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Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe

Call for Proposals

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA), with the support of the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) are launching the call for joint proposals from Asian and European arts organisations for the 4th edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. Through Creative Encounters, ASEF, ANA and TEH actively foster connections across cultures by supporting artistic collaborations, exchanges and dialogues. Together, they aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges with the objectives of deepening mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions, enhancing the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and encouraging creative collaborations.

Creative Encounters directly responds to the Action Plan of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) which recognises the important role of cultural organisations in promoting cultural diversity and specifically calls for the promotion of exchanges in the areas of performances, exhibitions, literary works and audio-visual programmes between Asian and European countries.

For this 4th call, the organisers invite proposals that explore issues of cultural mobility and community engagement. Cultural mobility is not about one-off, superficial experiences, it is about engagement with another culture, and it requires time, knowledge and depth to allow mobile artists to develop meaningful connections and real exchanges. The process deserves consideration, not just the concrete and tangible outputs, in order to shape valuable and enriching encounters and long-term quality exchange. This also contributes towards the building of quality exchange between organisations and individuals.

In this context, the organisers would like to support arts projects that explore community engagement approaches and processes that are rooted in relationship building, addressing the following questions:

  • What is the process of engagement between the artists and the community?
  • How can we guard against superficial engagements?
  • What examples/good practices exist for real engagement with communities either in the creation of art works or in their outreach?
  • How can we encourage the connectedness of art practice to everyday life?

The submission deadline is 15 July 2014.

If you face technical issues in the submission process, please contact Mr. Mervyn Quek at: mervyn@theatreworks.org.sg.

For queries related to the project content, eligibility, etc., please contact Mr. Mervyn Quek at mervyn@theatreworks.org.sg, or Ms. Sasiwimon WONGJARIN at creative.encounters@asef.org