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BACKGROUND

After the January Revolution in Egypt, artists wanted to go down the street.

But most of them didn’t have perceptions of what’s right for the arts on the street. They were also confused in the choices of topics to be raised. Not knowing what was allowed and what was forbidden in street’s culture.

That’s why we proposed a new strategy to get art into the street, it’s known as

TRAINING IN THE STREET

What Training in The Street is about?

Training in The Street fostered the idea of creating art in the low-income areas which have no cultural facilities. Thus, allowing the residents to become partners in the artistic industry.

Starting from choosing the topic to be tackled in the performance, encouraging the residents to participate in the training. In addition to advocating for the performance itself and the technical and logistical support for the its location, and they even take a part in performing.

People, particularly youth in low-income areas saw how artists work, how they train, and how they plan for the artwork. This has completely changed their view of art and culture. They never thought how much it takes to produce an artwork. They couldn’t imagine how difficult it was for artists to work.

At the same time artists understood that art and culture aren’t only made by experts, but that ordinary people can participate in the production of art and culture in some way. They also learned how to apply this in their lives to strive for the best.

OUTCOME

We worked on this strategy for three years. We set up ten workshops in low-income areas in Alexandria, and presented twelve artistic performances.

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Trainee

From Egypt, North Africa, Europe and the United States all participated in the activities

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Young Artists

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Men and Women

From the population of low-income areas that we worked within. Training in the street has become an important practice of cultural and artistic work with society

Testimonials

Excerpts from the residents’ and participant’s comments