NNA – The British Council today announced recipients of the Masarat Grants, to strengthen artistic practice through supporting production, training and/or showcasing activities.  We are delighted to announce that four Lebanese organisations and creative teams; Clown Me In, Jeunesses Musicales du Liban, Dima Nachawi and Studio Kunukku, are among the 21 awarded projects in Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Yemen.

The Masarat programme provides grants between 4,000 and 10,000 GBP to support local emerging artists in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. This grant programme is designed to support creative production and the professional development of emerging artists, creatives and cultural practitioners in the region.

Through Masarat, the British Council aims to strengthen artistic practice in the participating countries. Selected grantees will have the opportunities to build their professional networks and make new connections with the UK and the Arab world.  At the British Council we believe in the transformative power of the arts and culture in responding to global challenges. We are positive these connections will allow new art to be made; new skills to be shared; and new networks to be created.

David Knox Country Director Lebanon, said:

I am delighted that we are able to support these artists over the next 6 months to produce new work and to build new links with the UK. It shows that in spite of everything, the arts and cultural scene in Lebanon remains strong, creative and innovative. Artists can provide us all with inspiration and hope of a better future through their work”

The grantees, a total of 21 projects, reflect a diverse range of organisations and cultural practitioners.  Each project was carefully considered and through our selection we sought to  support a diverse selection of artists representing a range of art forms across the six countries.

In Lebanon, Clown Me In’s project Must Clown will bring together a group of professional and non-professional clowns, to reveal the societal and political challenges they are facing through 5 filmed creations.  Jeunesses Musicales du Liban’s projectEthno will introduce Arabic Music to the world through virtual training as well as virtual performances that include local and international artists. While, Dima Nachawi’s project The story of Nujoud is a touring performance that combines storytelling and shadow theatre.  Finally, Studio Kunukku’s project Barsees will support the development of a collection of block prints inspired by at-risk Syrian architectural feats and design motifs.– British Council


Source: National News Agency-Lebanon

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