Diwan Al Fan: Founded as an initiative in 2017, Diwan Al Fan now serves as the art entity of Romooz Foundation. The art program is dedicated to supporting visual art and film from Yemen through local and international projects -including exhibitions, art residencies and workshops, seminars and public programing. Providing a global perspective on Yemeni art and culture, Diwan Al Fan encourages the development of projects that expand the discourse around contemporary art, music and film from Yemen.
The Poetry Project: With the slogan “We want to hear your voice!”, the Poetry Project aims to create a moving dialogue between Germans and their recent refugee neighbors by hosting poetry workshops and subsequent live readings for adolescents, both native Germans and refugees/asylum seekers from around the world. As of the end of 2018, The Poetry Project has facilitated 80 independent ‘Poetry Projects’ throughout Germany as a result of its unique curriculum and network of translators, performers, writers and supporters.
Poetry Consultant: Wajdi al-Ahdal is a Yemeni novelist, author of short stories, screenwriter, and dramatist. He received a degree in literature from Sanaa University. He won the Afif prize for the short story in 1997, a gold medal for a dramatic text in the Festival for Arab Youth in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1998, and the youth prize of the President of the Republic of Yemen for the short story in 1999. He has been an employee of Dar al-Kutub, the National Library in Sanaa.
Project Illustrator: Lamia al-Sanafi is a Sana’a based graphic designer and visual artist. She holds a degree in Graphic Design from the Lebanese International University. She currently works as Projects Associate for Romooz Foundation.
This project is made possible with the Generous Support of the Prince Claus Fund’s Next Generation Award 2018