In early July, nine creatives from Jordan were selected for takween networks program, each receiving a travel grant to visit Beirut Design Week 2019 from 2 – 7 July.
takween networks grant enables designers and entrepreneurs to connect with other designers in the region and to exchange with and be inspired by a neighboring design week.
During the trip, designers attended the main exhibition, talks and workshops, and met with other designers participating in the Fantasmeem program, run by Goethe-Institut Lebanon.
Together, they were taken on a tour of the different participating spaces around the city, which included:
NK by Nour Kays - A conscious fashion accessories brand made out of 100% repurposed plastic bags.
Beit Waraq - a cultural and artistic association which acts as a platform to support, promote and connect artists and professionals in the Arab region. They focus on illustration, animation and craftsmanship, while allowing designers to exchange expertise, share resources, and showcase their work.
Fabraca Studios - an independent product design studio located in the industrial city of Beirut, aiming to revive and rely on the community, creating a symbiotic relationship between designer and craftsman.
Antwork - a co-working space with a tech-enabled work environment that aims to cultivate a dynamic and creative start-up community.
Throughout the trip, the designers also visited galleries, museums, and studios, which expanded their exposure to the regional art and creative scene.
One of our granted designers - Mohammad Mteir said: “Receiving this grant helped me to expand my vision and make new friends. It was a great opportunity for me at this stage and it encourages me to join more programs with takween in the future”.