More Europe – external cultural relations is glad to welcome AFAC – The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture onboard!

Alongside with the Institut français, the Goethe-Institut and the British Council, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture will complement More Europe’s advocacy efforts and contribute to the enhancement of our collective understanding of international cultural relations vis-à-vis the MENA region. What is undoubtedly a great addition and a game-changer towards deepening true international cultural relations.

Over the past few years, More Europe – external cultural relations has strived for a coherent and meaningful European approach towards external cultural relations, based on the promotion of fundamental values, dialogue, and the recognition of the role of civil society and has constantly been pushing for Member States, civil society actors, private foundations and EU institutions to work together, combine their views, pool their resources and coordinate their activities in the field of external cultural relations.

AFAC will be represented through the person of Rima Mismar who serves as Executive Director since 2016 building on her previous experience as AFAC Deputy Director.

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, training and cultural events. AFAC’s work is divided into five strategic areas: providing grants, developing training programs, building and sharing knowledge, broadening the pool of supporters for the arts, and cultivating appreciation for and engagement with contemporary arts and culture productions by connecting them with audiences. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.

Find out more about the work of AFAC here.