Fa’ael is a program of work which aims to build the capacity of cultural managers and activists working in difficult conditions and targeting communities in crisis, with a focus on the Arab region.This program has two main components: a training workshop for cultural managers working in communities in crisis across the Arab region, and an in- depth mentorship program for 3-5 of these projects , with additional in-kind support and technical assistance.
The program was launched in summer 2017 and the first Fa’ael workshop took place in Broumana, Lebanon from 25 to 30 September, 2017. The 24 trainees came from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Another Fa’ael workshop is planned to take place in Lebanon in September 2018.
The 2017 workshop topics included: community definition, community needs assessment tools, community participation, cultural project design, cultural project planning and management, and impact and sustainability measurement.
- The first Fa’ael workshop took place from 25 till 30 September 2017 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKKafri as lead trainers and Seif Jlassi as assistant trainer. 24 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
- The second Fa’ael workshop took place from 24 till 30 September 2017 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKKafri as lead trainers and Seif Jlassi as assistant trainer. 21 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Mauritania.
- The Third Fa’ael workshop took place from 2 till 8 August 2019 in Broumana, Lebanon and it was led by Basma ELHusseiny and Abdullah AlKKafri as lead trainers and Attiah AlHasadi as assistant trainer. 23 Cultural Actors took part in this workshop from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen.
For the first time the call for Fa’ael project support was open to Fa’ael 2017 participants. The call for applications was issued on 5 June 2018 with a deadline on 3 August 2018. We received 7 applications. 3 applicants were selected to benefit from the mentorship package:
- Douzan Cultural Center, by Rami Magharbeh from Syria – Gaziantep – Turkey.
- Training program on making musical instruments using recycled objects by Shadi Rabab from Egypt- Luxor – Egypt.
- Mashtal Zad theater training, by Mohamed Ali Hozayen from Egypt- Cairo – Egypt.
Fa’ael A- Iraq Workshop:
Action for Hope held the first training workshop on managing cultural projects under difficult conditions, Fa’ael Program, for Iraqi cultural managers from 6 to 10 March this year. The workshop was held in Madaba, Jordan for 21 cultural and social activists from 5 governments in Iraq: Nineveh, Salah ad Din, Diyala, Kirkuk and Al Anbar, who were selected out of the 242 applications received by Action for Hope.
The closing ceremony of the workshop was held at Beit Tajalla in Amman on 10 March. H.E Haidar Al Azari, the ambassador of Iraq in Jordan attended the event, as well as Tamara Al-Rifai, Chair of Action for Hope, Saleh Elias, Media and Culture Officer at the Iraqi embassy and Russol Al Nasser, Director of Tajalla. The event concluded with a concert by Wessal, a music ensemble of Action for Hope Music School graduates. Action for Hope will select 14 from among the 21 participants to take part in the second phase of training that we hope to organize in Iraq later this year.
Listening to Iraq:
This project would seek to revive and bring to public attention the diversity of musical practice of Mosul, its surroundings, and of Iraq more generally, most of which originated or are present in the Ninawa governorate.
This part of Iraq is home to many religious, cultural and ethnic minorities such as Turkmans, Kurds, Chaldeans, Shabak, Catholic Christians and many more. Each of these minorities have their specific songs and music forms, and even musical instruments that are associated with them. These diverse musical practices are historically connected but are also different from one another. Highlighting and celebrating this richness would contribute to creating social cohesion, as well as to recreating the vitality of the arts scene in Mosul and in Iraq in general.
In view of a longer-term aim of establishing a music school in Iraq, the project consist of:
- Research and mapping of diverse musical practices. This phase would lead to identifying masters of at least 4 different musical practices who are able to perform and teach.
- A seminar to discuss teaching methodologies and performance styles among masters and professional musicians and music educators from Iraq and other countries in the region.
- A training program for young musicians in these different musical practices. The teaching will be delivered by respected masters as well as by some of the professional musicians from Iraq and other countries in the region.