ASEF Support to the ASEM Cultural Festival

ASEF - as the only permanent institution of ASEM - supports select ASEM initiatives. ASEM initiatives are projects organised by ASEM partners, which demonstrate a particular interest in a certain topic of the ASEM agenda. Currently, ASEF supports the ASEM Cultural Festivals at the ASEM Summits and ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meetings (ASEM FMMs). It has supported the ASEM Workshop: Enhancing ASEM Visibility through Cultural Activities (2010, Viet Nam).

In 2018, the ASEM Cultural Festival titled Europe Meets Asia, Asia Meets Europe was held from18-30 October in Brussels alongside the 12th ASEM Summit (ASEM12), which brought together the Heads of State and Government from 53 Partner of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). The creativity and cultural diversity from Asia and Europe was highlighted through a wide-ranging showcase of dance, digital art, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

In 2019, the Festival will be held alongside the 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM14) in December in Madrid, Spain. Further details about the Festival will be posted in the coming weeks. 

For any queries about the ASEM Cultural Festival, please contact: Ms Preeti GAONKAR, Project Manager, Culture Department at