History of ASEF Mobility First!

For 3 years from 2013-2015, we supported meetings of cultural mobility funders in Asia & Europe

June 2013

In 2013, through its Creative Encounters programme, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) & its partners, Arts Network Asia (ANA) & Trans Europe Halles (TEH), supported the Platform for Asian & European Cultural Mobility Funders hosted by the City of Prague.

The meeting was organised by Art Theatre Institute (Czech Republic), Kelola Foundation (Indonesia), and On The Move (Belgium).

The meeting brought together more than 35 representatives of leading funding organisations in Asia & Europe & the brought to the fore the mutual interest of major cultural stakeholders in both continents

The meeting was the beginning of a multilateral ongoing dialogue about cultural mobility & resulted in recommendations for policy makers & funders based on the needs & gaps in the cultural sector

ASEF Mobility First History Prague

May 2014

In 2014, through its Creative Networks programme, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supported the inaugural meeting of the Asia-Australia-Europe Creative Residency network

In the framework of this meeting, On-The-Move, Asialink and Res Artis organised the 2nd Meeting of Asian & European Cultural Mobility Funders hosted by the Australia Council for the Arts and co-organised by IETM

The meeting brought together more than 50 cultural mobility funders & stakeholders as well as residency professionals from Europe, Asia and Australia to brainstorm on the topic of access & reciprocity in relation to cultural mobility

ASEF Mobility First History Australia

May 2015

In 2015, through its Creative Networks programme, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) supported the Artistic Mobility Alliance or SEAAA Mobility Platform in Athens, Greece.

The project partners include Australia Council for the Arts, Korea Arts Management Service, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Roberto Cimetta Fund, Arts Network Asia, The Russian Theatre Union, and Theatre Entropia

The meeting gathered over 60 cultural mobility stakeholders & the goal was to create a common fund to support the mobility of artists and cultural professionals with a focus on South Europe, Asia and Australia

The various institutions were not able to materialise the main goal of multilateral co-operation, however, new forms of bilateral co-operations came about as a result of the meeting

ASEF Mobility First History Athens

In 2017, we decided to launch Mobility First!

April 2017

2 years after the Athens meeting, in 2017, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) celebrates its 20th anniversary & builds on its continued support to cultural mobility by launching Mobility First! – ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative, a grant that supports international travel for artists & cultural professionals in the Asia-Europe & intra-Asia contexts.

ASEF Mobility First Karsten Warnecke

December 2017

End of Year 1; 830 applications received, 73 supported

Acknowledged by UNESCO as a success story for multilateral cooperation in support of artists’ mobility 

ASEF Mobility First in UNESCO Global Report

 

May 2018

Launched Mobility First! 2018 general open call for artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe

External cultural mobility experts Tay Tong (Singapore) and Ferdinand Richard (France) join the ASEF Mobility First! Selection Panel 

ASEF Mobility First Selection Committee

October 2018

First co-funding partnership; Adelaide Festival Centre and ASEF launch a joint call for Southeast Asian artists and cultural professionals to participate in the Borak Arts Series conference held for the first time outside Malaysia in Adelaide, Australia

ASEF Mobility First Australia

December 2018

End of Year 2; 889 applications received, 102 supported

January 2019

Launched 2019 Mobility First! general open call for artists and cultural professionals in Asia and Europe

Second co-funding partnership; Cambodian Living Arts and ASEF launch a joint call for artists in conflict 

ASEF Mobility First and Cambodian Living Arts

February 2019

Third co-funding partnership; The Prince Claus Fund (Netherlands) and ASEF launch a joint call for women, youth, and minority groups

October 2019

Fourth co-funding partnership; With the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASEF launches a special open call for artists and cultural professionals who are nationals of Bangladesh, India, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Pakistan and Viet Nam

December 2019

End of Year 3; 1,300 applications received; 137 artists supported 

Let's continue the journey together.

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