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FANTASMEEM

FANTASMEEEM is a program initiated by the Goethe-Institut Libanon adopting a holistic approach towards fostering creative entrepreneurship as well as encouraging collaborations and knowledge sharing in the design industry in Lebanon.

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Goethe-Institut Libanon

FANTASMEEM | Modules

FANTASMEEM consists of four independent qualification modules as well as several accompanying activities targeting designers, design startups/entreprises and makers. Product & furniture, graphic & type, fashion & textile, interior and landscape designers as well as animators and illustrators from Lebanon can apply to one or several qualification modules and participate in the ongoing activities.

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FANTASMEEM Faculty

February - March 2019
Design Residency | Hammana Artist House


FANTASMEEM Faculty is a two-week residency that enables 20 early-stage designers to develop their projects & startup ideas through a mini-curriculum around creative entrepreneurship. Throughout their participation the residents participate in workshops (e.g. Design Thinking, Storytelling and Business Planning), benefit from professional mentoring and coaching sessions and work on their prototypes.

FANTASMEEM Factory

FANTASMEEM Factory

January – March 2019
Lebanon & abroad


FANTASMEEM Factory offers job-shadowing or training opportunities, which include an approximately 1-4-week long stay in design related initiatives/startups/entreprises in Lebanon or abroad.

FANTASMEEM Forward

FANTASMEEM Forward

June 2019 – November 2020

FANTASMEEM Forward supports early-to-mid-stage designers in implementing their innovative business ideas. Besides receiving a startup grant, the participants are continually accompanied by mentors from their field, have access to a working space and benefit from input sessions which are adapted to their needs.

FANTASMEEM Fair

FANTASMEEM Fair

July & October 2019

FANTASMEEM Fair provides networking opportunities by awarding design practitioner with grants to participate in local and regional design fairs, such as Beirut Design Week or Amman Design Week .
 

FANTASMEEM Findings

FANTASMEEM Findings

Ongoing

FANTASMEEM Findings supports local experts, academics and researchers in closing gaps in the quantitative and qualitative research about the design field as part of the culture and creative industries in Lebanon (see download section).

FANTASMEEM Finals

FANTASMEEM Finals

January 2020

FANTASMEEM Finals allows designers to showcast their services and products at a joint exhibition.

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Design in Times of Crisis

“Design is the meeting point between creativity and technology. Who better than designers can transform crises?” asked Gilbert Doumit at the first session of FANTASMEEM Focus on February 5, 2019 where four panelists discussed “Design in Times of Crisis” at Antwork.

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The research paper on "Design Economy in Lebanon" (2019) by Dima Hamadeh & Adham Selim is the first piece of research conducted in the frame of FANTASMEEM Findings to consider the opportunities and challenges facing design, as a distinct industry, across the whole of Lebanon's economy. It draws on an in-depth analysis of data gathered from government-affiliated, institutional and individual, local and international sources. It addresses the essential characteristics of the design economy in Lebanon, including the regulatory framework, funding models, supply-chains and market conditions.
The paper "Platforms Supporting Designers" (2019) by Nicole Hamouche investigates the main support initiatives for Lebanese designers, their contributions to the industry, their challenges and shortfalls. Based on the assumption that support platforms can play a pivotal role in growing not only the market but the variety and creativity behind it as well as its social impact, the author articulates recommendations for future actions.

 
The paper "Voices of Investors" (2019) by Nicole Hamouche sheds light on the design industry from the perspective of investors. At the crossroads of art and entrepreneurship, design attracts an eclectic crowd of investors and supporters. There is no structured and clear ecosystem in Lebanon that supports it as for the tech scene. By the term investors the author addresses diverse sources of financing: the financiers, venture capitalists and structured angel investors; the patrons, philanthropists and foundations, the more alternative possibilities such as crowdfunding in its diverse forms; and finally the borrowing and granting facilities available.

Cooperation

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Goethe-Institut promote the emerging market of cultural and creative industries in Africa and in the Middle East.


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