Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Can we live without the arts?  What contribution can the arts make to changing society and building stability? Are they as important as education, health care or the economy?  These questions were posed in the public debate that took place yesterday at Al-Sawy Culturewheel, Zamalek, Cairo- Al Hekma Hall.  The debate came as part of the Young Arab Voices (YAV) programme introduced by the British Council in partnership with the Anna Lindh Foundation.  

The debate was moderated by Eng. Mohamed Al-Sawy, former Minister of Culture and founder of Al-Sawy Culturewheel between Dr Emad Abu Ghazy, former Minister of Culture; Ms Nada Sabet, Theatre Director; Mr Ahmed El Hawary, Founder and Director of Bashkateb; Dr. Mahmoud Setohy, Professor of chemistry – Zagazig University; Ms. Wafaa Dawoud, Teaching Assistant of political science – Beni Sueif University; and Mohamed El Eraky, Teaching Assistant of nursing – Cairo University. 

Young Arab Voices (YAV) is a programme jointly developed and managed by the British Council and the Anna Lindh Foundation.  The programme was launched in October 2011 in Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan in response to the historic events and changes that took place in the region, then expanded into Libya, Algeria and Morocco.  YAV aims at promoting public voice, increasing youth skills for public debate as well as providing youth from diverse backgrounds with a platform to voice their ideas.


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