Mobility First! A special open call for artists working in conflict and post-conflict societies

We live in fragile and uncertain times characterised by conflicts that often put people at risk, including artists and other professionals in the cultural sector. Various fundamental freedoms are also at risk including the freedom of movement and artistic freedom. This is acknowledged by UNESCO which highlights the need to promote and protect both in its 2018 Global Report – Re-shaping Cultural Policies:

UNESCO on freedom of movement:

“…the right to freedom of movement is an integral dimension of the panoply of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” (Re-shaping Cultural Policies, UNESCO 2018 Global Report, p. 109)

UNESCO on artistic freedom:

“The promotion and protection of artistic freedom, including initiatives for the recognition of the status of the artists, should be central to all aspects of cultural policy.” (Re-shaping Cultural Policies, UNESCO 2018 Global Report, p. 225) 

In this context, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), through its Mobility First!  travel grant, and Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) are launching a special call for artists and cultural professionals working in conflict and post-conflict societies.


  • Artists and cultural professionals living and working in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries

  • Arts organisations based in ASEM countries

  • Asia to Europe, Europe to Asia, and intra-Asia travel routes

Deadline: 15 February 2019 (open from 21 January). There will be another call in July 2019. 

Find all details online

Check here the regular Mobility First! grants' scheme and calls.