Promoting mobility across the Arab world: Germany's "Moving MENA" fund
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Making demand-oriented working visits by younger cultural professionals, producers and partners from the Arab world and the Eastern European neighbourhood financially possible
1 MOVING MENA mobility fund (Arab world), since 2012
2 Mobility fund Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, and Republic of Moldova, since 2014
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.
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
1 MOVING MENA
- 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