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Creative Encounters - 5th Edition (2015-16)

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15 June 2015 - 31 Dec 2016 Culture Department Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe (2009-2017) Culture


The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), and its partners Arts Network Asia (ANA) and the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) have launched the 5th 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.”


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  • Arts Network Asia

Project Updates

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and Arts Network Asia (ANA) will support Asiatopia Performance Art Festival on 13 to 19 October 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Asiatopia has existed in Thailand since 1998, and has presented the work of more than 500 international artists from all over the world. This year’s Asiatopia Performance Conference 2016 is the second effort (the first being in 2005) to bring performance artists together with regional organizers, curators, writers, historians, and theorists for the purpose of sharing stories, accounts and theories concerning the development of performance art in Southeast Asia.

    Asiatopia 2016 includes performance art laboratory, live-actions, seminars, discussions, oral histories, and publications. We intend to trace and annotate performance art’s cross-fertilization with social movements from the period of the cold war, the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, and the defeat of the United States in Vietnam to the present. We are particularly interested in the historical legacy of activist performance art in Southeast Asia: its emergence from the body-at-risk and grass-roots political theatre in urban and rural settings.

    Asiatopia is supported by ASEF and Arts Network Asia (ANA) through the Creative Encounters programme. It has been selected from pool of 75 proposals submitted in 2015. Project Partners include: Concrete House (Thailand), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand), University of the Arts Helsinki, Live Art And Performance Studies (Laps), Theatre Academy, (Finland).

  • Three projects from a pool of 75 proposals have been selected for support in 2016, through the fifth edition of Creative Encounters:

    1) Asiatopia 2016
    Performing arts festival with a focus on documenting oral histories of artists in relation to the contribution of artists & creativity to the social fabric of their respective communities. Project partners include Concrete House (Thailand), Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand) and University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland).

    2) Lila: Samdani Seminars 2016, Pawel Althamer and the Neighbours
    A series of workshops with Asian & European artists focusing on marginalised communities in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  Project partners include Samdani Art Foundation (Bangladesh), Polish Institute, New Delhi (India), Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland), Brodno Sculpture Park (Poland), Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw (Poland), Protisruti, The Promise, Institute of Drug Rehabilitation (Bangladesh).

    3) Ulaanbaatar Media Art Festival
    An arts festival with focus on film, new media, photography, sound and fashion in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Participating artists from Asia and Europe will address in particular questions of urban versus nomadic civilisation, tradition & modernity and gender inequality. Project partners include Arts Council of Mongolia, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany) and Ministry of Culture and Communication, France.

  • Five creative proposals have been shortlisted from 75 submissions for the 5th edition of the Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. It is an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia with the support of Trans Europe Halles. (See pdf document for the list of 5 shortlisted projects)

    The shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed proposal on or before Tuesday 1 December 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2016.

  • The selection of proposals for the 5th edition of the ‪#CreativeEncounters – Culture Partnerships between Asia and Europe is still underway. Stay tuned for the announcement of the shortlisted applicants on Monday, 2 November 2015.

  • The call for Creative Encounters – Fifth Edition is now closed. We would like to thank all participants for submitting their proposals. For this second edition, more than 90 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 Arts Network Asia (ANA) with the support of the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH) are launching the call for joint proposals from Asian and European arts organisations for the 5th edition of Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. The call for proposals is now open. The submission deadline is 15 August 2015

    ASEF, ANA and TEH encourage organisations to submit multilateral activities that engage as many partners and participants from the 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and reflect the cultural diversity of the two regions. The 5th call, we invite proposals to explore issues of cultural mobility and community engagement. Proposals may come from any artistic discipline and must take place between 1 April 2016 and 30 November 2016.

    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.

    If you are looking for project partner, please visit Find a Partner, a space where cultural organisations can find new opportunities to collaborate and network with each other across Asia and Europe.

    Communication Partner: Trans Europe Halles

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