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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 />

The RCF provides support for mobility through two programmes:<br />

a <strong>–</strong> the <strong>Mobility</strong> fund; <strong>and</strong> b <strong>–</strong> Tamteen, or the support<br />

fund. The <strong>Mobility</strong> Fund is divided <strong>in</strong>to two streams:<br />

the General Fund, <strong>and</strong> specific fund<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>es, which vary from<br />

year to year. The General Fund is open to artists <strong>and</strong> cultural<br />

operators liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>and</strong> work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the Euro-Arab-Middle East<br />

geographical zone. Applicants from the MENA region or the<br />

Balkan countries can apply to travel to other <strong>Africa</strong>n regions<br />

(as well as Asia or other world regions). A maximum of 3<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals per group may be covered.<br />

The Tamteen support fund can cover mobility as part of<br />

the structur<strong>in</strong>g of oganizations <strong>and</strong> collectives <strong>in</strong> the Arab<br />

world. Maximum fund<strong>in</strong>g is 3.000 euros. Five projects are<br />

selected per call.<br />

5.<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Art</strong> L<strong>in</strong>es<br />

An <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g new <strong>in</strong>itiative is <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Art</strong> L<strong>in</strong>es, run by Morocco-based<br />

civil society organization Afrikayna. Launched<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2016, <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Art</strong> L<strong>in</strong>es provides mobility grants to projects<br />

connect<strong>in</strong>g Morocco <strong>and</strong> other <strong>Africa</strong>n countries. It does so<br />

through two ma<strong>in</strong> schemes: 1) Partnerships with organizations<br />

<strong>and</strong> events; 2) Open calls. Support is delivered via the<br />

host organization. See Morocco section for more detail.<br />

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EMBASSIES AND INTERNATIONAL<br />

COOPERATION INSTITUTES<br />

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Many artists <strong>and</strong> cultural operators <strong>in</strong> <strong>North</strong> <strong>Africa</strong> have travelled thanks<br />

to fund<strong>in</strong>g provided by embassies <strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational cooperation <strong>in</strong>stitutes<br />

present <strong>in</strong> their cities. However, there are at present no formal mobility<br />

schemes <strong>and</strong> fund<strong>in</strong>g is thus generally provided on a case-by-case<br />

basis, often through artists’ or cultural operators’ personal connections<br />

with<strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>stitutes. A bilateral component or connection to the European<br />

country is generally a prerequisite for fund<strong>in</strong>g to be provided.<br />

The most prom<strong>in</strong>ent cooperation <strong>in</strong>stitute across the region is the Institut<br />

Français, which reta<strong>in</strong>s a strong presence <strong>in</strong> Morocco, Tunisia <strong>and</strong> Algeria.<br />

The Goethe Institut facilitated mobility for a number of cultural actors<br />

through its Mov<strong>in</strong>g MENA travel fund (2013 <strong>–</strong> 2017). However, the fund is no<br />

longer operational. The Goethe cont<strong>in</strong>ues to organize occasional cultural<br />

tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g programs <strong>in</strong> the region. Pro Helvetia has also supported projects<br />

<strong>in</strong> Tunisia <strong>and</strong> Egypt.

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