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Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2017

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06 April to 15 September 2017 Fatima AVILA Culture Department ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative Culture



Venue:
Various ASEM countries

 021-Luisa Caiano

 Luisa travelled from Portugal to China to attend the Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers through the support of Mobility First - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative!

 

Update: The Call for Applications for 2017 is now closed. The Open Call for 2018 will be launched in February 2018. Stay tuned!

ASEF's Mobility First! travel fund for artists has been recognised by UNESCO for promoting multilateral co-operation between Asia and Europe, as well as within Asia. In its latest Reshaping Cultural Policies report (2nd edition), the only global document on trends in cultural development launched by the new UNESCO Director-General Ms Audrey Azoulay on 14 December 2017, limited funding for cultural mobility has yet again been recognised as a key challenge to international cultural co-operation. However, a positive trend is been observed in mobility opportunities provided through transnational cultural collaborations, with a renewed interest in South-South mobility. In this context, ASEF's Mobility First! travel fund has been acknowledged as a "success story" by an a multilateral intergovernmental organisation to bridge existing gaps in support for artists' mobility. ASEF’s Mobility First! is funded by 51 Asian and European countries, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat in the framework of the Asia Europe meeting (ASEM).

ASEF Mobility First

Cultural mobility, whether for work, co-production or participation in a seminar or residency, is integral to the practice and career of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe. However, securing funding to finance international travel (for touring shows, residencies, exploratory visits, collaborations etc.) remains a major challenge for most artists, particularly in the Asia-Asia and Asia-Europe contexts. In particular, ensuring balanced bi-directional (i. e travel from Asia to Europe as well as from Europe to Asia) and reciprocal (i.e. adequate funding for incoming and outgoing mobility) mobility remains a challenge.

It is in this context that the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is launching Mobility First!, a new fund to support the travel of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals between Asia and Europe. Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative is launched in April 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of ASEF, which was established in 1997 as the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

We invite applications from individuals and arts organisations at least 10 weeks in advance of the event for which mobility support is being sought. Selection is through competitive open calls – please refer to the documents section of this page for the Call.

 

Partners

  • Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)
  • On The Move (OTM)
  • National Museum - New Delhi
  • National Museum Institute
  • Far East Film Festival
  • Culture et Developpment
  • Home for Cooperation
  • Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops
  • Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM)
  • Arts Council Greece
  • Arteria Art Foundation

Project Updates

  • Mobility First! Year 1 Sum-up

    Published on 14 Dec 2017

    To commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) builds upon its support to cultural mobility over the past 2 decades by launching Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a new fund that supports the movement of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries. UNESCO reiterates that limited availability and access to funding remains a huge challenge for cultural mobility, and ASEF continues its efforts to narrow this gap through its Mobility First! grant.

    In its pilot year, Mobility First! has supported the participation of a total of 73 artists and cultural practitioners in the ASEM region for a wide range of capacity building activities, including from networking and pre-creation of artworks (training, study visits, partnership meetings) and artwork creation (artists' and writers' residencies) to public presentations (festivals, biennales, conferences).

    An equal number of males and females were supported as well as a balanced selection of fields including film, visual arts, contemporary dance, and theatre. In addition, trainings for museum professionals and different kinds of arts managers, including heritage professionals, were also supported. In terms of mobility routes, Asia-to-Europe and intra-Asia routes were prioritised.

    In January 2018, ASEF will launch the open call for the 2nd year of Mobility First!. More details will be published on this page.

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    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsbZfKE04lo&t=12s

  • The longest-running photography event in Southeast Asia, the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops is a free international platform and educational resource for established and emerging photographers. It is committed to nurturing and promoting young Asian talent, and encouraging the development of photography in the region.

    As more festivals emerge in the region, Angkor Photo Festival's emphasis on education has become an increasingly critical part of what they do. Their annual series of workshops provides the region's emerging talent with first-hand training and invaluable career advice, addressing the lack of affordable and accessible opportunities for young Asian photographers to take their craft to the next level.

    Through Mobility First!, ASEF is supporting the participation of 5 artists from both Asia and Europe in the Festival. 

    For more info, please visit www.angkor-photo.com

     

    Angkor Photo Fest

  • Celebrating the 10th edition, EXPERIMENTA 2017 (Nov 28 – Dec 3) invites audiences to a feast of over 70 contemporary and rare historical films from across the world over 6 days at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan. The program sections include Artist Profiles & Talks, Curated Programs, International Competition, Feature Focus and Performances. The artists and curators will be present at the festival.

    One of the highlights of the Artist Profile section is the world renowned Filipino artist Kidlat Tahimik and Rox Lee, curated by Merv Espina. Kidlat Tahimik will be in attendance to premiere his most recent work ‘Balikbayan’(1979-2017 Philippines) and will also present his internationally celebrated masterpiece ‘Perfumed Nightmare’ (1977 Philippines). It is a great honour for EXPERIMENTA to host Kidlat Tahimik who has been referred to ‘as an idol of iconoclasts worldwide, a pioneer of the postcolonial essay film, and the grandfather of the Philippine New Wave. Also, renowned illustrator, comic strip artist and filmmaker Rox Lee is known for his first experimental solo masterpiece ‘The Great Smoke’.  This showcase focuses on his unbound and ceaseless experimentation, the irreverent humor, the playfulness and the rock ’n’ roll. Through Mobility First!, ASEF is supporting the mobility of Kidlat, Rox and Merv.

    For the full programme, please visit: www.experimenta.in 

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  • Buffer Fringe

     

    The Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus hosts a variety of contemporary performances from all over the world. The 4th edition of the festival is held from 08-11 November 2017. Buffer Fringe IV stands for artistic freedom and provides a space for experimental expression, creative excellence and learning opportunities for new artists.

    Through Mobility First!, ASEF is supporting the mobility of 3 Asian contemporary dancers to perform at the festival, and thus continuing its support for the performing arts.

  • Five Flavours

     

    Five Flavours Film Festival (Festiwal Filmowy Pięć Smaków) is the only annual event to present films from East and South East Asia in Poland. It is focused on presenting new full-length feature films but also showcases classic titles as well as shorts and documentaries to complement the feature programme.

    For ten consecutive years, Five Flavours has brought to Poland premiere screenings of the latest and most appealing productions, classics and retrospectives of renowned Asian filmmakers.

    ASEF is supporting the mobility of 5 film directors from all over Southeast Asia to attend and show their productions at the festival, thus continuing ASEF's support to film.

  • ARts Council Greece

    The Arts Council of Greece organises for the 8th consecutive year the International Cultural and Creative Economy and Development Conference in Athens (8th ICCEDA 2017). 2017 is the year of Chinese-Greek Friendship and the conference is dedicated to this as well as Asia-Europe collaborations.

    Since 2009, ICCEDA takes place every year with the participation of established and high profile Greek and international cultural operators, educational and research institutions, and arts organisations.

    The conference will take place from 09-11 November 2017 in Athens, Greece.

    ASEF is supporting the mobility of 2 Asian speakers to attend the conference.

  • Mobility First! - Final Round Results

    Published on 25 Sep 2017

    Out of 131 applications received in the month of September through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    For participation in

    1

    Fan Di'an (China)

    China to Greece

    8th International Cultural and Creative Economy and Development  Conference in Athens

    2

    Herman Bashiron MENDOLICCHIO (Italy)

    Italy to Singapore

    Workshop: Art in Context – Learning from the Field

     In partnership with Luang Prabang Film Festival, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 5 practitioners to attend the Luang Prabang Film Festival in Lao PDR.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Kong Rithdee (Thailand)

    Thailand to Lao PDR

    2

    Jeremy Sim (Singapore)

    Singapore to Lao PDR

    3

    Nurain Abdullah (Brunei)

    Brunei to Lao PDR

    4

    Maung Naing (Myanmar)

    Myanmar to Lao PDR

    5

    Petersen Vargas (Philippines)

    Philippines to Lao PDR

    In partnership with Culture et Développement - Territoires Associés,  ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 3 practitioners to attend the 1st International Forum Creative Mobilities in France.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Ahn EUNJOO (Korea)

    Korea to France

    2

    Sanket AVLANI (United Kingdom)

    USA to France

    3

    Fvren LIM (Singapore)

    Singapore to France

     In partnership with Angkor Photo Festival, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 5 practitioners to attend the Angkor Photo Festival in Cambodia.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Sohrab HURA (India)

    India to Cambodia

    2

    Katrin KOENNING (Germany)

    Germany to Cambodia

    3

    Kosuke OKAHARA (Japan)

    Japan to Cambodia

    4

    Anshika BARMA (India)

    India to Cambodia

    5

    Wawi NAVAROZZA (Philippines)

    Philippines to Cambodia

    In partnership with Arteria Art Foundation, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 4 practitioners to attend the Five Flavours Asian Film Festival in Poland.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Naoko OGIGAMI (Japan)

    Japan to Poland

    2

    Chao Yang (China)

    China to Poland

    3

    Yuhang Ho (Malaysia)

    Malaysia to Poland

    4

    Giang Le Binh (Viet Nam)

    Viet Nam to Poland

    Individual letters of offer will be sent to the selected artists & cultural practitioners shortly.

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the final round.

    The open call for 2018 will be launched sometime in December of this year. Stay tuned!

  • Mobility First! - Round 5 Results

    Published on 06 Sep 2017

    Out of 92 applications received in the month of August through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    For participation in

    1

    JIGJID Dulamsuren (Mongolia)

    Mongolia to Hungary

    3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf

    2

    Fitri Muthi'ah HANUM (Indonesia)

    Indonesia to Pakistan

    2nd Lahore International Conference on Culture 2017

    3

    Rahila HAQUE (United Kingdom)

    UK to China

    Para Site Workshops for Emerging Art Professionals

    4

    Zhanar MAMBETOVA (Kazakhstan)

    Kazakhstan to Germany

    International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Central Asia & the Caucasus

    5

    Maria BALEA (Romania)

    Romania to China

    Shanghai International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition and Workshop 2017

    6

    Antoni KARWOWSKI (Poland)

    Poland to Myanmar

    Zero Platform: Festival of Performance Art 2017

    7

    Alexandra SOLEA (Romania)

    Romania to China

    The Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers

     

    In partnership withSrishti Institute of Art Design & Technology, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 3 practitioners to attend Experimenta – The International Festival of Moving Image Art in India.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Merv ESPINA (Philippines)

    Philippines to India

    2

    Roque Federizon LEE (Philippines)

    Philippines to India

    3

    Kidlat TAHIMIK (Philippines)

    Philippines to India

     

    In partnership withFotofo, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 1 practitioner to attend the 27th Month of Photography  in Slovakia.

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Rajesh SONI (India)

    India to Slovakia

     

    In partnership with Plums Fest, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 4 practitioners to attend Plums Fest – International festival for Audiovisual and Digital Arts in the Russian Federation.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    1

    Jinwon LEE (Korea)

    Korea to Russian Federation

    2

    Jaeho CHANG (Korea)

    Korea to Russian Federation

    3

    Jeho YUN (Korea)

    Korea to Russian Federation

    4

    Changgyun JUNG (Korea)

    Korea to Russian Federation

     

    Individual letters of offer will be sent to the selected artists & cultural professionals this week.

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the 5th round. Applications for the final round is ongoing. Please note that all events must end on or before 15 December 2017.

    The results for the final round will be published on this page on 07 October 2017.

  • ONPAM

     

    "ON-PAM Asia Meeting in Singapore" is the second international conference organised by Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM). ON-PAM is an international network that has been formed by individuals who engage in performing arts management. Its international activities include the first Asian conference in Gwangju, Korea in September 2015, and this year the meeting in Singapore will be held from 3rd to 7th September.

    Through Mobility First!, ASEF is supporting the mobility of 4 producers to attend the event.

  • Mobility First! - Round 4 Results

    Published on 07 Aug 2017

    Out of 84 applications received in the month of July through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    For participation in

    1

    Budi Agung Kuswara (Indonesia)

    Indonesia to Slovenia

    Workshop: Creative Climate Leadership Course

    2

    Penwadee Nophaket MANONT (Thailand)

    Thailand to Indonesia

    Artist residency & practice-led research: Jogja Biennale

    3

    Tessa JACKSON (United Kingdom)

    UK to Mongolia

    Practice-led research: capacity building for artists & NGOs with Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association

    4

    Michelle LO (Australia)

    Australia to Austria

    Curator residency: Curator’s Agenda

     

    In partnership with Open Network for Performing Arts Management (ON-PAM), ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 4 practitioners to attend the ON-PAM Asia Meeting in Singapore.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    5

    Wa Fun Kuong

    China to Singapore

    6

    Jooyoung Koh

    Korea to Singapore

    7

    Yukio Nitta

    China to Singapore

    8

    Mariko Tsukaguchi

    Japan to Singapore

     

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the 4th round. Applications for Round 5 is ongoing. We encourage applications for events commencing in October/November. Please note that all events must end on or before 15 December 2017.

    The results for Round 5 will be published on this page on 06 September 2017.

  • Mobility First! - Round 3 Results

    Published on 05 Jul 2017

    Out of 119 applications received in the month of June through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    For participation in

    1

    Soe Yu Nwe (Myanmar)

    Myanmar to China

    Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center Residency

    2

    Corinne JABER (France)

    France to India

    Research trip in Punjab about India/Pakistan partition for upcoming play on this topic

    3

    Yana STANCHEVA (Bulgaria)

    Bulgaria to China

    Research trip about Asia Art Archive with the view of creating a Balkan Art Archive

    4

    Sandra LATANAUSKAITE (Lithuania)

    Lithuania to China

    The Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers

    5

    Luisa CAIANO (Portugal)

    Portugal to China

    The Atelier for Young Festival and Cultural Managers

    6

    Alexey KOROLEV (Russian Federation)

    Russian Federation to France

    Partnership meeting with Medici.TV

    7

    Tareq AHMED (Bangladesh)

    Bangladesh to The Netherlands

    The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

    In partnership with Home for Cooperation, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 3 artists to perform at Buffer Fringe, a performing arts festival in Nicosia, Cyprus.

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    8

    Yukio SUZUKI (Japan)

    Japan to Cyprus

    9

    Nao ASHIMINE (Japan)

    Japan to Cyprus

    10

    Takashi KAWACHI (Japan)

    Japan to Cyprus

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the 3rd round. Applications for Round 4 is ongoing. We encourage applications for events commencing in October/November. The results for Round 4 will be published on this page on 07 August 2017.

  • Mobility First! - Round 2 Results

    Published on 05 Jun 2017

    Out of 112 applications received in the month of May through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    For participation in

    1

    ONG Jo-Lene (Malaysia)

    Malaysia to Netherlands

    De Appel Curatorial Programme

    2

    Derek TUMALA (Philippines)

    Philippines to Poland

    Beyond Time 2017 (Artist Residency)

    3

    Nina DANILOVA (Russian Federation)

    Russian Federation to Austria

    Salzburg International Summer Academy for Fine Arts

    4

    Caroline LUNDBLAD (Sweden)

    Sweden to Japan

    Yama 2 - Three Bodies (Artist Residency)

     

    In partnership with the Kinabalu Film Association Sabah (Malaysia),ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 4 filmmakers to attend the 9th edition of the Kota Kinabalu International Film Festival – a festival for emerging filmmakers & film enthusiasts, comprised of workshops, competitions & movie screenings.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    5

    Felix Fernandez DE CASTRO (Spain)

    Spain to Malaysia

    6

    Christina KYI (Myanmar)

    Myanmar to Malaysia

    7

    Jet LEYCO (Philippines)

    Philippines to Malaysia

    8

    Douglas SEOK (Korea)

    Korea to Malaysia

     

    In partnership with Asphalt Piloten (Switzerland), ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 1 Korean dancer to take part in PRIVATSPHÄRE (Private Sphere) – an interdisciplinary project that uses performance art to change perspectives on public space & to create spaces for reflection in a dense urban environment.

     

     

    Name

    Mobility Route

    9

    CHOI Seung Yoon (Korea)

    Korea to Switzerland

     

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the 2nd round. Applications for Round 3 are ongoing. We encourage applications for events commencing in September/October. The results for Round 3 will be published on this page on 06 July 2017.


     
  • Mobility First! - Round 1 Results

    Published on 05 May 2017

    Out of 84 applications received in the month of April through the open call for Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, we have selected the following artists, cultural professionals & organisations:

      Name Mobility Route For participation in
    1 Robertina SEBJANIC (Slovenia) Slovenia to Singapore 11th Creativity & Cognition Conference (CC2017)
    2 Md Golam Hafiz (Bangladesh) Korea to United Kingdom Global Cultural Fellows (GCF) Programme
    3 Nur Kareelawati Binti Abd Karim (Malaysia) Malaysia to Croatia Unicult2020 | International Arts and Cultural Management and Policy Programme
    4 Truong Cong Tung (Vietnam) Viet Nam to France Cosmopolis
    5 Tin Maung Htwe (Myanmar) Myanmar to India ICOMOS General Assembly & Scientific Symposium 2017: Heritage and Democracy

    In partnership with On The Move, Cifas, & MoDul, in the frame of Kunstenfestivaldesarts, ASEF will be supporting the mobility of 2 cultural professionals to attend The Producer's Academy, a workshop in Brussels focused on international entrepreneurship models and strategies in the performing arts sector.

      Name Mobility Route
    6 Dara HANAFI (Indonesia) Indonesia to Belgium
    7 Izan Satrina Mohd Sallehuddin (Malaysia) Malaysia to Belgium

     

    We thank everyone who sent in their applications for the 1st round. Applications for Round 2 is ongoing. We encourage applications for events commencing in August/September. The results for Round 2 will be published on this page on 06 June 2017.

  • New ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative

    Published on 28 Apr 2017

    To commemorate its 20th anniversary, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) recently launched the Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a new fund that supports the movement of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries.

    The 19th edition of the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) on 20-30 April, in Udine, Italy, is among the first projects to be supported. Regarded as one of the most important festivals of Asian cinema, it is managed by Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche (CEC), a cultural association supported by the Italian Government, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, and Udine Provincial and Municipal Authorities.

    This year, the FEFF will host the 3rd edition of the Far East Film Campus, a writing and editorial workshop for young aspiring film journalists. ASEF will support the mobility of Megumi ARITA (Japan), Maja KORBECKA (Poland), Joshua LIM (Malaysia), and Paige LIM (Singapore) to attend the Campus.

    By enabling the mobility of selected participants to the FEFF, ASEF continues its support for capacity building for young film professionals.

  • 2017-AsemusGC-GeneralShot-BP jpg

    The 7th ASEMUS General Conference (15-17 March 2017, New Delhi, India) is the pilot project supported by Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a new fund which supports the movement of Asian and European artists and cultural professionals in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries.

    In partnership with the National Museum – New Delhi (India), the National Museum Institute (India), & the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS), ASEF has funded the mobility of 6 heritage experts to speak at panel discussions & 3 young museum professionals to attend trainings at the conference.

    Titled Engaged Museums: Technology, Access and New Audiences, the conference focused on key issues including accessibility in museums, emerging experiences in community and audience engagement, the role of regional museums in fostering local development, and the uses of technology in museums.

    By enabling the mobility of the selected experts & participants to the ASEMUS General Conference, ASEF continues its long tradition of promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of Asia and Europe through collaborative museum-based cultural activities.

    Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative will officially launch an open call on 6th April for artists, cultural professionals, & arts organisations throughout the ASEM region.