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When eight cultural institutions from around the region met in November for the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture's Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship program, the participants were searching for new funding opportunities but coming up short. The program, which seeks to address the challenges of self-sustainability in an area where funding for the arts is dwindling, recently reunited the platforms for their second workshop. Was the information given in the first workshop useful enough to be implemented?Since November, the groups have undergone mentorship with New York-based independent cultural adviser Moukhtar Kocache and participated in the second workshop. Egyptian art house cinema Zawya Cinemas and Distribution's Ahmed Sobky intends to get the whole team brainstorming with this new information, combined with their plans following their mentorship session.Zawya has not yet attracted new sponsors but Sobky says its early days and the new space is sustaining itself well.Lebanon's Minwal Theater Company co-founder Jad Hakawati set tasks to be completed between the two workshops, such as solving administrative issues, which has left them with a confident outlook.Previously, participant's plans for the grant were non-existent.
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