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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 arts 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 to offer Lebanese artists a breathing space and allow them to continue producing 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 lasting for a specified 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 individual residencies in any artistic discipline, to be completed by March 2022 (circumstances permitting, in the light of the current coronavirus pandemic).
Terms and conditions

See detailed terms and conditions


Submitting applications

Applications must be submitted directly on the online platform IFProg. Applications submitted by any other means will not be considered.


Before applying, applicants are expressly requested to read carefully the General Conditions and attach the following documents to their form:

  • A residency project relevant to the chosen host structures (maximum 5 pages);
  • A folder of work / portfolio;
  • A curriculum vitae;
  • A sworn statement certifying that the work presented is the applicant's own.


In implementing this programme, the utmost precaution will be exercised regarding the public health situation. Residencies are offered subject to prevailing public health conditions and measures in force on the date when the residency is due to start.

Who can apply?

The scheme is open to creative artists and arts professionals who have been living in Lebanon for at least five years, subject to the possibility of obtaining a short stay visa (bearing in mind the travel restrictions currently imposed in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic). Additional information can be found on the website of the French Consulate in Lebanon.

Applications are welcomed from emerging and established artists from all parts of Lebanon. The scheme emphasizes diversity and is keen to receive applications from artists from a variety of social backgrounds and geographical areas, especially those who have had no prior dealings with France.


Disciplines concerned

Applicants can propose a project in any of the following disciplines:

Architecture, visual arts, street/public space performance, comics, cinema, digital art, exhibition curation, dance, design, literature, fashion, music, performance, photography, cross-disciplinary projects, theatre, literary translation.

Choice of host structure

Applicants' proposed projects must be compatible with the goals and activities of the host structure concerned. Applicants are requested to read host structures' individual descriptions carefully to ensure that the project they devise is relevant to the cultural remit of the host structure (in terms of disciplinary focus, theme, technical equipment and so on). 

The application form requires applicants to rank their chosen host structures in order of preference. Up to three choices of host structure are allowed: these must be numbered in order of preference.









  • LA MÉTIVE (Moutier-d’Ahun) - Dance, theatre, visual arts, cinema, literature, digital art, projects combining arts and science, music, photography, architecture
  • VILLA BLOCH (Poitiers) - All disciplines for projects at the research and writing stage



  • LES ATELIERS FRAPPAZ (Villeurbanne) - All performing arts forms specifically intended for public spaces
  • LES SUBS (Lyon) - Performing arts, visual arts, digital art, performance art, set design, architecture, cross-disciplinary projects

Funding and supervision of residencies

All residencies are individual residencies and have a duration of for three months.

The programme will cover the cost of a return ticket (Lebanon-France-Lebanon), a living allowance of €1,000 per month, and visa and insurance costs.

The host structure will provide the artist-in-residence with living accommodation and a workspace for the duration of their stay. In addition, it will provide the artist-in-residence with professional advice and supervision of the project.

The residencies cannot be extended. No supplementary allowance to help cover the cost of producing the work will be provided.


This programme is jointly funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Culture and is implemented by a consortium of partner organizations composed of the Institut français (which is the leading partner), the ACCR and the Institut français in Lebanon.

The Institut français scheme has been devised in conjunction with fifteen host structures and has received support from the Sud, Hauts-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, the City of Lyon and the Greater Lyon Metropolis.

In tandem with this call for applications, the Institut français is working with the Cité internationale des arts as associate partner to host Lebanese artists-in-residence.

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