About Fa'ael Iraq:

Fa'ael programme aims to build the capacity of artists and activists working in challenging environments. The programme is implemented in partnership with Action for Hope and Art Canteen. 

In March 2020 and then again in November 2020, 15 cultural managers attended a training workshop to enhance their community development skills, knowledge, and motivation to work, build trust and take meaningful social actions within their communities. Following the workshop, five cultural managers were selected to implement their projects.


 Learn more about the selected projects

The Saad Mohammed Rahim Award for Short stories

In Diyala province and especially Baquba, there is a shortage of young literary talent in short story writing.  This project will bring together young Iraqi storytellers aged 20-35 to support them in publicly promoting their work through the media, local artistic forums, and competitions. Three winners will be selected and each one of them will get the chance to print and market his book.  The competition is the first of its kind in Diyala Governorate in the field of short story writing.


Clakita aims to promote cinematographic culture and arts in universities within the centre of Anbar province (Ramadi district). As part of the project, Clakita will produce a short series by bringing together actors and filmmaking specialists from Anbar to work on the production and direction of these short series. The series will be shown in public spaces in Anbar and will be shared on YouTube. Two Iraqi Universities will participate in the project,  Al-Maarif University and Al-Anbar University. The universities will host the training and the final presentation at the end of the project. 


Caricature will bring together cartoonists from Diyala province to highlight social issues such as problems faced by marginalised communities, abuse of power, corruption, etc. The project aims to build the capacity of 50 young people to present problems in Diyala society through the art of caricature.  As part of the project, participants will attend training workshops to build their capacity and get the chance to exhibit their drawings.

Talking walls

In Tikrit, located in Saleh al-Din province, buildings and public places are covered in sectarian, nationalist, and racist terms and sometimes even words against public taste. A bleak inheritance of recent years of conflict in the area. This project seeks to remove phrases and writings that provoke sectarian and national strife and replace them with ones carrying values of harmony and peace.  Using graffiti, street artists will draw expressive and purposeful paintings addressing culture, heritage, history, and various topics to deliver a social and educational message.



Our remains play for survival

Our remains play for survival project will work with 20 amateur and beginner Oud players aged 15 to 30 of both genders from the rural Alam community.  They will each be given instruments. They will follow a one-month training course run by a specialised trainer to enhance their skills and develop their technique to pave the way for them to become professional musicians.

A closing ceremony will be held at one of the many neglected historical sites in Iraq, a 2000-year-old church in the village of Bouajil in Alam, in the presence of artists, media figures, government personalities and international organisations, to highlight and celebrate the existing talents and capacities in rural communities.