There's no better opportunity than enforced social distancing on an international scale to make us pick up those bucket-list projects we've always been meaning to do, if only we weren't so busy.
The global pandemic may have created worldwide fear and anxiety, but a welcome side effect is a surfeit of spare time now that many of us are saving commuting times by working from home; Dubai Opera announced a curtains down; Cinema Akil has taken an intermission; and gyms, cinemas and nightclubs are all closed until further notice.
Now's the time to get creative, and as if on cue, The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture has announced its first call for grant applications.
The AFAC is offering grants in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Documentaries, Arab Documentary Photography, and Creative and Critical Writing which includes critical writing on the arts and culture, theatrical writing, children and youth literature (including both the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature as well as original stories), graphic novels, short stories, and poetry, all of which must be in Arabic.
The deadline for submission of applications is 15 April 2020 for all grants programmes except the Arab Documentary Photography Programme, for which Arab photographers can apply by 1 May 2020.
For more information, visit the The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture's website here. Good luck!
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