Japan Foundation: Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe, Open call


Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe (PAJ Europe) was started by the Japan Foundation in 2006 to revitalise and facilitate the exchange between leading artists in Europe and Japan. The main feature of this scheme is that this grant will be made available to those organisers based in Europe who are planning to organise Japan-related performing arts projects in European regions. The applications will be screened by an annually appointed panel of advisors who are specialists in the area of performing arts in Europe. Successful applicants will receive grants towards part of the cost of implementing their project.

The PAJ Europe programme comprises of the following two categories:

TOURING GRANT: assists the presentation process of Japan-related performing arts projects in which the Japanese artist is included in the tour at multiple cities in Europe, with emphasis on locations outside major capital cities where there is no regular exposure to Japanese performing arts.

Please note: The PAJ definition of ‘Touring’ means a project that is presented as one continuous tour without large gaps of time between performances.

COLLABORATION GRANT: assists the development stage of a project in which Japanese and European artists work collaboratively in order to create a new work through research, residencies, artists’ discussions etc., that has the potential of being developed into a touring project in the future, enhancing the understanding of Japanese culture when presented to European audiences.

The purpose of the project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct Europe-Japan artistic collaborations in the field of the performing arts. The project must take place between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2020. Applications can be accepted from performing arts-related organisations, such as festivals, theatres, or arts promotion companies which are based in the list of eligible PAJ European countries (see in the link below).

Among the eligible cost:  PAJ grant is only applicable to cover the following costs for the project that takes place during the eligible funding period (April 2019 – June 2020):

a) Expenses for invited Japanese artists/professionals: – International airfare (discounted economy class) – Travel costs within Europe (deemed appropriate) – Lodging and Per Diems – Freight

b) Expenses for the Translator/Interpreter: – Translation and interpreting costs (between Japanese and European languages) related to the project

Deadline: 31 October 2018

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