EU project supports publication of report on discrimination faced by Syrian refugee artists in Lebanon
December 6, 2016
A report on the discrimination faced by Syrian artists in Lebanon has been produced by the Lebanese organisation Beirut DC as part of an advocacy project supported by the EU-funded Drama, Diversity and Development programme (DDD).
The report will be distributed to the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, as well as other relevant authorities, specifically the General Security responsible for the movement of people within Lebanon. To gather as much support as possible, efforts will firstly be made to find other relevant signatories to the report from the civil society and the cultural and human rights sphere both nationally and internationally.
This advocacy project is one of seven initiatives working to end discrimination against minorities in the Southern Mediterranean region, which have been selected to get support from the DDD programme.
Drama, Diversity and Development is the first grant project in culture funded under the regional programme “Media and Culture for Development in the Southern Mediterranean Region Programme”. DDD then sub-grants to smaller projects, towards its aim of promoting diversity and challenging discrimination against minoritiesthrough theatre.
Media and culture for development in the Southern Mediterranean has been allocated a total budget of €17 million over a four-year period, of which €9 million is for the award of grants on a co-financing basis, and €8 million for one capacity-development mechanism on media (MedMedia) and one capacity development mechanism on culture (MedCulture). Specifically, the programme seeks to reinforce the role of media and culture as vectors for democratisation, and economic and social development for societies in the Southern Mediterranean. In the cultural field, it supports activities fostering cultural policy reform and reinforcing the capacity of cultural policy makers, as well as promoting investment and the development of cultural operators’ business capabilities.