Open Call for participation in Med Culture capacity building workshops: Broadening the base, Working in peripheries
Open Call for participation in Med Culture capacity building workshops for cultural practitioners from southern Mediterranean countries: “Broadening the base, working in peripheries”
Med Culture is launching the first call for participation in two P2P workshops addressing the theme “Broadening the base, working in peripheries”.
Capacity development is a core activity of Med Culture programme, Thus, four main themes will be tackled within the peer-to- peer (P2P) workshops taking place in the next two years in the South Mediterranean region. The current P2P format favours exchanges among professionals who share common challenges, and where participants are identified through a methodology of open calls.”
Broadening the base, working in peripheries:
In most of the countries participating in Med Culture programme, cultural activities are highly concentrated in big cities. Cultural initiatives emerging outside the hub of cultural life are often isolated and resources are limited, making it all the more essential to maximise what is available in terms of spaces as well as human resources, including those of local communities. In this case, developing new partnerships, teaming up with colleagues, and participating in networking activities are key to the sustainability of the cultural activity on the mid and long term. Another challenge concerns developing projects that are strongly rooted in the local scene, involving both municipalities and local communities, and/or neighbouring territories in border-crossing areas. Audience development and concrete ways to tackle it should be addressed and promoted as well.
One of the objectives behind this activity is to exploit and enhance assets in the peripheries by engaging new players and forging new partnerships. Thus, promoting cultural activities is envisaged as a strategy to render target areas more dynamic locally, regionally and internationally, while contributing to their autonomy and providing them with the tools and orientation necessary to envision their future.
Deadline for submitting applications: 5 August, 2015
The call is targeting 20 cultural practitioners from Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, and Tunisia. Aged between 29 and 45 years at the time of application
Selected candidates will participate in two capacity building workshops in 2015 and 2016
- The first workshop is scheduled to take place on 9-11 September 2015 in Tunis
- The second workshop will be scheduled sometime in Spring 2016
Selection process: candidates are selected based on their CV and a cover letter explaining their interest and motivation. The selection jury is composed of experts including one member of Med Culture team.
Selection criteria: candidates should:
- be residents in one of the involved countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Candidates with Syrian or Libyan nationality who come from the civil society sector and who reside in their country or elsewhere are also eligible.
- have a strong command of Arabic. Knowledge of French OR English is a requirement
- work in the cultural field as freelance, or within civil society/cultural organisations, art schools and departments, or public sector related services/departments/ institutions
- Be committed to participate in both workshops related to the subject
As the workshops will follow a peer-to-peer format, the profiles of the participants are essential for the content of the sessions. Therefore candidates should have experience in the subject at hand and/or willing to address the issues that will be tackled during the workshop:
- Projects that are remote from the artistic/cultural milieus of big cities
- Transformation/animation of cultural spaces mainly in these areas
- Development of partnerships with cross-border partners and/or in close link with municipalities
- Community based initiatives
- Promotion of audience development
Travel and accommodation expenses are taken in charge by Med Culture.
To apply, send your:
- CV in French or English (education, current activities, etc.)
- Cover letter explaining your interest and motivation for participating in these two workshops (why are you interested to participate and what objective do you plan to achieve or develop through this participation).
For any inquiries please contact Fanny Bouqerel: firstname.lastname@example.org
Announcement of results: 11 August 2015. Selected candidates will be informed by e-mail.
Med Culture is a 4-year(2014-2018) regional programme funded by the European Union to accompany partner countries in south of the Mediterranean in the development and improvement of cultural policies and practices related to the culture sector. The approach is consultative/participative and takes place in partnership with civil society actors, ministries, private and public institutions involved in culture as well as other related sectors.
Med Culture’s ultimate goal is to pave the way towards the development of institutional and social environments that will confirm culture as vector for freedom of expression and sustainable development.
More specifically to
1. Improve the governance of the culture sector including promotion of interministeriale cooperation, elaboration of national action plans for culture, and improving organisational structures in cooperation with peers across the region.
2. Strengthen mutual development of capacities among peers of civil society organisations (CSOs,) and public and private sectors.
3. Broaden the base by involving young generations, developing activities and audiences in peripheries, promoting cross sector collaborations and collaborations among cultural practitioners across the region.
4. Promote sharing and access to information of available resources online and best practices through Med Culture’s website.
 The next calls will be published in August, and then in Autumn 2015
 The themes are: Pooling resources – networking; Employment/entrepreneurial skills for the cultural field, Advocacy for culture, Broadening the base – working in peripheries.