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Local cultural development



In September 2010, The Directorate General of Education and Culture of the European Commission (DGEAC) invited the Roberto Cimetta Fund to group together mobility operators from the Neighbourhood region to discuss mobility issue (report downloadablehere).


An international seminar entitled Artistic mobility and territorial diplomacy” was also organised in Guimaraes, Portugal on 24th May 2012. This seminar grouped together 50 professionals from the cultural sector – policymakers, researchers, cultural operators, artists, institutional representatives and consultants from both sides of the Mediterranean (20 countries including 8 countries from the South –, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the Netherlands, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Kingdom) in order to share their expertise to build territorial strategies to international artistic mobility. The report of this seminar is available online.


In collaboration with the Region of Nord-Pas de Calais and the Institut du monde arabe, a seminar entitled “Euro-Arab relations and local cultural development” was held on Friday 27th February 2015 from 13h30 to 17h30 at the Nord-Pas de Calais Europe office, 14 rue de la Science in Brussels, Belgium. This seminar was organised thanks to the sponsorship of Ms. Catherine Genisson, Vice-Chairman of the Regional Council Nord-Pas de Calais in charge of Culture.


60 participants from 14 pays were present (Belgium, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Tunisia, Jordan, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Malta, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark) and discussed the specificities of the decentralized cultural partnership between Europe and the Arab world and how dynamics can be developed.

The written contributions of speakers are available at the following blog:



In his introduction Ferdinand Richard, president of the Roberto Cimetta Fund suggested 5 concrete actions so that local authorities can fully play their part in the framework of the Euro-Arab cultural partnership. Alain Ruche, Senior Advisor on cultural matters, Office of the EEAS (European Eternal Action Service) Secretary General, gave indications that enabled participants to understand the new guidelines that the EEAS foresee for culture and cultural action. Marietje Schaake, MEP, presented her contribution to favouring Euro-Arab relations in a short video. She insisted that cultural cooperation is essential to connect with the younger generation in the Arab region. Arab cultural operators took part from  Racines, (Morocco), Arab Education Forum (Jordan), Jumana Al Yasiri from Syria, l’Institut français in Tunis. Other experts notably, Dr. Karsten Xuereb, coordinator of Valletta, European Capital of Culture 2018, Chrystelle Lucas, from the European Commission’s General Directorate NEAR and Jean-Baptiste Cuzin, Director of the International and Multilateral affairs department of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication provided valuable information on the specificities of the Euro-Arab cultural partnership. 



Partnerships with local authorities


An international group of local and regional authorities is developing that includes: the Conseil Général des Bouches du Rhône (intermediary regional governing body), France - Marseille-Provence European capital of culture 2013 - the Regional Council of Nord-Pas de Calais, France – Guimaraes European capital of culture 2012 – the city of Nantes and the Eurocities network working group on mobility of artists, the Oriental Agency in Morocco, the region of Puglia in Italy, the region of Marche in Italy, Pilsen European capital of culture 2014, San Sebastian European capital of culture 2015, Wales Arts International, Culturalink Consultores- Las Palmas de Gran Canariais, the City of Zagreb, the City of Lisbon, the City of Helsinki, the City of Amman and the Organization of Arab Towns.



What do we do?

Presentation of RCF |  | Partners | Local cultural development
Ressources | Fil Manfa - host organisations for artists in exile | Creative Tracks

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