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Presentation of RCF


Presentations of the Fund are available in Greek, Italian and Portuguese.

A more detailed presentation of the Fund is also available in English.

RCF has two wordpress websites which you can visit here and there.

The Roberto Cimetta Fund, is an international non-profit making organisation created in 1999 to respond rapidly and directly to individual artists and cultural managers wishing to travel in order to develop contemporary artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Arab geographical zone and beyond. Since 2014, RCF is also providing sustaining support grants for venues, platforms and networks in the Arab geographical zone exclusively.


The Board of Directors of the Fund, the Committee of experts and the staff have built up considerable expertise on the development of funding mechanisms and management of funding for the benefit of international cultural co-construction processes within the artistic community at large.


This expertise is offered to local, regional, national and international governing bodies and private entities to implement well-planned strategies in international cultural relations that provide an enabling environment for artists and cultural operators, promoting a fair-trade attitude to culture, that entails stability and sustainability in the Euro-Arab geographical region and beyond.


RCF is fully engaged in the aims of the European Agenda for Culture in a globalised world that promote culture and mobility as essential tools in the external relations of the European Union.


RCF addresses the recommendations of the UNESCO Convention and the Agenda 21 for Culture that call for the strengthening of multilateral relations between North and South and preferential treatment to artists and professionals from developing countries. RCF is alined with the cultural conference of the Slovenian EU presidency in 2008, paying special attention to relations between Arab and Balkan artists. In 2011, RCF issued an action plan at the meeting organised in Paris at the French Ministry of Culture.


The Cimetta Fund considers that mobility is an essential learning tool and a legitimate policy that recognises the free circulation of cultural connecters, agents and practitioners. It addresses the questions of reciprocity and equal exchange, it gives equal support to incoming and outgoing artists, it provides interconnections in multicultural urban societies, it extends partnerships internationally… Mobility means intercultural dialogue where the artistic community can acquire intercultural competencies through confrontation, curiosity and permeation allowing for new forms of art and culture to emerge. Exchange and dialogue form an integral part of the values promoted by the Ethical Charter of the Fund to which artists should agree before receiving their grants. This Charter was first drafted in Amman, Jordan in September 2012. If you want to download it, click here.



Board of Directors



The Chairman of the Fund is Ferdinand Richard. He is the founding Director of AMI in Marseilles that was set up in 1985 and co-founder of the Friche de la Belle-de-Mai. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Cultural Policies Observatory in Grenoble, expert of the Agenda 21 Culture Commission of the Cities and Local Governments United Network, expert for UNESCO and lecturer on various cultural management training courses (University L.Senghor, Alexandria, Institut d\'Etudes politiques de Grenoble, Lyon-2, Paris-8, UniSavoie, etc...). He was Chairman of the European Certificate in Cultural Management of the Marcel Hicter Foundation from 2001 to 2004 and of Culture Action Europe, European advocacy network for the cultural sector, from 1996 to 1999. Ferdinand has written a number of articles on mobility, culture in EU external relationsthe role of culture in security and defense and on the current changes in paradigms that affect mobility in arts and culture. These articles are available by clicking on the link. His contribution to the Valletta 2018 euro-med conference in  September 2014

is downloadable here.


Jumana Al Yasiri is the Treasurer of RCF. From Syrian-Iraqi origins, independent curator and researcher Jumana Al-Yasiri, holds a BA in Theatre Studies, and an MA in Comparative Literature. Among her numerous regional and international collaborations throughout the past 10 years, she was appointed curator for the urban and world music program of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008; and she held the position of Grants Manager at the Young Arab Theatre Fund from 2011 to 2014. Currently based in Paris, she is a PhD candidate in History and Semiotics of Texts and Images. In 2009, she co-founded Abwab for Arts and Culture, a non-profit association serving as an informal networking platform in and with the Arab world. Al-Yasiri is also a regular panelist and writer, focusing on the relation between arts and historical violences in the Middle-East, as well as artistic diasporas and cultural policies.


Other members of the Board are:


Raul Abeledo, Secretary

Doctor in Economic Sciences and Master in Environmental Strategies and Management, his thesis focuses on the link between local development, environmental sustainability and cultural planning. After seven years in private consultancy (1999-2006), he became European Projects Director of Econcult, the Cultural Economics Research Unit of the University of Valencia, where he teaches since 2008. Amateur painter and song-writer.



Vahid Evazzadeh, Administrator

Iranian filmmaker and theatre director based in Copenhagen. He specializes in training performers and produces artistic, cultural and socially relevant international projects. Vahid is the chairman of The Counter Institute). To read Vahid's text on "From Negotiated Order to Freedom Proper" click here.


Hanan Kassab Hassan, Administrator

Renowned theatre expert, Professor at IESAV-University Saint Joseph, Lebanon, formerly professor at the University of Damascus, Hanan was Dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts of Damascus, General Secretary of Damascus Arab Capital of Culture 2008, the General Director of the Opera of Damascus, Syria.



Vesna Danilovic, Administrator

Programme and Events Manager, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia, Vesna was also recently teaching associate at the international Master Course of Cultural Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade.


Velia Papa, Administrator

Director of Inteatro Polverigi, Italy, Director of Marche Teatro and Professor of  "Performing Arts, Economics and Management" at Università Politecnica delle Marche.



As a regranting organisation, RCF is committed to being accessible (wide-outreach/open calls), transparent (impartial selecting system), efficient (in respect of artists’ timeframe) and accountable (consistant evaluation of impact).


In order to select candidates of travel or sustaining support grants, the Board assigns experienced arts professionals with the role of expert on the evaluation committee. There are currently 35 experts from 17 countries from both Europe and the Arab geographical zone. They are members of the General Assembly of RCF. An expert that becomes a member of the Board of RCF is no longer an expert for the term of his or her mandate. In respect of privacy, the names of the 35 experts currently on the RCF Committee will not be indicated on this website. The former experts of RCF are Zeina Arida, Aisha Ayari, Valérie Baran, Radhouane El Meddeb, Ghislaine Glasson-Deschaumes, Alice-Ann Jeandrel, Susa Popp.


Requests are examined by the experts of each artistic discipline: Interdisciplinary digital arts/performing arts, theatre, dance, music, interdisciplinary performing arts/visual arts/architecture/film, cinema, photography, design, fashion, architecture, documentaries, digital arts, video arts, literature, poetry, dramaturgy, storytelling. Requests from cultural operators are examined by experts in cultural management or who are specialised in local cultural development in the country concerned. 




Angie Cotte


Angie Cotte, General Secretary. Angie has extensive experience in cultural networking at European level. She has contributed to the organisation of many European conferences on cultural policy and has coordinated arts and culture projects for a number of years. Angie's text on artists and mobile work can be downloaded here.


Krystel Khoury, Programme manager. Khoury holds a PhD Degree in Anthropology of Dance and intercultural dynamics (University of Clermont-Ferrand, France). With an experience of 10 years in cultural development and management in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, she provides studies and expertise for the arts and culture sector in the Middle East region.  Today, she continues to implement local cultural initiatives and facilitate collaborative cultural euro-arab projects while pursuing research and analytical publications.


Measuring the impact of what we do

RCF presented its first Assessment on the impact of its funding scheme for mobility in 2012. This evaluation highlighted the fact that individual mobility leads to a better integration into one’s art field/practice and that rapid concrete results were obtained such as follow-up projects, publications, performances, screening, press coverage, concerts and not only touring as one could more readily imagine. 97% of artists stay in touch with their hosts. 56% plan to return to their hosts in the near future or to continuing circulating in the region. The assessment is available here.


A study on the impact of the cultural and artistic mobility funding line between the County Council of Bouches-du-Rhône (France), its cooperation zones in the Euro-Arab region and the Roberto Cimetta Fund was issued in 2013. Assessment available here.


A survey on Access to funding and funding needs was carried out in 2014 but the results are not conclusive and a new survey will be undertaken soon.


In Memoriam

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is named in memory of the well-known and respected theatre and festival director, Roberto Cimetta, whose career ended far too early. He initiated projects that contributed deeply to the development of the international theatre community: the Inteatro Festival in Polverigi, Italy; IETM (Informal European Theatre Meeting); ACARTE, the contemporary performing arts programme of the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, etc.


Founding Members 

Vélia Papa, Director of the International Theatre Festival, Inteatro, Polverigi, Italy 

Mary Ann De Vlieg, General Secretary of IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts

Fabien Jannelle, Director of ONDA, French National Office of Artistic Distribution

Manuèle Debrinay-Rizos, Producer, France

Gil Mendo Valente e Branco, Dance professor and Head of Dance Department of the Portuguese Institute of Art and Performance, Lisbon, Portugal 

Res Bosshart, Artistic Director, Germany & Switzerland

What do we do?

Presentation of RCF |  | Partners | Local cultural development
Ferdinand Richard - Chair of the Roberto Cimetta Fund | Ressources | Fil Manfa - host organisations for artists in exile
Creative Tracks

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