Please note: this information is intended as a guide only. It is not exhaustive and only describes organisations or projects by their primary function. For up-to-date information, please refer to the hyperlinked websites.


Arts Funding and Advisory Bodies

Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Grant Program

The AICC grants program provides funding for international arts and cultural projects that focus on the AICC priority regions, which reflect Australia's broad public diplomacy and foreign and trade policy interests. Applications should be for cultural diplomacy projects incorporating activities in priority regions.

For more information about the Grants Program, including full details on eligibility and how to apply, click here.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is responsible for the Australian Government's international relations, trade and development assistance programs. It provides information on grants issued by Foundations, Councils and Institutes seeking to provide financial assistance for outcome based projects, programs and initiatives which strengthen International and Australian links and cooperation.

For more information, click here

European Commission

The guidelines for the new European Union funding for Culture entitled Culture Europe are now available.
There are three funding strands:

  • European cooperation projects
  • European platforms
  • European networks

A significant new clause that facilitates Australian participation: ‘For projects involving costs relating to a third country (i.e. costs relating to natural persons citizens of a third country, organisations based in a third country and activities taking place in a third country), the relevant costs incurred by the Project leader and/or the partners must not exceed thirty per cent of the total eligible budget.’
The EU is encouraging innovation and asking applicants to seek out new ways of working, new partners and new models.
For more information, click here.

Institut Français - IFProg

For French and International Professionals.  Applications for artistic cooperations and exchanges, 'Visa pour la création', 'Ateliers du monde' and 'Dispositif caraïbes' are open from 1 September to 8 November, 2013.  To register, click here.

Festivals and Touring

European Festivals Association

The European Festivals Association is the umbrella organisation for festivals across Europe and beyond. One of the oldest cultural networks in Europe, it was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1952 as a joint initiative of the eminent conductor Igor Markevitch and the great philosopher Denis de Rougemont. Since its foundation, the Association has grown from 15 festivals into a dynamic network representing more than 100 music, dance, theatre and multidisciplinary festivals, national festival associations and cultural organisations from 44 countries.

For more information on the EFA: its mission, its historical background and how to become a member, click here.

International Touring

Australian arts organisations and artists are presented in an exciting array of international contexts. The Australia Council supports artists and companies to take advantage of international opportunities and provides funding to assist international tours and one-off presentations of performing arts and live art.

Please visit this link for information about funding for international touring opportunities through the Austraia Council, and for more information, speak to a member of the Market Development team.

Jacob's Pillow Dance

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow's rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

Moving Cake (Gibanica) Festival - Slovenian Contemporary Dance Platform

Since 2003 the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance has been a competitive contemporary dance festival whose name is a pun on the Slovene verb for moving (gibati) and a traditional Slovene pastry (gibanica), which varies from region to region. The biennial festival presents an overview of the most outstanding Slovene dance performance of the preceding 2 years.

The festival aspires to present the diversity of the Slovene dance scene to the local and international audiences. Presented at various venues in Ljubljana, it embraces a range of dance forms from "pure" to "hybrid", including works of both the established generation as well as dance pieces by newcomers who are just beginning to make their mark on the dance scene. The main programme of the Moving Cake Festival features around 12 shows by selected Slovene dance artists, which compete for the Gibanica (Moving Cake) Festival of Slovene Dance Award – one is selected by the audience and the other by an international jury. Several performances are presented in the side programme, which also includes discussions and round tables taking a critical look at the Slovene dance scene, and occasionally workshops. The festival is attended by numerous international dance critics, festival directors, and producers.

The selection of the programme is entrusted to an international team of dance experts and/or artists, who make a selection from commonly over 50 applied productions. Thus, beside Slovene selectors, the 2005 festival hosted as a co-selector John Ashford, the director of the referential London-based dance centre The Place. The 2007 festival invited the Latvian dance curator Laura Stasane, the Croatian dramaturg and dance theoretician Ivana Ivković, and the artistic coordinator of Dance December Festival Samme Raeymaekers, who also co-selected the 2009 programme. The 2011 co-selector was Virve Sutinen, President of IETM Board and Artistic director of Dansens Hus, Sweden

For more information, click here

Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis

Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis is an annual contemporary dance festival, involving multiple theatres across the French department of Seine-Saint-Denis, northeast of Paris. With a primary focus on creation, it endevours to showcase emerging artists presenting original and engaging work.

For more information, click here

What_now 2013

What_now 2013 is the fifth edition of this artist-curated festival of new work, this year led by Frank Bock. In his curation Frank is seeking to unearth and explore both the nature and the significance of 'context' in defining new developments in dance and choreographic thinking, both in the UK and abroad. Frank sets out to achieve this through an eclectic and thoughtfully diverse programme of performances, screenings, installations, talks and workshops, all accompanied by the presence of choreographic thinkers in residence. Alongside the festival, Frank will host both a Mentoring Lab investigating the artist / mentor relationship, and an artists' Mentoring Scheme.

Amongst the artists participating are Ivana Müller, Theron Schmidt, Neil Callaghan, Gigi Argyropoulou and Hypathia Vourloumis.

The What series of festivals is a showcase for the incredible innovation and diversity of contemporary independent dance artists working today.

It was created by former ID co-director Gill Clarke. Gill's passion focused on presenting artists and independent makers on the edges of visibility who generate excitement and debate in dance. She was driven by an aim to expand the notion of what might be perceived as the legitimate concerns of a dance practice, drawing on her broad vision that embodiment, movement and choreography are investigative processes we are all involved with. These processes can be rigorous and invite connections across disciplines. Gill was drawn to works which respond to questions about what is happening now and where creative concerns are heading.

For more information, click here 



Aerowaves is a dance network which began in 1996, bounded only by the geography of Europe. It brings together specialists from 34 countries to look at the work of young choreographers. From the outset, this has resulted in many performance opportunities at The Place in London as well as a steadily increasing number of presentations throughout the continent.

For more information, click here.

Contradanse - Belgium

Contredanse was set up in 1984 in order to support and stimulate choreographic creativity.

  • Contradanse works to:
    Inform dancers and choreographers on training courses, festivals and auditions
  • Produce publications that are now a point of reference for many choreographers, dancers and researchers in Belgium and abroad
  • Organise training  courses in direct connection with the subject of our publications
  • Organise events such as round tables, seminars, performances, exhibitions, conferences and book launches to encourage the discussion and sharing of ideas on current and future developments in the world of dance. aims to stimulate the cultural engagement between Asia and Europe and enhance greater understanding between the two regions. Created for and fuelled by artists, cultural practitioners and policy makers, is your platform to inform, collaborate, interact and exchange ideas with the arts and cultural communities across Asia and Europe.

As a reference tool, and a place for dialogue, this exciting portal will take cultural cooperation between Asia and Europe to a whole new level.

For more information, click here.


DanceWEB is a non-profit organisation based in Vienna founded in 1996, devising and realising projects to enhance the professional possibilities for emerging choreographers together with partner organisations such as CCN Montpellier, Ultima Vez, Cullberg Ballet, Southbank Centre, Station or Workshop Foundation.

For more information, click here.

European Dancehouse Network

The aim and mission of the European Dancehouse Network (EDN) is to promote and present dance art and artists cross borders and to promote the professional development of dance artists, dance infrastructure and dance as an art form, by using the experience and strengths of each network partner.

For more information, click here.


Thousands of professional dancers, choreographers and teachers from all over the world, come together, work together, for five weeks, in one city - ImPulsTanz - a workshop festival for contemporary dance and bodywork in July/August 2013.

International University - Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE)

IUGTE is a non-government non-profit organization founded in 2000.  It holds the International Physical Theatre Lab, which is open to dancers, choreographers, actors and directors inspired by Physical Theatre as a bold, vibrant and multidimensional approach to contemporary theatre performance and interested in finding new international network opportunities and collaborators.

For more information, click here.

On the Move

On the Move (OTM) is the cultural mobility information network active in Europe and worldwide. OTM is an information hub for cultural mobility opportunities and advocates for socially and environmentally responsible cultural mobility.

  • OTM informs: they organise, coordinate and improve cultural mobility through an information service that is transparent, accurate and user friendly
  • OTM advocates: they promote a concept of mobility that is respectful of social standards and environmental protection and that promotes cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

For more information, click here.


RESEO is active in the field of advocacy for opera and dance education and audience development towards European institutions.

For more information, click here.

Tanzquartier Wien - Modul-Dance

The Tanzquartier Wien (TQW) is one of the most important dance houses in Europe when it comes to thinking ahead and promoting contemporary dance and performance and the related theoretical discourses and standpoints. Against the background of a transdisciplinary understanding of art that is also reflected in the location of the TQW at the centre of the MuseumsQuartier, the tracing of contemporary developments and pioneering tendencies in dance creation and the dialogic proximity with arts determine our actions as well as the formats.

Modul-dance is a multi-annual cooperation project funded by the European Commission through the Culture Programme. Supported by the European Dancehouse Network modul-dance is a collaboration between 22 European dance houses and media institutions from 15 countries; more than any previous EU-sponsored cultural project.

For more information, click here.
For information on other European Dance networks, click here.

Training, Research and Development Centres

Atelier for Young Festival Managers

Do you belong to the next generation of artistic festival directors? Do you feel the need to broaden your programming skills, grow your network and get inspired by your peers and experienced forerunners? Are you excited to dig into the cultural and festival life in Ljubljana?

The Atelier for Young Festival Managers is a unique, intense, 7-day training programme initiated by the European Festivals Association.

For more information, click here

Mentorships and Residencies

Asialink Arts Residencies in Asia

Each year the Asialink Residency Program sends 40 Australian writers, performers, artists and arts managers to live and work throughout Asia. The grant of up to $12,000 goes towards travel, living and project expenses, and affords recipients the opportunity for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity.

Performing Arts Forum (PAF)

Performing Arts Forum (PAF) , is an artist residency program, open all year. It is located in the village of St. Erme, France, approximately 130km northeast of Paris, between Laon and Reims. This residency  is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to come together in an autonomous environment to share ideas and practices.

There is no formal application process. If you are interested in attending or would like further information please contact

Jan Ritsema / PAF | 15, rue Haute | F-02820 St Erme Outre et Ramecourt
T/F +33323801846 | mobile Jan: +33637031645 | mobile Nariman +33664198369
email Jan: | Nariman: or check out

Res Artis - Worldwide network of artist residencies

Res Artis are an association of over 400 centers and organisations in over 70 countries. Their members are dedicated to offering artists, curators, and all manner of creative people a time and place away from their every-day life, an experience framed within a unique geographic and cultural context.

Since 1993, through the volunteer efforts of the Board of Directors and countless partners and friends, Res Artis has grown to become the largest network of its kind, promoting the role of residential art programs as a vital part of the contemporary arts world, stimulating the creative development and mobility of artists, and furthering intercultural understanding.

For more information, click here.

Sommerakademie in 2014

The Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee 2013 will take place in Berne from August 13 - 23, 2014.

For more information on Sommerakademie, click here.


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