SEAAA Alliance - Athens 30 & 31/03/2015

Although the efforts of the Roberto Cimetta Fund are concentrated on mobility needs between Europe and the neighbouring Arab/Balkans geographical zone we are looking to widen the possibilities of exchange for Arab/Balkan artists and cultural operators with other parts of the world and have therefore decided to create a mobility alliance that would enable artists and cultural operators to travel between Southern Europe/The Arab world/Asia/Australia (SEAAA). This alliance groups together international mobility funders (funding or regranting organizations) allowing them to meet, exchange and maximize their visibility in order to put “mobility” concerns at the heart of the political and artistic debates[1]. Mobility is a global policy issue as well as a cultural policy issue. It must be understood as a round trip concept, directly linked to local cultural development at the starting point[2].


A launching seminar of the alliance of mobility funders, potential funders and regranting organisations from Southern Europe, the Arab world, Asia and Australia was held from 30th to 31st March 2015 at Theatre 104 in Athens, Greece with the help of our local partner Marilli Mastrantoni, Artistic Director of Theatre Entropia. This project is supported by the programme ASEF Creative Networks Programme of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). It was selected for support from 39 proposals submitted through a competitive open call in 2014. The meeting grouped together 44 participants from 19 countries (list of participants) to discuss mobility needs and funding schemes existing in each of our regions and we defined the SEAAA mobility fund more precisely through agreement on common ethics and rules of implementation that will pave the way for possible reciprocal funding of mobility (programme).


The project partners are Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Australia Council for the Arts, Korea Arts Management Service, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Regione Puglia (tbc) (as funding bodies), Arts Network Asia, The Russian Theatre Union (as regranting organisations), and Theatre Entropia (host of the launching seminar in Athens on 30th & 31st March 2015).

Potential final beneficiaries of the SEAAA mobility platform are artists and cultural operators from these regions who have their own projects (that concern at least two of the four regions mentioned) and need to travel but cannot find the funds for their round-trip ticket and visa costs. 


[1] Antonio Pinto here

Ferdinand here



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