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ASEF Support to the ASEM Cultural Festival (#ASEMfest)




Since: 2018

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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), as the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), supports ASEM initiatives in culture.

Most recently, ASEF supports the organisation of ASEM Cultural Festivals (#ASEMfest), which are to be held annually alongside ASEM Summits and ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meetings (ASEMFMM). The ASEM Cultural Festival is high on the agenda of Heads of State and Government from Asia and Europe as it serves to “strengthen inter-cultural dialogue among ASEM partners” (Chair’s Statement, ASEM12, October 2018, Brussels).

Every year the ASEM Cultural Festival offers a diverse range of programming from Asia and Europe including performances, exhibitions, and discussions, showcasing the best of traditional and contemporary art from the two continents.

The intercultural exchanges, the vision and creativity of artists contribute to strengthening the dialogue among ASEM Partners promoting and ensuring connectivity between Asia and Europe.


• Enhance the visibility of culture at key ASEM leaders’ meetings through regular ASEM Cultural Festivals
• Present artistic creativity from Asia and Europe to ASEM leaders and the public
• Increase awareness of ASEM and ASEF among the arts communities of both regions and the public


• ASEF Support to ASEM Cultural Festival 2020, an official side-event of the 13th ASEM Summit (ASEM13)

• ASEF Support to ASEM Cultural Festival “Asia and Europe: Cultures Connect” (6 December 2019, Brussels, Belgium & 11-15 December 2019, Madrid, Spain), an official side-event of the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM14; 15-16 December 2019, Madrid, Spain)

• ASEF Support to ASEM Cultural Festival “Europe Meets Asia, Asia Meets Europe” (18-30 October 2018, Centre for Fine Arts-BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium), an official side-event of the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12) (18-19 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium)


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 ASEF’s contribution is with the financial support of the European Union 


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