i-Portunus is a scheme funded by the European Commission that supports the mobility of artists, creators and cultural professionals, implemented by consortia of cultural organisations. It funds short-term mobilities for individuals to go abroad or for hosts to attract international talent.
i-Portunus’ main objective is to connect international artists, creators and cultural professionals and to support international collaborations among all countries participating in the Creative Europe Programme. It’s the “Erasmus” of the culture world.
Currently, i-Portunus is implemented by two pilot projects, managed by two consortia of cultural organisations.
- i-Portunus Houses headed by the European Cultural Foundation, funds cultural mobility via two Calls for Applications for hosts.
- Goethe Institute, launched five Calls for Applications in the cultural sectors of Music, Literary Translation, Architecture and Cultural Heritage and funds mobility for individuals.
The results of these two projects, in addition to the first project implemented in 2019, will be reviewed by the European Commission in designing the final form of i-Portunus and its funding parameters, as a permanent action of the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027. The first projects in the new programme are planned to start in 2022.