Artistic Mobility Alliance Initiative
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 world, 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 in March 2015. 41 participants from 19 countries took part. The discussions focused on setting up a first joint open call entitled Ibn Battûta Mobility Funding Alliance and on defining common values and fine-tuning advocacy statements in support of the initiative. The RCF report is available at www.cimettafund.org. The participants agreed to meet again in Seoul and Bangalore. A cultural mapping process will be undertaken 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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