Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2021

9 February 2021

Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative is a mobility grants programme that supports the mutual cultural practice of those working in the arts. Since it was launched in 2017, Mobility First! has supported cross-border mobility of over 300 cultural professionals between 48 ASEM countries. Kazakhstan is the only state party of ASEM in Central Asia.

In 2021, in response to the continuing restrictions on travel and physical gatherings due to Covid-19, Mobility First! will offer virtual collaboration grants to artists and arts managers from Asia and Europe to jointly create new works or texts. This initiative aims to create opportunities for international cultural exchange and professional connections at a time of very limited face-to-face encounters.

Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) is an intergovernmental non-profit organisation bringing together the communities of Asia and Europe to address common global challenges. Culture is one of ASEF's 7 priority areas, in which the organisation promotes cultural relations by bringing together artists, cultural activists, arts organisations, public institutions and museums in Asia and Europe.

Who can apply?
Individuals 2 or 3 artists or arts managers may submit a joint proposal;
Organisations Arts organisations may submit a joint proposal for 3-6 collaborators.

Applications close on Sunday, 28 February 2021, 21:59 Almaty time.

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