The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) and the Ministry of Culture of Iraq are collaborating on an initiative to favour artistic exchanges and mobility of Iraqi artists and cultural operators and artists/cultural operators from the Euro-Arab geographical zone to Iraq in all art sectors. Candidates should already have a well-defined art or cultural project and have chosen a destination that can enrich and develop their project.

This initiative will see a series of open calls for travel grants being offered from 2014 onward; artists and cultural operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region who wish to prepare collaborative art and cultural projects, take part in a training session or residency, attend a seminar or conference and who satisfy the criteria below, are invited to apply.


In the region, artists are often confronted with obstacles to their mobility (lack of funding, lack of information, tight visa and border controls). This Fund will support travel that allows a committed and motivated artist or operator to find the opportunities and means to set up his or her personal or collective project; thus promoting networking, exchange of experiences and cultural and artistic cooperation. Travel grants will be provided to selected candidates coming from or going to Iraq.


The first open call will be launched on 1stSeptember 2014 until 30th September 2014. Successful candidates will be notified on 1st December 2014. Funding is provided once the grantee has returned from his or her travel and has provided the copies of travel tickets, boarding passes, etc. as well as a report on his or her trip and the benefits obtained. In certain circumstances, 50% of the sum can be provided in advance.


Applications can be made in Arabic, English or French.

The following specific criteria apply to the fund: 

i)    Priority will be given to the following art forms: literature, especially travel for authors’ meetings, writing workshops, poetry; cultural management programmes; contemporary performing arts including new theatrical forms, new writing for theatre, dramaturgy, contemporary dance, circus, street performances in situ, puppet theatre and inter-disciplinary projects; visual arts including photography, film, digital arts, video arts.

ii)   Priority will be given to trips that contribute to cultural development at local level between Iraq and the Balkan countries.

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If you want to apply please visit this website from 1st September 2014 onwards, click on “Apply for a travel grant”, fill in the information required. If your request is considered eligible you will receive a link to the online application form that you will have to fill in and submit before the deadline (30/09/2014).