Six creative proposals have been shortlisted from 117 submissions for the 4th edition of the Creative Encounters Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. It is an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halles. (see pdf document for the list of 6 shortlisted projects).

The shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed proposal on or before Monday, 1 December 2014. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2015.



Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe supports collaborative artistic and creative projects that bring together arts organisations and artists from both regions.  

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA), with the support of the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH), are launching the 4th call for proposals and welcome submissions of projects that will take place between 1 Apriland 30 November 2015. The submission deadline is 15 July 2014.

We, ASEF, ANA & TEH, actively foster connections across cultures by supporting dialogue and artistic collaborations. Through this joint initiative, we aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges that encourage creative collaborations, enhance the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and deepen mutual understanding between the cultural communities in the two regions.

We encourage organisations to submit multilateral projects that engage several partners and participants from the 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)1 and that reflect the diversity of the two regions.

For this 4th call, we invite proposals that explore issues of cultural mobility and community engagement. “Cultural mobility is not about one-off, superficial experiences: it is about engagement with another culture, and it requires time, knowledge and depth to allow ‘mobile’ artists to develop meaningful connections and real exchanges. The process deserves consideration, not just the concrete and tangible outputs, in order to shape valuable and enriching encounters and long-term quality exchange. This also contributes towards building quality exchange between organisations and individuals.”2

In this context, we would like to support arts projects that explore community engagement approaches and processes that are rooted in relationship building and which address the following questions:


Selection criteria include:  


We will only partially fund the selected projects up to a maximum amount of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 25,000.  Additional funding sources have to be identified by the applicants and mentioned in the submitted proposal. Our contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total project budget. It will also not include seed funding or cover operational costs.

Procedure for submission & selection:



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Programme Partners


 The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development.  ASEF is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Together with about 700 partner organisations ASEF has run more than 650 projects, mainly conferences, seminars and workshops. Over 17,000 Asians and Europeans have actively participated in its activities and it has reached much wider audiences through its networks, web-portals, publications, exhibitions and lectures.


Arts Network Asia (ANA), set up by an independent group of artists, cultural workers and art activists, is an enabling grant body working across borders in multiple disciplines that encourages and supports regional artistic collaboration as well as develops managerial and administrative skills within Asia. ANA is motivated by the philosophy of meaningful collaboration, distinguished by mutual respect, initiated in Asia and carried out together with Asian artists and arts communities. It operates in 11 languages. ANA is supported by the Ford Foundation since its inception in 1999 and hosted and managed by TheatreWorks (Singapore).


With the support of:

Founded in 1983, Trans Europe Halles is a European network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists that brings together more than 50 multidisciplinary cultural centres and 20 friend organisations from all around Europe. As a network, Trans Europe Halles provides a dynamic forum for ideas, experiences and exchange with the aim to support and strengthen the sustainable development of its members and the cultural sector as a whole.



1 ASEM brings together 49 member states (Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam) plus ASEAN and the European Union. For more information, please visit

2 Key Findings and Inputs for Follow-ups, Platform Meeting of Asian and European Mobility Funders, (5-6 June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic) - supported by Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, 2nd edition (

3 Call for Proposals, Equilibrium 2014: Collaborative Contexts in Art Practice (1 September-November 2014, Partapur, India)  -supported by Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, 3rd edition (

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