After Freezing Activities in Egypt, ‘The Cultural Resource’ Reopens Today in Lebanon

Arabic Literature (in English)

The Culture Resource — Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy — is set to launch its Beirut office today, according to Ahram Online. That’s after it shuttered Egyptian activities last fall, in the wake of a restrictive NGO law:

LogoTen-year-old Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy announced a freeze on activities and a closing of its Cairo office last November, just a few weeks after the pioneering El Fann Midan’s activities were also suspended in Egypt.

Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy’s activities in Egypt and beyond were various. According to a report on its closing in Mada Masr:

These programs ranged from grants for independent artists, the Darb al-Ahmar School for Music and Circus Arts, an ambitious project for developing cultural management in the Arab region, various regional art and cultural festivals and workshops and volunteer-based cultural caravans sent to underprivileged areas in Egypt and to refugee camps outside it.

Two novelists recently won literary grants from the organization: Rania Mamoun and…

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