Program to create “network for cultural exchange”

Published 27/12/2018

Artists across France, Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey will have the opportunity to travel over borders to complete work placements thanks to a partnership between the Goethe Institute of Germany and the Turkish Yunus Emre Institute.

Over 18 months, the Be Mobile – Create Together! EU residence program will see Turkish artists live and work and gain cultural experiences at institutions in France, Germany and the Netherlands for between three to six months, while European artists will go to Turkey.

“Cultural exchange and activity can always open windows and create bridges”

Coordinated by the Yunus Emre Institute, and led by the Institut français de Turquie, the Consulate of the Netherlands in Istanbul, the Turkish arts foundation IKSV and the Goethe Institute, the EU residence program is due to begin accepting applications in May 2019.

The first 50 residence stipends are expected to be selected in the late summer of 2019.

The program aims to develop an international network for cultural exchange and easy access to mobility for people working in creative arts, according to the Goethe Institute.

“We all believe that it is helpful to be in touch and create together, especially in times when relations between countries are strained,” Reimar Volker, Goethe Institute Istanbul director told The PIE News.

“Cultural exchange and activity can always open windows and create bridges.”

15 institutions have already been named as taking part in the program, including Arthere Istanbul, Schloss Solitude, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Hellerau Dresden, Cité Internationale des arts Paris und RAST Theater Amsterdam.

The program is supported by the European Commission with around €500,000 and follows the European Agenda for Culture 2018.

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