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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 />

Two programs funded by the European Union, MedCulture (2014 <strong>–</strong> 2017) <strong>and</strong><br />

SouthMedCV (2015 <strong>–</strong> 2018), played an important role <strong>in</strong> facilitat<strong>in</strong>g travels across<br />

the region. Several respondents expressed the hope that similar schemes would be<br />

implemented.<br />

—<br />

PRIVATE FOUNDATIONS<br />

—<br />

Several private foundations are facilitat<strong>in</strong>g mobility across the region. In Tunisia,<br />

Fondation Rambourg <strong>and</strong> Fondation Kamel Lazaar are two new foundations to<br />

watch. In Morocco, Fondation HIBA <strong>and</strong> Fondation Touria et Abdelaziz Tazi have<br />

supported mobility through sponsorship, residencies <strong>and</strong> exchange <strong>in</strong>itiatives.<br />

Other private foundations cover<strong>in</strong>g mobility, generally via program or project support,<br />

are: the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), the Ford Foundation, Fondation<br />

Rosa Luxembourg, Fondation Drosos, Mimeta, the Organisation Internationale de la<br />

Francophonie (OIF), the Pr<strong>in</strong>ce Claus Fund <strong>and</strong> Sticht<strong>in</strong>g DOEN.<br />

—<br />

FESTIVALS, EVENTS<br />

AND<br />

RESIDENCIES<br />

—<br />

Many artists depend on <strong>in</strong>vitations from<br />

festivals, events or residencies to support<br />

their travels. Events that have offered<br />

fund<strong>in</strong>g for mobility <strong>in</strong>clude Visa<br />

for Music, Rencontres chorégraphiques<br />

de Carthage, residencies at Le18, Atelier<br />

de l’observatoire, Contemporary Image<br />

Collective Cairo, D-CAF, etc. However,<br />

they have generally done so via fund<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from one of the abovementioned organizations.<br />

—<br />

BANKS, BUSINESSES<br />

AND<br />

INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS<br />

—<br />

Entrepreneurial cultural actors have approached banks, bus<strong>in</strong>esses<br />

<strong>and</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividual sponsors for funds to cover their travel<br />

costs.<br />

Important resources on mobility opportunities <strong>in</strong> the region are:<br />

1. On the Move’s Guide to fund<strong>in</strong>g for cultural mobility <strong>in</strong><br />

the Arab world (2017). On the Move’s Facebook, Twitter<br />

<strong>and</strong> website are also critical platforms for <strong>in</strong>formation.<br />

2. Culture Fund<strong>in</strong>g Watch has recently launched a comprehensive<br />

database of fund<strong>in</strong>g opportunities for arts <strong>and</strong><br />

culture <strong>in</strong> the MENA Region. Their social media pages are<br />

regularly updated.

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