Amany Abouzeid currently holds the position of Executive Manager: Tamasi performing Arts Collective. Amany comes for an interdisciplinary background focusing on supporting the role of civil society organisations as a central backbone of social change, democracy and socio-economic development. Amany holds a BA in English Literature & Language, MA in Development Studies, MA in Social Anthropology & Doctorate in Business Administration.
Tamasi is a collective of eleven organisations from Egypt, Jordan, Palestine & Lebanon working on supporting the role of the independent performing arts sector as a vehicle of freeing expression in MENA. Our output includes a wide range of performances, productions as well as building long-term infra structure in the creative sector. We do this through: Capacity building programs, mentoring schemes, financial support & venue development projects.
From Syrian-Iraqi origins, independent curator and researcher Jumana Al-Yasiri, holds a BA in Theatre Studies, and an MA in Comparative Literature. Among her numerous regional and international collaborations throughout the past 10 years, she was appointed curator for the urban and world music program of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008; and she held the position of Grants Manager at the Young Arab Theatre Fund from 2011 to 2014. Currently based in Paris, she is a PhD candidate in History and Semiology of Texts and Images. In 2009, she co-founded Abwab for Arts and Culture, a non-profit association serving as an informal networking platform in and with the Arab world. Al-Yasiri is also a regular panelist and writer, focusing on the relation between arts and historical violences in the Middle-East, as well as artistic diasporas and cultural policies.
Marina Barham, cofounder and General Director of Al-Harah Theater, and Al-Harah Performing Arts Training Center (PARC), Palestine. Vice President of Euromedinculture Network . Ex-Vice president of TAMASI Performing Arts Network. An active cultural operator in Palestine, the Middle East and in Europe. A Trainer in the field of Cultural Management in the Arab World. A speaker at several European conferences, festivals and events on the importance of performing arts in Palestine and the Arab world. Produced many theater productions and coproductions. Managed and organized several international, regional and local tours. Managed several Euro-med Projects funded by the EU and organized Yalla Yalla Street festival for the last three years in Palestine.
AL-HARAH Theater was established in 2005, as a nonprofit organization in Palestine, that aims to produce theater that is well crafted yet moving, challenging yet accessible and, essentially, honest. We believe that theater has the potential to change the lives of those who make it and those who watch it.
Producing and coproducing Theater for children, young people and Adults.
Touring locally, regionally and internationally.
Reaching refugee camps, villages, cities and especially marginalized areas.
Herman Bashiron Mendolicchio, PhD, is currently Post-Doctoral Visiting Researcher at United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and faculty at Transart Institute (NY-Berlin). His lines of investigation involve the subjects of intercultural processes, globalization and mobility in contemporary art and cultural policies, the cultural interactions in the Mediterranean and the cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe. As an art critic and independent curator he writes extensively for several international magazines. He is Editorial contributor at Culture360 (ASEF), Managing Editor at ELSE – Transart Institute, and co-founder of InterArtive.
InterArtive is an open platform for dialogue that attempts to bring together different theoretical and practical fields of criticism and reflection on contemporary art and thought. Developed from an academic context, but emerging from a need to reach beyond it and to establish links with the artistic production, InterArtive functions as an online monthly journal and as a cultural association that carries out projects off-line. The diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise of its members and colleagues have oriented the project towards interdisciplinarity and interculturality.
Collette Brennan is the Director of International Development at the Australia Council for the Arts. Previously she was: Executive Director of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus Circa; the founding Creative Director of The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3 to 8 year olds, and; Executive Officer of Youth Arts Queensland, the state’s peak body for youth arts and cultural development. Collette has also worked in schools as a drama and history teacher and as a youth arts worker in a range of school and community contexts with children and young people.
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts and advisory body. The Australia Council is committed to increasing the visibility of, and access to, Australia’s vibrant arts and culture both at home and overseas. Investment in artistic excellence through support for all facets of the creative process is a core part of the Council’s work. Council grants and initiatives support individual artists, groups and arts organisations to create and present new work, collaborate, tour, and develop markets and audiences.
Fabienne Brütt has been a member of the team of the office for European and international relations in the performing and visual arts directorate of the French ministry of culture and communication for the past three years. She is in charge with the international collaboration of artists and cultural professionals, European Union issues for the field of performing and visual arts, observation of public policies in the field abroad. Her background in the ministry covers the museum field, the legal matters and the administration modernisation. She studied public international law and worked for the French parliament.
Bureau de l’action européenne et internationale, direction générale de la création artistique, ministère de la culture et de la communication / European and international relations, Performing and visual arts Directorate, French Ministry for Culture and Communication. The office in charge of European and international relations within the performing and visual arts directorate of the French ministry for culture and communication is devoted to : -promoting cross-border artistic cooperation, -stimulating better dissemination of works of arts (music, dance, theater, circus, street arts, multidisciplinary arts, visual arts), -encouraging and supporting professional networks and reinforcing capacity building and information of professionals of the sector.
Independent consultant, producer and curator with focus on the global south, Khadija El Bennaoui works mainly on topics related to providing funding, improving work conditions of independent contemporary artists and building capacities of cultural practitioners in Africa, the Arab world and Latin America. She has been appointed in February 2015 as the artistic leader of Vooruit, an art center based in Gent (Belgium).
Art Moves Africa (AMA), was launched in July 2005, as a mobility fund for Africa based artists and cultural practitioners to facilitate cultural & artistic exchanges within the African continent, through its mobility grants and research programs, with the aim to support practitioners on the ground to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation.
Angie Cotte is currently Secretary General of the Roberto Cimetta Fund (Euro-Arab zone). She is French-American, she studied at Goldsmiths College, London and has worked in Paris for European cultural organisations since the 1990s… Eurocreation, European Pépinières network of creative residencies in Europe… She has organised many conferences in European capitals of Culture for cultural representatives of local and regional authorities from 2000 to 2008. Since 2009 she is developing new partnerships for artistic mobility in Europe, the Arab world and beyond with RCF. She is also a current member of the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe, Brussels-based political platform for the Arts and Culture in Europe. She is visiting lecturer at the University of Bobigny. She has a Masters Degree from Sorbonne University in Intercultural studies.
After spending a decade in the corporate sector and one and half decades in the not-for-profit, Arundhati Ghosh is the Executive Director of India Foundation for the Arts. Her work has included areas such as organisation set-up and strategy, programme development, marketing and communications, resource mobilisation, media, donor management, evaluation and programme management. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including that of the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, among others. Arundhati has received recognition from several quarters for her work including the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International in 2010 which is the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award in the medium category. She is also a core team member of India’s first ever theatre management course, SMART-Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre.
Established in 1993, India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is an independent, national, not-for-profit organisation based in Bangalore, which supports research, practice and education in the arts in India. IFA entered its 20th year of grant making this year having made 400 grants and disbursing over 2.81 Million Euros since. We enrich the practice and knowledge of, widen public access to, and strengthen the capacities and infrastructure of the arts in India by supporting innovative projects, commissioning research and creating public platforms. We also act as a source of information and expertise by creating public platforms—festivals, seminars, conferences and presentations—enabling conversations between artists and the wider community. Our grants have lead to the creation of films, books, artworks, archives, exhibitions and stage productions.
Eunhee Kim is the manager of Exchange and Cooperation Team at the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS). She worked for the SIDance (Seoul International Dance Festival) and UMTF (Uijeongbu International Music Theater Festival) from 2008 to 2012, and has an M.A. in European Cultural Policy and Management from the University of Warwick.
Founded in 2006, KAMS (Korea Art Management Service) offers diverse supports and services in the arts. With the aim to promote the Korean arts on abroad and to enhance their competitiveness, it has provided funding, education programs and consulting services for whom working in the arts field, has carried out researches, has circulated information through the online platforms, and has held the Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS) every October since 2005.
Mary Anne “Annie” M. LUIS is the Head of the International Affairs Office (IAO) of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts that works closely with the Department of Foreign Affairs in the drafting and implementation of bilateral and multilateral cultural agreements. She serves as a focal person of the Philippines for the ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information. Her fields of interest include cultural diplomacy, events organization, and the performing arts. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of the Philippines and finished her Masters studies in Directing Chinese Opera at the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, China. She is currently the resident soprano of the Bayanihan, National Dance Company of the Philippines and has performed extensively in Asia, Europe, Asia, and North America.
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is the de facto Ministry of Culture of the Philippines. It is the overall policymaking, coordinating, and grants-giving agency for the preservation, development, and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and an agency tasked to administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA). The NCCA exercises administrative supervision over its attached cultural agencies: the National Museum, the National Library, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the National Archives of the Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and the National Commission on the Filipino Language. In pursuit of its vision and in the execution of its policies and strategies, the NCCA has the following priority areas and projects: (1) Culture and Education; (2) Culture and Development; (3) Culture and Diplomacy; (4) Promotion of Culture and the Arts; (5) Program for Artistic Excellence; (6) Culture and Peace; and (7) Conservation of Cultural Heritage.
Marilli Mastrantoni – Performer and Director. Founder and Artistic Director of Theatre ENTROPIA and of the international multidisciplinary “Alternative Stage Festival (F.E.S.)”. Her work as an actress, author and director has been so far produced and presented in Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, S. Africa, U.K..
Non-profit company that presents and produces theatre, live-art, interdisciplinary and multimedia performances, promoting the creative dialogue amongst different art disciplines and the exchanges between Greece and the contemporary international Performing Arts scene. The company has initiated and been involved in various international projects exploring current issues in a manner that directly places the artistic process in a social and political context.
Dmitry Osipenko works for the International Department of the Russian Theatre Union, is actively involved in most projects by this department, as well as into developing online properties of the Union. With background in sociology and interests in technology and data access, Dmitry likes creating tools for easy access to information and better management of it.
Russian Theatre Union is a professional society in the performing arts, with it’s history dating back to 1870s. It is a membership organization with over 25000 individual members nationwide – actors, directors, playwrights, set designers, costume designers, art managers. The Union operates via a network of 75 local branches located across the country. The aim of the Union is to advance the level of the performing arts in Russia and facilitate contacts among professionals. This is achieved through professional training events, workshops, conferences, festivals, financial and/or organizational support to professional endeavors and events, and production grants. The Union is present online at www.stdrf.ru, and www.stdrf.org.
Sana Ouchtati graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium with a Master Degree in European Union policies. She also has a Master degree in International Relations and business administration from the High Institute of Commercial Studies in Brussels. Since 2001, she worked at the European Institutions in Brussels mainly on trade multilateral and bilateral agreements with third countries. She has also been responsible for the cultural dimension of the EU external relations mainly with ACP countries, Neighborhood countries and Emerging countries. She has a thorough knowledge of the culture field, international relations as well as EU processes, policies and instruments dedicated to external relations, culture and intercultural dialogue. She has a 3 years field experience and thorough knowledge of EU Neighborhood countries, mainly Southern Mediterranean. As an independent consultant, she is steering two important initiatives dedicated to external culture relations. She is the Director of More Europe-external culture relations- since 2011. She is also the project manager of the Preparatory Action-Culture in EU External Relations.
More Europe – external cultural relations is a cultural civil initiative, composed of a public-private partnership of foundations, civil society networks and national cultural institutes, whose objective is to highlight and reinforce the role of culture in the EU’s external relations. It calls on Member States, civil society, private foundations and EU institutions to work together, combine their views, pool their resources and coordinate their activities in the field of external cultural relations. Its mains activities are high-level public debates, research and studies and active advocacy for cultural relations going beyond traditional cultural diplomacy.
Elli Papakonstantinou, is a theatre director, the artistic director of “ODC Ensemble” theatre company and the artistic director & founder of “Vyrsodepseio/Tannery Art Space”. Elli is based in Athens since 2010. After studying at the Greek National School of Arts, she moved in the UK to continue her studies on directing (MA at Royal Holloway, University of London). In 2011 she founded “VYRSODEPSEIO/TANNERY” independent art space in Athens. She creates politically engaged work (hybrid performances or staged plays) and curates international co-operation platforms and most of Vyrsodepseio’s artistic production.
As a director Elli has presented her work at the Edinburgh Festival, (“Edinburgh 1st award 1997”) (UK), the Royal Court Theatre (UK), Athens and Epidavros Festival 2012 (GR), Princeton University, (U.S.A.), Opera House Cairo (EG), LaMaMa theatre, NY, (USA), THEATERHAUS GESSNERALLEE Zurich (CH), National Theatre of Greece (GR), National Theatre Cyprus (CY), SGT- Onassis Foundation (GR), Antic Teatre International Barcelona (SP), “XIV International Meeting of Ancient Drama”, European Cultural Centre of Delphi, (GR) International Festival of Experimental Theatre in Cairo (EG), Inauguration Ceremony of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (EG), International Festival Iraq, etc.
“Vyrsodepseio” is a multi-stage, versatile space for contemporary performing art located in the post-industrial undeveloped area of Votanikos, in the center of Athens. It is a grass root project and a vibrant cultural cell that helps drastically to the growth of innovative, hybrid art. Vyrsodepseio is an experiment on how to produce art in “difficult times”, an evolving project of synergies and co-operations.
While planning a rich weekly program, it is also a virtual platform of networking between artists and activists, international organizations and individual artists.
Vyrsodepseio is a member of the IETM, the ITI and the TEH (Trans Europe Halles Network). All our activities run under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Culture.
Margerita Pulè – Programme Coordinator holds a Bachelor in Craft Design from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and has worked in the cultural sector since 2000. She was instrumental in setting up Ireland’s broadcast musicians royalties payment structure within the organisation Recorded Artists and Performers in the early 2000s. She is committed to strengthening the cultural sector on a national level in Malta. As Planning Coordinator for the Valletta 2018 Foundation, she is responsible for ensuring that the Cultural Programme falls in line with the Foundation’s aims and objectives, and that it builds on the participatory and inclusive elements of ECoC programming.
Helena Rytilahi comes from Finland, I have settled more or less permanently in the Netherlands. As the administrator for the Step Beyond travel grants program, I am one of the newest employees of the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam. Step Beyond offers up-and-coming artists and cultural workers grants for travels within the Greater Europe area. I coordinate the daily tasks of the program and participate in the general grant scheme development.
The European Cultural Foundation is an independent foundation based in the Netherlands that has been operating across Europe since 1954. ECF initiates and supports cultural exchange and creative expression across wider Europe. It links policy and practice, acting as catalysts for artistic and cultural expression with the goal to have a concrete impact on European cultural policies and strategies. EFC does this through our activities, grants, advocacy, publications and digital presence. The current thematic focus of ECF is Connecting Culture,Communities and Democracy.
Valentina Riccardi is Project Manager in the Culture Department of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) since 2009. She oversees ASEF’s initiatives related to the development of information platforms, artistic exchanges and cultural networks. She has in particular coordinated the re-launch in 2010 on ASEF’s arts and culture portal culture360.asef.org, an online platform that provides information and stimulates cultural dialogue between Asia and Europe. The portal has been identified in 2014 by the European Union as ‘an excellent model of information exchange for Asia-Europe cultural co-operation’ in its Report on the Preparatory Action on the Role of Culture in EU External Relations.
Ferdinand Richard, President of the Roberto Cimetta Fund
The founder of the street art development platform AMI, the former National Development Centre for Contemporary Music, Ferdinand Richard was a pioneer of the independent art space Belle-de-Mai/Marseille from its inception in 1992 and worked with its leadership between 1996 and 2002. Since 2009, he is also the President of the Roberto Cimetta Fund for the mobility of artists and cultural operators in the Mediterranean, and between 1996 and 1999 he chaired the European Forum for Arts and Heritage, now Culture Action Europe. In parallel, he is responsible for the panel of experts in the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), he is board member of the Observatory of Cultural Policies in Grenoble and a member of the « European Group » (hosted by the Performing Arts Union SYNDEAC), an informal working group of French cultural networks, trade unions and civil society dedicated to the promotion of culture in the European project. Finally, Ferdinand Richard teaches at several different cultural management courses in the universities of Angers, Grenoble, Lyon, Dijon, Alexandria, etc.
Alma Salem Born in Damascus, Syria is a Cultural Relations expert. She is currently the Middle East North Africa Regional Arts Programmes Manager at the British Council, where she oversees a portfolio of partnerships and around 800 projects across 17 countries from the Levant, North Africa, the Gulf and the UK. She advises on all ranges of Arts forms, from performing Arts, Dance, Drama, Theatre and Music, to Visual Arts, Film, Fashion, Architecture and Design. Her work covers also areas such as Arts and conflict, Arts development and social change, and creative industries and economy. For the past 20 years she has been working as a renowned cultural leader in the region; and an active member of the global community of cultural operators, as an Arts producer and curator, as an activist and fervent lobbyer for the freedom of creative expression.
Manik Sharma is the Co-Founder of India For Transformation and a serial entrepreneur by profession. As the key turning point of his career, Manik dropped out of a Masters program in the largest technical university of Italy – Politecnico Di Milano – to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. His journey thereon led him to start an education venture through which he personally coached over 11,000 individuals. His next venture involved launching a fashion brand of shoes and accessories, where he is still engaged as the key mentor to the management team. He finally decided to conclude his journey with the establishment of IFT with the bigger vision of helping others discover themselves through travel.
India For Tranformation (IFT) is India’s first travel for transformation initiative that was established in collaboration with four global pioneers from the fields of art, education, and experiential learning. IFT works collaboratively with academic institutions and private groups toward implementing India focused travel programs that can bring about instrumental changes in the lives and learning horizons of its participants. In the area of arts, IFT works with art departments of educational bodies as well as art organizations in creating dedicated art focused travel programs, including special interest projects, internship and volunteering programs and art focused field trips through which participants can immerse themselves in the art and culture of India. For more, www.indiafortransformation.com
Adeela Suleman is Associate Professor and Head of Fine Art Department at The Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. She is the founding trustee and Coordinator of Vasl Artists’ Collective, Karachi, Pakistan.
Suleman has exhibited in numerous solo exhibitions and has taken part in group exhibitions at notable Museums and foundations such as Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, USA, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka , Japan, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, India, Asia Society Museum, New York, USA, Kiran Nadr Museum, Delhi, India, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan. Suleman lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan.
Vasl Artists’ Collective , located in Karachi, Pakistan and formed in 2001, is a registered not for profit space. A platform for contemporary art practice in Pakistan committed to creating a liberal space for experimentation and exchange. We are part of the Triangle Network, UK and over the past 14 years we have hosted several workshops, residencies and local projects of significance thereby bringing together a new experience of making, understanding and viewing of contemporary art in Pakistan. Our objectives are :
– To actively assist, develop and promote new and investigative and experimental art practices in all media.
– To promote discussion, understanding and appreciation of contemporary arts issues and to provide a forum for critical debate and to develop new and informed audiences.
– To encourage and support the production and the exchange of ideas by Indian, South Asian and International artists through production, exhibition and dissemination.
– To actively facilitate an informal network of contemporary artists both within the region and global south.
– To develop new and informed audiences and to work with diverse communities.
Sana Tamzini is an Artist and university professor with extensive expertise in international cultural cooperation and in contemporary art exhibitions. She served as Director of the National Contemporary Art Centre at the Belvedere, the Ministry of Culture (2011-2013). She advocates for the promotion of artistic expression and free speech and she is active in the Tunisian arts civil society, in particular, through her current presidency of the “Federation of Cultural Associations in Tunisia” (FACT).
She has a Master Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Paris 1 –Panthéon- Sorbonne, after her graduation from the Graduate School of Fine Arts in Tunis. She participated in scientific research in Computer Aided Design and Visual Arts between Montreal at Paris. Since2003, she is teaching at the Graduate School of Design Sciences and Technologies of Tunis.
The Nabdh/Pulse association is a non-profit organization. It was created in 2014 by Tunisian cultural operators active in the fields of visual arts and design. The association runs : – The E-Magazine Nabdh / Pulse d’art visual and Design and a web platform that has the same name. Nabdh/Pulse which, as its name suggests, will work to give an impulse to the Tunisian artistic scene and its stakeholders through various actions that will highlight the creative potential hidden in each of us. The platform seeks to play a pivotal role to ensure a strong and sustainable development of the di_erent channels of cultural production in Tunisia bearing in mind the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Nabdh/Pulse seks To be an incubator for cultural actors in the fields of visual arts and design and an instrument for the benefit of cultural policy maker. We dream of a country where every creative potential can find the possibility to exist and where energies crystallize for a collective and sustainable development.
Dea Vidovic is a director of the Kultura Nova Foundation (Zagreb, Croatia). She worked as an editor and journalist as well as an project manager of numerous cultural and arts projects. She authored articles on new cultural practices and edited several publications. Vidovic participated and gave talks at numerous conferences, and gave lectures from the field of cultural policy. She graduated in Comparative Literature and Indology from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2012, she received her PhD title from the same University.
Kultura Nova Foundation is Croatian public institution with core commitment to developing and sustaining civil society in the field of contemporary arts and culture. It functions as operational and grantmaking foundation and provides professional and financial support to Croatian civil society organizations in culture. Foundation conducts diverse research, implements various educational programs on cultural management and leadership and works on the development of new models of institutions and advocates their implementation. It is founded from the lottery fund.
Sasiwimon Wongjarin is Project Executive in the Culture Department of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) since 2009. Her work focuses on artistic exchanges and cultural networks. In the framework of Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) she works closely with the Network’s Secretariat and supports the promotion of the Network in Asia and Europe. She is presently in charge of the Creative Encounters : the Asia-Europe Cultural Partnerships Initiative programme, which promotes artistic collaborations between Asia and Europe. She also manages the ASEF Creative Networks programme, which aims to strengthen cultural networks in Asia and Europe.
Dr Karsten Xuereb (1978, Malta) is Executive Director for the Valletta 2018 Foundation which is responsible for Valletta’s preparations as European Capital of Culture in 2018. He was previously responsible for culture at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU in Brussels. He holds a Doctorate in cultural relations in the Mediterranean from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona and a Masters degree in European Cultural Policy & Management from the University of Warwick where he studied as a Chevening Scholar. He is a fellow of the U40 Network “Cultural Diversity 2030” established by the German Commission for UNESCO, and a member of the Diplomatic Cultures Research Network.
The Valletta 2018 Foundation is responsible for hosting the title of European Capital of Culture in 2018. The aim of its Cultural Programme is to promote a European dimension and encourage citizen participation. Valletta 2018 will enable the participation of the citizens of Malta and Europe and will form an integral and sustainable part of the long-term social, economic and cultural development of Malta. The Cultural Programme is built around four themes: Generations, Routes, Cities and Islands. In conjunction with the Cultural Programme, the Foundation is developing a programme of consistent, accessible and comparable research and evaluation directly linked to culture.