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Menschen sitzen in einer Reihe und nehmen an einer Kunstperformance teil© Alia Haju

Cultural Production Fund
Laboratory of Arts

Syrian artists need support, especially those living in exile where there is little financial support available for them to pursue their creative work. Therefore the Goethe-Institut Libanon is cooperating with the Syrian organisation Ettijahat – Independent Culture and providing cultural grants to artists from Syria. The support programme enables artists to be creatively active and to bring new ideas to life.

Video on the 3rd Edition | Laboratory of Arts 2016

The new projects | 2018

In total, 17 projects are supported under the 5th edition of the Laboratory of Arts program which will be implemented from mid-September 2018 to the end of August 2019. Among the projects are four documentary films, four theater performances, three musical albums, and three visual projects.

LOA 2018 Photo (detail): Alia Haju © Goethe-Institut Lebanon Cinema & Animation: Amer Matar | Plastic Flowers,Mohamed Aref Haj Youssef | Al-Maari Head, Nadim Suliman | Family at War, Zeina Qahwaji | Crystal House

Theater, Dance & Performance Art: Koon Theater | The Other Side of the Garden,Omar Bakbook | Kordelo Shadow, Rama Haydar | People of Love, School of Dramatic Arts | Harsh Lesson

Visual Art: Fadi Alhamwi | White Gold, Randa Maddah | Restoration, Samer Roumani | Survival Struggle

Music: Ali Asaad | Nabatie, Eyad Osman | Shamaliyat, Youssef Kekhia | Monologue

Creative WritingHanan Kabreteh | Madam Izoglin, Reber Yousef | Voice of the Absent, Waseem Alsharqi | Black


The Laboratory of Arts programme provides yearly grants in five categories:

Kinosaal © Alia Haju

Cinema & Animation

Since 2014 eleven projects in the category of cinema and animation were supported. Filmmakers tackle current issues in different ways...

Schauspieler auf einer Bühne im Freien © Alia Haju

Theatre, Dance &
Performance Art

The Laboratory of Arts programme has supported ten plays and theatrical performances since 2014. In these productions, actors and directors often touch on the idea of borders...

Künstler bei der Arbeit © Amr Kokash

Visual Arts

The nine supported projects in this category use different materials and techniques to to try and answer questions dealing with current issues...

Sängerin und zwei Bandmitglieder © Ettijahat - Independent Culture


The first music project was supported in 2015. Since then, nine very different musical productions were created. Some musicians attempted to rediscover the sound of traditional instruments, such as the Bouzouki, or ...

Eine Frau arbeitet am Computer © Amr Kokash

Creative Writing

Since 2015, nine projects were supported in this category. The works varied from an online platform dealing with Arabic culture, to an artistic cookbook...

Chronology of the cultural production fund

The Laboratory of Arts programme was launched in 2014. Since then, artists from Syria have been encouraged to apply for our yearly grants, which, thus far, have made it possible for 65 art projects to come to life.

The programme is aimed at artists and existing initiatives in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey, as well as countries of refuge and exile in Europe. Following the Syrian migration to Europe, the grant programme was expanded from the Middle East to Europe, where most of the Syrian artists now live. They will exhibit the results at art platforms in several major European cities at the end of the grant period.

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