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Launch of a new mobility fund

Project Updates


19 Mar 2015

In line with the recommendations of Asian and European Culture Ministers (in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting/ASEM) reinforced at the last 6th ASEM Culture Ministers Meeting (Netherlands, October 2014), ASEF continue to work with the cultural sector and other partner organisations to promote mobility of artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe. This year, ASEF will support the first meeting of the SEAAA Mobility Platform which will launch a new alliance of funding and re-granting organisations to support mobility of artists and cultural professionals with a focus on South Europe, Asia and Australia.

The launching seminar of mobility funders, potential funders and re-granting organisations from Southern Europe, Asia and Australia will be held from 30th to 31st March 2015 at Theatre 104 in Athens, Greece. Mr Ferdinand Richard, Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will give an introduction about the project. Ms Valentina RICCARDI, Project Manager of ASEF’s Culture Department, will deliver a presentation about ASEF’s recent activities in the field of cultural mobility between Asia and Europe.

The meeting will allow discussion on mobility needs and funding schemes existing in each of our regions and will enable participants to define the SEAAA mobility fund more precisely through agreement on common ethics and rules of implementation that could pave the way for possible reciprocal funding of mobility.

Among others, there will be representatives from Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), India Foundation for the Arts, India for Transformation/Be ARtsy Foundation, Vasl Pakistan, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Philippines


Project partners include Roberto Cimetta Fund (France), Korea Arts Management Service (Korea), Australia Council for the Arts, Valletta 2018 Foundation (Malta), Regione Puglia (Italy), Arts Network Asia (Singapore), The Russian Theatre Union and Theatre Entropia. The project has been selected through the second edition of ASEF Creative Networks 2015.


Find out more about other similar approaches supported by ASEF; the Platform meeting of Asian and European Cultural Mobility Funders in Prague in June 2013 and supported the AsiaAustraliaEurope Creative Residency Network in Melbourne in May 2014. ASEF also launched an updated comprehensive list of resources on mobility in Asia and Europe Mobility Funding Guide which gives a global perspective in order to better respond to local needs and interests from the cultural sector.

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