Welcome by Minister of State Monika Grütters, Member of the German Bundestag

Minister of State Monika Grütters ©Christof Rieken

“Travel requires patience, courage and good humour; one must also forget all one’s household cares and not be bothered by adverse coincidences, difficulties, bad weather, bad food and the like.” So wrote Adolph Freiherr von Knigge, who as lawyer, civil servant and satirist possessed a rare combination of skills. Although travel today is easier than in the 18th century, certain difficulties remain, especially for artists and others in creative professions. And not everyone has the legal and administrative expertise of a Freiherr von Knigge ... 

But the website touring artists is intended to make sure that such expertise isn’t needed. It provides all the information creative workers need for stays abroad: information on copyright, fellowships and artist-in-residence programmes, on funding for cultural projects, visas and work permits, tax and social legislation, insurance and transport. In this way, the website helps with cross-border mobility in the arts.

Such mobility is important, because exchange and interaction are necessary for the arts to enrich Europe and bring Europeans together. Culture and the arts require not only creativity but also the possibility to express oneself freely, regardless of national borders. So I am glad my office is able to provide funding for the touring artists website. I would like to thank the project organizers, the International Theatre Institute in Germany (ITI) and the Internationalen Gesellschaft der Bildenden Künste (IGBK) for their efforts, and I wish all visitors to the site much success in their international endeavours.

Signature Grütters

Prof. Monika Grütters, Member of the German Bundestag
Minister of State for Culture and the Media 

Berlin, 12 May 2015

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