We promote cultural relations by connecting artists, cultural professionals, arts organisations, public institutions, networks and museums in Asia and Europe.
The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental, not-for-profit organisation which brings together the people of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges. It is the only permanent institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) political dialogue Process and is publicly funded by voluntary contributions from 53 ASEM Partners.
Culture is one of ASEF’s seven key thematic areas. In this field, we promote cultural relations by connecting artists, cultural professionals, arts organisations, public institutions, networks and museums in Asia and Europe. We respond to current gaps in cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe by providing access to information, facilitating cultural mobility and promoting artistic diversity. Through our work, we also contribute to implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDGs 4.4 (skills for employment), 5.5 (women’s leadership), 8.9 (promote local culture and products), 10 a (preferential treatment), 10.7 (mobility of people), 11 a (strengthening urban-periphery links), 11.4 (safeguarding heritage), 16.10 (access to information), and 17.17 (civil society partnerships). At ASEM Summits and ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meetings (ASEMFMMs), we make cultural collaborations visible to the public and policymakers. At ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meetings (ASEMCMMs), we bring the voice of the arts community to the policy level. Finally, we translate recommendations of ASEM Leaders into concrete ASEF projects in culture.
The Culture Department is responsible for ASEF’s work in arts, heritage and creative industries. We make artistic collaborations visible at ASEM leaders’ meetings and bring the voice of the arts community to the ASEM Culture Ministers’ Meetings.
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