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FANTASMEEM is a one-year program initiated by the Goethe-Institut Libanon adopting a holistic approach towards supporting the design industry in Lebanon. This involves capacity building, fostering cultural / social / environmental entrepreneurship, and encouraging collaborations and knowledge sharing.

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The submissions for FANTASMEEM Forward have closed.

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Key Dates
• Application deadline: May 26, 2019
• Ideas Pitching & Interviews with selected candidates: June 18, 2019
• Announcement Forward-Grantees: June 21, 2019
• Maximum duration FANTASMEEM-Forward: June-November 2019

FANTASMEEM | Training Modules

FANTASMEEM consists of four independent training modules as well as several accompanying activities targeting designers, design startups and entrepreneurs, makers and design professionals. Product & furniture, graphic & type, fashion & textile, interior and landscape designers as well as animators and illustrators from Lebanon and the MENA region who are residing in Lebanon can apply to one or several training modules.

FANTASMEEM Faculty | Video



February 19 - March 5, 2019
Design Residency | Hammana Artist House

FANTASMEEM Faculty is a two-week residency enabling 20 participants to develop their startup ideas through a mini-curriculum around design entrepreneurship. Besides financial support, the residents benefit from professional mentoring.



January – March 2019
Lebanon & abroad

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


June – November 2019

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


July, October 2019

FANTASMEEM Fair provides opportunities to participate in Beirut Design Week and Amman Design Week. The selected designers benefit from networking opportunities and present their products and services.


Accompanying research contributes to gaining in-depth knowledge about the development of the Lebanese design industry.


Designers present their services and products at a joint designers market.


Design experts are invited to present topics relevant to innovation in the design industry and to discuss with aspiring designers and the public.

Vier Panelisten

Design in Times of Crisis

“Design is the meeting point between creativity and technology. Who better than designers to 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.


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.