RCF - Fil Manfa - for host organisations for artists in exile near the conflict zones


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is launching a solidarity programme entitled Fil Manfa for host organisations on the peripheries of conflict zones to provide shelter, workspace and assistance for artists in exile from Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Palestine…To date ten artists are being supported in Istanbul, seven in Beirut and twelve in Domiz camp, Iraqi Kurdistan.

RCF is not a humanitarian organisation, however, we have witnessed how the current conflicts have made life extremely precarious for many artists who were living and working in countries currently at war. We have learnt that the humanitarian aid provided is often done so on a global scale and support to peripheral zones where artists are living is almost non-existent. Generally speaking, the understanding of the specific financial and social context artists are living in, in these regions, is insufficient. Similarly adequate appreciation of the potential resource artists represent to reconstruct their country once the conflict has ended is not explored.
Through our network, RCF identified shelters that have emerged sometimes as a collective initiative of the artists in exile themselves, sometimes as a gesture of solidarity by cultural actors in the host countries. Following five assignments to visit ten potential shelters for artists in exile near the conflict zones, from January to July 2016, RCF selected three spaces. Shelters receiving funds are non-political, non-denominational and non-profit. The funding serves to protect the artists by alleviating difficulties in finding residencies, overcoming bureaucratic and legal constraints and recreating social and professional dynamics. The three selected shelters are currently the best prepared to assist artists in exile in the framework of the Fil Manfa programme.

RCF decided to suggest to institutional partners such as the French Ministry of Culture, Directorate of European and International Relations, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local authorities of the Canary Islands and the Farrah Foundation, the City of Paris, the SYNDEAC (French syndicate of artistic and cultural companies), a French senator, to help set up a funding mechanism to support the host organisations in these peripheral areas of conflicts. We would like to extend our gratitude to them for their support as well as to the Kurdistan Regional Government, with whom we have signed an agreement for logistic purposes, and Duhok Governorate.
The support goes to the host organisation to pay a permanent manager, provide professional equipment, renovate or rent work or accommodation spaces. The funding is provided on an annual basis, which can be renewed depending on the monitoring outcomes. The agreements with the three organisations were signed between December 2016 and March 2017, including a memorandum of understanding with UNFPA in Iraq. A coordinator in Duhok signed a contract with RCF to run the programme and buy equipment. UNFPA will organise art workshops inside Domiz camp.

The selection of beneficiaries has been run jointly by the host organisation and RCF (Board members and committee of experts). Hosting is limited for 3 to 6 months in order to cater for a maximum of beneficiaries. Hosting can cover accommodation, workspace and administrative assistance or only one or the other depending on the characteristics of each shelter and the needs of the individual artists. 

The Fil Manfa programme is attentive to the follow-up of the artist after their hosting period is over and will make use of its network of contacts worldwide to support the artists in finding other solutions to further their artistic projects. 

We are grateful to all those who have made this programme possible.


RCF - Open call for Tamteen funding - Deadline: 30/09/2017


The Roberto Cimetta Fund is opening the Tamteen funding line from 15th August until 30th September 2017. Cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms) in the MENA region can apply. The fund aims to strengthen and sustain organisations and projects in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa. Grants do not exceed 3000€. Results will be announced on 1st December 2017. Applications can be made in Arabic, French or English. 


To apply, please click on « apply for a support grant ». Fill in the short online form and we will send you the full application if your request is in line with the eligibility criteria listed as follows : 

i. Applications can be made by individuals (artist or cultural operators) or by independent organisations (only small or medium organisations whose annual budget does not exceed 20 000€). Support will not be provided to public or semi-public organizations.

ii.      The applicant (organisation or individual) must be based in the MENA region. Age and nationality are not eligibility criteria of this fund.

iii.      All contemporary artistic disciplines are eligible: performing arts, all forms of visual arts, literature, music, and cultural policy research…. This fund is specifically for artistic creation and cultural activities. Humanitarian aid or school/university projects are not eligible to this fund.

iv.      The project presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development.  Sustaining a project implies any action that will allow the organisation or the activity to last. For example this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space, undertaking training, building networks…). Support to artistic production can be provided if the production itself can prove its “sustaining” effects. The aim of this fund is to stabilise projects in their local environment, allowing them to establish recognition and develop their networking capacities.

 v.      The call aims to offer funds to applicants that have difficulty finding the funding needed for their sustainable development. Proof of co-funding is recommended but not compulsory.

vi.      Special attention will be given to projects that transfer values such as respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, freedom of artistic expression, fair exchange and solidarity. Moreover, applicants must agree with the ethical charter of the Roberto Cimetta Fund.

vii.      This Fund will be particularly attentive to projects in rural or suburban areas.

viii.      Eligible costs can be human ressource costs, costs for renovation or equipment, networking costs, training costs. All expenditure must be clearly and chronologically defined in the application. If your application concerns renovation or equipment costs a pro forma invoice will be requested with the application. The financial statement of your organisation is a valuable supporting document.

ix.      An agreement between the project leader and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will be drawn up if the project is selected. This agreement will clearly stipulate the aims of the project, the actions that will take place, the conditions of transfer of funds, the role of the Roberto Cimetta Fund in the monitoring process of the project.

 x.      The report that will be required to obtain the final payment will be composed of a written activity report, a detailed expenditure report, proof of communication of the support of RCF and all other proof that the project has taken place (photographs, report from the various actors involved, etc.).

xi.      If the project concerns hosting the project leaders/beneficiaries abroad, or the hosting of foreign artists, it is important that the length of stay be sufficient in order for travellers to understand the local cultural context. This measure favours a proper understanding of the cultural and artistic challenges in a given local context and stresses the need to allow time to build trust between actors; for the sustainability of artistic and cultural exchange. 

xii.      Funding is directly transferred to the account of the project leader (organisation or individual) in the following way: 30% following the signing of the agreement, 50% after the intermediary report, 20% after the submission of the final report and accompanying documents.



RSS - Writers in Residence in Montpellier - Deadline : 02/10/17



The Lattara - Montpellier Mediterranee Metropole Residence was launched in January 2017. The residence will take place in the Henry Prades Museum from January to May 2018. 


During the residence he writer will work 70% of his time on his creative project, and the rest of the time he will take part to the cultural activities with the residence team, like literary or artistic events. 


The candidate must be the author of at least one book published by a publisher in French.


Deadline : 2nd October 2017


To go further, click here



RSS - Open Call for application for Sundance Institute Theatre Lab - Deadline : 01/11/17



The Sundance Institute Theatre Program provides a unique catalytic process of artistic engagement for independent theatre-makers in the U.S. and globally through a range of artist-driven developmental opportunities that connect, support and sustain artists across their careers.


The annual Theatre Lab, traditionally held in Utah each summer, is returning to Fellah Hotel in partnership with Dar al-Ma'mûn, an artist residency outside of Marrakech, Morocco. 


If you are a playwright, a director, a composer or a librettist from the US or MENA, apply now. 


For further information on the application and the guidelines : here



RSS - ArtsLink Residencies - Deadline : 15/10/17



CEC ArtsLink supports and produces programs that encourage the exchange of visual and performing artists and cultural managers in the United States and 37 countries overseas. 


ArtsLink Residencies offers artists and arts managers from eligible overseas countries a five-week residency at an established, non-profit arts organization in the US. The program is designed to create opportunities for artists and communities across the US to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.


Eligible countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mongolia, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


Application and Guidelines 



RCF - Grantees of the RCF/Valletta 2018 second call


The Roberto Cimetta team is pleased to announce the final selection of the grantees for the RCF/Valletta 2018 second call. 


The second call for the RCF/Valletta 2018 mobility line received 21 applications of which 19 were considered eligible. The experts examined the applications that matched the eligibility and the specific funding line criteria. 10 applicants were selected : 


Meltem Senturk Asildeveci, a 34 year old Turkish urban designer, will attend the international conference Living Cities, Liveable Spaces in Valletta in November. This meeting will be an opportunity for her to present her research and once she returns she will organise similar meetings in Turkey on the subject.


Philippe Wozniak, a 31 year old German musician and interdisciplinary artist, will travel in January 2018, from Berlin to Gozo to compile an electroacoustic composition based on local sounds on the island, then performed by local musicians. His journey will allow him to initiate cultural exchanges by inviting Maltese artists to Berlin.


Shareef Sarhan, a 41 year old Palestinian visual artist, will travel from Gaza to Valletta in September for a residence. His project, « Immigrant Pain Road Map », will record stories of refugees and create a multimedia map of them.


Bettina Hutschek, a 40 year old visual artist, filmmaker and curator who lives and works between Malta and Berlin, travelled from Valletta to Istanbul in September to foster exchanges between Turkish and Maltese artists. She took part in the Mahalla Festival where artists supported by RCF’s Fil Manfa programme presented their works.


Carlos Kong, a 24 year old art historian and writer, travelled from Berlin to Malta in August. He has attended the Curatorial School. Through the local culture of Malta, he questions how the issues of the Euro-Arab region are translated into contemporary art and curatorial practices.


Liliana Mendes do Nascimento, co-funder of the Noite do Fogo, association for literature and story telling, travelled from Óbido to Valletta in August to participate in the Valletta Curatorial School. She intends to diversify local engagement, share knowledge between generations and develop the work of her organisation on an international level.


Nikolaou Kosmas, a 32 year old Greek visual artist will travel from Athens to Valletta for the BIitz Residency. Nikolaou is preparing a multi-site exhibition entitled Transformer which includes Maltese artists in a vast array of European artists. At the same time this trip will be a personal and enriching learning experience.


Tugce Karatas, a 27 year old Turkish designer and curator, will travel from Izmir to Valletta in November. She will be a speaker at the international conference on cultural relations in Europe and the Mediterranean, aiming to explore the interplay between cultural diplomacy, place branding and liveability, particularly in light of large public events such as the European Capital of Culture.


Nicolas Bertrand, administrator of the Image Aiguë Theatre Company, will travel from Lyon to Valletta in November to meet Teatru Malta, his partner on the Ghetto Project, for youngsters from disadvantaged areas. He wants to strengthen the links with his Maltese partner in order to share practises and experiences.


Azzedine El Ouafi, a 47 year old filmmaker and writer, travelled in August from Tangiers to Valletta to collect videos for his documentary on Ibn Uthmân and meet Maltese partners to invite them to the next edition of the film festival Cap Spartel which he will organise in April 2018 in Tangiers.


We wish them a lot of success during their trip !


RSS - Call for paper on History of conflicts in Lebanon - Deadline : 30/09/17



Lebanon Support, an independant research center, is lauching a call for paper on

History of Conflicts in Lebanon. A Critical Perspective. This call seeks to look into the causes of Lebanon’s vulnerability to recurring cycles of violence which stems from the country’s social structures and history of conflicts, which, in turn, are the results of the objectivation of mental structures.


Lebanon Support encourages contributions from experienced scholars, early career researchers, PhD candidates, practitioners, activists, and civil society experts. Authors can submit papers in Arabic, English or French. Papers should not exceed 10,000 words. Practitioners’ testimonies should not exceed 3,000 words, and book reviews 1,500 words. 


Deadline : 30th September 2017 


For further informations on the conditions, click here 



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