International Visitors Programme NRW

NRW KULTURsekretariat
Key objectives of the measure:

Working visits by international artists, cultural professionals and culture journalists to cultural institutions and events in North Rhine-Westphalia for mutual exchange and to inspire co-productions and foster networking

Scope of the measure:
Local, Regional, International
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:

International Visitors Programme NRW

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

- Fostering sustainable networks for cultural exchange and cooperation - Acquainting visitors with the North Rhine-Westphalia culture scene in their own branch through 2- to 5-day programmes; exchanging experience and making contacts for co-productions - Providing long-term support for the international orientation of art and cultural professionals in North Rhine-Westphalia

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

Sponsored by the Ministry for Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

- More than 100 guests per year visit North Rhine-Westphalia and make new contacts in the art scene: from 2009 to September 2015, more than 680 guests visited from 80 countries for themed trips, cultural event or press trips. These visits have given rise to many collaborations in every branch. - Approx. 90 per cent of the guests come from Europe and OECD countries, and 10 per cent from emerging economies and developing countries. For this 10 per cent of guests, the programme has components of preferential treatment, cf. Chapter 3. - The themed trips for the 2012, 2014 and 2015 International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund Cologne led to the formation of a network with participants from Armenia, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Finland, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and Uganda, and multiple participants from Brazil and China. - In the area of video art: guests from Argentina, Belgium, China, Colombia, Egypt, Israel (2015), the Palestinian Autonomous Areas (2013), Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and multiple guests from Brazil took part in the Videonale festival in Bonn in 2013 and 2015. - Music journalists, musicians and producers from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Iran, Latvia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Thailand and the USA attended the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik contemporary chamber music festival.