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Principles and ambitions for cultural mobility

Artistic and Cultural Mobility Funds in the Mediterranean and Central America


Helly, D. 2015. Presentation 'Principles and ambitions for cultural mobility. Meeting of Independent Artistic and Cultural Mobility Funds in the Mediterranean and Central America - Gulbenkian Next Future / Roberto Cimetta Fund'. Lisbon, Portugal. 18-19 June 2015. Maastricht: ECDPM.

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Damien Helly gave a presentation to a meeting of independent artistic and cultural mobility funds in the Mediterranean and Central American regions at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. These included the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) – a pioneering organisation promoting cultural mobility across the Mediterranean.

The global development agenda is changing with the Sustainable Development Goals, and migration policy is becoming a priority for Europe. This opens up opportunities for cooperation on culture and mobility.

Damien’s presentation is split into 3 themes – ‘Mobility and Crisis’, ‘Mobility, Development and Migration’ and ‘Funding’

Key messages 

  • We cannot take the same approach to culture and mobility in violent and unstable contexts as we do with supporting culture and mobility in stable settings.
  • Mobility enables the transfer of know-how and skills, meaning the mobility of solutions to current emergencies and challenges, with culture integral to possible solutions.

Images courtesy of Damien Helly, Lisa Ruokis and amelimeloo

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