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Creative Encounters - Third Edition (2013-14)

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2013-2014 Valentina Riccardi Culture Department Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe Culture



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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) have launched the third edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

Through Creative Encounters, ASEF, ANA and TEH actively foster connections across cultures by supporting artistic collaborations, exchanges and dialogues.  Together, they aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges with the objectives of deepening mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions, enhancing the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and encouraging creative collaborations.

Creative Encounters directly responds to the Action Plan of the ASEM Culture Ministers which recognises “the important role of (…) cultural organisations in promoting cultural diversity” and specifically calls for the promotion of “exchanges in the areas of performances, exhibitions, literary works and audio-visual programmes between Asian and European countries.”

Project Updates

  • ASEF Supports Equilibrium

    Published on 03 Dec 2014

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) through its programme Creative Encounters: 3rd Edition is facilitating Equilibrium, a 5-weeks artists’ residency in Partapur Rajasthan, India. These have taken place in 2 phases - Phase 1: 1 September-6 October 2014; Phase 2: 15 October-19 November 2014. 5 artists from Asia and Europe have been shortlisted for each phase.

    Equilibrium is an international cultural initiative that builds creative contexts in villages and towns in India. Currently located in Partapur, the main aim of this project is to provide a platform for artists from Asia and Europe to enter into a dialogue with local communities via members of women’s self-help-groups in and around Partapur.

    In the course of the residency, the artists have conducted workshops with local women self-help groups as well as young students from various educational institutes and communities. These workshops were organised keeping in mind the creative possibilities of everyday objects. An illustration and essay competition was also conducted by Equilibrium at government schools located in remote areas to encourage art and cultural participation.

    EQUILIBRIUM is a project of Beneshwer Lok Vikas Sansthan, Sandarbh (India) and Walpodenakademie (Germany).

  • ASEF is supporting the Europe-Asia Roundtable Series (EARS) on 4-7 September 2014 in Helsinki, Finland through its programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. EARS in Helsinki will gather 300 musicians, designers and performing artists for a series of roundtables, performances and presentations on the creative industries in Asia and Europe. The event will showcase latest trends in music, design, media and performing arts as well as create opportunities for creative industry professionals to discover business opportunities and share best practices.

     

    EARS is a new platform focusing on creative industry collaboration between Europe and Asia and the 2014 edition in Helsinki is organised in partnership with Modern Sky Entertainment, China and with the support of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland. 

     

    On 5 September 2014, ASEF will support a roundtable on policy issues in the creative industries. This topic is emerging as an area of mutual interest for Asia-Europe dialogue and also features high on the cultural agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Ambassador ZHANG YAN, Executive Director, ASEF will attend and address the participants during the event in Helsinki. 

  • ASEF would like to congratulate Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop (TTB), a project selected under ASEF’s Creative Encounters (3rd edition) in 2014, on receiving support from Creative Europe, the European Commission's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe. The new programme which will run until 2020, unites the previous MEDIA and Culture programmes under a single banner. TTB is the only project which was previously funded by the former programme MEDIA Mundus to receive funding in this transition year.

    Ties That Bind was organised alongside the 16th Far East Film Festival in Udine, between 29 April - 3 May 2014. The 5-day workshop was attended by 22 selected producers and industry experts from 15 different ASEM countries. Ties That Bind is organised by the FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), EAVE (Luxembourg), Far East Film Festival (Italy), Busan International Film Festival/Asian Film Market (South Korea). The workshop is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Arts Network Asia (ANA), Trans Europe Halles and Creative Europe.

    ASEF’s support to Ties That Bind respond to one of the recommendations during the 6th ASEF Experts’ Meeting & Public Forum: Creative Economy in Asia and Europe - Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth & Development, which took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 4-5 December 2013. The meeting suggested potential area of Asia-Europe collaboration and focused on co-production and mediating curatorial initiatives.  

    “Co-production and co-creation must be widely advocated and actively supported. This is premised on supply and value chains being inherently global, in addition to the mobile nature of the modern society and workforces. The mobility of cultural professionals must be strengthened and reciprocal exchange emphasised upon. Digital technologies may also be harnessed to facilitate co-creation. Mediating curatorial initiatives must be encouraged to support cultural products that suffer from poor accessibility to markets.”

    With this new funding, confirmed, TTB will organise the second phase of this year’s workshop in Busan, Korea, along the 19th Busan International Film Festival between 2-11 October 2014. TTB is also planning to organize a gathering of all former participants in Cannes, to introduce the new participants and enrich the network with its decision makers.

    Alessandro Gropplero, in charge of International Relations at Fondo Audiovisivo FVG shared insight on the development of TTB. Report of Ties That Bind is now available at the document section of this page.

    Justin Deimen from Singapore, one of the participants from Asia and Europe that participated in this year TTB’s edition also shared his inside perspective

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) witnessed the successful organisation of the visual arts exhibition Focus+Indonesia. The official opening ceremony took place on Saturday 7 June 2014 at the National Museum of Szczecin, in Poland.

    More than 80 guests attended the official opening of the exhibition with opening speeches by the Director of the National Museum in Szczecin Mr Lech Karwowski, Mr Piotr Jankowski, President of the Board of the UPSIDE ART Foundation, Mr Frigidanto Agung, Indonesian curator, Mr Kris Lukomski, Polish curator and Ms Sasiwimon Wongjarin, from the Asia-Europe Foundation(ASEF).

    The exhibition Focus+Indonesia which will be opened to the public till the end of July consists of 5 parts:

    1) Community Work Art. Art-communities in Indonesia”, curated by Agung Frigidanto;
    2) Stigma of being Others. Women in Contemporary Indonesian Art”, curated by Lenny Ratnasari Weichert;
    3) Focus+Indonesia: Poland”. Presentations by Polish artists that participanted in the residency in Indonesia in 2014, curated by Wojciech Łazarczyk (Upside Art Foundation);
    4) Public Art Indonesia: Presentations of contemporary art from Indonesia in dialogue with the public space: video screening, curated by Krzysztof Łukomski (Upside Art Foundation) and Arie Syarifuddin (Jatiwangi Art Factory); and;
    5) Traditional Indonesian art from the collection of the National Museum in Szczecin, curated by Ewa Prądzyńska (National Museum in Szczecin)

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation's representative Sasiwimon Wongjarin has given an interview about the activities, goals, and projects of ASEF, supporter of Ties That Bind: Asia-Europe Creative Producers Workshop organised alongside the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival.

    The interview is conducted by Eddie Bertozzi, reporter from Fred Chanel One under the section of Fred Festivals.  He also interview facilitators of the Ties That Bind project;  Christophe Bruncher, the head of studies tells us what is TiesThat Bind and discusses the increasing success of the workshop. Clare Downs, script consultant, explains the importance of developing a good script, and gives us a few tips too.  Sibylle Kurz, pitching consultant, elaborates on the art of a good film project pitch. Listen to more podcast on Udine Far East Film Festival online  http://uk.fred.fm/category/podcastcat/feff/

    Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop took place on 29 Aprilto3 May 2014 in Udine, Italy, alongside the 16th Far East Film Festival. Ties That Bind is supported by ASEF in 2014 through its programme, Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will attend the exhibition opening of Focus+Indonesia –  an interdisciplinary mobile art residency. The exhibition will showcase the artworks produced by artists, designers, art curators & culture-makers including experimental musicians and culture anthropologists, during their residency in Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Denpasar (Indonesia) in February 2014.  In this second phase of the project,  the Indonesian partners, curators and artists will meet again in Berlin, Szczecin, Poznan and Warsaw where they will present the results of their common project, including an art-book concerning the residency, a documentary film and the artists’ works.

    The exhibition will open at the National Museum Szczecin, Academy of Arts Szczecin on Saturday 7 June 2014. The opening will be attended among others by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Poland H.E. DR. Darmansjah Djumala, the Representative of the Office Marshal of West-Pomerania region Mr Olgierd Geblewicz, and the Director of the National Museum in Szczecin Mr Lech Karwowski.

    The curators of the project Kris Lukomski and Frigidanto Agung will introduce the project to the audiences.  ASEF’s representative Ms. Sasiwimon Wongjarin will also give a speech at the opening ceremony.

    Focus+Indonesia is one of the 4 projects selected from over 160 proposals submitted through a competitive open call in 2013 under the 3rd edition  of the Creative Encounters programme. 

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) witnessed the successful organisation of Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop, which took place on 29 Aprilto3 May 2014 in Udine, Italy, alongside the 16th Far East Film Festival.

    At the workshop, various plenary sessions addressed key issues for the sector such as project development, company management, financing and market conditions in Europe and Asia. The experts shared their insights on strategies for script development, independent cinema and the festival circuit, pitching and communication Skills, world sales and the state of the market for Asian films, financing landscape of European TV as well as presentations of the Venice Film Festival and the Puchon Int'l Fantastic Film Festival.

    Ten selected producers, 5 from Asia (Philippines, Singapore, China, Japan and Malaysia) and 5 from Europe (France, Belgium, Poland and the Netherlands)worked on the development of their projects under the guidance of top industry professionals from both continents. Pre-scheduled individual meetings between all experts and the participants were organised for deeper discussions on topics previously addressed during the plenary session. Daily group work sessions were at the core of the workshop, with the participants engaging discussions and analysis of each other's projects, under the guidance of their group leaders.

    The selected participants also attended together with some of the Festival’s audiences, the panel on the theme “Acting different: East and West”. The panel was moderated by Sabrina Baracetti, President of the Udine Far East Film Festival and included the panellists: Eugene Domingo (actress in Barber’s Tale), Giuseppe Battiston (actor in Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot), Jun Robles Lana (director of Barber’s Tale), Matteo Oleotto (director of Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot) and Sasiwimon Wongjarin (ASEF).

  • ASEF supports Feature Film Producers

    Published on 05 May 2014

    ASEF supported Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop, which took place from 29 April-3 May 2014 in Udine, Italy, alongside the 16th Far East Film Festival. This workshop is one of the 4 initiatives supported by ASEF in 2014 through its programme, Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe.

    The 6th edition of the workshop brought together 10 Asian and European film producers with feature fiction projects from Asia and Europe. The participants had discussions with experts and networking opportunities with professionals from the film industry. Sasiwimon WONGJARIN from ASEF’s Culture Department joined the proceedings of the workshop to share ASEF’s recent activities in the field of film.

    A second event will be organised during the Busan International Film Festival from 2–11 October 2014 in Korea.

    Ties that Bind was organised in partnership with Fondo Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia I Italy, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs – EAVE in Luxembourg, Far East Film Festival in Italy and the Busan International Film Festival in Korea. 

  • EQUILIBRIUM is an international cultural initiative that aims at building creative contexts in villages and towns in India. Currently located in Partapur, the main aim of this project is to provide a platform for artists from Asia and Europe to engage in a dialogue with local communities through women’s groups in and around Partapur.

    Artists are invited to submit proposals for a 5-week residency that will involve activities with local women and lead toward creative capacity-building at a local school. The proposals should generate new works and processes resulting from dialogue and participation among local women’s groups, as well as build stronger ties between art practices and everyday life.

    The residencies will take place in two phases. 5 artists will be shortlisted for each phase:

    • Phase 1: 1 September to 6 October 2014
    • Phase 2: 15 October to 19 November 2014

    This call is open to artists who are nationals of one of the following ASEM member countries: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Viet Nam.

    Contact information: sandharbhart@gmail.com

    Download project description and application requirements

    EQUILIBRIUM is a project of Beneshwer Lok Vikas Sansthan, Sandarbh and Walpodenakademie.

  • Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop has announced its 10 finalists for the forthcoming workshop in Udine, Italy.

    The first workshop will take place within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival from 29 April to 3 May 2014. The second workshop will take place during the Busan International Film Festival, Korea, from 2 to 11 October 2014, with the support of Creative Europe (TBC).

    Ties That Bind brings together 10 producers with feature fiction projects from Asia and Europe. They will work together under the guidance of top-level experts from both continents and be given access to professional networks in the film industry. It is one of the 4 initiatives supported in 2014 by ASEF’s programme Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe

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    List of selected finalists:

    Karim Aitouna (France)
    Women of the Weeping River, Hautlesmains Productions
    Dir: Sheron Dayoc

    Joenathann Alandy (Philippines)
    Hypothalamus, Outpost Visual Frontier
    Dir: Dwein Baltazar

    Valérie Bournonville (Belgium)
    Walkers, Tarantula
    Dir: Olivier Meys

    Weronika Czołnowska (Poland)
    Baby, EasyBusyProductions
    Dir: Kei Ishikawa

    Antonin Dedet (France)
    Black Stones, Neon Productions
    Dir: Gyeong Tae Roh

    Justin Deimen (Singapore)
    Lanun, Silver Media Group
    Dir: Chua Jingdu

    Julius Ponten (Netherlands)
    Fatu Adil, Habbekrats
    Dir: Jim Taihuttu

    Alina Yan Qui (China)
    Mazu, Guardian of the Seas, Jampa Films
    Dirs: Xiao Zheng and David Ebner

    Masumi Soga (Japan)
    Kodokushi

    Dir: Janus Victoria

    Lina Tan (Malaysia)
    Five Star Billionaire, Red Films
    Dir: Bernard Chauly

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    Download press release (PDF)

  • ASEF to Support Artistic Collaborations

    Published on 07 Jan 2014

    Artists’ residencies and creative industries will be the focus of the 3rd edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, an initiative of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Arts Network Asia (ANA) and Trans Europe Halles (TEH). Creative Encounters has been supporting artistic collaborations between Asian and European cultural organisations since 2011.

    4 collaborative projects have been selected for support in 2014 from a pool of over 150 proposals received in response to a competitive open call. These 4 projects are briefly described below:

    • EARS - Europe-Asia Roundtable Sessions is a dialogue platform for creative industry professionals and includes selected showcases and performances. It will be held in Helsinki, Finland in September 2014, alongside the Helsinki Design Week. EARS (Finland) and Modern Sky Entertainment (China) will collaborate on this project.
    • Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Producers Workshop will gather film producers from both regions with potential feature films in development. The workshop, to be held in Udine, Italy in April 2014, is a collaboration among Fondo Audiovisivo Del Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), Far East Film Festival (Italy), Busan International Film Festival (Korea) and EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (Luxembourg).
    • Equilibrium will facilitate cross-disciplinary artists’ residencies in Partapur in Rajasthan, India exploring the social empowerment of women. The project, which will run from April to December 2014, is a collaboration among Sandarbh (India), Beneshawar Lok Vikas Sansthan (India) and Mainzer Kunstverein Walpodenstrat 21 e.V (Germany).
    • Focus + Indonesia will organise a series of interdisciplinary mobile artist residencies in Indonesia, Germany and Poland, which respond to local community needs and mutual cultural education. The project will take place from February to May 2014 and is the result of a partnership among Jatiwangi Art Factory (Indonesia), Fundacja Upside Art (Poland) and the National Museum in Szczecin (Poland).

    Creative industries are high on the cultural agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), of which ASEF is the only permanent institution. Support to artists’ residencies and greater bi-directional mobility of artists between Asia and Europe will continue to be important areas of focus for ASEF. Through the ASEF Creative Networks initiative, ASEF will also support the establishment of the Asia-Europe Creative Residency Network in 2014 in collaboration with Res Artis, the largest existing network of artists’ residency programmes.

  • 8 creative proposals have been shortlisted from 169 submissions for the 3rd 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 8 shortlisted projects)

    The shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed proposal on or before Friday, 1 November 2013. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 December 2013.

  • The call for Creative Encounters - Third Edition is now closed. We would like to thank all participants for submitting their proposals.

    This year, a total of 169 proposals were received and will be reviewed over the coming weeks.

    Once all submissions are assessed, a small number of projects will be shortlisted at the beginning of October.

    Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be notified of the results.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) call for joint proposals from Asian and European arts organisations for the 3rd edition of ‘Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe’. The call for proposals is now open.

    Through this programme, ASEF, ANA and TEH actively foster connections across cultures by supporting artistic collaborations, exchanges and dialogues.  Together, they aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges with the objectives of deepening mutual understanding between cultural communities in the two regions, enhancing the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and encouraging creative collaborations.

    ASEF, ANA and TEH encourage organisations to submit multilateral activities that engage as many partners and participants from the 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and reflect the cultural diversity of the two regions. Proposals may come from any artistic discipline and must take place between 1 January 2014 and 30 November 2014. The submission deadline is 15 August 2013.

    ‘Creative Encounters’ directly responds to the Action Plan of the ASEM Culture Ministers which recognises “the important role of […] cultural organisations in promoting cultural diversity” and specifically calls for the promotion of “exchanges in the areas of performances, exhibitions, literary works and audio-visual programmes between Asian and European countries”.

    Apply at Call for Proposals

  • Call for Proposals

    Published on 03 Jun 2013

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH), call for joint proposals from Asian and European arts organisations for the 3rd edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. The call for proposals is now open.

    ASEF, ANA and TEH encourage organisations to submit multilateral activities that engage as many partners and participants from the 49 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and reflect the cultural diversity of the two regions. Proposals may come from any artistic discipline and must take place between 1 January 2014 and 30 November 2014. The submission deadline is 15 August 2013

    Download submission guidelines

    Download application form

    This call supports artistic collaborations between organisations in Asia and Europe. If you are a Network interesting in support for the creation of network’s activities, please refer to the call of ASEF Creative Networks.

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