1,802 artists and culture professionals from 40 countries won the opportunity Wednesday to go abroad with Culture Moves Europe, following the first call offering individual mobility grants.

Culture Moves Europe provides mobility grants for artists and cultural professionals in all 40 creative Europe countries. It covers the sectors of architecture, cultural heritage, design and fashion design, literary translation, music, performing arts and visual arts. The scheme follows the successful i-Portunus pilot project that took place between 2018 and 2022.

The successful applicants are residents of one of the 40 Creative Europe programme countries, and will benefit from travel and subsistence costs as well as individual top-ups to connect and create art with other artists, participate in non-formal learning, or explore Europe’s rich cultural heritage in another Creative Europe programme country.

EC vice-president Margaritis Schinas congratulated those selected. “The vast majority of the applications we have received under this call came from the visual and performing arts, followed by the music sector – this is great. I would also like to call specifically on the other sectors, on architecture, cultural heritage, design, fashion design, and literary translation: Culture Moves Europe is for all of you, to travel, exchange and create the art and culture Europe is famous for. And I am particularly delighted that more than 130 Ukrainian artists were selected for a grant.”

Launched in 2022, this new permanent funding action of the Creative Europe Programme has already demonstrated its relevance for the cultural and creative sectors, receiving a total of 4,665 applications (representing 7,689 individuals) during its first open call. With a budget of €21 million and implemented by the Goethe-Institut, Culture Moves Europe will award 7,000 grants to artists and cultural professionals, as well as organisations wishing to offer residency programmes for artists, until 2025. Rolling calls for all sectors that Culture Moves Europe covers are open every year between autumn and spring. The next calls for individual mobility and for residencies will be launched in October 2023.

Source: EUbusiness

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