lost” or equally of feeling “at home everywhere” by living without borders, it's forcely or voluntarly a shared transterritorial condition, in which the renewed and widespread attention to the "local", both as a place that gives life and as identitarian originarian place, makes of the locality and localness a battleground.

10 artists and professionals from different fields, related to the investigation on concepts and forms of locality in rural and urban field, and current related ideas and statements such as "nature", "permaculture" and "resilience", in both their engaging and controversial aspects, will be selected via open call to participate to The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories. 

The text "The Shifting Place. Aesthetic, spatial and temporal fractures of transitional territories" by Giusy Checola in pdf format is available  here
Application available here



RSS- Syrian Focus in Beirut - Etijjahat in association with D-CAF Festival


Ettijahat- Independent Culture, in association with Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (D-CAF) in Cairo, organise Focus Syria, an international forum in support of contemporary Syrian arts. Focus Syria will be held on April 18th 2016 in Dawar Al Shams Theatre as well as Montaigne Theatre at Institut français du Liban and Zico House in Beirut.

The forum includes a number of consecutive events that are: 
- Presentation session for projects in progress by Syrian artists. The participants include Mayyar Aleksan, Omar Jbaee, Raghad Al Makhlouf and Oussama Halal. 
(Shams Theatre, 16:00) 
- Launching three publications in association with Mamdouh Adwan Publishing House. The publications are: 
Five Research Papers on Contemporary Syrian Questions. 
Training Guide on Cultural Research 
On Syrian Cultural Work During the Years of Embers. 3 studies from the Cultural Priorities in Syria 
(Shams Theatre, 17:00) 
- Above Zero performance by Oussama Halal. 
(Shams Theatre, 19:00) 
- Dance performance Deplacement, by Methqal Al Zughair.
(Institut français du Liban, 21:00) 
- Live music show by musician Ary Sarhan and another concert by Tanjaret Daghet music group. 
(Zico House, 22:30)


RSS - Open Call for Artist-in-Residence in Malta. Deadline: 30th of May 2016.


The residency itself is based in the rural island of Gozo, sister island of Malta, surrounded by a close community. The residencies are based on the concept of cultural immersion within the island; with its landscapes, seascapes and soundscapes, and the contemporary exploration of cultural diversity that exists there. 

Priority will be given those applicants who:

1. work directly and actively with local communities and cultures;

2. are willing to interact productively with local creatives;

3. work within a context that relates directly to the programme/s of Fondazzjoni Kreattività and/or Valletta 2018;

4. are based in the Mediterranean Region, including North Africa;

5. work in creative forms that are currently emerging or underrepresented in Malta and Gozo.


For more information please visit the Fondazzjoni Kreattività and the Valletta 2018 official websites. Those interested are to fill in the application form found here.





RSS- Open call for grants related to cultural policies in the Arab World - Al Mawred Al-Thaqafy/Cultural ressources. Deadline: 15th May 2016.


Culture Resource has announced a new call for funding applications for projects that seek to monitor and develop cultural policies at the local or regional levels in the Arab world.


The call is open to organisations, individuals and groups from 12 Arab countries until 15 May 2016.Grants of up to $8,000 are awarded for each project selected. An independent jury made up of cultural policy experts from the Arab region is responsible for selecting the projects.


Applications will be accepted from the following countries: Jordan, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Sudan, Yemen, Tunisia, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and Mauritania.

The call is open to the following individuals or entities from the Arab region:

- Cultural, artistic and research organisations and groups.

- Individual practitioners in the arts.

- Cultural managers.Legal professionals.


The call is open to the following types of projects:


Applications will be accepted for projects that seek to monitor, assess, research and develop the state of cultural policies in the above-mentioned countries in terms of the following points:

- Freedom of expression and cultural rights.

Making culture more widely available in Arab societies.

- Financing culture.

- Exploring forms and methods of community and professional organisation for artists and cultural groups.


The duration of the project may not exceed one year.Projects may consist, for example, of studies or research, awareness-raising campaigns, seminars, conferences, study circles, training workshops, capacity building activities, publications or any other type of activities that serve the above-mentioned purposes.


Please fill in the application from here (Only Available in Arabic) and submit it with all necessary attachments by no later than 15 May 2016


RCF - Eligible Candidates / Europe Grand Central


Europe Grand Central


The first session 2016 of the Europe Grand Central is now closed. RCF received 120 applications for this call. The office of the Fund has checked the eligibility of the requests. This eligibility simply means that the request can be evaluated by the experts because the eligibility criteria has been respected. Eligibility does not imply that the travel grant has been given. 


For this first session of Europe Grant Central, eligible candidates are : 


Ines Abassi

Hashem Adnan

Mohamed Alarda

Mohamed Allam

Moubarak Ammane

Charbel Samuel Aoun

Benkarroum Ayoub

Hicham Bajjou

Hanen Ben Amara

Nesrine Ben Hajayech

Zineb Benjelloun

Yasmine Boudjema

Massoud Bouhcine

Moustapha Boukrouna

Ashraf El Chouli

Bahiya Chaieb

Mahmoud Al Daoud

Chama Darchoul

Nader Dagher

Cristiana De Marchi

Rachid Eladouani

Sara Esmail

Mohamed Fariji

Radhouan Fiddini

Paul Geday

Aziz Ghnym

Maria Harfouche

Tulip Hamodah

Ahmed Idouaddi

Ouldali Jamal

Maher Jelo

Dhia Jerbi

Jabir Al Joukhadar

Yousef Al Kabra

Mohamed El Kajjouni

Amira Karaoud

Zeina El Kazmi

Amira Jihane Khelfallah

Dina Kobrosly

El Mahdi Lyoubi

Nourreddine Madrane

Faten Nastas Mitwasi

Mohamed Amine Moussaoui

Hiba Najem

Dalia Naous

Majdal Nateel

Alia Noueihed

Ruben Yemoh Odoi

Dalal Odeh

Saad Omar

Hind Oudrhiri

Diana Rayyan

Farah Saleh

Dima Shahin

Oussama Tabti

Mina Tadros

Inas Al Tawil

Fethi Zaaf

Abdel Rahman Al Zubaidi


These applications will be evaluated by the experts. This evaluation will take place from 1st of April to 30th of April 2016.  The results will be announced on 15th May 2016.  


If your request was considered ineligible you will receive an email. 


The list of eligible candidates will only appear on the website until 15th of April 2016 to respect privacy. 



RSS -“Cultural Dialogue and the Refugee Crisis” Belgrade, Serbia / 25-30th May 2016


The topic chosen for CINLab 2016 is “Cultural Dialogue and the Refugee Crisis”.


This year we will focus on project ideas that aim to find innovative approaches to the refugee crisis within the cultural sector.


Selection will be based on the information given through the attached application form and a second stage interview with shortlisted candidates. 


Please do not hesitate to Contact if you would like to have further information or apply here.


RSS - Call for application LABEXMED & CAMARGO Foundation, France. Deadline : 10th June 2016.


LabexMed, (the laboratory for Excellence in Mediterranean studies) coordinated by the Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme in Aix-en-Provence (France), has the ambition of moving further along the path towards pluridisciplinary and integrated research on the Mediterranean and encouraging the dialogue between human and social sciences and the earth, life and environmental sciences, throughout any time and geographical scales.

Since 2014, the Camargo Foundation and the LabexMed program have been working together to stimulate relations and cultural exchanges between scholars and artists of the Mediterranean Basin in order to encourage and support the development of projects at the interface between human and social sciences and the arts with the aim of a common production.

As a result, for the third year, the Camargo Foundation and LabexMed (Aix-Marseille University) are offering 2-4 weeks fellowships to cross-disciplinary teams of 2 to 5 scholars and artists including one scholar based in a LabexMed center.

Please find here the guidelines in English for the LabexMed/Camargo Foundation call for applications.


It's (about) Politics - Conference 6 to 8 of May - Vienna, Austria.01.04.2016


Organised by Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus (WUK) and Trans Europe Halles (TEH), the conference It’s (about) politics. Performing the emancipatory potential of cultural practice on 6 to 8 May 2016 is an in-depth exploration of what it means for cultural organisations to be political.

The conference is an open invitation to debate and reflect upon the importance of art and culture in a political present characterised by the dynamics of inequality.


In four thematic routes – including more than 30 workshops, lectures, talks, and exchanges of experiences – the conference will address a variety of issues, from contemporary political theory to practice-oriented inputs, along with different approaches to networking and building alliances.


For more information on the programme, please click here.



RSS - Release Guide to funding opportunities for the international mobility of artists and culture professionals – Africa.


Art Moves Africa, Korea Arts Management Service and On the Move are very pleased to present the Guide to funding opportunities for the international mobility of artists and culture professionals – Africa. For more Click here.


RSS - The India Theatre Programme 2-31 July 2016, Pondicherry, India. Deadline extended 30th April 2016


The Drama School, Mumbai invites applications from theatre makers, actors, dancers and performance artists for this intensive 4 week training and creation workshop in Pondicherry, India. This immersive residency is for 24 individual practitioners from across the world, seeking to inform and enhance their own personal practice through understanding universal principles of performance as found in three Indian traditional performing art forms. The training will be conducted by nationally recognized masters of these forms, and guided throughout by the award winning ex-director of The National School of Drama, India’s foremost training institution for the dramatic arts. Indian dramatic practice dates back to the 1st century BCE, if not earlier, and its fundamental principles have informed performance practices from across the world (such as Grotowski, Stanislavsky, Zarrilli and Schechner to name a just a few).   The first three weeks of the programme will be dedicated to training in the various forms and understanding the principles that can be taken into contemporary practice, the final week will be a guided creation exercises designed to assimilate and apply these learnings.
If you have any queries, please feel free to email us on We look forward to receiving your applications.For further information about the application process, please look through our website


RCF- Open Call - RCF/Valetta 2018 Deadline : 31.03.2016


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valetta Foundation are launching the first 2016 open call for travel grants to artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Mediterranean region. This call is open for mobility projects related to the specific criteria of Valletta 2018, that you may find  here


RCF - Open Call – Europe Grand Central residencies Deadline for applications: 15/03/2016


In the framework of the EU funded project “Europe Grand Central”, The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching an open call on 1st February 2016 to invite Arab artists to submit proposals to six thematic European art residencies on the concept of “borders”.


The six residencies will be run by six independent art spaces that all encourage interaction between artists and local inhabitants. They are based in Fengersfors (Sweden), Bologna (Italy), Athens (Greece) and Lublin (Poland), Gozo and Malta . A minimum of 10 residents will be selected. Profiles include artists from all artistic disciplines, curators, cultural/social animators, theatre practitioners.


A simultaneous synchronised event in February 2017 will highlight the works produced as well as the Bordr virtual platform. Read more about the project on: 


Europe Grand Central is a 2-year (September 2015 to August 2017) cooperation project funded by the European Union under the Creative Europe programme. It groups together independent cultural spaces in European countries from the Trans Europe Halles network on the theme of « borders ».


The aim of the project is to transform perceptions of border crossings from suspicion into curiosity, empower under- and misrepresented individuals and groups through storytelling, and exchange methods of inclusion between cultural practitioners and organizations. A unique digital and conceptual platform also connects audience-created-narratives about the human act of crossing borders.
The seven partner organisations are Not Quite ekonomisk förening, Fengersfors, Sweden, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Bremen, Germany, Assoziazione Laminarie, Bologna, Italy, Vyrsodepseio ODC Non-profit theatre company, Athens, Greece, European Foundation for Urban Culture and Workshops of Culture, Lublin, Poland, Fond Roberto Cimetta, Paris, France, Trans Europe Halles (TEH), Lund, Sweden. Through the latter, a European network of independent culture operators, the project reaches some 70 cultural organizations in 28 countries. Valletta 2018 is joining the partnership for the two residencies in Gozo and Malta.


Applications can be made in English or French. The call will be open for one month and a half (February til mid-March 2016).


Results of the call will be announced on 1st May 2016 and the residencies will begin at earliest 1st June 2016. Each of the ten grants awarded amounts to 1200€ and covers accommodation (400€), per diems (300€), international return travel and visa costs (500€).

Description and criteria for each residency


Residency n°1: Greece, Athens, Vyrsodepseio, provisional dates of the residency: after June 2016 (duration: 10 days). Number of residents: 2
Description: This international art residency runs under the umbrella of Doc(K) international residency platform by Vyrsodepseio. ( Greece has become an experiment for political readjustments in Europe. On top of this, Greece is in the middle of the refugee crisis, which poses the challenge of how to integrate the newcomers into the population and infrastructure. This is a challenge many European countries face at the moment. This artistic residency will give the residents a chance to work on this subject and thereby explore their own region from a different angle, experiencing the situation of the refugee from participating in and working with it. Along with this, this art residency gives the chance to experience a city in transformation and the resilience of art in economic crisis, to meet Greek artists and the huge network of Vyrsodepseio and to collaborate with ODC ensemble in their on going creations and finally to create original art.The resident will be working in workshops and projects of their own choice. Vyrsodepseio team if necessary may connect curators/artists or/and with refugee organisations in order for them to collaborate in their projects.Vyrsodepseio provides working space, PR network, presentation location (if necessary), workshop location, technology and general support. 


Criteria: It is addressed to curators ideally but also to visual artists, performance artists and theatre practitioners from the Arab region.


Residency n°2: Italy, Bologna, Laminarie provisional dates of the residency: October - December 2016 (duration: 2 weeks). Number of residents: 2


Description: LAMINARIE theatre group has been founded in 1994 and it has its headquarters in Bologna, Italy. Since 2009 Laminarie directs theatre DOM La cupola del Pilastro, in convention with Bologna Local Administration. The group’s mission aims at discovering new ways to communicate within avant-garde theatre. The group has a mature audience production line and a young audience production line. For well over ten years the company has developed its own character, which borders with architecture and visual arts, cinema, literatures. Theatre DOM, opened in 2009 in an old dome in the heart of Pilastro neighbourhood in Bologna, established itself on the national scene as a leading venue for the particular know-how developed in the field of “territorial activation”. Its methodology was developed in a continuous balance between a strong artistic identity and a relationship-oriented work, especially focused on Pilastro, the suburban and poor area of the city where the theatre is placed. For this reason, Laminarie was awarded the special UBU prize in 2012 for its activities “on the boundaries between production and residencies, between city and countryside, migration and memory, childhood and adulthood, between theatrical research and work with the neighborhood, Pilastro in Bologna”. The UBU prizes were created in 1977 by Italian critic Franco Quadri. They award the best theater events of the year, voted by a jury composed of 54 top art critics of the country.LAMINARIE offers an EGC artistic residence at Theatre DOM la cupola del Pilastro, via Panzini 1, Bologna, Italia. The residency will aim to develop Laminarie's project ECUBA-ports and suburbs along the Mediterranean Sea, that is included in Europe Grand Central Project. Ecuba links together theatre research for the production of a new play with the desire to approach new audiences to the languages of performing art. The project runs from 2015 to 2017 and involves Italian suburbs and small villages where there’s a lack of stable theatre structures, and several ports along the Mediterranean Sea. We decided to focus on Ecuba’s character for different reasons. The Greek tragedy is universal and it can be used as a means of dialogue between different cultures along the Mediterranea Sea. Its characters are strong enough to involve people of different ages and backgrounds. Ecuba is the story of a war told by the perspective of losers. It’s a symbol of a possible change of point of view in history narration.


Criteria: We are looking for professional single artist or groups who work with theatre and performing arts: actors, performers, playwrights, directors. Artists should be interested in the project Ecuba and have a strong willness to work with the context where we are, listening to the features and the needs of the territory and finding connections with the place where they come from. At the end of the residency the results will be shown to the public through public meeting, performances or any other suitable form. Language English/French


Residency n°3: Poland, Lublin, European Foundation for Urban Culture and Workshops of Culture, provisional dates of the residency: starting 1st June 2016 (duration: between 2 to 4 weeks). Number of residents: 2


Description: Our local residency programme is called Community Arts Lab. Lublin, although not a big city, has an incredible amount of resources, institutions, groups, and cultural agents working on culture. Although Poland's economy is considered one of the most stable and growing in the EU, the country is experiencing similar processes which happened in the West and later, post-1989, in East Central Europe. Culture is playing an increasingly important role in shaping creative subjectivities and opening potentials of populations. Culture is also seen as an effective tool to solve a variety of social problems, create environments of tolerance, citizen empowerment, increase participation in urban affairs, build stronger communities, open new means of dialogue, creative expression and alike.In the frame of the Community Arts Lab programme we are experimenting how culture and arts can cross divides between locals, strangers, neighbours, artists and local communities living the city of Lublin. Artists and cultural animators who are curious about crossing borders and interested in building relations with local communities using public space as site of participation and cooperation, are invited to the residency. CAL programme is not focusing on artistic intervention in public space but rather on carrying out activities involving communities living in Lublin in order to create lively public spaces. We want to question the role of artists/cultural animators/managers in contemporary society and our rapidly changing world. We will provide a local cultural animator who will help in communication with local communities and in production of interventions, accommodation, materials. Selected artists will contact the local tutors before coming to Lublin to elaborate their ideas of work and connect it to the local context. The following districts have been chosen: Bronowice, Tatary, Wieniawa, LSM, Kalinowszcyzna and streets: Zamjoska, Lubartowska and SierocaMore information here: General information about the city of Lublin


Criteria: We are looking for artists and cultural/social animators representing different fields of arts who speak English or French or Spanish. The invited artists-in-residence should be ready to:

• carry out activities focused on a process in one of the districts of the city of Lublin involving the local community and using the local infrastructure (people, spaces).

• work with one of the target groups: children (3 – 13 years old), seniors (plus 60 years), difficult youth, unemployed, homeless, young parents, addicted to alcohol. 

• cooperate with tutors, scholars, artists and animators from Lublin.Artists and cultural animators interested in applying must propose a draft of an action that involve the target groups listed above in the application form. 

Residency n°4: Sweden, Fengersfors, Not Quite provisional dates of the residency: September, October 2016 (duration: 1 month). Number of residents:2


Description: Not Quite is an artist co-op of material based and visual artists in a small village in west Sweden. In an old Paper mill we share workshops for metal, wood and ceramics and keep a shop, a café and gallery paces for visitors, mostly during summertime. Most of the artists work in the field of contemporary crafts, we run artistic projects together and have produced exhibitions, performances and music festivals during the last 12 years.
During 2016 we will approach our nearest town, called Åmål, a town of 9000 inhabitants. This town is facing effects of urbanisation and challenges of segregation, groups are forming, suspicion rising and there are groups that are and have been underrepresented in the creative activities and the governing of the town for a long time. Since two years refugees mostly from Arab countries have arrived and integration and cohabitation are important topics for our town.
We want to investigate how we can make a bigger diversity of people engaged in the community life. We believe that the act of making and creating together is a way to give individuals means to express and take place in the community. It is also a way to get people to gather around common activities despite cultural borders of different kinds.


Criteria: Our project is built around participation of the inhabitants of Åmål and the knowledge the members of the artist co-op. We have seen that workshops that for example involve sewing, handicraft and food making are activities that have created meeting points of people from different groups, these have then become the foundation for developing new ideas. We would like to have guests that have experience of working with collaborative and participational projects, were the local context is of great importance, mapping and processing the local history and present situation. We would like to work together with the guest towards a public event of some kind in Åmål.
The artist would have access to our workshops for making in a village 20 mins outside, our networks of contacts with the local community and to an event space in town.We have knowledge and experience of craft and making and that is where we want to start our investigations. Artist or groups that uses craft in innovative collaborative ways would be welcome.


Residency n°5 and n°6: Malta and Gozo, Valletta 2018 Foundation provisional dates of the residency: from June 2016 (duration: 2 to 4 weeks). Number of residents:2

Description: The Valletta 2018 Foundation is offering two artist residencies with workspace for production and exhibition although these spaces will vary depending on the nature of the artist’s work.   The purpose of the residency is the promotion of dialogue between artists and the community, with specific interest in community engagement in view of the 2018 European Capital of Culture title.   Each residency will take place on one of the two main islands – one in the more urban environment of Malta and one in the more rural Gozo. In both residencies, access to the community will be facilitated through the Valletta 2018 Foundation, but the artist will be expected to conduct their own research prior to the residency. 


Criteria: The residencies should be built around dialogue between artists and communities. The residencies are open to artists from any discipline. Participants are required to engage with the community, not only  through public programming activities such as workshops, open studios, exhibition or performance but especially through direct involvement with communities and / or community-based organisations.    


General criteria of RCF

i. The impact of the residency experience abroad must have constructive repercussions on the localised context in the Arab region when the artist returns. This means that his or her experience must not only contribute to personal development but must be shared in a “networking” fashion that will benefit connecting artists and operators in the applicant’s own country or community when he or she returns in order to maintain, renew and develop contemporary arts practise in the Arab regions.

ii. Applicants must choose the cheapest form of transport. Visa costs can be covered.



The call will be open for one month and a half: 1st February to 15th March 2016

Results of the call will be announced on 15th May 2016 

The residencies will begin at earliest 1st June 2016


How to apply

Visit the Roberto Cimetta Fund’s website and click on “Apply for a grant”, and then click on “Apply for a Europe Grand Central grant”. Fill in the short questionnaire and submit it. If the information you provide is considered eligible for this call, you will receive the link to a brief form that you must fill out and submit before the deadline. Applications can be made in English or French. 

Administration and Evaluation

The call will be administered by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, evaluation will be carried out jointly by the Fund and the EGC residencies.


Funds will be released to successful applicants in the following way: accommodation and per diem grant will be provided to the artist on his or her arrival at the residency. Travel grant will be released upon submission of proof of travel, proof of accommodation and per diem expenses. A written report must also be provided before travel costs are reimbursed.



The following rules apply to the fund:

i) The decision of the evaluation board is final

ii) The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the EGC residencies reserve the right to reject all applications submitted if the quality of the applications in not seen to be sufficiently high

iii) Dates in the schedule must be respected and complied with in full; failure to do so will result in disqualification.


Further Information

More details on the call can be found on,,,,,


RSS - Call - India theatre Programme - deadline 15/03/2016


The India Theatre Programme 2nd July - 31st July 2016 Pondicherry, India.

The Drama School, Mumbai invites applications from theatre makers, actors, dancers and performance artists for this intensive 4 week training and creation workshop in Pondicherry, India. 

This immersive residency is for 24 individual practitioners from across the world, seeking to inform and enhance their own personal practice through understanding universal principles of performance as found in three Indian traditional performing art forms. The training will be conducted by nationally recognized masters of these forms, and guided throughout by the award winning ex-director of The National School of Drama, India’s foremost training institution for the dramatic arts. 
Indian dramatic practice dates back to the 1st century BCE, if not earlier, and its fundamental principles have informed performance practices from across the world (such as Grotowski, Stanislavsky, Zarrilli and Schechner to name a just a few).  
The first three weeks of the programme will be dedicated to training in the various forms and understanding the principles that can be taken into contemporary practice, the final week will be a guided creation exercises designed to assimilate and apply these learnings. 


Deadline for Application: 15th March, 2016Selection and Skype Interviews: March-April 2016Final Selections Announced: 15 April, 2016Residency: 2nd July, 2016 - 31st July, 2016

To express interest in attending the programme, and know more about application timelines and criterion, fees and funding options, please click here or write in to Ragini Khushwaha, 


RSS- Safe Haven Lisière


Residency Lisiere, located in Dieulefit, South of France, is looking for artists in need of a safe haven/residency who could be interested in staying for a period of 1 to 2 months between February/May or September/December. Artists already in France can apply.
The Residency provides artists with a peaceful environment in which they can continue working on their art and  share their human rights experience.Food and shelter are provided by the township as well as a working space. We are in the process of securing funding to also cover for other expenses linked to the stay such as payment for performances, concerts, exhibitions, etc and transportation to go to Brussels/Geneva if needed. 
There is no call for applications as such, artists or human rights organizations can contact for details (The period from June to August is not available as the apartments are then used by the township for seasonal workers). 


RSS - Upcoming open call for artists residency. 01.12.2016. JIWAR. Barcelona.


JIWAR will launch a new open call the 1st of December about our project XABACA. A project who will deal with 4 Arab female artists focused in auto-censorhip and gender issues. The 4 artists will be in residency in Jiwar for one month and all expenses will be covered (travel, per diem, accommodation and materials).


The chief of the project is NovAct and Jiwar, Al Fanar foundation and IEMed are collaborators. 


For more information:



RSS - Global Survey on Youth, Peace and Security. Anna Lindh Foundation.


The Anna Lindh Foundation is collaborating with the United Nations on UN Security Council Resolution 2250 to help guide the development of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security.


As part of the Progress Study development, a series of surveys and consultations are taking place, to identify and map youth organisations and initiatives building peace and preventing violence, identifying what they are doing, what impact they have made and their needs and goals for the future.



The survey is composed of 5 sections which include areas of work and methods, results and impact, challenges and issues, and recommendations. It will take around 30 minutes to complete the survey.


You can access the survey here: 


RSS - Odyssée Call for residencies. France. Deadline: 11.12.2016


With the support of the French Ministry of culture and communication, the ACCR has been coordinating, the Odyssée artist-in-residency program.


The program is aiming at artists, researchers and culture professionals from countries other than France wanting to develop projects within French Cultural Centers – Historic Monuments. More than 500 artists from over 73 different countries have taken part in the program, developing projects in different areas such as music, architecture, arts and crafts, visual arts, dramatic writing, novel writing, scriptwriting, animated film-making, photography and journalism.


It is aiming at artists, researchers and culture professionals coming from countries other than France. Applications from the following countries will be examined in priority:

  • Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco ;
  • Palestine, United Arab Emirates, Irak, Iran, Lybia ;
  • Afghanistan, Burma, China, Korea, India, Japan, Taiwan ;
  • Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Haiti, Mexico;
  • Canada ;
  • Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa ;
  • South Africa ;
  • Albania, Armenia, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Ukraine.


Deadline for submission : 11th December 2016.

The selection will be announced in March 2017.

For further information, please clicke here.




RSS - Seminar: Mobility in process/ Mobility is process. Bracelona. 29 November 2016.


Mercat de les Flors is organising a seminar on Mobility in process/mobility is process with Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio.


A meeting, two starting points and a series of conversations and viewpoints shared by artists and cultural professionals which ends up with an analysis of the various aspects of contemporary mobility.


Place: Mercat de Les Flors

Time: 4 pm- 8 pm.


For more information,


RSS - Job Opportunity // Action Culture Europe. Deadline : 27.11.2016


Culture Action Europe is looking for a Secretary General. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to Culture Action Europe values, a strategic vision of the role of arts and culture in political life and believe in the value of arts and culture for European citizens.


Deadline for sending your application : 27th November 2016.


Download the job description.


Visit our website :



RCF - Grantees// Funding Line RCF/ Valletta 2018.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund have received 22 applications for the 2016 session of the mobility grant call RCF/ Valletta 2018.

Following the evaluation of the Committee of Experts and in agreement the RCF Board of Directors, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is proud to announce the selected grantees to receive a mobility grant:  


- Astarti Athanasiadou

- Christopher Gatt 

- Elisa Frasson 

- Giovanni Di Raimo 

- José Agudo 

- Khaled Kaddal

- Maria Mastrantoni 

- Mina Abdelsayed

- Pamela Baldacchino Kerr 

- Tricia Dawn Williams


The Roberto Cimetta Fund wishes them all the success in their projects!



RSS - Grants Opportunity // Marc de Montalembert Foundation. France. Deadline: 15.11.2016.


The Marc de Montalembert grant (7000 euros) is awarded to young people from the Mediterranean countries, who are less than 28 years old, to realise a personal project in the field of culture or in relation with  the development of a craft  with the aim to discover the different cultures of this region.


Between 1994 and 2016 the Foundation has financed 25 projects effected by young grant winners from 8 Mediterranean countries. Projects have been realized in the following fields : creative writing, architecture, archeology, anthropology and sociology, music, history of art, craftsmanship, engraving, painting, photography.


Deadline for requesting the application form: 15 November 2016.


Deadline for submitting the application form: 31 December 2016.


For more information:




RCF - Tribune for artists in exile - 7/10/2016


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, the French Office For Contemporary Performing Arts Circulation, the Syndeac and the Arab World Institute invite you to a Tribune for artists in exile on Friday 7th October 2016, from 18h00 to 19h30 at the Arab World Institute in Paris.


This event will encourage more awareness about the current situation of Arab artists and cultural operators in exile particularly amongst their French and European counterparts, in order to favour understanding, exchange and engagement.


Well-known artists and cultural operators in exile or representing the artistic and cultural world in Arab countries, will contribute to the debate: Fadi Yazigi, Syrian visual artists and sculptor, Hanan Kassab Hassan, Syrian professor and cultural operator, Sana Yazigi, Syrian designer, Hala Omran and May Skaf, both Syrian Actresses.


Jack Lang, Chairman of the Arab World Institute will open the debate.

Ferdinand Richard, Chairman of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, will moderate the debate.


Free entrance, limited seating available.

To register please click here.

Doors open at: 17h30


Arab World Institute

1, rue des Fossés-Saint-Bernard, Place Mohammed-V 75005 Paris

tel.: 00 33 01 40 51 38 38




Fadi Yazigi’s art is a testimony to the power and conviction of a whole generation of artists living and still working in Syria. Fadi constantly experiments with new materials and techniques and his work ranges from painting to sculpture to reliefs. His sculptures depict people as under-developed creatures or half-human beasts emerging from a half-monster, half-human world that is constantly fluctuating between the two. His work has been shown in individual and collective exhibitions in the Arab world, in Europe, in the USA and in China. In April 2016, his individual exhibition entitled “Sourced From Mother Earth” was presented at the Art Paris Art Fair.


Hanan Kassab Hassan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Roberto Cimetta Fund. Renowned theatre expert, Professor at IESAV-University Saint Joseph, Lebanon, formerly professor at the University of Damascus, Hanan was Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts of Damascus, General Secretary of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008 and the General Director of the Opera of Damascus, Syria.


Sana Yazigi is the founder of the website which aims to archive all the intellectual and artistic expressions produced since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in 2011 until today. This website is a rare and precious example of how to preserve contemporary artistic expression and intangible cultural heritage from the danger of being wiped out and forgotten.


Hala Omran trained as an actress at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts of Damascus. During her career she has worked with Syrian and French-Arab directors such as Ossama Mohammed in his film Sacrifices (official selection Cannes 2002) or Yousry Nasrallah in his film The Gate of Sun (official selection Cannes 2004). Hala is a poet and also promotes the diversity of Syrian and Arabic culture through songs and translations of major works by Syrian poets or young playwrights in exile.


May Skaf is a Syrian actress and television star in her country. Founder of “Teatro”, workshops for young Syrian artists in Damascus, May is a fervent defender of independence for the arts in her country. She stayed in Syria at the beginning of the revolution and was an opponent to the regime before deciding to leave for Jordan and has only recently arrived in France. At the beginning of the revolution she and many artists and intellectuals wrote a declaration to ask that the siege of Deraa cease (in 2011). May was taken prisoner then released and was imprisoned many times after that. The media, particularly in the West, have often relayed her outspoken words. 





RSS- Call for proposals // SouthMed CV. Deadline: 24.10.2016.


SouthMed CV launches the second call for funding innovative, creative cultural and artistic projects from the Southern Mediterranean region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. 

Projects focusing on the role of art and culture in the social, educational and environmental contexts will be the main beneficiaries of the grants, especially projects having an impact on public space and strengthening the networking abilities and building capacities of cultural operators in the Southern Mediterranean. 

This second call contains three lots, as compared to the first call that contained only two. This broadens the variety of projects eligible.

To download the cal of proposal and for more information, please click here.

Deadline for submission: 24th October 2016 @ 21:00 (GMT)


RCF - Selected artists - RCF/ Ministry of culture of Iraq Mobility Grants


The Roberto Cimetta Fund has received 7 applications for the the 2016 call for mobility grants- funding line RCF/ Ministry of Culture of Iraq.


Following the evaluation of the Committee of Experts and in agreement the RCF Board of Directors, the Roberto Cimetta Fund is proud to announce the artists  selected to receive this grant: 


-       Hella Mewis 

-       Azad Jamal Tahir  

-       Maytham Abdallah 

-       Mazin Sherabayani 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund congratulates them and wishes them all the success in their projects!



RSS- Call for application // Darat al Funun (Jordan). Deadline: 15.11.2016.


Darat al Funun - The Khalid Shoman Foundation is pleased to announce an open call for its 2017/2018 dissertation fellowship.


The fellowship, established in 2011 to encourage research on modern and contemporary art of the Arab world, provides financial support of up to US $10,000 to PhD candidates in the humanities and social sciences. One to two fellowships will be granted each year. The fellowship duration must range from four to six months of residency at Darat al Funun in Amman, Jordan.

Fellows are expected to pursue their own research, give at least one public lecture, and participate in Darat al Funun's cultural and artistic activities. Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows are required to submit a five- to seven-page research report that will be made available on Darat al Funun's website.

Applications are welcome until 15 November 2016.

For more information, please click here.



RSS - Launching // RAMALLAH - a documentary by Flavie Pinatel is out.


Films de Force Majeure is glad to announce that RAMALLAH, a documentary by Flavie Pinatel is available upon request  on Vimeo on Demand Films de Force Majeure Page. 



After three months of full immersion, Flavie Pinatel offers to restore on screen the city of Ramallah as a physical and sensory experience. Through funny, serious or unusual portraits of Ramallah inhabitants, Flavie Pinatel attempts, with this film, to get this city out of its tragedy and reveal it as a beating heart, a 21st century city.


With the support of Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, Région PACA, Cultures France - Villa Médicis, Mécènes du Sud, DRAC PACA and Fonds Roberto Cimetta.


Distribution supported by CNC and Conseil Général des Bouches-du Rhône.


RSS - Call for application // Performance(s) between two shores. Deadline: 01.09.2016.


Performance(s) between two shores is a European Commission supported programme to commission and tour three new works created by Arab performance artists who have been based in Europe for no longer than six years.


The programme aims to support the creation of dynamic new works, support the development of the artists in Europe and create new international audiences.


Deadline for applications: midnight, 1st of September 2016.


Who can apply: Arab artists working in the fields of theatre, dance and performative arts who have been living in Europe for a maximum of six years. We are particularly interested in artists who are creating participatory work with an aim of engaging under-represented audiences. We aim at least one commission will be to take place in non-traditional theatre venues.


The application form is available at the following link :


Please check the Guidelines for application available here for additional information.


For enquiries, please contact us at


The successful artists and commissions will be announced by end of September 2016.



RSS - Call for residency // Making neighborhood_4_Altered Alterities. Barcelona, Spain. Deadline: 17.07. 2016.


Jiwar Barcelona is inviting  1 local artist and 2 international artists to develop a project on the them of neighborhoods.

The project Making neighborhoods was born in 2013 thanks to the collaboration with the South African organization Africa Centre. At the time Jiwar hosted the South-African anthropologist and photographer Sydelle Willow Smith with a project called Making neighborhoods, that turned into the name for Jiwar’s project. With “Making neighborhood” Jiwar suggests a critical and creative reflection on the complex situation of living together in the city.


The residency will take place from the 14th of November till the 22nd of December 2016.


New deadline for submission: 17th of July. Results announced on: 1st of August 2016. 


Application are to be sent to :


For more information and conditions, please click here


RSS - Open call. Abbara Supporting Program Round 5/ Al-Mawred Al Thaqafy. Deadline: 22.07.2016.


Culture Resource launches Round 5 of its //Abbara Program//, which aims to support independent cultural initiatives/ organizations from the Arab region with a development package of support that includes institutional funding, administrative training, capacity-building workshops and networking opportunities. 


Abbara is one of the few funding programs in the Arab region focused on organizational development. Previous rounds were limited to applicants from five Arab countries (i.e. Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Tunisia), but, this year and in response to growing demands and changing local environments, Culture Resource has expanded the program to include to all Arab countries.


Deadline for Application Submissions: 22 July 2016 at 24:00 (Beirut Local Time)

For more about Abbara, please visit the webpage here.


For Application & Guidelines (available only in Arabic), please visit here.


For any questions, you can email Abbara Program Officers


PLEASE NOTE: Only applications that are filled out in Arabic and sent using the online form will be accepted. 


RSS - Job opportunity - Mophradat. Deadline: 28.07. 2016.


Mophradat is an international nonprofit contemporary arts association that creates opportunities for thinking, producing and sharing among contemporary artists from the Arab World and their peers everywhere. Mophradat sees its activities as tools—artistic, discursive, logistical and financial—for artists and cultural thinkers to use toward inventing new arts practices, arts organizations and art publics. 


Mophradat is hiring a grants and communications coordinator and is looking for an intern.  

If you are interested, please send your CV and cover letter to by 28 July 2016.

Details can be found on Mophradat’s website.


RSS - Call for proposal/ Research residency Chaire of Global South(s). Villa Vassilieff, Paris. Deadline: 30th June 2016.


Together with the Global South(s) Chair at the Collège d’Etudes Mondiales, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris (held by Françoise Vergès), Villa Vassilieff is launching a research grant for researchers in human and social sciences who are based out­side of France. This call-out is equally open to artists.


The res­i­dent will have the oppor­tu­nity to con­tribute to our respec­tive activ­i­ties.


Research pro­jects will have to fit with the Collège d’études mon­di­ales policy, and more specif­i­cally with at least one of the fol­lowing topics devel­oped by the Global South(s) Professorship :


-Study the cir­cu­la­tion of ideas and the modal­i­ties of artistic and cul­tural pro­duc­tion between Europe and the world;

- Study dif­ferent modal­i­ties of rep­re­sen­ta­tion of « the other » from a crit­ical per­spec­tive.Disciplines : phi­los­ophy, polit­ical sciences, soci­ology, anthro­pology, global his­tory, art his­tory, visual arts.


Villa Vassilieff will cover travel costs for the researcher and the Collège d’études mon­di­ales will provide a 3 300 euros grant for a 6 weeks research.


Deadline for application: 30th of June 2016. For more information on the conditions and procedeure, please click here.


RCF - Selected artists / Europe Grand Central


Europe Grand Central is a ground-breaking cooperation endeavour aiming to build on the human act of crossing borders in order to produce inclusive statements on diversity and ultimately pave the way for global movements of connected human values.


Within the framework of this EU funded project, 10 partner organisations and collaborators*, all solid cultural operators and networks, have joined forces to develop grassroot projects and encourage trans border mobility.A series of methods to meet audiences wherever they may be are currently being elaborated by partners working on a variety of issues such as rising xenophobia towards refugees in Sweden, individual consequences of mounting economic crisis in Greece, disconnected suburbs and city-dwellers in Bologna and Bremen, political tension towards the eastern borderlands in Poland and so on. The main tool to highlight is a unique digital and conceptual virtual interface called Bordrs, connecting audience-created narratives of border-crossings.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund, as a partner in this project launched an open call to invite Arab artists to submit proposal to four thematic European art residencies on the concept of BORDERS and related to the local communities.


Following an evaluation of applications run by RCF’s Committee of experts, and in agreement with the EGC partners and RCF Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce the names of the artists who will be attending residencies in Greece, Italy, Malta, Poland and Sweden from June 2016 to January 2017. The selected artists are:  

- Amira- Géhanne Khelfallah, Morocco

- Charbel Samuel Aoun, Lebanon

- Deema Shahin, Jordan

- Dina Kobrosly, Lebanon

- Hind Oudrhiri, Morocco

- Majdal Nateel, Palestine

- Paul Geday, Egypt

- Radhouan Fiddini, Tunisia

- Reuben Yemoh Odoi, Morocco


* Not Quite, Trans Europe Halles, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Laminarie/DOM La Cupola del Pilastro, Vyrsodepseio/ODC Ensemble, European Foundation for Urban Culture, Bordr, Workshops of Culture, Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018, Roberto Cimetta Fund.


RSS - Open call/Tandem Shaml. Deadline: 20th June 2016.


Tandem is now inviting cultural organisations from Arab countries and from Europe to apply for the new round of the Tandem Shaml programme. Tandem Shaml supports experimental cross-border collaborations between cultural change makers from Arab countries and Europe. This exchange and knowledge development programme allows cultural professionals from many different disciplines to acquire skills required for engaging in long-term partnerships.


The Tandem process provides hands-on possibilities for getting real insights into European and Arab cultural scenes. Participants will gain practical experiences in collaborating with rapidly changing fields in both regions.


For more detailed information about the selection process, timeline and how to apply, please click here.


FRC - News // Uphold Grants


The project "Studio 8" received an uphold grant from the Roberto Cimetta Fund. They have been able to rent a space in Amman and have been actively working to renovate it. Here are some photos!

Studio 8, located in Jabal Amman, in a dynamic neighborhood downtown Amman, opened its doors on March 17Th 2016. Today, it offers dance trainings and programming performing arts workshops (theatre, music and signing) for youth and neighborhood community contributing to the development of the artistic scene in Amman.


Well done to all the team and volunteers of "Studio 8"!



FRC - News // Uphold Grants


“Danseurs citoyens” who had received an uphold grant from Roberto Cimetta Fund has opened its new space: Lang’Art space - Tunisian-African Street arts training centre on the 11th of April 2016.


Thanks to the efforts of its initiator Bahri Ben Yahmed and his team, this old cistern was transformed into a street arts training centre. This centre will implement trainings in dance, music and theatre for amateurs youth and professionals based on an artistic vision promoting equality, freedom of expression and citizenship rights and awareness. More specifically, it will focus this year on the issue of coexistence and racism and presents many artistic works in the streets and publics spaces.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund wishes them a successful start!


RSS- JAMM'ART - 27,28,29/04/2016


Dear friends,


It is time for jammin'.

Jamm'Art is a 72-hour massive online conversation that encourages voices and thoughts to be mixed and exchanged starting from these questions:

•          Are artists and intellectuals obliged to engage in society and politics today? Why?

•          Are artists and intellectuals sufficiently part of the political discourse today? Should they be?

•          Do arts thrive in democracy? And vice versa: do democracies thrive via the arts?

•          Do artists and intellectuals necessarily need to consider their impact on society?

•          Should artists live off their arts? How?


On April 27-28-29, for 72 hours (day and night), everyone is invited to join, read, share thoughts and mix them with others. No need to commit for three days: people can drop by whenever they can, to contribute to this collective reflection on the “state of the art”.


Next week we will jam.

What can you do now to take the best out of this?


By clicking here, you can add your email to be sent an invitation to Jam the moment in which we will open, on Wednesday 27 at 9.00 am CET


We want to hear the voices of many people as possible, including those coming from your circles, networks, communities.


To help Jamm'Art to reach out, you can:

- share the news through your channels and with your friends

- use one minute of your time to join our Thunderclap campaign



Have you thought about using Jamm'Art as an opportunity to organise a dinner with friends, a lunch with your colleagues, or an informal debate in the afternoon? You can then bring online the main elements of your conversation and/or continue it there with your (expanded) circles of friends.


Any questions?

Thinking about technicalities, outcomes, more opportunities?

Visit this page and, to directly connect with us prior to the Jam Session, write to


Looking forward to jammin' together.



RSS - ARSP Round II: Social Movements and Mechanisms of Mass Organisation and Protest


Through the Arab Research Support Program, the Arab Research Initiative offers funding for scholars from the Arab region. The program aims to develop the research skills of the new generation of social scientists in Arab countries by funding, monitoring and providing training. It gives priority to innovative, evidence-based research related to the Arab democratic transitions, particularly in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria.


Arab Reform Initiative is proudly publishing the rich, diverse research produced on new Arab social movements under the ARSP programme. 


For more information and to read ARSP published articles, please click here.


Out Now - Tool kit for artistic freedom of expression in Turkey


The Toolkit on Artistic Freedom of Expression, prepared by Siyah Bant and Istanbul Bilgi University Human Rights Law Research Center, is now available. The Toolkit contains suggestions for artists and art institutions on how to pursue legal remedies when their right to artistic freedom is violated. 

The Toolkit was prepared with the aim to promote the protection and improvement of artists’ rights with regard to freedom of expression in Turkey. Its preparation and publication was made possible with the support of the Consulate General of Sweden in Istanbul and  EU Program. 

A digital copy of the toolkit in Turkish is available for download here.


FSS - International Call for a Curator or Curatorial Team - Valetta Foundation 2018. Deadline : 25th April 2016..


International Call for a Curator or Curatorial Team  


The Valletta 2018 Foundation is launching an international call for the engagement of a curator or a curatorial team for a high-profile multi-site exhibition and cultural project within Valletta and around Malta and Gozo. The working title of this multi-site exhibition and cultural project shall be ‘The Sea – Our Neighbour”.


The project shall be one of the keystones of the Valletta 2018 Cultural Programme and will be the opening exhibition of Valletta’s European Capital of Culture year. It shall be inaugurated in January 2018 and run for a period of three to four months.


The Valletta 2018 Foundation is seeking proposals from curators or curatorial teams with an international track record to curate this project. Expressions of interest can be submitted in the form of a concept proposal.


The call can be downloaded here.


RSS - Relais Culture Europe - I-TEAM Programme for european cultural and social innovation


6 Weeks throughout Europe to rethink your personnal and professional project. I-TEAM programme aims at enriching through collective work, exchange and confrontataion cultural actors undertsandings of contemporary challenges, exploring and experimenting closely the diversity of actors and europeans realities.


This programme was conceived together with other involved european partners : Ivor Davies, Camille Pageard, Bunker/Balkan Express (Slovénie), ECONCULT - Universitat de València (Espagne), Association Racines (Maroc), Workshop of Culture (Lublin), amberPlatform (Turquie), and others.


Resgistration for the 2016-2017 programme is now open. For further information, please clicke here.



RSS - Nordic Urban Laboratory - From 6 to 8 April 2016, Borås and Gothenburg, Sweden


The second open Nordic gathering of urbanists and city planners, artists, researchers and academics, students, community organizers and activists to look at alternative urban strategies and practice in the Nordic countries where artistic practice and a broad cultural approach is key.
This three day intense Lab will give an overview of both current European and Nordic trends and experience but also focus on a number of key projects in more detail. There will also be the opportunity to share your project or initiative in workshop sessions. For more information, please click here.


RSS- Partial Grants for Arts Oasis residency - From 25th of May till June 1st, Italy.


Arts Oasis is the annual program is based at the territory of the 12th century Monastery,the famous place of seclusion of Dante Alighieri.The program is inviting performing arts practitioners from all over the world, passionate and inspired by movement, dance, physical theater, interested in contemporary methods of performance practice and seeking new professional contacts and collaboration. For grant conditions & application guidelines, please, click here.


RCF/AMI - Live streaming - Joint conference - Marseille 16-17/03/16


Conference 1: Artists, freedom of circulation, freedom of expression: progress or deterioration?

Conference 2: Cultural business incubators, incubators for democracy?

Live Streaming

The two days of conferences will be broadcast live and by video, on the live streaming web platform "livestream".

Acces here 

Les deux jours de conférence seront retransmis en vidéo et en direct, via via le site de streaming "livestream".

Accès ici

Twitter : #AMIFRC

React in real time to the conference contents on Twitter with the hashtag #AMIFRC

Réagissez en direct au streaming de la conférence sur Twitter avec le hashtag #AMIFRC


RCF - Joint conference - A.M.I./RCF - Marseille, France


On the 16th and 17th March 2016, A.M.I and the Roberto Cimetta Fund are organising a joint conference in partnership with the Villa Méditerranée in Marseille and with the support of the Region Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur. This conference is taking place just after the Incubinc workshop in Marseille (grouping together thirty participants from Morocco, Lebanon and South Africa) and just before Babelmed; so as to maximise the presence of international professionals over these two days.


16/03/2016 - 09h00 - 18h30

Conférence 1 - Roberto Cimetta Fund

Les artistes, la liberté de circulation, la liberté d’expression : progrès ou récession ?

Artists, freedom of circulation, freedom of expression: progress or deterioration?

حرية التجوال و حرية التعبير : ما وضع الفنانين اليوم؟ 


17/03/2016 - 09h30 - 19h15

Conférence 2 - A.M.I. Incubinc

Incubateurs d’entreprises culturelles, incubateurs de démocratie ?

Cultural business incubators: incubators for Democracy?

حاضنات المشروعات الثقافية: حاضنات للعمل الديموقراطي؟ 



Avec / with 

Bernard Valero, Director, Villa Méditerranée/Avitem | Elodie Le Breut, Deputy Director, A.M.I. | Jumana Al Yasiri, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Board member and Sundance Institute Theatre Program MENA Manager | Svetlana Mintcheva, Director of programs, National Coalition against Censorship, USA | Hanan Kassab-Hassan, Secretary General of Damacus 2008, Culture Capital of the Arab world, Syria | Ulrich Fuchs, ex-Deputy-Director Marseille-Provence 2013 and Linz 2009, France | Luca Bergamo, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe | Abdo Nawar, Shams Theatre, Tamasi Collective, Lebanon | Emilie Petit, Artist, le Petit Cabanon, Marseille & Nassim-El-Raqs, interdisciplinary dance creation festival, France / Egypt | Vicki Ann Cremona, Malta University, Chair of the Performing Arts Department, Malta | Aqeel Al Mindlawie, Intangible Heritage expert, ex-Director of Cultural Relations, Ministry of Culture, Iraq | Ricardo Mbarkho, digital artist, university teacher, lecturer, researcher, Lebanon | Lucie Sanchez, ASTER, Italy | Marion Louisgrand, Director, Kër Thiossane, Senegal | André Le Roux, Samro Foundation, South Africa | Aadel Essadani, Racines, Morocco | Vincent Carry, Director, Arty Farty - Nuits Sonores, France | Daba Sarr, Africafête, Senegal



Moderation by Ferdinand Richard, AMI, Director/Chair of RCF


En partenariat avec la Villa Méditerranée / AViTeM, et avec le soutien de la Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, les Instituts français du Liban et du Maroc, et l'Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud


In partnership with the Villa Méditerranée/AViTeM and with the support of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, the French Instituts of Lebanon and Morocco and the French Embassy in South Africa


This conference is based on a privileged partnership with the Irakian Ministry of Culture in the framework of Basra, Arab Capital of Culture 2020. Valletta, European Capital of Culture 2018 is also a partner of this project entitled « Awasem ». 


The partnership that the Roberto Cimetta Fund has built with the Iraqian Ministry of Culture since 2014 is the first that the Fund has made with an Arab public institution. 


To register click here.

To download the programme, click here.



RCF - Results of Upline 2015


The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) is pleased to announce the results of the 2015 call for applications for the Upline.


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 350 online requests in two months (15th August – 15th October 2015) and 102 written applications (31 in Arabic, 28 in French, 43 in English). These applications were sent from 14 countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Yemen) which is an increase compared to the first call. 50 applications out of 102 were considered eligible (24 in English, 9 in Arabic, 17 in French). The evaluation of the applications was made by the Expert Committee of RCF and took place from October to November 2015. The final selection was approved by the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors of RCF in December 2015. 


The selected projects are:


1) Chrysalide, an Algerian association, grouping together passionate professionals and artists in theatre, literature and arts. Chrysalide invents the time and place of meetings between creators and the city of Algiers. Their watchwords are simple: to share freedom and fun in cultural discovery, arouse curiosity by the radiation of artistic culture, encourage the intermingling of legacies and modes of expression. The Roberto Cimetta Fund provides support to the renovation of an abandoned cellar in the city centre of Algiers. 

2) Medrar is a Cairo-based organisation that sets the stage for artists seeking to have extensive conversations and collaborations with their peers to embrace their purpose as active contemporary artists thus creating a dynamic and inspired movement. The funds will be used to improve the venue in Cairo to allow for optimal working conditions for artists and a better exhibition space.  


3) Nassim el Raqs, is an on-site choreographic and interdisciplinary art creation festival. It is a laboratory for artistic creation offering on-site art residencies in Alexandria, honouring dance, body expression and movement. The festival is at a turning point in its development. After 5 years of bold initiatives it needs to strengthen and shape its activity in Alexandria in a sustainable way, by providing the appropriate workspace and working tools for the team. 


4) Studio 8, is the only youth-run performing arts studio in Jordan. The Studio 8 artists conduct public workshops, classes, and performances in order to use the arts to bring people from diverse backgrounds together. The support given by the RCF will enable Studio 8 to finalise renovation of a new creative space and return to its creative programming.

5) Danseurs-Citoyens - The Tuniso-African training centre for street arts " Lang'art " is involved in training young Tunisians in alternative music, contemporary dance and street theatre through the notions of citizenship and human rights. RCF funding will contribute to the renovation of a dance space and provide equipment (dance mat, screen, projector) that can also serve outdoors. 


The five projects will run throughout 2016 and 2017. 


The countries where the actions of the 50 eligible projects are taking place are as follows: Algeria (2), Egypt (14), Iraq (2), Jordan (1), Lebanon (6), Morocco (8), Palestine (5), Syria (2), Tunisia (9), Turkey (1). 6 projects are from rural areas only, 27 in urban areas, 7 in suburbs, 3 in refugee camps and 7 in a mix of rural and urbain areas. The average age of project leaders is 31 years old. 20 project leaders are women and 30 are men. The artistic disciplines involved are : architecture (1), dance (7), film (6), multidisciplinary work involving also art in the public space, sociology, ecology (14), music (5), theatre (7), visual/digital arts (5), writing/literature/language/calligraphy (5). 38 of the 50 projects are very good. 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication support in this way the financial autonomy of local independent cultural and arts initiatives.


RSS - Call Performing Arts - Deadline: 15.02.2016


 Applications for international collaborations in the performing arts with partners from North Africa and Eastern Europe can be submitted until 15 February 2016!


We are looking for binational partnerships that initiate, develop and implement new artistic projects. In a time frame of up to two years the artists should obtain the opportunity to devote time and energy to meeting and engaging in an intensive exchange of ideas.


This could mean strengthening existing contacts or creating new ones.   The call for proposals is aimed at regional and state theaters as well as independent companies from the German-speaking world (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), who wish to develop an artistic project together with a partner from North Africa or Eastern Europe. Further information and the link to application forms can be found here


RSS - International Award Culture and Sustainable Development - Deadline : 15.03.2016


The Agenda 21 of Culture is launching, with the support of United cities and local governments (UCLG) and the City of Mexico, the second edition of the «International Award  UCLG – MEXICO CITY – Culture 21 » on culture and sustainable development. 


This award is unique ; it is the only international prize that explicitly links culture and sustainable development in cities.

To access the rules and application or nomination forms for the prize, click here.


The call will close on 15th March 2016. The award amounts to 50 000 euros for the winning local government which is a generous sum.


The Agenda 21 for culture will promote all the very good projects on their website as examples of good practice for culture in sustainable cities.


RSS- Call - UNESCO - Deadline - 15/02/2016


UNESCO is inviting written proposals from academic and research institutions for producing the 2017 report in the series World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development.  


Information on the call for proposals is available online and can be found in the attached documents. 


Offers comprising a technical proposal and financial proposal, submitted in two separate files, should be sent through two separate emails to the following addressno later than 9 a.m. on Monday, 15 February 2016





Roberto Cimetta Fund

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