On the 21st of May in The Hague and in Amsterdam there will be double bill event on youth culture in the Middle-East and North-Africa, hosted by the Anna Lindh Foundation network Netherlands and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Guests will include
the Egyptian electro-shaabi/maharaganat singer and rapper Sadat (see the picture above)
the young Emirati academic Khulood Al Atiyat, working at the New York University Abu Dhabi as Assistant Director, Student Life and Resident Fellow, former and Events Director at the Shaikh Mohammad Center for Cultural Understanding and MC for TedxYouth@Jumeirah
(in the morning program) Ghanem Nusseibeh, founder of strategy and management consultancy Cornerstone Global Associates, former member of the Club of Rome’s think-tank, in charge of the Gulf region’s section of the think-tank Political Capital Policy Research and Consulting Institute, and Senior Visiting Fellow at King’s College, London, regular contributor to The National newspaper, and member of the Nusseibeh family of Jerusalem
prominent Egyptian activist Magdy Elkhayat
(in the morning program) Dutch cultural manager Chris Keulemans, former director of cultural-political debate center De Balie and currently managing the upcoming Tolhuistuin cultural center in the North-side of Amsterdam
(in the evening progam) Libyan born Harvard graduate Tarek Yousef, former dean of the Dubai School of Government and fellow at the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, specialized in development economics and economic history with a particular focus on the Middle East. He has held the positions of associate professor of Economics in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and Sheikh Al Sabah chair in Arab Studies at Georgetown’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.
Moderator on both events is Ernesto Braam of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The morning program named Recipeace for Dialogue; Shaping Diverse Societies through Culture, Youth and Education is part of the Anna Lindh Foundation Network Netherlands meeting and coincides with the UNESCO World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The evening program somewhat ominously themed The Ticking Time Bomb: Youth Unemployment, Counter-Culture and Instability is part of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Henriette van Lynden lectures, named after a famed late Dutch diplomat and Arabist. (Let us hope the youngest participants will add a somewhat more optimistic tone to the theme; in the case of Sadat literally).
Here is a link to a New York Times online article and documentary on Sadat and the Cairo electro-shaabi/Maharaganat-scene.
Here is a link to a Youtube interview with Khulood Al Atiyat.
Here is a clip made in Cairo of a performance by Sadat ft. Fifty.