The Ultimate Cookbook For Cultural Managers - Visas For Third Country National Artists


The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers - Visas for Third Country National Artists Travelling to the Schengen Area is the fifth publication of the RISE project. The European Festivals Association (EFA) and Pearle*- Live Performance Europe have teamed up to improve knowledge on legal and managerial aspects on cross-border cooperation within the EFA RISE project, funded by the Creative Europe Programme from the European Union from 2014 until 2017, and renewed until 2021 as EFA RISE 2.

Activities of artists, cultural professionals and live performance organisations are rarely limited to their own country. Nowadays they are very mobile and readily accept to perform abroad.
Depending on your nationality when travelling to a European country a visa may be required to enter the Schengen area. This area covers a large number of countries of the European Union (but not all) and a number of other European countries.
There are uniform rules that are established by the European Union when travelling or staying for a short period of time (up to 90 days in any 180 days period) in the Schengen area.
When staying for a longer period, the rules depend on the country you will visit or where you will be staying. In addition, there may be specific requirements when the visit is intended for professional or employment purposes. So when you obtain a visa, it will permit you to travel within the Schengen area, but if you are also intending to work you may need to obtain a labour permit (or work permit) in addition to the visa, depending on the country. 

In this hands-on guide, you will find everything you need to know about travelling in the Schengen area from a third country, and you will be able to navigate the complexity of these regulations.

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image of Sandrine Legrain

I used to work with an organization that hosted artists from an African country. At the request of the artists and in order to avoid the difficulties related to short stays in Europe, the association was committed to the administration to allow the artists to have a long-stay visa. The artists did not behave well and, one thing or another, their attitude created enormous difficulties that led to the end of the association who employed many other artists. I think that welcoming foreign artists is a good thing but I advise the greatest caution to avoid the difficulties that can be fatal for our small structures. I think that some artists are not aware of the difficulties involved in live performance production.

Posté il y a 1 année 9 mois
image of Mike Ribalta

This a very hot issue in all sectors, specially when the new Culture Programme of the Commission aims to focus on Africa. Sadly the document is not available on the link you provide. Would it be possible to amend this? It will be very useful!

Posté il y a 1 année 8 mois
image of Fernando Bittencourt Hersan

Hi Mike, looks like our partners at Pearle* and EFA updated the link to the pdf on their websites and it stopped working. I just updated it and all is working fine now. Enjoy the reading!

Posté il y a 1 année 8 mois