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Art Moves Africa – Retracing Roots and Tracing New Routes: Mobility and Touring in North Africa

A study by Lara Bourdin for Art Moves Africa, October 2019

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Summary of Outcomes<br />

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3.1.1 FUNDING<br />

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Fund<strong>in</strong>g for mobility to <strong>and</strong> from <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> is provided at six<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> levels:<br />

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PUBLIC ADMINISTRATIONS<br />

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While public adm<strong>in</strong>istrations <strong>in</strong> most of the countries covered by<br />

this study have the capacity to fund mobility, provision of funds<br />

is generally characterized by opacity, clientelism, preference for<br />

traditional <strong>and</strong>/or folkloric forms, <strong>and</strong> poor adm<strong>in</strong>istration.<br />

Respondents <strong>in</strong> Tunisia <strong>and</strong> to a lesser extent Morocco were<br />

the most likely to obta<strong>in</strong> funds from their M<strong>in</strong>istries of Culture.<br />

The only formal program support<strong>in</strong>g mobility <strong>in</strong> the region is<br />

Tfanen <strong>–</strong> Tunisie Créative, created through a partnership between<br />

the EU <strong>and</strong> the Tunisian state (see Tunisia section for more detail).<br />

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CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS<br />

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Several civil society organizations do crucial <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g work<br />

to support mobility <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong>. In addition to AMA, the most<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent organizations are:<br />

1.<br />

Culture Resource<br />

(Al Mawred Al-Thaqafy)<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Beirut, Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy) is a<br />

regional, non-profit organization founded <strong>in</strong> 2003 that seeks to<br />

support artistic creativity <strong>in</strong> the Arab region <strong>and</strong> to encourage<br />

cultural exchange with<strong>in</strong> the region <strong>and</strong> beyond.<br />

Its ma<strong>in</strong> program for mobility support is Wijhat. It is open to artists<br />

<strong>and</strong> cultural managers of all discipl<strong>in</strong>es. All departure countries<br />

<strong>and</strong> dest<strong>in</strong>ations are eligible, with the exception of Israel,<br />

although travel must be to or from an Arab country. Air travel<br />

as well as <strong>in</strong>ternal road / tra<strong>in</strong> connections are covered. Additionally,<br />

the fund covers visa costs, accommodation <strong>and</strong> partial<br />

support for liv<strong>in</strong>g expenses.

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