The French Institute, the ACCR network and the Institute of Lebanon have teamed up to invite 100 Lebanese artists in residence in France, through an emergency program “NAFAS” following the explosion of August 4 in Beirut.

With the crisis hitting the Lebanese cultural scene, the French Institute, the Association of Cultural Centers and the French Institute of Lebanon have teamed up to invite 100 Lebanese artists in residence in France, through an emergency programme “NAFAS”, co-financed by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Culture.

The aim of this programme is to enable 100 Lebanese artists, hardly hit in the exercise of their profession, to maintain a creative activity within the framework of cultural exchanges with France, by welcoming them to the French territory for artistic residencies.

The “NAFAS” residences (from Arabic, “breath”) represent a breath of fresh air for Lebanese artists who will be able to stay in France for a defined time, and will generate lasting artistic exchanges between the French and Lebanese art scenes. Thanks to this ambitious residency program, uniting over forty resicendy facilities, France wishes to show its support for the Lebanese artistic community and to act in favour of diversity and freedom of expression.

The call for application will be published in March 2021 and the results will be communicated before summer 2021. The NAFAS programme will lead to 100 grants for residencies taking place until summer 2022 (depending on the sanitary conditions).

The French network of UNESCO Creative Cities developped a specific selection with the French Institue of Lebanon. This way, Angoulême, Limoges, Lyon, Enghien-les-Bains and Metz will welcome a dozen artists in residency between 2021 and 2022 in :
– La Maison des Auteurs – Cité internationale de la Bande Dessinée de l’Image (Angoulême)
– Lyon BD, Maison de la danse et « les Nouvelles subsistances », Ateliers Frappaz, Villa Gillet (Lyon)
– Centre des arts (Enghien-les-Bains)
– Cité musicale L’arsenal (Metz)

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