SEAAA Alliance for Cultural Mobility for South Europe, Arab World, Asia & Australia.
The Roberto Cimetta Fund has existed since 1999 as a possible funding solution to the ever-increasing internationalisation of artistic practice. 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.
Mobility is a global policy issue as well as a cultural policy issue. It must be understood as a round trip concept, directly linked to local cultural development at the starting point.
A launching seminar of the alliance of mobility funders, potential funders and regranting organisations from Southern Europe, the Arab world, Asia and Australia will be held from 30th to 31st March 2015 at Theatre 104 in Athens, Greece with the help of our local partner Marilli Mastrantoni, Artistic Director of Theatre Entropia. This project is supported by the programme ASEF Creative Networks Programme of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). It was selected for support from 39 proposals submitted through a competitive open call in 2014. The meeting will allow discussion on mobility needs and funding schemes existing in each of our regions and will enable participants to define the SEAAA mobility fund more precisely through agreement on common ethics and rules of implementation that could pave the way for possible reciprocal funding of mobility.
The project partners are Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Australia Council for the Arts, Korea Arts Management Service, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Regione Puglia (tbc) (as funding bodies), Arts Network Asia, The Russian Theatre Union (as regranting organisations), and Theatre Entropia (host of the launching seminar in Athens on 30th & 31st March 2015).
Potential final beneficiaries of the SEAAA mobility platform would be artists and cultural operators from these regions who have their own projects (that concern at least two of the four regions mentioned) and need to travel but cannot find the funds for their round-trip ticket and visa costs.
For more information please contact Angie Cotte, Secretary General, Roberto Cimetta Fund