Interarts launches a call for professionals with proven experience in the evaluation of cultural cooperation and development programmes and projects in the Southern Mediterranean region, to carry out an external evaluation of SouthMedCV – a three year’ EU co-funded project within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.

The overall objective of SouthMed CV is to strengthen the work and capacities of cultural operators, practitioners of different art disciplines in the Southern Mediterranean, to give support and promote a set of innovative projects which, by means of a continuous coaching and evaluating process, are disseminated in the region.

Applicants will have to submit a written proposal according to the following terms of reference before the 4 September 2017.

Proposals must be written in English and sent to info@smedcv.net.


On July 10th and 11th, MARSAD held its 3rd encounter in Alexandria, Egypt from a series of encounters and meetings that are taking place in the Southern Mediterranean region as part of the implementation of the project. The meeting in Egypt, brought together cultural operators and professionals from different fields from Egypt to discuss the general state of culture in the region. Presentations of Racines and El Madina Arts took place, followed by a debate about defining artistic and cultural work, then followed the presentation of a cultural cartography platform developed by Racines ‘ Art Map’, and a discussion about the Moroccan cultural practices. Finally, a presentation of MARSAD took place and a discussion about the possibilities and ways for Egyptian cultural professionals to participate and collaborate with the platform.

Before the encounter in Egypt, MARSAD had organised two other encounters, the first one was held in Tunis, Tunisia on May 15th 2017, it was attended by cultural professionals in Tunisia. During the encounter, a diagnosis of the cultural policies in Tunisia took place by looking at existing experiences and initiatives ranging between the different artistic fields, the attendees then participated in three workshops with the following topics: Cultural diversity, Cultural mapping, and Cultural practices.

The second encounter was held in Beirut, Lebanon on June 9th and 10th 2017, the programme included a cultural mapping workshop, presentation of the Moroccan cultural scene and practices, and a presentation of Racines and MARSAD. The participants were cultural professionals and activists in Lebanon who presented their initiatives and projects during the encounter.

The exchange and dialogue taking place during these encounters provide Racines with a better knowledge about the state of culture in these countries, to establish the Observatory of Cultural Policies in the Southern Mediterranean, which is the ultimate long term goal of MARSAD.

MARSAD is a project sub-granted by SouthMed CV, led by Racines Cultural association from Morocco in partnership with El Madina Arts from Egypt, Our Culture First from Tunisia and Me’zaf from Lebanon. The project is being implemented in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon.  The project aims to create a collective platform of research, monitoring and observation of cultural policies in the region, in order to ensure and advocate for its implementation vis a vis the institutions.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


Between June 11th and 14th, SouthMed CV coordination team visited Amman, Jordan, where a meeting was held between Consortium leader Interarts and Jordanian Partner NCCA- National center of culture and Arts, to plan SouthMed CV’s final conference in the region that will take place beginning of December 2017 in Amman. The event will be attended by sub-grantees from both calls that will participate in different panels, and cultural experts from the Mediterranean Region. Lectures addressing the different issues related to culture in the region will be delivered. The Conference will be open to anyone interested.

The SouthMed CV team met with the EU delegation in Jordan to present the project and future activities in Amman. This was met with high interest and support from the EU delegation. SouthMed CV team also met with the organisations leading the four Jordanian sub-granted projects of the 2nd Call, and visited their spaces:

  1. A) Tajalla and Atabet Fann, implementing the project ‘Tashbeek’, which aims to train and build the capacities of cultural workers and artists from the different regions in Jordan, and form a sustainable network to bring these people together.
  2. B) Crossroads for Media and Art, implements the project ‘Arts and crafts playground’, consisting of a space to which invite artists to work and produce art from available material that will otherwise be waste, this project also organises courses and workshops for artists and children, and it combines waste management and artistic production.
  3. C) Ma3mal 612, implementing the project ‘ANHAR’, which is a network of human rights film festivals, aiming at establishing exchanges, dialogue and support in between organisations and festivals of the Southern Mediterranean region.
  4. D) Spring Sessions, implementing the project ‘Madrassa’, between Jordan and Morocco, which is a training and residency programme for curators and cultural managers in the region of the southern Mediterranean.

The visit to Amman was enriching and successful:  a programme for the final conference was drafted, a more in depth knowledge about the cultural scene in Amman and in Jordan as well as a closer look of the sub-granted projects being implemented in Jordan were achieved, and the visit to the EU delegation was a success. More information will be soon published about the December conference on SouthMed CV webpage and social media.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


Tashbeek is one of SouthMed CV’s sub-granted projects supported under the second call. It is implemented in Jordan by Tajalla in partnership with Atabet Fann from Palestine and Ruwaq al Ordon and Medeart from Jordan. Tashbeek aims at building the capacities of cultural workers and associations in different parts of Jordan and ultimately creating a self- sustainable and collaborative network of individuals, associations and spaces by organizing artistic and cultural exchanges and dialogues throughout the different cities and areas in Jordan.

In May 2017 the project launched a call for participations. 248 applications were received from individuals working in culture, cultural associations, NGOs, and cultural departments of the governmental institutions, based in different governorates in Jordan, some of them also working in marginalized areas.

The applications are currently going through the last phase of assessment and selection. 50 applicants will be selected to participate in the capacity building programme composed of 3 sets of training sessions: technical, artistic and management training, which will take place from July until November 2017. These sessions are planned according to the needs expressed by the applicants and the requirements of the cultural scene in Jordan.


The main aim of this project is to create a sustainable network of cultural organisations, cultural workers and artists in Jordan to share expertise and exchange knowledge and resources, and work together on a strategic plan for the cultural scene in Jordan.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


On May 7th 2017, the official launch of the project “Theatre and culture against discrimination’’ took place in Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt.

This project is one of SouthMed CV’s sub-grantees of the second call; it is implemented in Cairo and led by the Egyptian Feminist Union, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth of Egypt and Cairo University. The project tackles the gender and region based discrimination in Egypt; it aims to work with youth to raise awareness about these issues and find ways to fight discrimination through theatre and artistic workshops, to ultimately produce creations that would communicate non-discriminatory ideas and concepts.

The project uses art as an advocacy tool for the development of society and an educational tool for youth.

During the launching of the project, speeches were given by Dr Houda Badran, president of the Egyptian Feminist Union, Dr Jaber Nassar, president of Cairo University, Dr Amal Jamaleddine, representative of the Ministry of Youth and Mr Sebastien Trenner, head of culture and cultural heritage at the EU Delegation in Egypt. SouthMed CV was represented in the launching by its project coordinator Mr. Toni Cots, who also gave a word during the conference.

The launching concluded in a musical performance.

The event was widely covered by the Egyptian media and press:

Sada al Balad

Al Gomhouria

Al Masri Alyawm (video)

On Live (video)

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


Between the 28th of March and the 1st of April 2017, SouthMed CV held an encounter in Tunis (Tunisia), about capacity building and mobility for the sub-granted projects of the 2nd call. It was hosted by BAC Art Centre, and organized by Interarts and BAC Art Centre.

Representatives of 20 of the sub-granted projects attended the meeting, where they had the opportunity to present their organisations as well as SouthMed CV funded projects to each other and to SouthMed CV consortium, explaining the objectives, expected results, and plan of activities. They also participated in workshops about networking and partnerships, and explored synergies between them, to collaborate and work together for the value of culture in the Southern Mediterranean region

The sub-grantees also benefited from a visit of the Ambassador of the EU in Tunisia Mr Patrice Bergamini, who gave a word during the encounter. Visits to ‘Maison de l’image, an independent space dedicated to visual arts, to Espace Sadika, a space dedicated to glass art, and to al Hamra theatre took place during the evenings.

On Friday March 31st, a public presentation of SouthMed CV and a press conference were held at the BAC Art Centre, with the presence of journalists cultural operators and artists from Tunisia. During the public presentation, Mr Bruno Montariol from the EU Delegation in Tunisia, underlined the importance of culture in the region and how, when accessible, it can lead to social, economic and political development.

The encounter was closed on the 1st of April, with final conclusions and recommendations. This encounter is a turning point in the implementation of the sub-granted projects of the 2nd call, and a setting stone for the collaboration between SouthMed CV and the sub-grantees.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


This Mobility and Capacity Building session, an activity programmed in the framework of the SouthMed CV project, will take place in Tunis (Tunisia) from 27 March to 1 April 2017. Organised by two partners of the consortium, BAC Art Centre and Interarts, it will be the first time that the representatives of the 2nd Call 22 sub-granted projects (to be implemented in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia) will meet, present their projects and strengthen synergies for further development of culture across the Southern Mediterranean region. Capacity Building activities for implementing the sub-granted projects between February 2017 and January 2018 are also included in the programme that will take place at BAC Art Centre. SouthMed CV is co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.

Download the programme.

Photo credits: Ali Zrek

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We Are Here will implement alternative creative cells for the profit of vulnerable and discriminated young people and local population, with special attention to women in both Tunisia and Palestine using Mural and Street arts. Cultural spaces will be established in both Tunisia and Palestine: in Tunisia through reconstructing 10 cultural polyvalent spaces in schools and educative institutions located in poor marginalized interior regions, and in Palestine through establishing artistic, cultural and mural activities on the walls and in public spaces of the Old city of Ramallah, where Tunisian artists, local Palestinian artists and local community will create an open air exhibition and interactive workshops. The main objective of the project is to consolidate Street Arts as a means of work in framing public awareness and advocacy strategies to promote respect for marginalized groups and their active participation in society.

Fanni Raghman Anni Association (FRA) is a youth-driven cultural nongovernmental organisation registered in Tunis in 2013. Fanni Raghman Anni’s vision is an equal society without discrimination. FRA promotes innovative youth activism with the arts, specifically in poverty-stricken areas and marginalized neighbourhoods. The organisation is committed to raising social awareness and consciousness on human rights issues through creative and artistic expressions.  The partners in this project are the Municipality of Ramallah in Palestine, and Youth Forum for the culture of citizenship an association in Tunis, working on human rights and citizenship culture promotion in interior regions.


Fanni Raghman Anni Association:

Website: www.fanniraghmananni.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Fanni.Tn

Ramallah Municipality:

Website: http://www.ramallah.ps/english.aspx

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/R.Municipality

Youth Forum for the culture of citizenship:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FJCCkasserine

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Arts & Crafts playground is an innovative concept that combines waste management with art making, while providing public creative space, materials/tools,  guidance and visibility for both emerging and established artists alike to work on projects that otherwise would go unrealized, and to help them become self-sufficient. Arts & Crafts Playground will serve as a platform and a meeting point in Jordan for artists for creative experimentation, collaboration and the sharing of ideas. It aims to Inspire and involve people in community arts while investing in, and nurturing creativity that is environmentally friendly and to empower and support individuals/activists and independent initiatives in the areas of art and culture.

The project is coordinated by Crossroad for Media and art, which is a non-profit organization geared towards uplifting the media standards while supporting the development of local talents, including media professionals, musicians, visual/digital artists, performers and others. In partnership with Meela, an organisation that offers training programs with trained personnel in the field of child-care, aimed at integrating children & adults with disabilities with the community, and Knowledge Step, an organization which works on inclusion of people with disabilities into society and their access to culture and arts.


Crossroad for Media and Arts:

Website: www.crossroadme.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/crossroadjo/

Arts and crafts playground:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/artsandcraftsplaygroundjordan/


Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1420584388245811

Knowledge Step:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAMTOTCO

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Culture and Theatre against Discrimination aims to use different artistic fields: theatre, music, dance, and visual art, to combat the problem of discrimination, based on gender and religion in Egypt. It provides training and workshops to groups of youth from Cairo University and from The Ministry of Youth through which they develop their artistic skills and their awareness about the problem of discrimination.

During the project, young artists will produce different artworks in the diverse fields taking the problem of discrimination as subject. These arts works and performances will be accessible to a wide range of audience, initiating public dialogue and advocate a campaign for change

Communicating new nondiscriminatory values will strengthen relationships between different groups of the community and hence accelerate its development. Through participation in different parts of the project staff of the University, of the Ministries and the EFU will develop the capacity to use art as an advocacy and education tool.

The project is led by the Egyptian Feminist Union, an NGO based in Egypt which aims to create a societal atmosphere based on equality, social justice and human dignity for all citizens, particularly women which face discrimination. The partners in this project are The University of Cairo and the Egyptian Ministry of Youth.


The Egyptian Feminist Union

Website: http://www.efuegypt.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EgyptianFeministUnion/

Ministry of Youth

Website: http://youth.gov.eg/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EGMoYouth/

Cairo University

Website: https://cu.edu.eg/ar/Home

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CairoUniversity/

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Our City Our Way aims to empower 30 youths from El Mina city by building their capacities in urban design, cartography, model making, and proposal writing. The goal is to allow 30 trained youths to directly lead the design of a specific landscape project aligned with the model of a child friendly city. The implementation of the project will be executed in a specific neighborhood in El Mina.

The Safadi Cultural Foundation is a hub of cultural initiatives and activities. Its main role consists in creating opportunities and possibilities for serious cultural work. Safadi Cultural Foundation will be working on this project in partnership with Beirut Arab University which has been involved in the social and cultural movement in the city and El Mina Municipality which aims to develop the economic, social, urban and cultural state of the city.


Safadi Cultural Foundation:

Website: http://safadiculturalcenter.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SafadiCulturalFoundation

Beirut Arab University:

Website: http://www.bau.edu.lb/Home

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeirutArabUniv/

El Mina Municipality:

Website: http://www.elmina-online.com/English/e-default.htm

Photo Credit: Mohamad Zock

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Youth for Change is a project that aims at breaking cultural isolation between Jenin, Palestine and the rest of the Arab world, it intends to build the capacities of Palestinian youth in circus, drama and street theatre, and to create and present high quality artistic works for Palestinian audience by strengthening the partnerships within the Palestinian cultural sector and the larger Palestinian community.

It will be achieved through training youth in combined drama and circus workshops to create a street theatre performance from their own stories. The project will target neglected areas in Palestine, and will offer the opportunity for 10 Palestinian participants to travel to perform in Casablanca, Morocco and give training in combined circus and drama for women and children. The main activities of the project include training courses and workshops, the creation of street theatre performances, touring in the West Bank with mobility and exchange of artists between Palestine and Morocco.

Fragments Theatre is a cultural organisation, founded in Jenin, by a group of actors, filmmakers and technicians.

Fragments Theatre gives young people the opportunity to express themselves using theatre, film, circus and the arts in Jenin and the surrounding areas. Over the last few years, several activities with children and youth, have been implemented, theatre plays, short films and puppet workshops.

The project will create dialogue and opportunity for exchange, and will build a creative partnership between Fragments Theatre and the Palestinian Circus School in Berziet, a non-profit, non-governmental organization which aims to train young people to become professional circus artists or trainers while using circus as a social tool to develop the creative potential of Palestinians, seeking to engage and empower them to become constructive actors in their society, Palestine and Théâtre de l’Opprimé Casablanca in Morocco, a theater company which places art at the center of its activities, while representing the social and civic life of Moroccan citizens and trying to preserve Moroccan identity and cultural heritage.


Fragments Theatre:

Website: https://www.fragmentstheatre.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AD-%D8%B4%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%8A%D8%A7-Fragments-Theatre-761024173945848/

Small Circus school:

Website: http://www.palcircus.ps/

Theatre de l’Opprimé:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Masra7Lme7gour/

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MED DEMOS/PACE LAB responds to the needs of civil society, cultural and social institutions/NGOs as well as marginalized communities in Kairouan, Tunisia, to ensure equal access to public space. The project aims to foster social inclusion and boost public participation by creating sustainable links between artistic and social focused actors on local level and engaging young architects in practical artistic mission with social objectives. The project includes a charette which will engage architects, community groups and key operators, with the aim to produce an urban plan for the public space in Kairouan, a Live Lab Design and a Do Workshop: workshop will be implemented as a pool of education for young architects, and as a pretext to promote the inclusiveness of the public space. A cultural management workshop, a conference and the creation of an art work in a public space, will be implemented as well.

Kairouan Community was established in 2014 as a grass-root coalition/community type CSO/NGO. The main goals of the organisation are sustainable environmental, social and economic development in Tunisia, an the activation of disadvantageous and marginalized areas and vulnerable groups and communities. This project is a partnership between Kairouan community, Ecole National d´Architecture et d´Urbanisme in Tunis and Ecole d´Architecture de Casablanca.


Kairouan community:

Website: www.fixkairouan.org

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FixKairouan-592730647516385/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/empoweringDisadvantagedgroups


Ecole Nationale d’Architecture et d’Urbanisme in Tunis

Website: http://enau.jimdo.com/

Ecole d’Architecture de Casablanca

Website: http://www.ecolearchicasa.com/

Concours des Jeunes Talents Tanjazz
Second callSubgrantees

The global objective of this project is to support the durability of a permanent cultural cluster aimed at helping young citizens in the development of their artistic and cultural expression through innovative professionalization practices.

Two different components are implemented in the action of the project, to promote young talent in their professionalization:

  • “Concours Jeunes Talents”: an artistic event that opened the stage for 150 young musicians of different backgrounds, seeking a place of expression and dissemination of their arts.
  • Access to a professional training programme for a selected group of the first component for the building their capacities in different fields: artistic, managerial, technical…

Our actions are oriented also to turn public spaces into a place of free artistic expression for the young people of our urban community and into a convergence to create intergenerational and intercultural mix in the Moroccan society.

Concours des Jeunes Talents Tanjazz  is led by Tangiers based association Tabadoul: a versatile cultural platform that welcomes musicians looking to present their work or wishing to settle in residency while developing new artistic creations.

The partners in this project are:

  • Lorin Foundation is based in Tangiers, and works in the field of transmission of culture and arts, with a specific attention to children from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Their main projects are the Festival of Tanjazz (10 editions), and the creation of the theatre company “Comedy of Tangier”.
  • Visa for Music (VFM), based in Rabat, is the first professional music market of Africa and Middle-East. The project was born due to the lack of visibility for African and Middle-Eastern artists at an international level, and the presence of a very important artistic dynamism and musical creation in the region.



Website: http://www.tabadoul.org/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tabadoul.tanger

Lorin Foundation

Website: http://tangier.free.fr/Documents/Fondation-Lorin.htm

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fondation-Lorin/1045140965552953

Visa for Music

Website: http://visaformusic.com/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/visaformusic

Tanjil Festival:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/concours.tanjil/

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Tangiers is witnessing a massive urban change, experiencing both significant economic growth and unprecedented evolution of the artistic and cultural scene led by local initiatives coming from artists and cultural programmers. Proposal for a Metropole aims to work alongside with this local momentum to build up a creative answer to respond to the major socio-cultural and urban challenges faced by the city due to its mutation taking into consideration the role of art and culture in its development and urbanization processes.

In order to (re)integrate art and culture in the process of urbanization and development of a city, throughout a one year laboratory based on research and production residencies, the project will bring together artists with official city agents to respond to the major social, cultural and urban challenges faced by Tangiers due to its mutation. City agents that artists will be working with include: schools, the urban agencies and the Local Media. Each residency will be hosting private work sessions with professionals of each sector as well as public open studios/conferences and master classes.

Projects resulting from the residencies will be presented to the city council and its different districts hoping that this project will be considered as a creative solution for the issues that Tangiers is facing today.


Dabateatr is a multidisciplinary art company Initiated by a group of artists from different geographical regions and various artistic disciplines and co-founded by a collective of passionate people of art to promote Knowledge and Education about “The Citizen Action, Cultural, Artistic and Freedom.” Building bridges between people, disciplines and cultures.

It has also helped emerging artists and projects by offering them a regular capacity building program, in project management.

Proposal for a Metropole is a project coordinated by Think Tanger, which sarted in 2016 as a project and is now a platform implementing different projects each year concerned with the artistic urbanization and development of Tangiers, and implemented by DABATEATR in partnership with Think Tanger and MRH programmation. 



Dabateatr : http://www.dabateatr.com/

Think Tanger: https://www.facebook.com/thinktanger/

MHR programmation: https://ma.linkedin.com/in/mary-rahma-homman-6b33307

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Masar 1 is an itinerant project of Land Art and photography which will evolve on the Trans-Saharan road 1 of Algeria.

The project engages Algerians teenagers who are living in the main cities of this axis and who are active in local associations. This road, a very old road which was used by the caravans for 2000 years to exchange food, textiles and all kind of merchandise is a link between the Northern Africa and the Sub-Sahara region and its people.

The Land Art action aims to create a dialogue between the natural materials of this road (mineral, organic and recovered materials) and the teenagers who will be telling stories about the road, whether they are historical or mythical ones. The photography action aims to be a medium to express these stories using the narrative power of image.

This continuous workshop throughout the 1900 Km long axis aims to connect different social, geographical and historical realities of Algeria. Associations and young people that work along this axis will be linked to several partners and stakeholders in each region. The restitution of the project will be an exhibition all along the road, 75 printed photographs 2metersX2meters size, from south to north of Algeria.

The project will reach 6 cities throughout the road:  Algiers,  Laghouat,  Ghardaïa,  El Meniaa,  In Salah and Tamanrasset

Masar 1 is led by ‘’Association Sauvons la Casbah de l’Alger’’, an association with cultural and social vocation, based in Algier, which aims mainly to fight for the preservation of cultural heritage in danger. In partnership with Caritas Algiers and in collaboration with Polygraff, based in France.

Links :

Masar 1:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/masar1algerie

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user57847759

Sauvons la casbah :

Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/AssociationDesAmisDeLaCasbahSauvonsLaCasbahDAlger

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Sustainable Local Planning – Locality of Thibar, is a project that aims mainly to reconcile Thibar’s territory with sustainable development by enhancing community’s life conditions, promoting economic growth, and preserving its natural resources as well as cultural heritage. By adopting a participatory approach, the project will help civil society (citizens included) as well as public stakeholders to enhance and adopt good practices in matter of decentralization and good governance. The project intends to highlight the competences of landscape architects and engineers and therefore enlarge their horizons and those of decision makers.

The social survey to assess the vision and the needs of the community, the different workshops to reconcile between the various stakeholders and the elaboration of the sustainable urban plan are the most important activities of the project.

TALAE is a professional association aiming to promote landscape architecture in Tunisia through 4 working areas:

  • Landscape architecture and collective memory
  • Landscape architecture and environment
  • Landscape architecture and development
  • Landscape architecture and society

TALAE is leading this project with the partnership of the Municipality of Thibar and the Civil Association of Thibar.


TALAE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Talae.Tunisia/

Association of civil society of Thibar Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASSOCI2THIBAR/

Photo Credit: Fatma Triki

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The Youth Engagement Index is a collaborative research project developed to analyze in a consensual manner the participation of young people in their city’s affairs on three main levels: economic, political-institutional and civic-cultural. The project model is initiated by Urbego, a professional youth planning platform. It will be adapted and developed to the local context of Beirut (Lebanon) by the following partner organizations: NAHNOO, Architects for Change and LOYAC Lebanon.

The project will focus on how livable the city is for young people in Beirut, their connections with urban communities, the value of their participation, and the role of policy makers in engaging them.

This initiative aims to engage youth on a city scale, in the discussion of policy making through different angles (civic-cultural, political-institutional and economical), to reinforce the public awareness, opening dialogue on the role of youth’s participation & engagement in the livability of the city.

NAHNOO is a Lebanese youth-led NGO based in Beirut, Lebanon. The organization holds non-partisan and non-sectarian core values and works towards the encouragement and support of youth in Lebanon. It aspires to provide a platform for young Lebanese to engage in activities that promote self-development and self-expression and gain the skills necessary to contribute to their communities meaningfully and peacefully, on four key topics: Advocacy to reclaim public spaces, Democratic Governance and Citizen Participation in local decision-making, Youth Empowerment and Cultural exchange.  NAHNOO believes that building inclusive cities is the key to enhance social cohesion in a society.

Links to the main applicant and the partners´ online presence:


Website: https://www.nahnoo.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nahnoo.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NahnooLeb

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/NahnooVideos

Campaigns: http://bit.ly/1RT60BJ ; http://bit.ly/1TZME2z ; http://bit.ly/20Xnofd ; http://bit.ly/1UBefH6

Architects for Change:

Website: www.architectsforchange.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/archforchange/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/arch_change

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/archforchange/

LOYAC Lebanon:

Website: http://www.loyac.org/lebanon/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoYAC.Lebanon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/loyaclebanon

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/loyac.lebanon/

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Flying Rug. The festival targets audiences from underprivileged and marginalized communities that are deprived of any artistic or cultural activities. The project aims to advocate for decentralization, and give support to these communities in a real and effective way. Accordingly, Egyptian, national and international artists will be gathered to perform storytelling in the streets or public spaces located in greater Cairo governorate.

“Flying Rug” Storytelling Festival is a nine-month project that is expected to start on March 2017 through the partnership and the cooperation of the Arab Digital Expression Foundation – ADEF, El-Takeiba Center for Artistic and Cultural Development and Sahara association .

The Arab Digital Expression Foundation – ADEF is an NGO based in Egypt. ADEF builds spaces, fosters environments for expression and learning, enhances skills and develops tools to empower teenagers and youth, groups or individuals, working on the ground to strengthen their practices and engagement with society. ADEF organizes a set of programme and projects revolving around the use of open-source information technology and the belief in self-expression and knowledge sharing. ADEF’s work is implemented through various programmes that advocate for different social and cultural values: ADEF Digital Expression Camps, Digital Expression Community Area –DECA and  Youth Digital Empowerment.


Arab Digital Expression Foundation – ADEF: https://arabdigitalexpression.org/

El-Takeiba Center for Artistic and Cultural Development: http://www.eltakeibacenter.org/

Sahara association: https://www.facebook.com/SaharaHeritageAssociation/

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The lack of cultural spaces and cinema halls is a problem in Regueb Sidi Bouzid governorate, as well as in many other governorates of Tunisia. Small Screens aims to facilitate access to cinema for children and youth from small towns that do not have the opportunity to discover cinema and learn about it.

The project aims at spreading awareness amongst youth about their rights to access culture, and give children the opportunity to appreciate artistic works and cultural activities based on social and human rights themes (social life, family life, citizenship, peace, right to education, right to culture…)

The project will reach 8 schools in the Regueb delegation, where movie screening followed by debates will take place, teachers will receive training in culture and cinema, 8 school cinema clubs will be created, 8 short movies will be produced (one in each school) with the active participation of the students and teachers.

Small screens is implemented by Association Tunisienne d´Action Culturelle – ATAC, operating mainly in the delegation of Regueb in Sidi Bouzid in the cultural and social fields as well as in development and human rights. ATAC has partnered with with Cinéma Itinérant Roadmovie – CIR, a non-profit organization promoting cinematographic culture in Tunisia, making cinema accessible in marginalized communities, and with The Regional Delegation of Education in Sidi Bouzid.



Website: http://www.atac.tn/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atac.association

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AtacTn

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+HarakAtac 

Cinéma Itinérant Roadmovie – CIR:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cir.tunisie/

The Regional Delegation of Education in Sidi Bouzid:

Facebook page: link

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Madrassa is a program of curatorial research and practice in contemporary art, and one of the first of its kind in the region. It strives to educate and connect a community of young arts professionals through an offer of training and networking opportunities. Through a call for applications, Madrassa invites young curators and cultural practitioners from North Africa and the Middle East to apply to its programme. Madrassa supports independent curatorial practices that look beyond the existing modes of production and dynamics of the global art world. It explores socially engaged visual arts practices, promotes collaborative projects and rich transnational exchanges, and offers a platform for experimentation to the region’s emerging curatorial talents.

The Madrassa program was launched in 2015 by l’Atelier de l’Observatoire (art and research) in Casablanca. For its second edition, Madrassa will be organised in collaboration with Spring Sessions.

Madrassa will be implemented between Amman, Casablanca, Alexandria and Algiers, and will contain a series of talks, visits and workshops to allow the participants to put their acquired knowledge and training into practice by curating a project in each city.

Spring Sessions is an experiential learning programme and arts residency based in Amman, Jordan. The programme brings together emerging and established cultural practitioners to produce work and share results. The purpose is to encourage participants to question existing paradigms by experimenting outside of traditional models.


Spring Sessions:

Website: www.thespringsessions.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thespringsessions/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thespringsessions

Atelier de l’Observatoire:

Website: www.atelierobservatoire.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtelierObservatoire

Mass Alexandria:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MASSAlexandriaSpace


Website: www.ariaprojects.org


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Tashbeek is a collaboration and networking project between cultural centers across Jordan, its main aims are to empower, during ten months, at least 50 cultural activists in seven cultural centers across Jordan in selected development, culture and arts related fields; to enhance collaboration and cooperation among cultural centers across Jordan to establish an independent sustainable network, and to place a strategic plan for cultural centers which are members of the network depending (completely or partially) on their own resources; and to achieve sustainability by sharing available resources that cultural centers already have, as an alternative ways of funding.

The project is led by Tajalla for Music and Art, based in Amman, an artistic cultural association, seeking to bridge the gap between society and culture & art. Tajalla believes that culture and art should be priorities in society, as they are a mean for self-expression, and human development, in giving public access to art and culture, in collaboration with artists and cultural institutions and to contribute to social development. Tajalla will implement this project in partnership with Atabet Fann for Arts, Media and Training, based in Palestine, but working on a regional level, seeking to enable youth and children in art, media and culture as effective tools for development; and with Ruwaq ElOrdon for Culture and Arts, based in Balqaa, Jordan focusing on cultural community interests and development through cultural tools and arts, conducting several activities and variety of events to serve the governorate of Balqaa. In collaboration with MedeArts, based in Irbid, Jordan, which aims to energize and improve culture and arts in underprivileged areas.


Tajalla for Music and Art

Website: http://tajalla.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tajallaorg

Atabet Fann for Arts, Media and Training

Website: www.atabetFann.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtabetFann

Ruwaq ElOrdon for Culture and Arts

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruwaq.alordon/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MEDEARTS

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Perform: Performing Arts Consultancy Office aims to meet the needs of performing arts groups, individual arts managers, organisations and/or initiatives in order to assist and support them to implement their visions and build sustainable practices through providing consultancy and administrative assistance and offering an effective mix of training and cultural exchange programmme to support the development of their artistic work. The project also aims at increasing access to performing arts through audience building, and assisting in providing funding at strategic events in partnership with cultural organizations.

Reflection for Arts, Training and Development is non-governmental and Cultural Civil Society not for profit organisation which seeks to enhance the cultural life of Alexandria’s residents and visitors by promoting its cultural heritage in a contemporary framework and the multiplicity and diversity of its cultural resources. It aims to achieve that through providing means of support for artists to enhance their work and facilitate their practices, Cooperate and coordinate with other organisations, cultural and artistic initiatives and/or projects.

The partners in this project are Torraha Art and Society, based in Egypt and working on Development through arts and culture, by creating opportunities for exchanges and networking between different remote areas in arts and handy crafts focusing on women and children, and Raseef Project, a youth initiative based in Egypt, which aims to bring together emerging and independent artists with the audience by reusing and converting public spaces, to present sustainable cultural and artistic production from these artists.


Reflection for Arts, Training and Development

Website: www.reflectionart.org

Torraha Art and Society

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/torraha

Raseef Project

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/raseef.project/


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KIBRIT (كبريت) is a collaborative research and production programme dedicated to contemporary artistic and curatorial practices engaged in processes of reactivation of cultural heritage and collective memory (architecture, radio and sound archives, cinema, photography). Curated and implemented by a network of independent art spaces and initiatives based in North Africa and Middle East, KIBRIT embodies the willingness of its partners to build sustainable synergies and to exchange practices and ideas between cultural activities engaged in the social fabric.

To reach these objectives, KIBRIT will implement in 2017:

  • A series of collaborative research projects to reactivate specific physical or ephemeral sites of cultural heritage in each of the partners’ locations: led by the local partner, each project proactively involves the others endorsing a methodology based on mutual enrichment through skills, knowledge and exchange of practices, while engaging local communities, researchers and artists to concur to the reactivation process enacted. The outcomes of the projects will be presented during a final, major event, in the form of a publication and an exhibition, taking place between November and December in one of the partners city;
  • A series of punctual meetings and events in Algiers, Tunis, Casablanca, Marrakech, Ramallah and Barcelona, taking place from February to October 2017: through public programmes, workshops, artistic interven­­­­­­tions, trainings, research sessions, public presentations and networking, these meetings involve KIBRIT’s partners and local communities in the reactivation process of local cultural heritage;
  • The development of the KIBRIT online research and visibility platform: this platform will be firstly a key tool to support and give visibility to each project and the activities. Secondly, it will be a space for critical reflection on how contemporary artistic and curatorial practices engage in processes of reactivation of cultural heritage and collective memory in the region; and finally to gather researches and cartographies on this topic.

Kibrit is a project led by Le 18, a multidisciplinary cultural space in Marrakech that promotes artistic and cultural exchanges, in partnership with L´Atelier de l´Observatoire (Morocco), Maison de l´Image (Tunisia), the Municipality of Ramallah (Palestine), and Rhizome (Algeria).


LE 18

Website: www.le18.weebly.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/le18marrakech/

Atelier de l’Observatoire

Website: www.atelierobservatoire.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AtelierObservatoire/

Maison de l’Image

Website: http://maisonimage.tn/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maisonimagetn/

Ramallah Municipality

Website: http://www.ramallah.ps/english.aspx

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/R.Municipality/


Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Rhizome-1503325383025017/

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ANHAR, The Arab Network for Human Rights Film Festivals is a regional project with a pool of information, and a film database for human right film festivals and screenings in the Arab region. It is a networking platform that operates on the basis of partnership and exchange of expertise between its members.

The network was established in December of 2015 and has 9 members from Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Mauritania, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan and Syria. It aims at establishing a connection between activists, filmmakers, festival directors and spaces for screening human rights films to build bridges through joint events, co-productions and advocacy campaigns. The collective experience of its members helps enhance the quality, impact and outreach of its initiatives.

This Project is led by Ma3mal 612 – think factory in partnership with Ma3mal 961 art production from Lebanon, SEMAT productions from Egypt and Association Culturelle Tunisienne pour l’insertion et la Formation – ACTIF from Tunis.

Ma3mal 612 – think factory is a collaborative pool based in Amman, of thinkers and workers from different backgrounds and disciplines who design innovative projects on thematic topics that are considered as a priority for our region. The word Al Ma’mal means the “Factory’’. It is designed to produce and enhance the production of films, documentaries, video art, installations, film networks and other visual and artistic projects that have an avant-garde nature, aiming to generate a change in the civil society in the region.


MA3mal 612 – think factory:

Website: http://www.ma3mal612.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ma3mal612/

Ma3mal 961 art production:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ma3mal961/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SematEgypt/about/


Website: http://human-screen.com/

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Since its establishment, Maison de l’Image works in synergy with a network of collaborators, public and private institutions and associations focusing on the visual arts in Tunisia and abroad. The association has organized a series of workshops, exhibitions and meetings for artists and creative organisations and individuals  from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

After becoming well established, a partnership with 3 cultural organisms from the MENA Region (Les Insolites Morocoo, Brokk’Art from Algeria and Passengers from Tunisia) was agreed, Maison de l’Image decided to create Inkylab; a publishing platform, a collaborative print space and a network, aiming to create accessible tools and a networking context to enhance the exposure of talented creative illustrators and artistic collectives based in the MENA region. Inkylab will constitute a platform for new questions, images, and ideas, to blur geographic and social boundaries, and to open new frontiers for cultural and creative innovation. Through publishing, educational, and curatorial activities, Inkylab will gather artists who seek to create, engage, and communicate topics and issues concerning self-publishing and lead them towards collaboration.


Maison de l’Image:

Website: http://www.maisonimage.tn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maisonimage


Website: http://www.brokk-art.com

Les Insolites:

Website: http://www.lesinsolitestanger.com/


Website: http://passengerstore.tumblr.com/

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This project aims at creating an Arab comics network for comic artists in the region, to collaborate and share their creations internationally. Arab Comics as Educational tools aims to promote the use of comics as an educational and social tool in the community and share possible sources to finance this kind of projects, it also seeks to build the capacities of different partners through shared experiences and practices, strengthen the abilities of Arab Artists in comics to work as a network and spread the Arab comic in Europe and make accessible to a larger audience around the world. This will be reached through establishing a platform that supports the work of the artists in the region, producing and distributing comics about social issues, artists exchange between Palestine, Egypt and Morocco, translation of comics to English, French and Spanish which will make them accessible to international audience, and through implementing exhibitions to showcase the work of the comic artists involved.

The project is led by Tamer institute, an association based in Jerusalem, focusing mainly on the rights to education, identity, freedom of expression and access to knowledge. Tamer institute works across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, primarily targeting children and young artists, and developing alternative means to formal education. The partners in this project are Koshk Comics from Egypt, Skefkef magazine from Morocco and Khalil Sakanini Cultural Center from Palestine, Al Fanar from Spain is collaborating as an external expert.


Tamer Institute :

Website: http://tamerinst.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TamerInstitute/

Koshk Comics:

Website: https://www.koshkcomics.com/s/

Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center:

Website: http://www.sakakini.org/

Facebook: link

SkefKef magazine:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skefkefmag/

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Through a strong network of dance organizations, MEEM aims to develop and establish a platform for exchange and a solid soil for contemporary dance in the South Mediterranean region. The partnering organizations will work on building capacities and generating sustainable artistic collaborations based on theoretical and practical activities and practices related to their corresponding countries’contexts and needs.

Partnering and collaborating organizations are:  Maqamat Dance Theatre / Lebanon – Sareyyet Ramallah- First Ramallah Group / Palestine- Espace Darja / Morocco- Tanween / Syria –  Cie Chatha /Tunisia- France –  Association Jazz Ame/ Cie Nacera Belazza  / Algeria- France.

The project is led by Maqamat Dance Theatre, an International dance company founded by Omar Rajeh in 2002 and based in Beirut. In a short period of time, the company has been able to emerge as a central organization in the creation and development of contemporary dance in Lebanon and the Arab region. It is considered today as the founder of a Lebanese Contemporary Dance Scene.


Maqamat Dance Theatre

Espace Darja

Sareyyet Ramallah

CIE Nacera Belaza

CIE Chatha

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MARSAD Mediterranean Action and Research for Sustainability And Development aims to create a collective platform of research, implementation, monitoring and observation of cultural policies in the region, in order to ensure an efficient advocacy of the institutions. The platform plans to grow and include more partners to become a reference in the South Med region.

MARSAD aims to set-up research and diagnosis on cultural policies in the partners’ countries (education, training, diversity, governance, production), to share expertise between partners, to strengthen the network of cultural operators in the region and set-up a common platform providing data & information about cultural policies in the region. At the mid/long-term, the goal is to establish a regional Observatory for Cultural Policies providing data, research, studies and recommendations on cultural policies in the region in order to advocate for and strengthen the capacities of cultural actors to implement cultural policies that are useful for the population, and sustainable for artists in their respective countries.

Racines is a Moroccan non-profit organisation advocating for the integration of culture into public, human, social and economic policies. Racines is born from the desire of Moroccan cultural actors, convinced that the issue of culture is common to African countries (weakness of cultural policies, lack of involvement of the States, non-recognition of culture as a human right, weak creative industries, lack of protecting artists’ rights, lack of training in cultural jobs… ). Racines’ projects are articulated around cultural policies (research, advocacy, mapping) , arts and culture for social change, entrepreneurship, cultural management training, artistic freedom, artists rights & status.

MARSAD Mediterranean Action and Research for Sustainability And Development is a project lead by Racines and three of its partners in the MENA region:

  • Our Culture First an association based in Tunis, which works on promoting culture initiatives on national and local level through capacity development approaches and national exchange platform.
  • El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts, based in Alexandria, Egypt, El Madina develops cultural projects through training, production, and culture spaces management.
  • And Me’Zaf based in Beirut, a musical cultural initiative that was launched which main focus is the authentic music of the Levant and the world, to create research projects and musical activities that reintegrate this music in our current scene, as a contemporary creation tool.






Facebook pages:



Facebook group:


Twitter: @RacinesMaroc

Youtube : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_4WxYkbh-A9l8pz9x6H0wQ

Partners’ websites:

Me’Zaf : www.mezaf.org

Our Culture First: www.oct.org.tn

Al Madina: www.elmadinaarts.com


Following the close of the 2nd call on October 26th, the SouthMed CV evaluation commission has evaluated the 160 applications received from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisa, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Lebanon. The last evaluation session took place during the SouthMed CV partners’ and MedCulture meeting in Amman from 6 to 9 December.

The evaluation results are herewith published:

  1. Of the 160 submitted applications, 56 project proposals were assessed as not eligible since they did not comply with the call guidelines and/or budget requirements.
  2. 104 submitted applications were assessed as eligible and were graded according to the evaluation criteria: 46 of these project proposals scored a mark under the threshhold of 75/100 and, consequently, were not selected; 58 of these submitted applications scored a mark equal or higher than 75/100, and were admitted to the final phase of the evaluation, of which, 29 project proposals were not awarded.
  3. In compliance with the evaluation criteria and the 1.000.000€ financial provison for the 2nd call, 22 project proposals have been selected for the award of a grant.
  4. A further 7 proposals have been included in a reserve list: projects in this reserve list might eventually be awarded a grant, ONLY if any of the 22 grantees is not able to sign the contract and/or implement the awarded project within three months following the publication and communication of the results.

SouthMed CV reserves the right not to award all available funds if the grantees are not capable of implementing their projects according to the selection criteria and the 2nd Call Guidelines.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


To bring more awareness to Palestinian children about their rights, specifically when it comes to school violence, violence faced at checkpoints, and the rights of children with disabilities regarding the accessibility to school and education is the aim of ´´Children´s voices heard through art´´, a project led by DCI Palestine in partnership with Yafa cultural center and Al Harah theatre.

The project started in March and ended in September 2016, during this period, many activities took place, such as training sessions on child rights and child rights violations and how to report these violations when they happen at school or anywhere else. Children protection teams were formed in 11 governorates in the West Bank, these teams received two extensive workshops about child rights, communication skills, and art and innovation practices.

In the course of the project, a theatrical production about school violence was produced under the supervision of Al Harah Theatre, this production was performed in a marginalized village called ´´Heta´´ during the Palestinian child week that took place in different cities in the West Bank in April, the program also included art workshops, puppet shows, dance performances, as well as psychological support and awareness meeting activities.

During the course of the project, 18 young teenagers from the protection teams, alongside with 118 adults from different associations, participated in the production of a final publication, about the types of violence that children in Palestine face, whether at school, at home or in the street. This report was based on a series of interviews done by the children that participated, with younger children that were exposed to this kind of violation of rights. The end result shows that Palestinian children are facing violence at school, and in most of their cases interviewed, the children had faced some kind of violations from the Israeli army side.

By participating in this project, children had the possibility to share their stories and experiences, to express their opinion about what needs to be done, and mostly to express themselves and their feelings through art. Most importantly, their voice was heard, through the election of child councils in each governorate, and these child councils met with decision makers, governors, and actors from the civil society and from various associations and expressed their needs and priorities.

Southmed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


´´Participatory research and artistic divulgation of Intangible Cultural Heritage associated to Chefchaouen Mediterranean Diet´´ project aims to research and recover Chaouen´s traditions related to food and way of life, and to encourage and bring awareness about the importance of intergenerational exchange and transmission of knowledge related to culinary and linguistic traditions.

The project started out with training activities for 17 young people that study or work in the field of sociology, geography and philosophy, about territory and Mediterranean diet, investigation and data collection, and communication skills. From this training, a group of 7 researchers was selected to conduct interviews in Chaouen, with elderly people about the Mediterranean diet and traditions in this area. 150 people were interviewed and the audiovisual and written information gathered from these interviews was assigned to the heritage documentation centre of the City of Chefchaouen and will be available for anyone interested.

In addition to the research, 3 workshops for children has taken place, in theatre and storytelling, in painting, and in traditional ceramics which was given by an elderly woman from Chefchaouen, which was an intergenerational transmission experience.

The final product of this project is a book that will be published in Arabic and in Spanish (being the 2nd language of the region) about traditional crafts work, recipes, ways of agricultures, lighting, storytelling, and many more traditions from the Chaouen region, from the information gathered throughout the research.

´´Participatory research and artistic divulgation of Intangible Cultural Heritage associated to Chefchaouen Mediterranean Diet´´ project is led by Association TALASSEMTANE pour l’Environnement et le Développement (ATED) in partnership with diversité et development and the Municipality of Chefchaouen.


SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


During the second call for projects, that was launched on the 9th of September and was closed of the 26th of October after an extension of 2 days, SouthMed CV received 160 applications, 41 from Tunisia, 34 from Morocco, 24 from Jordan, 21 from Palestine, 14 from Egypt, 14 from Lebanon and 12 from Algeria. A diverse set of themes are covered, ranging from dance, theatre, film, contemporary art to cultural heritage, cultural diversity, education and environment. Many project proposals aim at network building, cultural mapping and cultural exchange within the region, and some are about capacity building and supporting cultural operators and artists. The evaluation process is taking place and the results are expected to be announced in December after a partner´s meeting which will take place in Amman, Jordan and will be attended by the members of the consortium and the project steering committee. The results will be announced through the SouthMed CV webpage.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


The second call for Projects from SouthMed CV was closed on the 27th of October at 12 pm (GMT). We received 161 applications from the following countries (in order of the number of applications received from each): Tunisia, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Algeria.

The evaluation process will now begin and the results are expected to be announced on the 19th of December 2016.


Following problems with the connection experienced in some of the beneficiary countries, the SouthMed CV consortium has decided to re-open the 2nd call and extend it for an extra 48 hours.

Consequently, the call will be open from today, 12pm GMT time, and until Thursday the 27th of October, 12pm GMT time.


On Friday, September 9th 2016, SouthMed CV launches the second call for funding innovative, creative cultural and artistic projects from the Southern Mediterranean region: Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Projects focusing on the role of art and culture in the social, educational and environmental contexts will be the main beneficiaries of the grants, especially projects having an impact on public space and strengthening the networking abilities and building capacities of cultural operators in the Southern Mediterranean. This second call contains three lots, as compared to the first call that contained only two. This broadens the variety of projects eligible.

Links and attachments:

Click here to download the call for proposals as a single pdf file (0,4 MB)

Go to: presentation, grants guidelines, evaluation criteria, application form

Photo credits @Blandine Soulage


Effective Writers is a capacity building project for writers with disabilities led by The Social Development forum (Gaza, Palestine) in partnership with Fanni Raghman Anni (Tunisia) and the general union of Palestinian Writers implemented in the West Bank, Gaza and in Tunis. It aims to develop the writing abilities of disabled writers, providing them with a platform through which they can express themselves, and publish their writings.

The project started with a call for participation, for aspiring writers with disabilities, in the three locations of implementation of the project. Once the young writers were chosen, workshops and training cycles took place, where the candidates learned to develop their writing styles, and courses of creative and applied writing were given. Meetings and talks with well-known writers from the Arab region took place, which allowed the aspiring writers to interact with experts in the field, in order to develop their knowledge about writing, and by connecting with these writers, express the difficulties they face as writers with disabilities.

In August, with all the writings produced during the workshops, a platform was created for aspiring writers, with or without disabilities, to publish their poems, writings, short stories etc. The platform now contains writings produced by the candidates, and is progressively receiving more entries.

At the end of August, the project ended with the publication of a book, containing the writings of the participants in the project, hoping that this book will launch these aspiring writers into the professional sphere, becoming a step towards a writing career, and a more inclusive society, that welcomes people with disabilities into the cultural community and provides them with equal opportunities as others.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.


El Medreb is a project by Chrysalide in partnership with Sayka and in cooperation with Jiser, aiming to research abandoned buildings in Al Hamma district, in Algiers, and reviving them as ephemeral cultural places.

The process began by researching Al Hamma, this neighbourhood that once was a very important industrial centre, now is a decaying abandoned place. Research was conducted about Al Hamma´s abandoned buildings, cinemas, hangars etc. In order to gather information, the team led field research, during which they met locals from the neighbourhood as well as scholars, researchers and experts. A visit was later planned to Al Hamma, where the inhabitants of the neighbourhood guided the research team by sharing stories and experiences with them.

After the research stage, a second stage took place, which consisted of the transformation of 2 abandoned hangars into cultural spaces during 9 days. Movie screenings, theatre, graffiti based on urban stories, parkour performances, collective memory exhibitions, as well as workshops and roundtables, took place in these 2 hangars, from the 14th until the 22nd of September 2016. This brought together artists, experts, and inhabitants of the neighbourhood, to celebrate these abandoned places and bring them back to life. El Medreb transformed the 2 hangars, physically and conceptually. Now they are not seen as abandoned places anymore, this has been a step forward towards the revival of the neighbourhood.

From the research conducted, a database is being built containing a collective memory. Many people are being involved in the mapping and the creation of this database, by contributing through the EL Medreb´s Facebook group, where they can submit maps, photos, and stories, information about abandoned buildings in Al Hamma.

By the end of the project, all that information will be available on the EL Medreb website, alongside a map that shows the research team´s findings and the public’s contribution. The main aim is to revive this area completely and use it as a social and cultural space, to bring culture to the people living there and allow them to manage it in a sustainable way.


´´The Preservation of Cultural Heritage from extinction´´ is a project done by Women´s House Development center, in Anabta, Palestine, in partnership with Al-Awda Center for Childhood and the Young Welfare. The idea behind the project is to try to recover and preserve old traditional songs from Palestine, which are fading away with time because of the lack of any recordings, and the lack of knowledge of these songs among the young generation.

Women´s House Development center trained a group of 6 young women in field work, research and interview methods, in order to prepare them for the research, interviewing and collection of data.

After the training sessions, the 6 women started the research process, by going to refugee camps such as Nurchams and Tulkarm and small villages including Anabta, Rameen and Kufrzeebad, interviewing local old women about traditional songs they knew in their youth and sang for various occasions.

After 2 months of research, many songs were recorded, written down, and archived. The next step was to disseminate the songs and expose them to audience, for that purpose, 16 young girls were selected to form a choir, to perform these songs in a concert and to record an album that contains the songs.

A closing event took place on the 27th of September, during which, the young girls choir performed 15 songs collected throughout the project, in front of an audience, with the presence of the minister of local government, Hussein Al Aaraj, representing the prime minister. Also, the album containing all the songs collected has been recorded, and it will be distributed soon.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the EU within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.