Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative

UPDATE related to COVID-19: 

The health & safety of our grantees & partners are paramount and we are committed to supporting the safe distancing measures implemented by governments in Asia & Europe.

As such, the Mobility First! 2020 General Open Call for 51 countries is now cancelled. Meanwhile, the Special Open Call for Women & Minority Groups with Prince Claus Fund and the Special Open Call for Global South Mobility with Cambodian Living Arts are postponed until further notice.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the Mobility First! team will continue monitoring the situation carefully. Applicants who have applied to us previously are advised to reapply when the special calls reopen. Please check our website for updates.

Read more about Mobility First!’s response to Covid-19 here.

In the meantime, #stayconnected and #stayinspired by the social initiatives of Mobility First! alumni here.


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Since 1997, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has been signposting mobility information, connecting mobility funders & supporting the travel of cultural professionals to attend its events. In 2017, ASEF launched Mobility First!, a travel grant for artists & cultural professionals, which has since been recognised by UNESCO as a success story for multilateral cultural co-operation.







 Contributing to the ASEM Process

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 "The ASEM Culture Ministers acknowledge the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) as the only institution of ASEM and recognise its important role in facilitating multilateral cultural cooperation among artists, arts organisations and museums in Asia & Europe. In particular, the Ministers positively acknowledge [...] the new travel fund Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative [...] to enhance Asia-Europe connectivity."

- Chair's Statement, 8th ASEM Culture Ministers' Meeting (ASEMCMM8) 


 Contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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 Contact: Please email Ms Andrea ABELLON, Project Executive, Culture Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) at

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