In 2015 the Roberto Cimetta Fund decided to launch an Artistic Mobility Alliance initiative to widen the funding possibilities of exchange for artists and cultural operators travelling between the Euro-Arab geographical zone and other parts of the world. The initial investigation of partners had been made in June 2014 through a conversation between mobility funders in Tenerife in collaboration with the Association of Cultural Managers of the Canary Islands. A declaration was drafted that was translated into 10 world languages. The launching of an artistic alliance is a second attempt in alleviating funding obstacles by grouping together mobility funding partners to address the challenges together. Facilitating and providing equal access to this mobility, through allocation of individual travel grants, is a way of ensuring that arts and culture flourish in the four corners of the globe, increasing the autonomy and emergence of artists and cultural operators, and allowing for international artistic exchanges to develop.
Asian, European and Arab organisations met in Athens on 30th & 31st March 2015. 41 participants from 19 countries took part (Australia, Belgium, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Lebanon, Malta, The Netherlands, Palestine, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Tunisia). The participating organisations were: Arts Network Asia, Asia-Europe Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, India Foundation for the Arts, Korea Arts Management Service, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Russian Theatre Union, Valletta, ECOC 2018. Funding bodies and arts organisations involved in international exchange also took part such as the European Cultural Foundation, Art Moves Africa, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Philippines, India for Transformation, Vasl Artists’ Collective, Kulturanova Foundation. This meeting was made possible thanks to the financial commitments of the Asia-Europe Foundation (Creative Networks Programme), Australia Council for the Arts and Korea Arts Management Service as well as the logistic support of Theatre Entropia and Theatre 104 in Athens, Greece.
“The Artistic Mobility Alliance is a great initiative attempting to bridge the gaps in mobility funding. A lot still needs to be done in the area of mobility funding; RCF and its partners have set the first steps and are working towards future collaboration» – participant of the meeting.”
The discussions focused on setting up a first joint open call entitled Ibn Battûta Mobility Funding Alliance, on defining common values and fine-tuning advocacy statements in support of the initiative. The RCF report is available on our blog. The participants agree to meet again in Seoul and Bangalore. A cultural mapping process will be lead to identify mobility needs and provide statistical data to demonstrate the demand. Emergency mobility needs will be defined through the Alliance.
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