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ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2020

ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2020

Country: Multiple Countries
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Application calls for Mobility First! ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2020. It is a funding opportunity for artists and professionals for funding to travel to a festival, workshop, training, or research trip in the arts and culture.

About ASEF

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions, and organizations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, economy, sustainable development, public health, and media.

About Mobility First

The Asia-Foundation presents the Mobility First travel grant for artists and cultural professionals. The organizer invites eligible arts practitioners from Asia and Europe to apply for periodic competitive open calls through an individual application. International travel support is then granted to selected cultural professionals in Asia and Europe to participate in activities that are integral to their professional development; that would initiate a multiplier effect on others and benefit society.


  • Candidates must be nationals/citizens of any Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner country.
  • Should have working in any artistic genre (such as visual arts, performing arts, film, heritage, etc.).
  • Must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel and be seeking support for travel within the ASEM region.
  • Furthermore, the applicant must not be recipients of the Mobility First! grant in 2019.

Eligible Countries 

Australia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Singapore, Bangladesh, Japan, Myanmar, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Korea, Pakistan, China, Lao PDR, Philippines, India, Malaysia, Russian Federation, Austria, Finland, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Germany, Malta, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Netherlands, Sweden, Cyprus, Hungary, Norway, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, United Kingdom, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Estonia, Latvia, Romania

What does the grant cover?

The Mobility First grant covers the cost of international travel including visa cost. The grant amount can vary according to each application, based on the mobility route and destination country which you are intending to visit.

Eligible Activities

ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for participation in the following 6 types of activities

  • Workshops or training
  • Conferences or forums
  • Festivals, biennales, or international exhibitions
  • Artists’ or writers’ residencies
  • Partner meetings to set up or maintain an existing partnership
  • Practice-led research

Focus Areas

  • Skills Transfer/Knowledge Exchange
  • Innovation in Arts and Culture
  • Local Cultural Development
  • Art and Society

Application Guidelines



Type of Opportunity Miscellaneous
Deadline31 July,2020
CountryMultiple Countries
Open toCitizens of Asia and Europe
OrganizerAsia Europe Foundation
Contact the organizer [email protected]



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