Arts Network Asia, the Asia-Europe Foundation and Trans Europe Halle have reviewed the 5 shortlisted projects and have selected 3 projects for Creative Encounters 2015-2016. The 3 successful projects are as follows:

1. Asiatopia 2016
Project Partners:
I) Concrete House (Thailand) II) Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (Thailand) III) ASABANK (Germany) IV) Live Art and Performance Studies MA, Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland)

2. Samdani Seminars 2016
Project Partners:
I) Samdani Art Foundation (Bangladesh) II) Polish Institute, New Delhi (India) III) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (Poland) IV) Protisruti (Bangladesh) V) Brodno Sculpture Park (Poland) VI) Foksal Gallery Foundation (Poland)

3. Ulaanbaatar Media Art Festival
Project Partners:
I) Arts Council of Mongolia (Mongolia) II) Trage Wegen vow (Belgium) III) Temps d’Images Festival (Romania) IV) British Council East-Asia (Singapore)

Total contribution to successful projects: SGD43,000

We would like to thank all applicants for your application to our fifth edition of the Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe, an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halles.


Five creative proposals have been shortlisted from submissions for the 5th edition of the Creative Encounters – Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe. It is an initiative by the Asia-Europe Foundation, Arts Network Asia and Trans Europe Halles. (see pdf document for the list of 5 shortlisted projects).

The shortlisted applicants are requested to submit a detailed proposal on or before 1 December 2015, Tuesday. Successful applicants will be notified in January 2016.


Click HERE to download the application form for Creative Encounters
2015 – 2016

Click HERE to submit your proposals for Creative Encounters 2015 – 2016

Creative Encounters Grantees 2014-2015

Creative Encounters Grantees 2013-2014

Creative Encounters Grantees 2012-2013

Creative Encounters Grantees 2011-2012




Creative Encounters: Cultural Partnerships between Asia and Europe supports collaborative artistic and creative projects that bring together arts organisations and artists from both regions.  

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)and Arts Network Asia (ANA), with the support of the European network Trans Europe Halles (TEH), are launching the 5th call for proposals and welcome submissions of projects that will take place between 1 April and 30 November 2016. The submission deadline is Saturday 15 August 2015.

We, ASEF, ANA & TEH, actively foster connections across cultures by supporting dialogue and artistic collaborations. Through this joint initiative, we aim to reinforce Asia-Europe exchanges that encourage creative collaborations, enhance the mobility of artists and cultural professionals, and deepen mutual understanding between the cultural communities in the two regions.

We encourage organisations to submit multilateral projects that engage several partners and participants from the 51 member countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)1 and that reflect the diversity of the two regions.


Selection criteria include:  

We will only partially fund the selected projects up to a maximum amount of Singapore Dollars (SGD) 25,000. Additional funding sources have to be identified by the applicants and mentioned in the submitted proposal. Our contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total project budget. It will also not include seed funding or cover operational costs.

Procedure for submission & selection:


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Programme Partners


The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development.
ASEF is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Together with about 750 partner organisations ASEF has run more than 700 projects, mainly conferences, seminars and workshops. Over 20,000 Asians and Europeans have actively participated in its activities and it has reached much wider audiences through its networks, web-portals, publications, exhibitions and lectures.

For more information, please visit


Arts Network Asia (ANA), set up by an independent group of artists, cultural workers and art activists, is an enabling grant body working across borders in multiple disciplines that encourages and supports regional artistic collaboration as well as develops managerial and administrative skills within Asia. ANA is motivated by the philosophy of meaningful collaboration, distinguished by mutual respect, initiated in Asia and carried out together with Asian artists and arts communities. It operates in 11 languages. ANA is supported by the Ford Foundation since its inception in 1999 and hosted and managed by TheatreWorks (Singapore).


With the support of:

Founded in 1983, Trans Europe Halles is a European network of cultural centres initiated by citizens and artists that brings together more than 50 multidisciplinary cultural centres and 20 friend organisations from all around Europe. As a network, Trans Europe Halles provides a dynamic forum for ideas, experiences and exchange with the aim to support and strengthen the sustainable development of its members and the cultural sector as a whole.



1 The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) is an intergovernmental forum for dialogue and cooperation established in 1996 to deepen relations between Asia and Europe, which addresses political, economic and socio-cultural issues of common concern. The 53 ASEM Members are Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, the Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Viet Nam, the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat.  For more information, please visit