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Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2017

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
06 April to 15 September 2017 Fatima AVILA Culture Department ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative Culture

Various ASEM countries




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 being 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.

Update: The application process is on a rolling basis. We will be announcing a total of up to 10 selected artists, cultural professionals, & organisations every first week of the month from May until October 2017 (6 rounds). The third round will be announced on this page on 06 June 2017.

The deadline for 2017 applications is 15 September 2017.

We look forward to your applications!


  • Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)
  • On The Move (OTM)
  • National Museum - New Delhi
  • National Museum Institute
  • Far East Film Festival

Project Updates

  • 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.