Cultural Mobility Forum 2023

Cultural Mobility Forum 2023

Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 May 2023

The second yearly Forum is hosted by Culture Funding Watch and live streamed by HowlRound and Basita.Live. It is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Tunisia.


As part of its multiannual programme co-funded by the European Union, each year On the Move proposes a Cultural Mobility Forum to collectively investigate international artistic and cultural mobility trends. As a unique knowledge platform, the network works together with its members and partners to design thematic panel discussions and contextualise global mobility issues addressed in On the Move’s annual Cultural Mobility Yearbook.

The 2023 edition’s topic

The Cultural Mobility Forum 2023 is an attempt to (re)contextualise the conversation on cross-border artistic mobility and environmental sustainability, unfolding the interdependencies between privileged (Western) Europe and other territories, investigating local practical sustainable solutions (e.g. on time, resources, well-being, local networks management) and listening to a variety of voices from the Global South.

We aim to nourish a more nuanced approach, informed and context-based, allowing for different models to coexist instead of reinforcing imbalances and injustice. With this Forum taking place in the Mediterranean region, we would like to put in perspective the ‘greening policies’ for distributing public and private funding at national, macro-regional, European and international levels, along with sectoral needs in relation to the ecological transition.


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Tuesday 9 May 2023 - Cultural Mobility Forum (Part I)

Venue El Teatro, Chedli Kallela, Avenue Ouled Hafouz, Tunis / online
9.00-9.30 Welcome speeches and introduction
9.30-10.45 Panel discussion: ‘Towards more ecological artistic production and distribution’
Moderator: Reem Kassem, head of performing arts ∣ Cultural Foundation Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
Speakers: Selim Ben Safia, dance artist and artistic director ∣ Al Badil (Tunisia); Ukhona Ntsali Mlandu, curator and artistic director ∣ Greatmore Studios (South Africa)
11.15-12.30 Panel discussion: ‘Greening policies and support schemes’
Moderator: Yohann Floch, Director of Operations ∣ On the Move (Belgium)
Speakers: Karim Sultan, curator ∣ Kamel Lazaar Foundation (Tunisia / United Kingdom); Areej Abou Harb, programme director ∣ Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy, Culture Resource (Lebanon)
12.30-12.45 Takeaways
Rapporteur: Leila Ben-Gacem, social entrepreneur and founder ∣ Blue Fish (Tunisia)

Wednesday 10 May 2023 - Cultural Mobility Forum (Part II)

Venue El Hamra, 28 rue Al Jazira, Tunis / online
9.00-9.15 Welcome speeches
9.30-10.45 Panel discussion: ‘Sustainable local strategies and cultural impacts’
Moderator: Fairooz Tamimi, director of strategic development ∣ TEH - Trans Europe Halles (Sweden)
Speakers: Mike van Graan, playwright and coordinator ∣ Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation (South Africa); Sarah Abdu Bushra, visual arts and performing arts curator ∣ Contemporary Nights (Ethiopia)
11.15-12.30 Panel discussion: ‘Sustainable transcontinental cultural relations and South-South mobility’
Moderator: Sana Ouchtati, founder and manager ∣ SO-Cult (Belgium)
Speakers: François Bouda, arts programme officer ∣ Africa No Filter (Burkina Faso); Ghita Khaldi, project manager and founder ∣ Afrikayna & Africa Art Lines (Morocco)
12.30-12.45 Takeaways and perspectives
Rapporteur: Leila Ben-Gacem, social entrepreneur and founder ∣ Blue Fish (Tunisia)

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