1st Round – March 2017:
Ala Younis (Jordan), visual artist: The grant supports her travel from Jordan to Egypt in order to display the installation “Plan for Greater Baghdad” at the Contemporary Image Collective centre in Cairo.
Jowe Harfouche (Lebanon), Executive Director of The Network of Arab Alternative Screens (NAAS): The grant supports the travel of seven members of NAAS to Morocco to take part in a workshop in Tangiers designed to help them develop their projects.
Yousef Mustafa (Egypt), musician: Received a grant to support the travel of seven members of Al Mena band from Cairo, to take part in the third edition of the Karane Festival in Oujda, Morocco.
Youssra El Hawary (Egypt), musician and accordionist: The grant supports her travel with two other musicians from France, Britain and Belgium in order to record an album in Egypt.
Haisam Abdel Hameed (Egypt), filmmaker and scenarist: The grant supports his travel to Morocco to screen his film “Art is Life” in the fifth edition of the Tetouan Film Festival and the seventh edition of the Meknes Film Festival.
Mais Harb (Syria), singer: The grant facilitates her travel from Syria to Tunisia for an artistic residency in the city of Sfax.
Abdulrahman Al Zubidi (Jordan), Director of Me’maryoon for Development: The grant enables three architects from Egypt to travel to Jordan to take part in the Oxala project which aims to revive public spaces in Irbid through urban interventions.
Mourad Al Kadiri, Poet and Researcher (Morocco)
Habib Belhadi, Theatre and Film Producer (Tunisia)
Fatin Farhat, Cultural Researcher and Activist (Palestine)
2nd Round – June 2017:
Sanaa Seif (Egypt), Student in the Faculty of Languages and Translation: The grant supports her trip from Egypt to Lebanon in order participate as a trainer in ADEF (Arab Digital Expression) camp for youth which seeks to encourage young people from Arab countries to express themselves in artistic and creative ways using digital and non-digital media.
Victoria Dabdoub (Palestine), Architect and Cultural Manager: The grant supports her travel together with six other artists and cultural actors from Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt and Palestine to Morocco, Algeria and Jordan to take part in the Madrassa programme for contemporary curatorial practices and research which is organised by the Atelier de L’Observatoire (Morocco).
Ahmed Maouloud El-Hilal (Mauritania), University Professor and Director of the Nouakchott Short Film Festival: The Mawa3eed grant enables him to invite four trainers and lecturers in filmmaking to conduct workshops organised on the fringes of the Nouakchott Short Film Festival.
Nadine Salib (Egypt), Film Director: The grant supports her travel from Egypt to Lebanon in order participate as a trainer in an ADEF (Arab Digital Expression) camp for youth which seeks to encourage young people from Arab countries to express themselves in artistic and creative ways using digital and non-digital media.
Al Darb Al Ahmar Arts School (Egypt): The school received a grant to enable a group of its students travel to Morocco to take part in the 10th edition of the International Children’s Folklore Festival which promotes the dissemination of the values of peace and tolerance, especially among children.
Reem Gibriel (Libya), Visual Artist and Cultural Manager
Rasha Salah (Palestine/Lebanon), Cultural Manager
Amine Moumine (Morocco), Academic and Cultural Activist
3rd Round – September 2017
Ettijahat– Independent Culture (Syria): The organisation will invite Syrian artists and artistic programmers from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Qatar, Egypt, Greece and Syria to Lebanon in order to take part in “MINA: Artistic Ports and Passages,” an event that aims to celebrate the work of Syrian artists in Syria and elsewhere.
Ghassan Sahhab, musician and musicologist (Lebanon): The grant supports his travel from Lebanon to Tunisia to attend the Congrès International de Tunis where he will meet with fellow musicologists and present a paper on Mashriqi maqam music.
Felucca Films (Egypt): The independent film company will invite the Tunisian film researcher and lecturer, and cinema festival programmer Azza Chaabouni to Egypt to edit the short narrative film, The Trap, directed by Nada Riyadh and produced by Felucca Films.
Ayman Boujlida, musician (Tunisia): Ayman Boujlida and the band will travel from New York to Tunisia to take part in the World Music Forum, an international multi-genre music event that takes place every year in Sfax.
Sabry Zaki, hosts a daily programme on NRJ radio (Egypt): He will travel from Egypt to Morocco to take part in the Visa for Music Festival in order to interact personally with the diverse music projects.
Anfass Theatre for Culture and Art (Morocco): The grant will enable the Moroccan theatre troupe to travel from Morocco to Tunisia to present the play Mazbalat al-Huruf (Dustbin of Letters) in the Maghrebi Amateur Theatre Festival in Nabeul.
Habiba Laloui, poet, academic and cultural activist (Algeria)
Abderrahmane Lahy, filmmaker and cultural activist (Mauritania)
Mohamed Al-Daradji, filmmaker (Iraq)
4th Round – December 2017
Al Kamandjati Association (Palestine): The association will invite the Iraqi traditional music ensemble Maqamat Baghdadia to take part in Al Kamandjati Festival, an international festival dedicated to spiritual and traditional music, organized annually by the association and will be held this year from 5 to 22 April 2018.
Mohamed Ben Slama Sextet (Tunisia): The band will travel from Tunisia to Morocco to take part in the 4th edition of the Karane Festival in Oujda. The band will present the fruit of a musical project that involved the documentation and live recording of more than 50 rhythms fused into a modern experimental composition using electronic musical instruments to control the rhythms.
Fouad and Mounib band (Egypt): The band will travel from Egypt to Morocco to perform in a concert in the 4th edition of the Karane Festival in Oujda, and to also hold musical workshops in the framework of the festival.
Maud Vareillaud Bouzzine, visual artist (Morocco): Maud will travel from France to Morocco to take part in an artistic residence in Taroudant where she will work on a project to visually record urban transformation in Morocco, bringing to bear diverse artistic styles and methods.
Theater = a Must Forum (Egypt): The forum will invite the cast of “The Third Circle: Variations” from France to perform in Egypt as part of the activities of the Theater = a Must Forum. The work, which combines artistic installation with contemporary dance performance, treats the subject of dance from the perspective of Islamic law.
Mobile Theater Workshop (Sudan): The company will travel from Sudan to Algeria to present “The Call or the Game of Death” at the Maghreb Theater Festival. Written by the Sudanese playwright al-Tayyib al-Mahdi, the play treats questions of identity in the framework of the North-South question.
The jury for this round consisted of the Saudi filmmaker and photographer Awadh Al Hamazany, Tunisian theater and film producer Habib Belhadi and Syrian cultural director and researcher Rana Yazaji.