Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Reception
November 5, 2014
Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC’s first London reception was hosted kindly by philanthropists Mr. & Mrs. Ayman & Sawsan Asfari in their private home, formerly the residence of Dutch-British artist Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. AFAC Chairman Dr. Ghassan Salamé, together with members of the AFAC team, presented AFAC’s work and its new platform for cultural philanthropy, the Arab Creativity & Entrepreneurship Fund 2014, to a select group of prominent businessmen and women, ambassadors, curators, producers and art patrons.
Though the Arab region is undergoing serious challenges, the importance of supporting culture and empowering creative voices is all the more important. Artistic production and contemporary culture are crucial means for promoting a more balanced understanding and appreciation of the region. Dr. Salamé highlighted AFAC’s accessibility and transparent methodologies, independent jury systems, and outreach visits to different areas across the region, from Iraq to Mauritania. Enlivening the event was Syrian kanoun-player Maya Yousef, a virtuoso instrumentalist who has pioneered a path for herself as a female musician amidst a largely male-dominant specialty.