Interconnected in Culture for a Stronger Ecosystem

All-Around Culture Programme aims to foster a vital cultural ecosystem as an enabling environment for social and economic inclusion of young people in seven countries across the Arab region including Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, and Libyan and Syrian communities in these countries.

Co-funded by the European Union, All-Around Culture is a collaborative and interconnected programme which consists of 5 components implemented over a 4-year period, to:

  • Support the stability of 36 cultural entities and foster their investment in sustainable collaboration to facilitate and increase access to culture within their contexts;
  • Promote youth-led cultural and civic initiatives through 32 research and 24 production grants along with collaborative laboratories to support community-based and contextual artistic production;
  • Create partnerships and exchange knowledge among 30 cultural entities from the Arab Region and Europe;
  • Practice ongoing knowledge exchange in order to connect diverse learning needs throughout the programme, as well as share ecosystem based approaches and practices with a wider community; and
  • Establish a Platform advocating for open access to culture and for actions to ameliorate the working environment for cultural and artistic actions in the countries of intervention.

The All-Around Culture Team

Mohab Saber

Mohab Saber

General Coordinator - All-Around Culture Programme

"Cultural development is not only about seeing the “elephant in the room” but also about involving all relevant actors of the cultural ecosystem to collectively address this “elephant”.

Jotham Sietsma

Jotham Sietsma

Cross-Border Collaboration Coordination

Working with great people in places across many places, I realised: culture doesn’t have borders, so why should we?

Olha Kotska

Olha Kotska

Knowledge Manager - Interconnected Environment

"There is nothing more constant than change" quote by Heraclitus. I believe that the ability of civil society and cultural community in particular to adapt to constantly changing environment is a talent, an effort, but also a skill that is a must to secure our viability."

Mohamad Abotera

Mohamad Abotera

Programme Manager - Cultural Alliances and Awareness & Dialogue

Mohamad Tannir

Mohamad Tannir

Programme Officer - Cultural Alliances

"Culture is the lens through which I explore the beauty and diversity of life. It is the bridge that links our societies past, present and future."

Dace Kiulina

Dace Kiulina

Coordinator - Youth-Led Initiatives

"Today, more than ever, we need culture and arts to build bridges between people, communities and geographies. To tell our stories with our own voice and from our own context."

Camille Hoeltzel

Camille Hoeltzel

Assistant Coordinator - Youth-Led Initiatives

"What amazes me with art and culture is that we can share common grounds and explore ourselves through diversity and creativity."

Areej Huniti

Areej Huniti

خبيرة تواصل - ثقافة داير مايدور

Aurélie Machghoul

Aurélie Machghoul

Communication Manager - Youth-Led Initiatives

"Pour moi, la culture est ce qui crée du commun, questionne notre rapport au monde, interpelle notre pensée et nous réinvente."

Silvana Naguib

Silvana Naguib

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer - All-Around Culture Programme

"I believe in the power of reflection and adaptation, and small acts that really matters."

Egle Kryzanauskaite

Egle Kryzanauskaite

Project Assistant - All-Around Culture Programme

"..when you think about it, it’s all about and around People, all about and around Culture."

Sofiane Ouissi

Sofiane Ouissi

Artistic Director - Youth-Led Initiatives

"Se nourrir des expériences d’un contexte de vie, de ce qui dérange, contrariant les discours du politiquement correct."