The Japan Foundation
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Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

31 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
Singapore 119595
Tel: +65 6874 9700
Fax: +65 8672 1135

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Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) 
Founded on a decree emerging from the 1st Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM *1) in March of 1996, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) was founded in 1997 with the mission of promoting mutual understanding, engagement and collaboration among the people of Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges between the two regions. The Foundation’s headquarters are in Singapore. Its main activities as designated by the Dublin Principles are as follows.

_ Organizing projects closely linked with ASEM activities in collaboration with relevant Asia and European institutions of the ASEM countries
_ Acting as an information clearing house, catalyst and facilitator
_ Organizing some flagship projects of its own
_ Conducting public relations activities to profile ASEM, and publicize ASEM Meetings, seminars and other activities
_ Giving grants (from 2005, giving of grants directly was eliminated in favor of supporting grants in partnership with other organizations)

The operating budget for ASEM is contributed jointly by the member countries, supplemented by support for individual projects from partner organizations and sponsors. Outlay totaled $4,520,064 (approx. 450 million yen) for 2007. Close to 80%, or $3,490,358 (approx. 340 million yen) of that outlay was for programs and projects.

Specific programs in the field of the arts and culture promoted by the Foundation’s Cultural Exchange division fall under the three main categories of Young Artists’ Exchange, Process Oriented Platforms for Exchange and Dialogue on Policy and Culture. The main programs include the following.
+Main programs of the Cultural Exchange division (selected in performing arts field)

1. Young Artists’ Exchange

Pointe to Point, Asia-Europe Dance Forum for choreographers and dancers
This is an annual exchange program for young dancers. It is committed to providing young people with a process-oriented platform for artistic exchange and dialogue through the arts by holding workshops and discussions. The next Pointe to Point forum takes place in Portugal from June 12 to 27, 2009.
 The third forum was held in Tokyo from Sept. 6 to 13, 2005. It was supported by the Tokyo Municipal Government, the Japan Foundation and Goethe-Institut Tokyo, with Dance and Media Japan and the Tokyo Performing Arts Market serving as facilitators.

The Asia-Europe Art Camp (Art and New Media) for students and young artists in visual arts
This is an exchange program in the field of art and new media. It provides programs of lectures, workshops and networking for students and young artists.

2. Process Oriented Platforms for Exchange (Networking activities using the internet, etc.)

Asia-Europe Cultural Exchange, CulturE-ASEF cultural exchange website
This website was launched in 2002 with the aim of promoting information exchange and communication in the field of art. It features information about organizations and agencies, festivals, exchange programs and exhibitions in the ASEM countries.

Culture 360, an Asia-Europe Cultural Portal
Culture360 was launched as a project to prepare a multidisciplinary arts and cultural online portal. Created for and fuelled by artists, cultural practitioners and policy makers, Culture360 is a platform to inform, collaborate, interact and exchange ideas with the arts and cultural communities across Asia and Europe. (presently in preparation for launch)

The 1st Asia-Europe Meeting was held in March 1993 as part of the program of the Asia-Europe Summit proposed by Singapore’s Prime Minister at the time, Goh Chok Tong. That initial meeting was attended by the ASEAN countries and China, Japan and South Korea from Asia and 15 EU countries from Europe along with the European Commission. As of 2007, the membership has grown to include 43 countries and two organizations.