Zone Franche

The circulation of foreign artists in France and Europe

Wednesday, December 12 2018, at 09:30 am

Auditorium - Cité internationale des arts
Links (1)

Zone Franche organizes its next Network Meeting all day on Wednesday, December 12 in collaboration with the Cité internationale des arts and the Famdt.


"The circulation of foreign artists in France and Europe: from the path of the fighter to the paths of cooperation"


The reception of foreign professional artists in France and Europe is a theme that is at the crossroads of several issues. First of all, it is an essential element in the construction of a cultural policy geared towards diversity, aware of a happy creolity and open to exchange. The difficulties of access to European territories encountered by some are a negative message sent to the rest of the world, foreign artists being privileged ambassadors for intercultural exchange. A hazardous artistic mobility in France, as with our neighbours, represents a questioning of both the attractiveness of a territory and its influence. Moreover, since France acts as one of the major cultural platforms essential for world music in particular, the circulation of foreign artists acts as an economic and development lever and revitalizes emerging scenes around the world. In the current context of tighter conditions for the movement of foreign artists, particularly those from countries of the South, the withdrawal of some of our societies' identities and a new political and cultural agenda for Europe, the question of artistic mobility is now acute. The questions and expectations of professionals on the subject are numerous, the need for exchanges to think better and act together, particularly significant. In order to provide elements of understanding and reflection on the subject, we propose a Network Meeting of an exceptional format, with a morning in the form of workshops (European mechanisms & visas) and a plenary afternoon, more particularly focused on welcoming African artists.




9:30am: Coffee reception


10-11:15am : Workshop 1 / Deciphering European mechanisms*
Presentation of the new cooperation programmes (Music Moves Europe, Creative Europe, Erasmus) and territorial development projects (ERDF, ESF, EAFRD). How to participate in certain schemes and what are the challenges for the sector?

Speakers :
Laurence Baronne - Deputy Director, Relais Culture Europe
Stéphanie Thomas - Professional Cooperation Coordination, Fedelima
Moderator: Alban Cogrel - Administrator, Famdt


11:30am-12:45pm: Workshop 2 / Visa itinerary*
Presentation of the main procedures and modalities to be followed to obtain a professional visa for foreign artists. Reminder of the tools and resources available, (Mobiculture, Artists' Visa Committee).

Speaker :
Anaïs Lukacs - Coordination, Mobiculture
Moderator: Pierre-Henri Frappat - Director, Zone Franche


* Workshops reserved for members of Zone Franche, of the Famdt and artists resident of the Cité internationale des arts


12:45-2:30pm: Lunch


2:30-4:30pm: Plenary / The circulation of African artists in France and Europe
As we approach the European elections (May 2019) and the African Cultural Season in France (Africa 2020, from June to December 2020), we wish to question the freedom of work and movement of African artists on our territory and that of our European neighbours. More generally, this reflection also questions the place and recognition that we wish to give, in France and Europe, to African creation, in all its diversity, all its vitality. The exchanges will also focus on our ability to welcome these artists in a concrete way and our collective ability to invent new areas of cooperation in order to respond, with strength and commitment, to the formidable gathering of the young African scene on our old continent.

Speakers :
N'Goné Fall - General Curator of the Africa 2020 Season
Noël Corbin - Deputy Curator of the Africa 2020 Season
Marie Le Sourd - Secretary General, On the Move (Belgium)
Sébastien Lagrave - Director, Africolor Festival
Lady Apoc - Artist in residence at the Cité internationale des arts


4:30-5:30pm: Presentation of members' news: Bakfoul Prod, Casa Tropicale, RFI Talents.


6pm: Aperitif

Pratical Information

Free entry, upon reservation via the form HERE 


The workshops organized from 10am to 12:45pm are exclusively open to members of the Zone France, the Famdt and artists resident of the Cité internationale des arts.

See Also