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Resources for the mobility of artists and partners
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The Moving MENA program, funded by the Federal Foreign Office and implemented by the Goethe-Institut provides support to cultural actors from the Arab region to participate in festivals, exhibitions, and other artistic events in Germany or in other partner countries of the Arab Region. In some cases, travel to research future projects is also supported, including through support for visa applications. Moving MENA has two main components: one addressed at cultural institutions in Germany willing to invite cultural professionals from Arab partner countries to perform and/or work in Germany; the other addressed to individual cultural professionals wishing to travel to Germany or other countries in the Arab world to take part in cultural events. The applicants, either institutions, cultural operators or individuals (such as exhibitions coordinators, technical managers or project managers), define the purpose and objectives of the travel. The program targets in particular young cultural actors from countries in transition. This program provides new opportunities for independent cultural actors in the Global South, enhancing South-North exchanges and South-South collaborations. It promotes joint international initiatives, gives impetus to the local and regional cultural scene and serves to strengthen the independent cultural sectors. Since its creation in 2012, Moving MENA has subsidized more than 400 travels of cultural professionals. In 2012 alone, more than 150 Arab educational and cultural actors participated in festivals, exhibitions and residence programs. This initiative illustrates the commitment of Germany to support the implementation of Goal 2 of the Convention by supporting a balanced flow of cultural goods and the mobility of artists and cultural professionals as well as SDGs 8 and 10. Indeed, the Moving MENA program facilitates the mobility of artists and cultural professionals from developing countries through preferential treatment (Target 10.A), while it promotes employment and activity in the sector as a whole (Target 8.3).
Key objectives of the measure:

Making demand-oriented working visits by younger cultural professionals, producers and partners from the Arab world and the Eastern European neighbourhood financially possible

Scope of the measure:
National, International
Nature of the measure:
financial, institutional
Main feature of the measure:
  1. MOVING MENA mobility fund (Arab world), since 2012
  2. Mobility fund Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Republic of Moldova, since 2014
Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

Younger cultural professionals from Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen as well as from Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine have taken part in events that are relevant to them, have presented and discussed their own work in Germany, for example, in the context of film or theatre festivals, cultural policy conferences, exhibitions and other cultural projects

Curators, artistic directors, producers and project managers of initiatives and institutions as well as people from the field of culture in general have enhanced their professional skills through research or through participation in seminars, workshops or festivals; have sought out exchanges of expertise with colleagues in Germany; and have met with current and potential partners in Germany and developed and implemented initiatives together with them through travel grants, educational travel and job shadowing.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:

1 MENA: Funding from the Federal Foreign Office to cover flight and hotel costs as well as airport transfers, per diem allowances, and assistance with visa applications
2 Eastern Europe: Financed in 2014 through funding from the Federal Foreign Office for expansion of cooperation with civil society in Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia and Belarus

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

- Since 2012, MOVING MENA has subsidised more than 400 visits. In 2012 alone, more than 150 Arab educational and cultural actors took part in festivals, exhibitions and visitors programmes.
- Participation in major cultural events such as the Berlinale film festival, the Frankfurt Book Fair and DOCUMENTA (2013) as well as festivals and exhibitions specially dedicated to transformations in the Arab world (for example the ‘Arab Spring’ theatre festival in Hannover, the ‘Cairo.Open City’ exhibition at the Museum for Photography in Braunschweig and the ‘Transmutations’ programme hosted by the Spring Lessons platform in Berlin). In 2014, for example, 14 Arab cultural actors took part in the International Conference on Cultural Policy Research in Hildesheim

2 Eastern Europe
- Mobility fund for Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova: from 2014 to 2015, a total of 136 participants in Learning Journeys scholarship programmes, cultural policy events, and job shadowing at German partner institutions of the Goethe-Institute