Workshop for Cultural Mobility Developers in Tunis

Workshop for cultural mobility developers: Tunis, Tunisia, 9-12 May 2023.

Why a professional development workshop on cultural mobility?

On the Move is the international information network dedicated to artistic and cultural mobility, currently gathering 65+ members from 25 countries. Co-funded by the European Union, On the Move aims to support all cultural mobility stakeholders to build responsiveness to global interdependencies and challenges, including social and societal ones.

As part of its multiannual programme, each year On the Move proposes a workshop for cultural mobility developers. The aim is to build the capacity of artists and cultural professionals to support the internationalisation of artistic and cultural practices and adopt more value-driven approaches. Each workshop is an opportunity to share knowledge and know-how in relation to working internationally, as well as to equip cultural developers to support the artistic, economic and cooperative growth of their community in their own context. The training is designed to provide context and insights into trends and opportunities related to international cultural mobility, as well as tools to continue to train other artists and culture professionals in their respective contexts. The two-day professional development programme will follow with the online publication of the Cultural Mobility Funding Guide dedicated to the South Mediterranean region.

Focus 2023: the South Mediterranean region

For the second edition of this workshop for cultural mobility developers (11-12 May 2023), On the Move is collaborating with Culture Funding Watch and focusing on the South Mediterranean countries, in connection with the Cultural Mobility Forum that will be held in Tunis on 9-10 May 2023.

Having a more fragile cultural infrastructure, and still today facing an unequal distribution of resources, these Mediterranean contexts have more limited access to regular professional development and mentoring programmes that embed a strong international dimension. Even when such capacity building schemes exist, research underlines that opportunities for cultural mobility funding opportunities, and information about them, are extremely limited.

The workshop will be facilitated by Maria Daïf (independent consultant in cultural management, Morocco), Toni Attard (Culture Venture, Malta) together with Yohann Floch (On the Move), and Ouafa Belgacem (Culture Funding Watch).

The confirmed 10 participants, selected after an open call, are: Faraj Alsileeni (Libya), Mehdi Azdem (Morocco), Mouna Belgrini (Morocco), Houari Bouchenak (Algeria), Toufik Douib (Algeria), Marwa Helmy (Egypt), Paolo Lolicata (Sicily), Margerita Pulè (Malta), Emily Sarsam (Tunisia) and Kholoud Yaseen (Egypt).

On the Move expects that this two-day workshop will contribute to a better circulation of knowledge and expertise, increase access to existing resources, and empower the participating professionals and related entities/communities to delve further into artistic mobility and international opportunities.

The organisers’ intention is also to highlight and benefit from the experience of the participants and create the conditions for a dynamic and inspiring exchange within the group, with each individual sharing their valuable expertise in relation to topics including intra-regional mobility.

10 selected participants, 10 dissemination grants

Alongside the two-day workshop taking place in Tunisia and the participation in the Cultural Mobility Forum, On the Move is offering a 750 EUR grant for each participant to translate their key learnings and takeaways into action. The purpose of this financial support is to give participants the opportunity to disseminate the knowledge and tools they have gained to a wider community of artists and culture professionals in their own context.

Participants will be able to use their grant for local dissemination events (e.g. online and on-site panel discussions), publication costs (e.g. translation of existing documentation, commissioning of texts in languages other than English), or participation in public events to share results (e.g. traveling to conferences in the region).

Preliminary programme and facilitators

List and biographies of the 10 selected participants

Examples of dissemination grants in the 2022 edition of the workshop (in Slovenia)