NAFAS, 100 résidences d’artistes libanais en France
This scheme is aimed at Lebanese artists, creators and cultural professionals
In response to the acute crisis in Lebanon, which has had a devastating impact on the Lebanese arts scene, the Institut français, the Association des Centres culturels de rencontre (ACCR) and the Institut français du Liban have joined forces to offer residencies in France to 100 Lebanese creative artists and cultural professionals via an emergency programme entitled "NAFAS", from the Arabic word نفس, meaning "breath". The programme is an extension of the emergency aid for Lebanon announced by the President of France in September 2020 and is jointly funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Culture. The arts - in the shape of restoration of heritage and help for creative artists - feature prominently in the French emergency reconstruction aid package.
The NAFAS residencies are designed as a breathing space to allow Lebanese artists to pursue their creative work via cultural exchanges with France. The aim of the programme is to provide Lebanese creative artists, designers and arts professionals with support in the form of residencies of a specific duration in all parts of mainland France to enable them to develop a creative and/or research project in any sector of contemporary creative arts.
The Institut français is issuing a call for applications for the arts residencies scheme it is implementing as part of the NAFAS programme aimed at Lebanese creative artists and arts professionals. The programme has been devised in association with six local authorities (the Sud, Hauts-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, the City of Lyon and the Greater Lyon Metropolis). Each residency will be hosted by one of a list of designated structures, which will offer help and guidance with the development of creative and/or research projects.
This scheme offers three-month residencies in any artistic discipline, to be completed by the Spring 2022 (circumstances permitting, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic).
Applicants must carefully read the presentation of each host structure in order to formulate a project in accordance with the chosen residency sites (main discipline, theme, technical means required...).
The application form requires applicants to rank their chosen host structures in order of preference (between one and three choices, maximum).
Application deadline: April 30th, 2021
Selection committee: May 2021
Development and Partnerships Department