Corona statement by the consortium.
The current situation caused by the corona pandemic forces us to think differently about international mobility. The meaning of mobility has to reinvent itself within the new normal, acknowledging digital work, quickly changing country codes, quarantine rules and the temporary closing of borders, regions or specific areas. The current regulations have a huge impact on cultural life as we know it, and specifically on cultural practitioners. Safety must prevail, of course. However, the cultural sector has been hit hard in its core business with hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural professionals having lost income from one day to another. Even in times of crisis it should be possible for people to perform their job. For some, this job includes travel. For many in the cultural sector, mobility is more necessary than ever, but also more challenging than ever. Therefore, the consortium that manages i-Portunus decided to continue to offer international mobility, where and when possible. We believe that providing financial support to artists and cultural professionals, via a mobility scheme where they can apply directly based on their needs, will help them to continue to work.
Introduction to i-Portunus 2020.
i-Portunus is a short-term pilot project selected and funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, to trial a mobility scheme for artists and culture professionals. This second phase (2020-21) is managed by a consortium headed by the Goethe-Institut with Institut français and Izolyatsia.
In this second phase, i-Portunus bases itself on the experiences obtained in the first phase and shifts its focus on other areas of international cultural cooperation, in order to get a thorough look at the various sectors and their different needs for mobility. Therefore, this second phase of i-Portunus will launch four sector-specific Calls for artists and creators and one rolling, multi-sectoral Call for culture professionals.
The Rolling Call for culture professionals will be open to the sub-sectors of visual arts, performing arts, literature, architecture, cultural heritage and music. Applications can be submitted any time until 15 June and there will be a selection every month.
The four sector-specific open Calls will respectively be open to creators in literature, architecture, cultural heritage and music. There will only be one Call for each of these sectors with a definite deadline in each case.
All Calls will be launched between December 2020 and June 2021 and will be open to artists, creators and/or cultural professionals residing in a Creative Europe Country and with a destination in a Creative Europe Country. The mobility applications will require a specific and well-defined objective, such as international collaboration, professional development and/or creation.
The budget earmarked for the mobility support is estimated at 500.000 euro. With this budget i-Portunus expects to fund approximately 250 mobility grants. Financial support will be given to a fixed amount for transport and per diems determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the duration of the mobility, and the destination country.
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The UK participates in i-Portunus as long as it participates in the Creative Europe Programme.