International Cultural Exchange

APAP provides a number of tools and services for presenting professionals to expand and deepen their knowledge of artists, traditions and cultures from around the world.

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What you’ll find here:

  • Explore first-hand “Digital Travel Diaries” from APAP Cultural Exchange Fund recipients

  • View visa support resources and information

  • Review the APAP International Festival Guide

  • Enter the Cultural Exchange Lab

Visa Support and Information

APAP provides support and information in the following ways:

  • Visa support letters and technical assistance are available from APAP exclusively for members. Find out how.

  • APAP supports ArtistsFromAbroad.org, which provides guidance and tips on securing visas for foreign guest artists, as well as the latest rules and regulations, downloadable toolboxes, worksheets, forms and links.

  • You can also get the latest updates on government visa policies from APAP’s Advocacy Partner, the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA). Learn more.

Opportunities to Engage

Digital Travel Diaries

Here APAP Cultural Exchange Fund awardees detail their international experiences and share photos, videos, artist and contact information. Search the Digital Travel Diaries to learn where other APAP members have traveled and gain insights into successful international collaborations and other performing arts events abroad.

Cultural Exchange Lab (CXL)

CXL is unique online initiative for sharing and supporting innovative work in the performing arts created by international artists, especially those with roots in Muslim-majority countries and cultures. CXL is also a pilot initiative to make it easier for presenters to identify, book and tour international artists in their communities with a focus on artists from the APAP Building Bridges grants program. Support provided by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

International Festival Guide and Presenting International Artists Report

The International Festival Guide provides a jumping off point to help you to find and explore events around the globe, should you need inspiration for the Cultural Exchange Fund program or are off on your own adventure! Presenting International Artists: A Timely Status Report was created in March 2017 to provide more information on the topic and the experience of past CEF awardees.