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i-Portunus builds momentum after a successful first call

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After the resounding success for the first round of the i-Portunus call for applications, the initiative is now preparing for the second round.

The call received over 1200 applications during the first call – mainly from artists, though with a significant number of cultural professionals.   There were a mix of applications from almost all countries participating in the Creative Europe programme – the majority having been received from larger Member States – with 37 percent of applicants coming from Germany, France and Italy.  There were also substantial responses from Slovenia and Poland, as well as from the Ukraine – showing significant interest from countries outside the EU.  The mobilities selected from the first call are scheduled to take place from 15 June until the end of 2019.

The project aims to provide support about 350-400 short-term (15-85 days), international mobilities of artists organised in three Calls.  Participants can benefit from access to different markets – which can aid in attracting new audiences or followers, strengthen existing international collaborations and open their career perspectives and opportunities.

Studies have convincingly illustrated the importance and impact of mobility for the professional development of artists and culture professionals.  Working, performing and co-producing in a different country can be a wonderful contribution to the personal development of artists – and the cultural professions as a whole.  i-Portunus will test how best to organise short mobilities in the visual and performing artists .  Similar projects will run next year preparing the way for the mobility of artists and/or cultural professionals to become a permanent addition to the next Creative Europe programme. 

The second call for i-Portunus projects will open on 3 June, so keep checking the Creative Europe or i-Portunus websites for updates.