Engage in policy

Call for Proposals: Strengthening Civil Society Through Arts & Culture

The Open Society Arts and Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grant program, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered. Eligible projects aim to draw on the power of culture to help build open societies in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan), the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Moldova, Mongolia, and Turkey. The grants cover travel costs. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through December 31, 2012.  

Raise Funding

Artists' international development fund

The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England. The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.

Mobility grant for African artists, Art moves Africa (deadlines: 1st January, 1st May, 1st September)

Art Moves Africa offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks and the pursuit of cooperation.

ECF Collaboration Grants

ECF Collaboration Grants fund transnational, cross-sectoral activities by independent cultural and artistic organisations working together or with organisations from other sectors (outside the cultural field). The grant opens on 20 February and the deadline is 2 May.

Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project) Hong Kong

The Arts Development Fund administered by the Hong Kong Home Affairs Bureau aims at advancing cultural exchanges between Hong Kong and other places, promoting local arts and culture, and enhancing Hong Kong’s international image. Individual/organisation applicants must be Hong Kong residents or registered local organisations, on official invitations abroad. The grants cover part of the travel and other costs.

React to a call

Roberto Cimetta Fund – Open call for travel grants – March 2012

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching the second 2012 open call for travel grants from 1st to 31st March 2012. Artists and cultural professionals living and working in the Euro-Arab and Mediterranean regions can apply. Priority is given to mobility from the South and East of these regions. Find out all the details!

20th International Competition of Young Dance Performers

The 20th International Competition of Young Dance Performers OPUS 1 – short dance piece 2012 (Celje, Slovenian National Theatre Celje, 9th June at 5 pm) is open to dancers born between 1988 and 2003. The aim of the competition is to promote contemporary dance and discover fresh talents from all over the world. The organiser of the competition publishes a topic every year that the young dance performers must use as a basis for their short dance piece; in 2012 the topic is "Literature and dance". Find all the details and apply by 16 April.

Sarajevo Talent Campus Call for Entries 2012

Sarajevo Talent Campus aims to enhance theoretical and practical education of young film professionals through its program of intensive workshops, lectures, panel discussions. Young scriptwriters, directors, actors, producers and film critics from Southeast European countries are invited to submit their applications. Sarajevo Talent Campus will provide free accommodation. A share of travel expenses will be reimbursed to the selected participants not residing in the city of Sarajevo. No Entry Fee! Find all the details online and apply by 8 May.

Green World Art & Culture Festival – Odisha (India)

The Green World Art & Culture Festival (GWAF) –Odisha is a world initiative led by a Group of Artists and has become a space for artists across the world that nurtures creativity and imaginative art practice. The Festival has been the destination for performing artist around the world for being open and welcoming to artists and has been a venue for participation, exchange, discourse, dialogue, debate and a space that is an incubator for contemporary art experimentation that focuses on the process. Applications can be submitted until 31 August.

Get training

Film d'animation: International residencies and writing grants

The Abbey of Fontevraud proposes creation residencies to animated films authors. The residents are given a writing bursary of 1200 for the residency, wich will take place from october 15th to november 15th. The residency lasts one month (dates have to be precised between the resident and the abbey team). Read all the details and apply by 13 April.

Call for applications for female directors workshop with Kama Ginkas, St. Petersburg, Russia

The workshop will focus on Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The working language will be Russian with translation into English. For interested persons Russian Theatre Union will cover accommodation costs in St. Petersburg May 5-10. Travel expenses are to be covered by the participant. Deadline for application: 5 April.

MAP/P / Mostra de processos / Portugal

MAP/P is a presentation place to the creative process related to a piece. A time to share with the audience the research, essays, reflections, selection, collections, work material. The emphasis isn’t focused on the final product, but the on sharing of the creative process and all the research done to a specific piece. The presentation to the public, which may take the form of performance, exhibition, video, video conferencing, chat, portfolio analysis, or whatever, should be a moment of sharing with the audience the research directed to creation. MAP/P is open to any artist (Portuguese or international), whose work uses movement as a root to create – movement based works. Applications are open until 1 May.

Atelier for Young Festival Managers LJUBLJANA 2012

Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills and get inspired by colleagues and experienced forerunners? The European Festivals Association (EFA) and the Ljubljana Festival are delighted to announce the launch of the Open Call for Application for the fifth edition of the Atelier for Young Festival Managers from 14-21 October 2012 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Application deadline is 31 May 2012!

Stars and acrobats-forms of theatre between Turkey and the EU – Call for Participation in International Theatre Summer School

The International Summer School is part of the project “Stories of stars and acrobats- forms of theatre between Turkey and the EU", co-funded by the European Union and the Government of the Republic of Turkey. The International Theatre Summer School foresees two different Classes, held by international masters. An intercultural and multidisciplinary approach is the core of the Summer School Classes.

Discover a residency

FEMRITE Regional Women Writers' Residence – Call for applications

Uganda Women Writers Association (FEMRITE) calls for submissions for her 4th Regional Women Writers Residence to be held in November 2012. This is an inspiring initiative that brings together upcoming African women writers. Deadline: 30 April.

Call for artists in residence at ComPeung, Thailand

Artists from different fields are invited to apply for a residence at ComPeung, the first non-government artist-in-residence programme in Thailand. The grants cover also the travel costs. Applications accepted through 31 May.

Residency Diogene Bivaccourbano – Turin (Italy)

The Diogene group of artists is promoting the international competition “Diogene Bivaccourbano”, open to Italian and foreign artists working in the specific sector of visual arts, without restrictions of approach or medium. The artist selected will be hosted in a very peculiar location: an old carriage, the Bivouac, from the city’s public transports agency, located in a green roundabout in Turin. Living and travel expenses, amongst others, are covered. Send your application by 20 May!

Cerveira Biennial Foundation – Artistic Residencies 2012: program opened

The Cerveira Biennial Foundation opened the application period for the Artist Residencies Competition 2012, open to the national and international artists in order to develop individual or collective artistic projects. Deadline for applications: 15 April.

Meet others

International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy – public debate in Guimarães

In collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Guimarães, European Capital of Culture 2012, the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be organising a one-day event on the theme «International Artistic Mobility and Territorial Diplomacy» on Thursday 24th May 2012 in Guimarães, Portugal. In the public debate, open to all, participants can voice their opinions openly and meet panellists directly during speed-meetings. Registration is free.

Apply now for the Euro Med Youth Music Expo 2012

The Euro-Mediterranean Youth Music Expo is an international 4-day event to be held in Limassol Cyprus from the 28th of September to the 1st of October, which combines various modalities of high-level youth music activities and productions embracing all musical genres. The Expo will bring together over 200 young musicians (young soloists, youth bands and orchestras from all musical backgrounds, classical, ethnic, jazz, rock, hip-hop, reggae etc), music teachers, organizers and professionals altogether related for a multilevel educational and artistic fair which includes workshops, seminars, open-air public concerts, music labs and more! Apply by 15 April.

Residencies: Gates and Bridges – meeting in Vienna, May 2012

On May 2-5, the third Res Artis Regional Meeting in Central and Eastern Europe continues its conversation on the residency field in that region. Additionally, we invite speakers from Africa and Russia in order to compare and expand our understanding of the local and international AiR developments beyond Europe. The meeting is hosted by KulturKontakt Austria in Vienna. We trust to see you there! Register before 15 April.

The Mobile Artist: Symposium For And About Nomadic Artists

Having flexibility of the mind, developing professionally and personally, challenging ideas and concepts, working in international collectives or simply travelling to perform in different countries… Mobility as an artistic strategy has many faces but what are the traces mobility leaves on people and their works? How is artistic potential unleashed in the encounter with the other and don't artist nomads need roots? Find this (and more) out in Helsinki on 23-26 May – deadline for registration: 16 April.

Collaborate with

On the Move and You – participate in our spring survey!

What is On the Move for you? How do you use OTM website? Is OTM useful? And how could it be more useful for you? Let us know: spend 5 minutes to participate in the survey "On the Move and You"!

Internship opportunity at Art Moves Africa office in Brussels

Art Moves Africa (AMA) is an international not for profit organization aiming to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent. AMA offers travel grants to artists and cultural practitioners living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent. AMA is planning to recruit interns in order to assist the Coordinator in developing and implementing the organisation’s communication strategy and work. Find out all the details and apply for this position at AMA office in Brussels. 

Festival Following I.B Singer`s traces in Poland looks for volunteers

The Grodzka Gate – NN Theatre Centre (Lublin, Poland) invites young artists and educators to volunteer in the second edition of the international project: Festival Following I.B Singer`s
traces, which will take place in July 8 -25, 2012. We are looking for positive and open-minded people over 18 years old who are passionate about art and culture. If you are an actor, musician, circus performer, dancer, painter, street-art artist, fire-show performer or educator you are welcome to share your ideas, experiences and works during this outstanding event! Read the info (part of the expenses are paid by the organisation) and apply by 6 May.


EuroFIA Handbook – Dancers' Career Transition – Available now – English; Français; Español

Dancers are highly mobile professionals through the various stages of their career. This handbook compiles and analyses the data and information collected through desk research and a survey of EuroFIA members. It also offers a review of relevant national and international resources on dancers’ career transitions.

World Theatre Day 2012

"May your work be compelling and original. May it be profound, touching, contemplative, and unique. May it help us to reflect on the question of what it means to be human, and may that reflection be blessed with heart, sincerity, candor, and grace. May you overcome adversity, censorship, poverty and nihilism, as many of you will most certainly be obliged to do…". The message author of the 50th World Theatre Day (27 March) is the US actor and director John Malkovich.