RSS - Aria Residency Iran


Aria Residency is a not-for-profit space which provides artists, curators, writers, and researchers the opportunity to live and create work in Tehran. 


By providing the accommodation and studio for Iranian and international residents, Aria aims to extend the mobility inside the country and outside and engage the local artists with the non-Iranian ones for a specific period of time. This will create the more cultural exchange and dialogue for both sides and will develop the Iranian contemporary art and culture.


Aria offers a community in which the residents can participate and connect to the art scene, so they can get the most out of their stay.

Duration of residency: between 2 weeks and 3 months (For many nationalities, visa can be issued on arrival for period of 1 month)



Visual arts, Writing, Curatorial Design, Art  research


Spaces & Services

Aria Residency has three rooms to accommodate artist, a shared studio for them to work, two toilets and one bathroom to be shared. A fully equipped kitchen is there for artists to cook and eat. The studio is equipped with the basic tools and artists will benefit from curatorial guides of Iranian art masters and studio visits. An open studio will be organized for the artists to share their experience while their stay. There is also a small cute café in the building’s backyard where artists can buy food or drinks. Free pick up from the airport will be provided for artists on their arrival.

Artists will be responsible for the costs of flight tickets, accommodation and living costs. In case of your interest to know about the fees, it is better to email them. To apply click here


RCF - Eduard Miralles, pioneer of cultural policies


It is with sad hearts that we inform our readers of the sudden death of Eduard Miralles, Chairman of Interarts Foundation in Barcelona and former Director of CERC, Centro d’Estudios y Recursos Culturales, one of the most important think tanks for cultural policy in Europe.


The staff, experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund, which Eduard was a member of for a short time from October 2010 to November 2011 were deeply shocked by this tragic news.


Eduard was a tireless and prolific actor and cultural rights defender. His disappearance is a great loss for Catalonia, for Europe, for the Mediterranean region, for Culture and for the Arts.

We send our deepest condolences to his family and team.

Ferdinand RICHARD, Eduard’s longtime friend


Open call Tamteen - deadline: 30/09/2018


In the context of international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators, the  Roberto Cimetta Fund  is running the Tamteen funding line to support the sustainability of cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab or Middle Eastern artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms). The fund aims to create a leverage effect that could modestly contribute to rebalancing forces between Arab/Middle Eastern and European components in the exchange, as well as strengthening and sustaining cultural exchange between Arab/Middle Eastern 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 artists and cultural operators based in the Arab/Middle East geographical region. The experts and Board members of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.


For more information on Tamteen Programme click here


To make an online request for the application click here




RSS - Open Call for mobility grants - Art Moves Africa




Thanks to the generous support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, AMA mobility grants are back for a short period. 
Grantees receive a round-trip flight ticket, booked, paid for and issued by AMA.


NB: AMA does not cover the cost of visas, travel insurance, per-diems or artists' fees. 


Two deadlines are planned:


1. Deadline #1: September 8, 2018: for travels taking place between October 15, 2018 and January 31, 2019.


2. Deadline #2: October 8, 2018: for travels taking place between November 15, 2018 and January 31, 2019.


Interested applicants should carefully read the AMA guidelines and download the application form, available here. Complete applications should be sent to


RSS - Open Call - Ateliers des horizons 2019/2020


The Ateliers des Horizons are:

 • a pluridisciplinary, collaborative and experimental education

• a plateform of cross-disciplinary research• a balance between theoretical and practical activities

• 3 aeras of concentration : Learning & teaching / Take care & repair / Collective projects• contributors: artists, activits, researchers...

• 1 year = 450 on-site hours at Grenoble / 450 distance-learning hours

• a teaching tutor : Pascal Obolo


Application time-table : 


• October, 14th 2018 : Application submission deadline 

• November, 14th 2018 : Preliminary application selection results 

• December 2018 : Selection interviews 

• April, 5th 2019 : Beginning of the training sessions 


For more information, please contact or click here


RSS - Artistic residencies - Kulturkontakt Austria


In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019.

Please find attached the call for applications in English and in German. Applications can be submitted via the Artists in Residence online platform.


Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.



RCF/Valletta 2018 (2nd session) : announcement of eligible applications


RCF received 49 applications for travel grants on the RCF/Valletta 2018 (2nd session). An eligibility check was made and the following applicants were considered eligible, which means that their applications will be evaluated by our experts. Decision on the selection of grants will be made mid-August and the announcement of grantees will be made on 1st September. Non-eligible or non-prioritised applicants will be informed by email in the next few days. 

Calafato Matthew

Cecalupo Chiara

Cremona Rebecca Eclelia Isadora 

Hamed Ahmed 

Konomi Elisa

Kouvaras Spyros

Masoero Francesca

Melgrati Mauro

Metwaly Agnieszka Magda 

Milic Nela 

Parizot-Clerico Elizabeth

Rot Mateja Stanislava 

Sakran Abdelalim Ahmed Mohamed

Shtohryn Evgletta

Stamenkovic Marko

Stock Alexandra

von Damm Tile


RSS: Movement: Directing/Teaching Lab August 15 - 21, 2018 - Austria


Several Scholarships are announced for participation in the International Movement Directing/Teaching Intensive! 

Programs for movement practitioners interested in directing and teaching the movement for professional stage - choreographers / directors / actors, dancers. 


For further information please click here 

Dates: August 15-21, 2018

Location: Leitring, Austria



RCF - the House of Artists in Domiz refugee camp


In Iraq, up to 250,000 Syrian refugees are hosted in nine camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Out of those, 35,000 found haven in Domiz camp. To help them cope with the overwhelming and sudden change and integrate into the social fabric of the Kurdish community, the Governor of the Region of Duhok inaugurated on 20th June (World Refugee Day), the “House of Artists” initiative as part of the Fil Manfa project.


Fil Manfa and the House of Artists, initiated and backed by the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RFC) and UNFPA, offer young refugee artists a safe space to develop their talents and practice live or visual arts, dancing and music. Hundreds of adolescents and youth have so far benefited from the project globally.


Although the Roberto Cimetta Fund is not a humanitarian organisation, it measured the need to provide immediate support and to reconnect fellow artists in Duhok, in Istanbul, in Beirut, extending the Fil Manfa project further, wherever artists in exile in the neighbourhood of conflict need support.

This initiative is all about cultural and human rights. Everyone of us, even the most underprivileged, carries his or her own culture. Art is a bridge to reconnect those who have been displaced and preserve this culture.


The inauguration was attended among others by Mr Farhad Ameen Atrushi, the Governor of the Region of Duhok; Mr Dominique Mas, the French Consul in Erbil; Mr Ferdinand Richard, the Chairman of the Roberto Cimetta Fund; Ms Siham Mamand, the Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government; Mr Nestor Owomuhangi, the Deputy Representative of UNFPA to Iraq; Omar Berakdar, Fil Manfa Manager in Istanbul; Thomas Fansten, Advisor for Culture and Human Rights, City of Paris; Emilie Heriteau, Representative of the SYNDEAC; Shayda Hessami, Chair of Humanitarian Aid and Journalism.


We extend our gratitude to the Kurdish Regional Government, and to their representation office in Paris, as well as to the following donors of this project: The French Ministry of Culture; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the City of Paris; the City of Tenerife; The Senator of the French Republic Marie-Christine Blandin; the SYNDEAC (French syndicate of artistic and cultural companies).



RCF: Beit Hawadet sets up administrative headquarters in Alexandria


RCF Tamteen fund contributes to the consolidation of the performative work of Beit Hawadet (House of Tales Alexandria), into an organisation and a space for the rehearsals and organisation of storytelling workshops which aim to spread the art of speech. The administrative headquarters are being set up in Alexandria, Egypt.




RSS: Cité internationale des arts is recruiting Position: administrative assistant


As part of a reorganization and strengthening of the "Residencies" department of the Cité internationale des arts, the Cité internationale des arts is looking for a member to work closely with the head of department and the general direction. The recruited person will be in charge of managing the development of the administrative service of the Foundation concerning the management of stays of resident artists.


For more information check their website for contact information and criteria



RSS: The Crossing Museum for Contemporary Art in Sulaymaniyah Opens Today


We are very pleased to relay news about the opening today, 16th May 2018 of The Crossing Museum, dedicated to contemporary art in Sulaymaniyah. The Crossing Museum is a recipient of Roberto Cimetta Fund’s Tamteen programme this year. The support covers consolidation costs such as equipment, web design and translation costs.


The Crossing Museum will build bridges and encourage exchanges between artists in Kurdistan and abroad. It is managed by a local team under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Youth of the Kurdish regional authority with the support of La Pluie d’Oiseaux association.


The Crossing Museum represents the work and dedication of local and international artists and cultural managers. As well as safeguarding the cultural heritage of Kurdistan, the Crossing Museum will  reach out to the international artistic community as a place for research,  gathering, archiving and protecting works of art by independent artists in the region and beyond. 




RSS: Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) survey


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


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

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


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


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

To know more about ARC please visit their website



RSS: 2018 ENCATC Education and Research Session Open Call


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


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

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

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


Deadline: 25 May 2018

More information and the Open Call are available here



RSS: Culture Trips Programme - Autumn 2018


Call for Application

13-22 November 2018 (inclusive)


The French Ministry of Culture and Communication (General Secretariat, Department of Legal and International Affairs) has launched training and hosting programmes intended for foreign professionals.


Culture Trips are short-term, personalised or semi-personalised stays, allowing foreign professionals to benefit from conferences, encounters and meetings so as to provide them with the kind of knowledge and tools which are relevant and useful in the framework of their duties with a view to the achievement of their professional projects.


The exchanges will take place in English and are aimed at experienced professionals in the cultural sector, inclusive of all geographical areas, who play a role in setting up cultural projects in their country of origin. The general themes in this framework are performing arts; visual arts, design, fashion and arts & crafts; building heritage and architectural quality; books; and cultural and creative industries.


The seminar draws on the experience of recognised cultural managers and professionals in Paris and the French regions: Ministry of Culture (and related operators), local authorities, libraries, museums and heritage sites, places of creation and other cultural facilities, both public and private.


You can find all relevant information and forms here 

Deadline: 12 June 2018



RSS: Travel Ban 3.0: Request for artist travel stories


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


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




RCF/Valletta 2018 open call for travel grants

Roberto Cimetta Fund and Valletta 2018 see freedom of mobility as essential to the development of the arts and strongly support the right of the artist to travel freely. In the context of Valletta’s title of European Capital of Culture 2018, where Valletta is physically and culturally a crossroads and meeting point in the centre of the Mediterranean, this fund aims to aid mobility, communication, collaboration and exchange between diverse cultures and to contribute to local, community participation in the arts in the broader context of the Euro-MENA geographical zone.


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


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

For the general criteria please click here

To apply please click here


Applications can be made in Arabic, English or French.



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


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


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


Deadline: 30 April 2018

Find all details online



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


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


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



Deadline for applications is 9 May 2018

For more details please click here




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



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


Deadline: 16 April 2018

For more details please click here



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


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


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


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



For more details, please contact Michael Eickhoff (



RSS: Creative writing residencies in Belgium -MOPHRADAT

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


Application deadline: 15 April 2018

For more information click here



RSS: Al Mawred Al Thaqafy - Cultural Policy Program


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


Deadline: 12 April 2018

Read more



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


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

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


Deadline: 23 April 2018

For information on the project click here




RCF - Eligibility Check of applicants for travel grants


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


مداح رندا

عدواني مختار

عبدالله سيمونا

الأمين سليمان

عياصره غسان

صباهي فاطمة البتول

Abbas Sajjad

الأشوح أحمد

Aabour Abdelhakim

Beshoy Helmi

كناني الباقر

كعبي نضال

Ismail Elfallahi

دميان  جاكلين

Abigail Hirsch

Ada Ioana Coruga

Ádám Bence Bethlenfalvy

Ádám Cziboly

Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Elhawary

Aiman Safieh

Alaa Albaba

Alaoui Soce Rhita

Aleksandra Nowicka

Alexis Nercessian

André Wauquier

Andrea Micelli

Anna Alvarez Clasper

Anna Lyszcz

Anu Helena Korpela

Arjuna Neuman

Arnold László Nyári

Ashlee Moniz

Aslı Dinç

Ayman Saad Kamel Ebeid

Baptiste Cogitore

Bassaïd Sagia

Benjamin Bloch

Berit Schuck

Bernard Sultan

Bernardo Montet

Bertrand Fachaux

Branislav Mazúch

Btisam Akarkach

Carmen Mazzaro

Caroline Gervay

Cataldo Nicoletta

Chamekh Ferdaws

Chloé Viton

Chun-Yuan Hu

Claire Audhuy

Claire Priou

Collin Eliza

Dalia Basiouny Hassan

Daniela  Tomaz

Danylo Halkin

Daria Sedova

Denis Rochard

Dermis Pérez León

Dima Shahin

Dimitar Uzunov

Dina Mohamed AbdelNaby AbdelWareth Hamouda

Dzovinar Mikirditsian

Eleonore Raginel

Elisa Fabia Schönherr

Elodie Saget

Elsa Menad

Emna Marref

Erdogan Onur Ceritoglu

Fabien Marques

Fabio Omodei

Fernando Sousa

Feyzan Bostanci

Firas Fakhfakh

Francesca Masoero

Frederico Sousa Nepomuceno

Gakjina Mira

Ghiwa Allam

Ginoux Dönmez

Gizem Aksu

Guermazi Raida

Guilhem Causse

Hajer Bouden

Hakan Silahsizoglu

Haman Fouladvand

Heni Maatar

Hernández Gómez Iris Sofia

Hmaine Yassine

Hritina Sormaz

Igor Dimitri Coelho Gonçalves

Imane Maher Mohamed Hussein Mansi Nadim Bahsoun

Irena Pejovic

Isabelle Hervouet

Isabelle Vicherat

Jabrane lakhssassi

Jacob Davidson

Jacquot Meivelyan

Janine Armin

Jessika Khazrik

Jovanka Popova

Karim Mohsen Ibrahim

Karsten Xuereb

Kasmi Rachid

Kata Mijatović

Kaya Dzaba

Kazumi Fuchigami

Khaldun Bshara

Laurent Chiffoleau Niang

Leila Ferault

Lina Fuad Ali Shannak

Lore Macé

Louise Roux

Lynda Rahal

Mabiala Mboungou Jorus

Madeleine Carrouee

Mahrez Ghali

Mais Alazab

Malak Ismail Helmy

Malikka Bouaissa

Marek Turošík

Maria Toumazou

Marianna Liosi

Marie Massoud

Marie-Valérie Poinsot

Marwa El Sahn

Marwa Seed Ahmed Fadl

Maxence Voiseux

Meriem Benmhamed

Michel Garreau-Guillaume

Michele Restuccia

Mina Abdelsayed

Mocktar Fall

Mohamed Benslama

Mohamed el Amine Hattou

Mohamed Hady

Mohammad Mhanna

Mohammed Abusrour

Mohammed Ouaddane

Mona Aghababaei Khozani

Moustapha Abdelaal Elhadidi

Mustafa Al-Sakran

Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş

My Johansson

Nahhas Mohamed

Najib Abidi

Natacha Marie Llorens

Ndongo Moussa

Nesrine Khodr

Nesrine Mansour

Nezli Berhouni

Nihan Somay

Nina Khada

Nour Abou Ismail

Olga El Toum

Olga Krystyna Drygas

Olga Roszkowska

Oustad Abdellah

Parvin Saljoughi

Patricia Mato-Mora

Paul Alexis

Pauline Murris

Philip Widmann

Pierre Antoine Gombeaud

Pierre Demange

Prodanov Krajisnik Ira

Quentin L'helgoualc'h

Rabie Mustapha

Rachel Sindy Hayton

Raef Sabry Wassef Farag

Rafiki Rezine

Rajwa Tohme

Rami Mhazres


Raydan Zebian

Reeham Ebrahim Aly Sayed

Rheim Alkadhi

Roberta Gigante

Roland Serge

Roman François

Saif Eddine Raies

Salima Hammoujite

Sally Saad Elfishawy

Samaa Wakim

Samar King Abu Jabal

Sana Tamzini

Sara Refaat AbdelFattah Ahmed Abdou

Sarah El-Haddad

Sarah Isabelle Maske

Sarah Thuillier

Seyedeh Mehregan Meysami

Shayma Ahmed Adam

Shaymaa Albess

Sina Saberi

Sobczyk Paulina

Sondos Gamal Mohamed Ibrahim Shabayek

Sonya Schönberger

Souhayla Mansour

Soumaya Nadia Hedhili

Stanislaw Suchora

Stéphane Titelein

Subashi Dorina

Suzanne El Amine

Sylvie Vieville

Thomas Creed

Tom Bogaert

Toni Cafiero

Tuğçe Aydın

Urru Fausto

Utku Zeka

Valentina Medda

Vasiliki Georgikopoulou

Verbraeken Laudine

Ville Sandqvist

Vincent Chomaz

Violette Youseph

Virani Samina

Virginie Frappart

Yaser Mohamed Abdelkader Mekawei

Yasir Kareem Yasir

Yassine Mouqère

Younes Lagharari Zoukari

Zelin Wei

Zeynep Köprülü



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



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


Africa Art Lines intends to

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

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

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

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

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


Deadline : 28th February 2018 


For further informations, click here



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


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


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


Schedule : 


08 January - 18 February 2018: Open call for applications

01 March - 20 April: Open period for residencies


Next open calls :


1 February - 1 March 2018: Open call for applications

15 April - 30 May 2018: Open period for residencies


1 April - 1 May 2018: Open call for applications

1 June - 15 July 2018: Open period for residencies


For further information, click here



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


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


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching its annual Mobility Funding Programme for 2018. The General Fund opens from the 1st to 31 st January 2018 for all travel grant requests respecting the RCF's criteria.


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


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



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



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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Deadline : 31/01/2018


More details on the conditions, here 


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


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

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


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


Deadline : 28 January 2018


More details about the criteria, here 



RCF - Eligible applicants - General Fund, focus Persian-speaking countries


RCF received 132 applications for travel grants on the general fund, focus Persian-speaking countries this October.


An eligibility check was made and the following 82 applicants were considered eligible, which means that their applications will be evaluated by our experts. 50 of these applications are priority (4 for South>South mobility and 46 for mobility to and from Persian-speaking countries).


The selection of grantees will be announced on 31st January 2019.


Non-eligible or non-prioritized applicants have been informed by email.



Moussei Assia




Essam Esmail

Mohammad Amin

Ramy Donjevan


Mahmoud Lotfy



Ahmed Ezzat Elatfy

Zuri Camille de Souza

Hisham Bustani

Sandra Fruebing

Vaggelis Kolotsios

Tala Khrais

Nuno Teixeira Maya

Rehab Eldalil

Veton Nurkollari

Muhammed Al Parlan

Sharon Gavrielov

Parvin Saljoughi


Nicoletta Cataldo

Eleonora Diana

Daniele Catalli

Ramona Shah

Eduardo Metasitu

Shahin Peymani

Maryamsadat Katanforoush

Tanin Torabi

Milad Sanaei

Setareh Fatehi

Askari Nooshin

Tea Kolbe

Lilly Pöhlmann

Tora Hed

Kostantina Angeletou

Michael Gigintis

Nelly Abboud

Mehdi Mashhour

Shiva Makinian

Benyamin Esbati

Ghislaine Boumahdi

Mana Saiehibakhsh

Soolmaz Shoaie

Masoumeh Jalalieh

Emad Mohammadi

Mohammed Abbasi

Sevda Khatamian

Aranzazu Aramburu Navarro

Asaki Kan

Omela Ramasauskaite

Pentea Shayesteh

Afarz Entessari

Milad Rostamilornestani

Naghmeh Manami

Samira Hashemi

Nabi Nara

Viviane Perdereau Bonnier


Sofiane Ben Youssef

Sara Llorca

Michael Maurissens

Aly Dessouki

Erik Samakh

Matthieu Boucherit

Louisa Babari

Camel Zekri

Jamil Benhamamouch

Brice Chatenoud

Anahita Hekmat

Maria Harfouche

Stanislaw Suchora

Neda Shahroki

Véronique Petit

Rania Meziani



RCF- Public Information Session - Tehran - 12/11/2018


International Mobility for Culture and the Arts

Public Information Session about the Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund, with the support of Dars Platform, is pleased to invite you to a public information session which will be held at Deegar on Monday 12th November 2018 from 5pm to 6:30pm

The session will focus on the link between local cultural development and international mobility of artists and cultural operators. Launched as a multi-national civil society initiative, the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) expresses the determination of European cultural and arts professionals in finding solutions to improve cooperation with their colleagues from Farsi Speaking Countries and the Middle East, strengthening exchange in a sustainable way via a multilateral mobility programme.   

Angie Cotte, Secretary General of the RCF, Faezeh Aarabi, Platform Manager, Dars Platform and Maryam Bagheri, Kooshk Residency will be on the panel to engage in an interactive questions and answers session.


Doors open at : 4:45pm

Limited seating available


RCF - General Fund for mobility grants re-opens. Focus on Persian speaking countries


The Roberto Cimetta Fund re-opens the General Fund for Artistic and Cultural Mobility in the Euro-Arab-Middle East region on 1st October 2018. Artists and cultural operators living and working in Europe, the Arab world and the Middle East (including Turkey, the Balkans and Persian speaking countries) can apply. This call will focus on artists and cultural operators traveling to or from Persian speaking countries (Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan). 


The General Fund will be open to all requests for travel grants that respect the eligibility criteria of RCF.


Candidates can apply from 1st to 31st October 2018. 


The following general criteria of RCF apply to this fund. 

1) The aim of your trip must directly or indirectly show potential for a constructive and long-term impact on the arts sector in your home country. This means that, on your return, you share your capacity building experience abroad in a “networking” fashion with connecting artists and operators so as to maintain, renew and develop contemporary arts.  

2) Travel can take place as soon as the call opens but in this case, the applicant runs the risk of paying for travel without guarantee of the success of the application. 

3) Applicant’s profile and travel plan:

- Nationality: no nationality criteria

- Age: no age criteria

- Profession: performers, creators, artists, teachers, cultural organisers, administrators, entrepreneurs, project leaders.

- Financial means: applicants who are unable to find the financial resources themselves

- Geographic zone and directions of mobility: all directions of mobility are eligible within Europe, Arab world, Middle East region. Artists from the Arab world and the Middle East only can also apply for international destinations however only a limited amount of international grants can be attributed since these tickets are more costly and limit the total number of potential beneficiaries. 


4) Applications must be made by individual travelers, not by organisations.

Applicants must choose the cheapest form of transport and can only apply for one international return travel ticket and visa costs, reimbursed after travel (local transport is not reimbursed).

Only three members of a group can apply for a grant concerning the same project. Applicants can only receive three RCF grants in total.  


The results of the selection will be announced 1st January 2019 (Deadline for receiving applications file: 31/10/2018). 


If you want to apply, you will find the application form under the heading "Apply for a grant". 


 The next open call of the General Fund is scheduled for January 2019.


RSS - Entries are open for the 13th Arte Laguna Prize


international art award | free theme | open to all


The call for artists of the 13th Arte Laguna Prize has officially opened. Arte Laguna Prize is an international art contest that has been promoting contemporary art for thirteen years, collecting thousands of applications from artists from all over the world, selected by a jury of excellence for the great exhibition in March in the evocative spaces of the Arsenale of Venice. In addition, the participants have the chance to win several awards in collaboration with companies, foundations, galleries, including cash prizes.


Find the details below.


10 Contest categories: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and short films, performance, virtual art, digital graphics, land art and this year's new entry, urban art, design.
The theme is free and there are no age or nationality restrictions.

The international jury will select 120 artists for:

- the final exhibition in Venice in March 2019 - 6 cash prizes of € 7,000 each
- publication in the official catalogue

The Prize international Partners will select the winners among all the participants for:

- 4 personal exhibitions in international Art Galleries
- 9 Art Residencies
- 4 collaborations with companies
- 2 collaborations with art platforms and foundations
- participation in 4 International Festivals end exhibitions >>

ENTRIES OPEN UNTIL 27.11.2018 >>



RSS - Folktales Festival of Tales and Music


Folktales are works of literature par excellence which are transmitted orally and therefore polished through this transmission. They make up a significant part of the oral histories of societies and nations and thus comes the importance of preserving folktales to transmit them through generations.


The folktales project for this year is organised by Assabil Association and funded by Taawon and Kamal Al-Azar Tunis.

This project aims at preserving oral history, especially folktales, and diffusing them through organising storytelling performances by storytellers from Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine.


Here you could find more info on the event.


RCF - Tamteen Grant for Bait Hawadet


Thanks to the Tamteen Fund, Beit Hawadet has renovated a workspace. On September 7, 2018, the team inaugurated this space with a first storytelling workshop. This short video shows the work of beautifying the space to accommodate the workshops. Congratulations to the team! 



RSS - Only 48 hours left to become an Aerowaves Artist, apply now!


Aerowaves are on the hunt again for the next Twenty talented emerging choreographers based in geographical Europe.


Apply now to become a Twenty19 artist with a chance of having your work programmed at Spring Forward Festival next year in Val de Marne (Paris’ region) and by our partners. Around 100 performance opportunities are guaranteed by the partners and supported by Aerowaves each year.

Deadline is on Friday 14 September, hurry up!


RSS - CEC ArtsLink Launches New International Fellowships Initiative


The new ArtsLink International Fellowships initiative focuses more resources on key individuals from the eligible countries as well as fosters international exchange. The Fellowships are no longer framed by arts disciplinary practice but rather by the creative process, intention, and an active commitment to community engagement and dialogue. The expanded Fellowship program offers up to three years of support through the initial residency, a follow up project in the US, and subsequently a project in the Fellow’s home country.

 We are pleased to invite artists, arts managers and curators from all arts disciplinary backgrounds from 37 eligible countries to apply for the ArtsLink International Fellowships. An opportunity to apply for further support will be open to the Fellows upon the successful completion of the initial Residency.

The five-week Residencies will take place in Fall 2019. CEC 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.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2018
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.

 For more information about ArtsLink Fellowships visit CEC ArtsLink website

Image: a site-specific installation in Novi Sad, Serbia by the ArtsLink alum the artist collaborative SuttonBeresCuller from Seattle, WA, 2015. 


RSS - Open call for artist residency in Paris - Cité internationale des arts


Deadline: September, 4th, 2018 


This call is open :

- For artists from all over the world

- All disciplines accepted : visual arts, writings, music, performing arts etc.

- Age : 18 years old 

- For residency in Paris between 2 and 12 months


Founded in 1965, Cité internationale des arts welcomes every year more than 1,200 artists from 90 countries in 326 studios in the heart of Paris. Artists from all disciplines but also curators are hosted for residencies that can last from 2 to 12 months.


The ambitious project of the Cité internationale des arts is to gather in one place artists from all around the world and to give them the best condition to encourage encounters, artistic crossovers and creativity. It is a place open to dialogue between cultures, where artists meet their audiences and professionals. 


Click here to apply 


If you have any questions please contact : 






RSS - Call for applications - Zoukak Workshops : Training of Theater Practitioners


Deadline for applications : September, 17th 2018


Location: Zoukak Studio, Karantina, Beirut



The workshop will be divided into two sub-cycles:


First sub-cycle: 

October 2018 Tuesdays: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th.


Second sub-cycle:

January 2019 Tuesdays: 15th, 22nd, 29th.

February 2019 Tuesdays: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th.


Who can apply?

Practitioners working with children and youths: educators, therapists, psychologists, social workers, activity leaders and artists experienced in psychosocial artistic mediation techniques.  


The selection criteria is based on:

- The motivation and ability to commit to the required time needed;

- Previous or/and current field work with children and youth


Click here to know more about the call



“Zoukak Workshops” is a program launched by Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association, consisting in series of drama therapy workshops with children and youths and training sessions with theatre practitioners in psychosocial intervention techniques. The workshops will take place once per year, in cycles of three months each, and will be offered free-of-charge.


Zoukak is launching its fifth cycle of the program by offering a training for theatre practitioners in psychosocial intervention techniques. The training will be led by Zoukak’s team of professional facilitators who have an experience of over ten years in leading drama therapy and psychosocial interventions with marginalized communities across Lebanon and abroad.




RSS - Open call Carmago Fundation


The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France, and founded in 1967 by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residencial center offering programming in the Arts and Humanities. 


The Camargo Core Program is the historical and flagship program of the Foundation. Each year an international call is launched through which 18 felloxs (9 artists and 9 scholars/thinkers) are selected. 


The open call for the Carmgo Core Program is currently launched for residencies in Autumn 2019 and Spring 2020.  Applications must be submitted no later than Tuesday, October 17th, 2018 by 6:00 pm EST (e.g New York City) / 12:00 midnight CET (e.g Paris). 


The Camargo Core Program offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, create and connect. By supporting groundbreaking research and experimentation, it contributes to the visionary work of artists, scholars and thinkers in the Arts and Humanities. By encouraging multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, it intends to foster connections between research and creation.


Click here to know more about the Camargo Core Program and eligibility criteria 




RSS - Dialogues on Transnational Curatorial practice


Organized by CEC ArtsLink and No Longer EmptyIn collaboration with The Shelley & Donald Rubin FoundationModerated by Kendal Henry, Director, Percent for Art Program at NYC Department of Cultural Affairs 


The 8th Floor17 West 17th Street, New York City

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Reception to follow



Dialogues on Transnational Curatorial Practice presents conversations between CEC ArtsLink’s international Arts Leadership Fellows and No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab (NLE Lab) on socially-engaged artistic and curatorial practices: 


Data Chigholashvili, Georgia and Mary Kay Judy, USA

Maria Ivanov, Moldova and Eva Mayhabal Davis, USA

Eva Khachatryan, Armenia and Jordan Greenberg, USA

Lera Lerner, Russia and Niama Safia Sandy, USA

Lilia Voronkova, Russia and Sarah Fritchey, USA

Arts Leadership Fellows will each present a single project in discussion with a NLE Lab Curator.

The Fellows are practicing artists, curators and researchers who address pressing social issues in their countries with a focus on socially-engaged art projects, social science and the urban environment, collaborative, site- and community-responsive methodologies. NLE Lab Curators participated in the No Longer Empty Curatorial Lab program, a socially conscious platform for experimentation in curating, and a professional development program for emerging curators interested in direct experience curating in an expanded field. 


The Arts Leadership Fellows are in New York as part of a visit organized by CEC ArtsLink with the support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding. This event is hosted by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation at The 8th Floor.  


RSS: The Culture Resource: developing a mobility fund for artists & cultural actors


Since 2006, the Culture Resource has supported the travel of more than 200 artists and cultural actors throughout the Arab region through Mawa3eed program, and the travel of more than 30 artists and cultural actors to destinations outside the region through Tajwaal program since 2016.


Culture Resource is developing the mobility fund by merging Mawa3eed and Tajwaal in one program that will be launched soon and which supports the travel of artists and cultural actors from the Arab region to destinations within the region and internationally.

For more information please visit their website by clicking here



RSS: Call for applications: 2nd International Conference of Francophone Youth (CJF)


OIF and its partners are launching a call for applications to participate in the 2nd International Conference of Francophone Youth (CJF) to be held in Geneva at the Palais des Nations from 17 to 19 September. This call for applications is open to all nationals of OIF member states between the ages of 18 and 34.


The Second International Conference of Francophone Youth (CJF) will focus on the theme of economic and financial inclusion of young people, in relation to the upcoming Francophone Summit "Living together in solidarity, sharing humanistic values ​​and respect of diversity: a source of peace and prosperity for the French-speaking world "(Yerevan, 11-12 October 2018).


For further information please address:


Female candidacies are deeply encouraged.


The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, July 23, 2018.






RSS - Call for Papers "Towards an arab dramaturgy"


Call for Papers




Sept. 27th & 28th, 2018


Submission open from July 16th, 2018 to July 23th, 2018


Contemporary theatre and performance in the Arabic world is a diverse and contested set of practices that are unfolding in a fast-changing political and culturally complex region.  In this situation, the performing arts are under pressure to independently produce new work, uphold traditions— and simultaneously to speak about contemporary lives, nationalism, class, race, religion, gender and new forms of theatre. In this symposium, we ask how theatre can continue to grow, develop artistically and continue to be a voice in the future of the Arabic world.  How can the theatre in the region thrive? 


With a focus in this symposium on Arabic dramaturgies, we hope to begin to answer these questions.  As a term that bridges the ideas and practice of contemporary performance, dramaturgy draws our attention to the process of artistic production.  It explores the notion that process is performance and invites us to look at the question of how artists connect ideas and forms in their work.  Dramaturgy also considers questions about the state of the arts.  It enables us to take stock and propose new ideas and creative forms for the future.  It invites conversations between makers and theorists and artists and audiences. In addition, we examine if perhaps there is a new, specific Arabic dramaturgy emerging from all of it.


This symposium will feature research papers, artist talks and roundtable events.  We invite contributions on topics including:


·         What are Arabic dramaturgies? 

·         Are there specific local and regional approaches to performance and if so what are these?

·         What are the recent trends and issues in contemporary theatre in the Arab world?

·         What are examples that represent a new Arab dramaturgy?

·         Politics and practice: how does theatre in the region work?

·         Questions of gender, sexuality, secularity, class, city, Arabic diversity, ‘others’.

·         Theatre as a source of community, audiences, sub-cultures.

·         Zones of resistance and solidarity, what does theatre do?

·         Tensions and conflicts; ‘occupied territories’ and theatre.

·         Innovation and experimentation. 

·         Theatres of the real.

·         Old forms of theatre and new: plays, performance, new media dramaturgy, dance, poetry, music, ritual. 


The organization committee will select papers that will be presented in 15-20 minute sessions during the Symposium next to artist talks and panels. In addition to this, the sessions and papers will be compiled in a publication/book that will be generated from the discussions at the convening. 


For more information and submission, please mail to:








RCF : Open Call (June 1st, 2018 - June 30th, 2018)


Presentation of the FRC/ Valletta 2018 Fund 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Valletta 2018 Foundation, in charge of the Valletta project European Capital of Culture 2018, have been collaborating since 2015 to improve and increase artistic mobility in the Euro-Arab-Middle East region


The FRC/ Valletta 2018 fund supports mobility, communication, collaboration and exchange between all these cultures and contribute more widely to community participation in the arts in the region. 


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and Valletta 2018 consider that freedom of movement is a right and that artists must be supported in the internationalization of their practice and in the development of their arts. Valletta, as the European Capital of Culture 2018, is a crossroad of trajectories and encounters in the center of the Mediterranean Sea. 


Open call for applications 


Applications must be sent between June 1st, 2018 and June 30th, 2018. They can be written in Arabic, English or French. The results will be announced in September 2018. 


Before applying, each candidate have to read the eligibility criteria specific to the Roberto Cimetta Fund as well as the criteria required by Valletta 2018. 


Click here for more information about the eligibility criteria 

Click here to access the application forms 


Contact and information : 



RSS: 2018 Maghreb Film Encounters: call for films


Created in 2009, the Maghreb des films has screened around 800 films and has designed an equivalent film fund.The Film Meetings of the Maghreb is an annual event with the purpose to promote cinematographies related to the Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania), to organize debates and round tables around projected films.


The Rencontres are open to all cinematographic proposals in their diversity as well as to heritage films and film archives.


If you wish to participate in the 2018 Meetings, you can submit your film until June 29, 2018.

For detailed information and application please click here



RSS: UNeECC's 12th Interdisciplinary Conference Call for Papers is open


The conference, entitled Culture: Invented or Inherited?, will be organised by the University of Malta in collaboration with UNeECC and will be held between the 7 and 9 of November 2018 at the University of Malta Valletta campus. This calls aims at established academics, early career scholars, research students and whoever is interested in the topic of Culture. Presenters will have the opportunity to publish their papers on the UNeECC Annual Volume (ISSN 2069 – 8704 


The call for papers and other important information may be downloaded here.



RSS: Ettijahat Launches the fifth edition of the Laboratory of Arts programme


Ettijahat launched the fifth edition of the Laboratory of Arts programme. The program will return to its usual course after a special edition in 2017 under the fifth anniversary of Ettijahat. It will cover the usual artistic and literary categories: Animation, Theatre, Dance and Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Visual Arts (including Plastic Arts, Installation, Visual and Graphic Design Projects), and Music.

In this edition the grant value has been raised, reaching 10.000 $ for the categories of theatre and cinema, and 6000 $ for the rest of categories.

The Laboratory of Arts is a program for supporting Syrian artists. It is aimed at Syrian artists and cultural entities, providing them with the support they need to carry out their creative practices and be responsive to the new places they work in. The program enhances forms of artistic expression to provide opportunities for independent creators to present their artistic works.

The deadline for submitting applications is 30th June 2018.

The application form and the FAQ’s are available by clicking here.



RSS: The Cultural Resource Imkan Training Programme Call for applications


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


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



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

For further inquiries, please email the Imkan team at:

to know more click here 




RSS: The Currents of the World programme


The French Ministry of Culture has launched francophone collective seminars which will take place over ten days around the following thematics: cultural policies and their administration; Cultural economy; digital arts and new stakes in digital creation; physical and digital preservation of the collections of libraries; cultural institutions for the purpose of territorial development.


The themes and dates :

- Culture and art in the public space: from 9 to 18 October 2018

- Cooperate and creation in the Francophone world: from October 9 to 18, 2018

- Exhibition Design and Organisation: November 12 to 21, 2018


To know more about the programme or to fill out the form(s) please click here

Deadline: 12 June 2018



RSS: The new 2018 edition of SafirLab Call for applications


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


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


Deadline for application: 3 June 2018

For further information please click here



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


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



Deadline: 30 April 2018

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



Ferdinand Richard on "The Impact of Culture"


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



Ladies and Gentlemen,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


a) Economy:


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

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

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

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


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

Soberness as a personal form of behaviour as well.


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


b) politics:


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

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


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


b3) hybridation/integration/assimilation

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


c) the human factor:


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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


I thank you for your attention. Ferdinand Richard




RSS: Valletta 2018 Foundation: annual conference Call for Submissions


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

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


Full information may be found on the conference website


Deadline: 29 March 2018



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


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


Deadline: 31st May 2018

For information on the call for papers click here



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



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


To know more about UAF please click here



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


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


Deadline: 29 March 2018

For information on the conference click here



RSS: Tandem Shaml 2018-2019


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



Deadline for application: 29 March 2018

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


For Egyptian artists: 

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


Deadline: 15 March 2018

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



RSS: Villa Seurat Foundation Call for projects



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

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

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


Deadline: 24 March 2018

Find all details online



RSS: The next generation 2018: Prince Claus Fund


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


Deadline: 16 March 2018

To read about the Call for Proposals click here



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


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



Application deadline: 22 April 2018

For more information click here



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



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


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


To read the publication, click here


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



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


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

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


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


Montant des allocations attribuées : 

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


Deadline : 12 février 2018


Pour en savoir plus sur ce programme, cliquez ici



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


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


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


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



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

- Notification of results: from mid-April onwards

- Residences start: between July and late November 2018.


For further informations, click here


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



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

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


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


Deadline : 31st January 2018


For further informations, click here



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



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


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


Deadline : 10 January 2018 


More details here


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



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


The conference programme will be structured within 5 distinct strands :

- Digital arts, design and performance ;

 - Digital humanities ;

 - Creative and cultural industries ;

 - Digital libraries and archives ; 

 - Digital cities and urban commons.


Deadline to submit your proposal : 31st January 2018


For further informations about the call, click here


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