Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2018

Mobility First! is an initiative by Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) aimed at supporting the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for cross-border activities including participation in events, networking, research and collaborative meetings. Mobility support is provided to individuals to travel from Asia to Europe, Europe to Asia & within Asia.

Who can apply
- Individuals & organisations actively involved in the field of arts & culture with the following requirements:

- Artists & cultural professionals from any artistic genre (such as visual arts, performing arts, film, heritage etc.);
- Citizens of member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and seeking support to travel within the ASEM region.
- Artists & cultural professionals from any artistic genre (such as visual arts, performing arts, film, heritage etc.). 

Applicants may seek travel support to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities:
1. Workshops or trainings;
2. Conferences or forums;
3. Festivals, biennials, or international exhibitions;
4. Artists’ or writers’ residencies;
5. Partner meeting/s to set up or maintain an existing partnership 6. Practice-led research;
7. “Go and see” / short-term exploration / networking.

- Cultural organisations that operate in any artistic or cultural genre may apply. Non-profit arts organisations will be prioritised;
- Cultural organisations should be based in any of the ASEM member countries and operating in the ASEM region;
- Organisations should be applying for travel support for individuals to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities listed above

Travel regions
The initiative promotes cultural mobility from Asia to Europe; from Europe to Asia; and, within Asia. All travel must be international.
The applicant’s destination country must be an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) member country. Departure country need not be an ASEM country.
Mobility route: Asia-to-Europe, Europe-to-Asia, intra-Asia; Europe-to-Europe routes are ineligible.

- up to a maximum of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 2,000 for travel from Asia to Europe or Europe to Asia;
- up to a maximum of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 1,000 for travel within Asia.
Additional funding is available for people with disabilities and special needs.


How to apply:
- Individuals should apply here;
- Organisations should apply here .

- 25 April 2018 (travel period 1 June - 30 September 2018);
- 30 May 2018 (travel period 1 August - 30 November 2018);
- 30 June 2018 (travel period 1 September - 15 December 2018).

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Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) was established by members of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) on 15 February 1997 with the aim of promoting engagement between the civil societies of Asia and Europe and forging mutual understanding between the two regions. Based in Singapore, the Foundation reports to a board of 26 governors comprising members from the 25 ASEM countries and the European Commission. ASEF is funded by contributions from members governments and their institutions, as well as private corporations, foundations and individuals of ASEM countries. ASEF seeks to promote better mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through greater intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

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