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Arab Fund For Art and Culture-AFAC
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, trainings and cultural events. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.
Soleil Gharbieh is the grants manager at The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC handling the film programs (AFAC Documentary Program – ADP and Cinema) in addition to the Music and Visual Arts. Prior to joining AFAC, she underwent a six weeks specialized training program with Goethe’s Kulturakademie to connect Arab cultural managers with the art scene in Berlin, Leipzig and Hamburg. Soleil lived in Egypt, where she was heavily involved in the local independent music scene while working at the Cairo Jazz Club Agency. From 2008 to 2014, Soleil worked as a catalogue manager and book buyer at CIEL, a book distribution company.