Exchange Platform مدارات - MADARAT

Exchange Platform مدارات - MADARAT - 20th – 22nd  November 2012 Beirut, Lebanon


The Roberto Cimetta Fund organised the “Madarat - platform for exchange” on 20th and 21st November 2012 at the Institute français de Beyrouth.

55 artists, operators, journalists, institutional representatives, experts and Board members of RCF and regional members of the Istikshaf platform* from 21 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey) took part.

The two-day debate allowed for dialogue between engaged actors in the region and consolidated network building as an essential component to provide the quality conditions necessary to develop and sustain transnational arts and culture projects. Local operators in Beirut were able to share and compare their points of view with participants from other countries in the region and a speed-dating session allowed for individual interaction and project building. In the changing contexts both in Europe and the Arab world, new ways of working should develop to create networks that generate physical mobility as well as movement of ideas for the enrichment and sustainability of art practice. The Istikshaf Regional Policy Agenda was launched outlining the ways in which members of the Istikshaf platform can work together at local, regional, national and international levels to place mobility on national agendas, to fund mobility, to allow for the crossing of borders and to mobilise communities.

RCF presented its first evaluation on the impact of its funding scheme for mobility. 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. The report will be published beginning of 2013.

RCF also presented its Charter of Ethics recently drafted by the Board of Directors in September 2012 in Amman, Jordan.

Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, addressed a video message in which she outlined her views on cultural exchange, highlighting our common needs, during these difficult times, to focus on people to people contact and to find ways to unite us instead of enlarging differences. Representatives from European and Arab organisations such as the Arab Towns Organisation, Anna Lindh Foundation, EUNIC, Culture Action Europe, On the Move, Institut du Monde Arabe, MUCEM and Maribor - European Capital of Culture 2012 gave valuable inspiration and insight to the debate.

RCF intends to further these opportunities for debate in other countries such as Bahreïn and Serbia in the near future.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the French Institute in Beirut for hosting and supporting the event, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication for their support and contribution as well as the Institut français, partner of the event.

Photos available on flickr : click here 

For more information please contact: Angie Cotte at RCF


Quote from a grantee : “mobility is an occasion to familiarize oneself with the art scenes of different countries, especially the independent spaces that might not be part of the international institutional network ».


Video message of Marietje Schaake here-below.


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