East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) supports the
development of contemporary performing arts (dance and theatre)
in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Call for Applications: Mobility First! - ASEF Cultural Mobility Initiative 2018


Deadline: 30 June 2018

The 2018 Mobility First! Call for Applications is now open. 



Who can apply?

Individuals & organisations actively involved in the field of arts & culture who are eligible as per following guidelines:


  • Artists & cultural professionals from any artistic genre (such as visual arts, performing arts, film, heritage etc.) may apply. Applications focusing on contemporary artistic and cultural disciplines are encouraged. 
  • Artists are defined as those directly involved in the production of artworks in any genre of the arts.
  • Cultural professionals are defined as others working in the field of arts & culture such as curators, arts writers (including critics), arts managers, researchers etc.
  • Applicants should be citizens of member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)3 and seek support for travel within the ASEM region.
  • Applicants may seek travel support to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities listed in the call


  • Cultural organisations may apply to become ASEF’s partners; selected organisations will co-select individuals who will receive support to attend specific events organised by the partner (e.g. arts festivals, conferences).
  • Selected partner organisations are expected organise the event as well as provide selected persons with local contacts and context. For example, an arts organisation organising a photography festival may wish to apply to Mobility First! and together with ASEF, will co-select 4 photographers who will be given ASEF’s support to be present at the festival.
  • 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 (nationally or bi-regionally)
  • Organisations should be applying for travel support for individuals to participate in any of the 7 types of eligible activities listed in the call


What types of activities are supported?

Through this initiative, ASEF supports the mobility of artists and cultural professionals for participation in the following 7 types of activities:

  1. Workshops or trainings
  2. Conferences or forums
  3. Festivals, biennales, 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


Travel regions & grant amounts

  • Currently, the selection criteria for Mobility First! prioritises cultural mobility from Asia to Europe; from Europe to Asia; and, within Asia. All travel must be international.
  • Successful applicants will be given up to a maximum of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 2,000 for travel from Asia to Europe or Europe to Asia.
  • Successful applicants will be given 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. 


Find out more at asef.org