DEKKA ( public space for cultural justice in Kom El Dekka – Alexandria )

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social cultural public space as a meeting point for youth and art in Kom El Dekka - Alexandria
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DEKKA( public space for cultural justice in Kom El Dekka – Alexandria )

Dekka in Egyptian means wooden bench which people takes to sit in Parks, in front of houses as concierges - they usually were Nubian whom majority people of Koum el Dekka district, and hint that the people of Koum El Dekka guarding the heritage, culture, and the cultural justice, Pointing here that Dekka is the place to meet, collective work, peaceful coexistence, social dialogue and cultural and creative interaction.

Through the project (Dekka) we aim to developing, qualifying public social cultural meeting point space in Koum El Dekka neighborhood in Alexandria which have a special popular cultural characteristics its goals and tasks spreading the acknowledge, culture, exchanging experiences, and providing artistic, technical and institutional support to independent cultural initiatives in Alexandria and also providing the art and social support to the compatriots in local communities

Dekka as cultural social meeting, humanitarian creative interaction space with the district through its activities, and it will be collective work space and cooperation frame with different cultural and social  institutions & initiatives , and also a meeting, launching ,coordinating and organizing  point  to a number of social cultural field events in its surrounding community ,and engine for activating a number of popular public interaction and social spaces as cafes, shops , lanes , houses and other cultural spaces .

Dekka adopting the concept of collective management that in the context of an interactive direct partnership gathering compatriots with youth artists , cultural activists , social workers and others

Dekka targeting to stimulate youth creative energies, support independent cultural movement and cultural sectors with cultural diversity, saving personal and social heritage to the people of Alexandria and saving itscultural diversity

 Dekka poses itself as an interactive space works on achieving cultural justice and emphasizing the role of art and culture as an engine to the social change.


Background & Impact:

The activity represent a human right, social and cultural initiative gathering number of youth artists ,social and human rights activists in Alexandria in a social and cultural partnership with the people in the local community of Koum El Dekka

According to the vision depends on that beautiful marginalized Alexandria is the ancient city with the multicultural and diverse history worthy of its beauty and humanitarian richness cultural and social justice enable and supports to be model of diversity,multicultural and socially open society by efforts of its young creators, those interested ,with the cooperation of the people`s and the areas with the special civil characteristics, distinctive folklore heritage ,and by reduce the gap between the youth creators and the audience and enabling the youth of a public space to play a more influential role in public life, 

In the time that Alexandria – that was the civic city; the capital of the ancient civilization of culture and civilization and multiculturalism, diversity, and an example of the cosmopolitan global human society – became site of many acts of religious , social violence and incidents of sectarian strife and has become a serious center for many of the extreme religious groups,

in the absence of the role of art ,culture and civil society in supporting the humanitarian ,diverse & pluralism values ,social peace and peaceful co-existence .and marginalizing the youth role whom representing 60% of Egypt`s population, 

beside marginalizing the old public areas with history, multiculturalism and diversity and impoverishment it economically, socially and culturally. 

and neglect of cultural and local minorities, unfairness, denial of the cultural diversity of different cultures the city contain it of local cultures and various as: Coptic and Nubian desert and coastal and other-Not so long ago Saints Church bloody events in the first moments of 2011 and the events of sectarian violence and other social, and that with the rare of cultural and available spaces to the creative interaction with youth and future independent cultural movement in Alexandria.

Accompany to that the brutality of the continuing barbaric attack on Alexandria urban heritage; demolition of many of the wonderful theaters, cinemas, cultural centers and converted to Malls, shops and concrete towers beside, in addition to the closure of 80% of the governmental cultural palaces and centers claiming restored or the lack of adequate budgets, in the city was the capital of a global culture.


We Have A Dream :

After 25th of January revolution which calling for change, achieving justice, freedom and dignity, grown importance of youth role, restore the role of collective cultural social independent work, rehabilitation alternative spaces for youth for teamwork and cultural social interaction to enable them to interact, create and share with the local communities to highlight  Alexandria as a model of multiculturalism, social diversity and a beacon of enlightenment and tolerance, and the importance of deploy, support the cultural rights and freedoms, activating the role of art as a stimulant ,as an archive of social and collective memory as a guide for reform and enlightenment, depending on cooperation’s and strong partnerships with the independent cultural movement contents from young artists, cultural organizations in Alexandria and outside it beside the cooperation and sharing with the social & political civil society components specially after the revolution and what it witnesses of appearance of cultural initiatives ,social and youth movements moved on the ground, many of them have benefited from the balance of the trust, which Eskenderella consist in Koum El Dekka neighborhood and its inhabitants before the revolution and the openness of sight to exploit public spaces, in getting out to people in their places which supports qualifying an alternative space for collective work, and creative interaction supporting independent cultural movement and its activities, and reducing the gap between it and the audience especially in local and public communities, and linking it with the surrounded local and social environment as a stage of interacted cultural creation, social dialogue, saving the diverse ,and model to achieve the concepts of collective teamwork ,positive social participation under an umbrella of freedom, cultural and social values

Activities:

1- The establishment and equipping of space:

By Exploiting a space in the neighborhood (closed shops- apartment - Garage ..) and equipping it to be from one of the community component of the area, help to disseminate knowledge, culture, exchange of experiences ,develop ideas ,create and activate cultural and social initiatives, provide technical and institutional independent cultural movement support in Alexandria ,providing cultural and social support for the compatriots ,coexistence with them ,and will include spaces are equipped and qualified for the use of young and their creative interaction of meetings, workshops and the establishment of various art performances , and will include as well as a library equipped and qualified with books, references  knowledge especially with regard to the heritage of Alexandria and its cultural and social diversity ,ideasand solutions banks, a database of the cultural independentmovement and the resources of knowledge and its support resources, and it will alsoinclude furniture, materials and tools of modern technology and equipment to help in the knowledge and skills development, and aims to attract young people and children of Koum El Dekka and abroad to support the knowledge ,exchange of ideas , development and the establishment of dialogues and discussions , access to social and cultural diverse experiences, to enable the peoples of the artistic taste of the different kinds of art& cultural performance , learning and education among young people and adults, making workshops gathering artists and people in order to equip them with a variety of skills serve their issues and concerns of social, cultural and economic daily and saving their civic local heritage of arts, customs and traditions and develop those habits &cultural practices of community useful for the community .and help to compensate people's on lack of cultural , economic and social neglect suffered by the region by involving them in interactive activities with young people from the creators, independent cultural movement elements .and to meet social, cultural dialogue, social interaction and cultural point between people and young artists.

2-Consultative Board for management, development and follow-up for the space:

achieving concept of teamwork management a number of interacting people, a number of young artists, activists, and a number of representatives of some of the cultural and social partner organizationswill be selected to carry out the task of consultative Board on a voluntary basis to support, develop the space by develop activities plans, provide support, follow-up and evaluation and they will mention others to are candidate for membership of the board periodically

3-Drafting of a code of instructions and goals to use and activate the space:-

Will be the drafting and enactment goals and instructions code represent Dekka`s goals and its operating mechanisms, rules to abide by the principles and values thatmanaging and implementing space activities and the role, responsibility of parties, partners and beneficiaries  institutions, initiatives and young artists, they will be selected from the people, young artists, partner institutions by discussion, drafting, adoption of the Code , its declaration, monitor compliance by periodically through the Consultative Council and periodic reports

4- Dekka`s activities:

 cultural and social Activities: Through the Dekka space  it will coordinated to activate ,organize and host a number of cultural, creative and social activities within the space and outside the district of Koum El Dekka in many public spaces in  Alexandria includes number of lanes , squares, cafes , houses and other cultural spaces as :

* -Family : meetings, seminars, social and cultural monthly program in Dekka space and other open spaces (cafes - Clubs - yards)gathering people , young artists, professionals and activists to exchange dialogue on an issue concerning the people's and young people and discuss, provide suggestions, solutions, experiences exchange and provide awareness on issues and topics benefit people and their rights social, cultural and find formulas and ways to connect those issues, problems and opinions to present it to the officials or suggest social initiatives based to be implemented later

*- Berth (Marsa):

A program which Hosting cultural, independent artistic initiatives and artistic youth from Alexandria and out of it to show their experiences , creations in front of the audiences and koum el Dekka district people,- Dekka as a space for art performances or a social public space gather other spaces to host art event from production and creation of the independent cultural movement as theater ,music performances ,literature meetings and symposiums in open public spaces as streets, cafes in local areas to allow presenting to people the cultural movement and allow the alternative spaces to youth artists to express and perform their creation to the audience, to reduce the gap between the people and the independent cultural movement and providing alternative spaces for cultural work

*– Salt Bulletin (Malh):

Irregular cultural newsletter (printed and electronic) works on spreading diverse culture ,multicultural social diversity, introduce project events and Dekka`s activities and introducing social and cultural initiatives in Alexandria 

What we need: $ 10,000

- Rent space for one year: $ 3,200

- space basic settings : (Paints and renovations and Basic Settings) $ 1,000

- Equipment: $ 3,800  (Includes: 1 computers $ 500 + $ 300 printer + sound equipment (2 sound speakers +1 Mixer +2 Microphones) $ 2,000 + Data Show 500 + lighting units $ 500)

- Library settings and furniture: $ 1,000  (Includes: 1 Office +6 wooden chairs + shelves + work table )

- Promotional publications: $ 1,000

What do you get: the benefits and advantages:

Supporters of 10 $ and more

Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation

Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists

Memorial cards and pins with logo of space

Available: 1000 bouquets

Supporters of $ 100 or more

Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation

Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists

Memorial cards and pins with logo of space

A copy of the annual booklet for the space events

Available: 100 bouquets

Supporters of $ 500 and more

Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation

Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists

Memorial cards and pins with logo of space

A copy of the annual booklet for the space events

Your name included in the introductory booklet space

Souvenir pictures with the artists and the people coming if space

Available: 20 bouquets

Supporters of $ 1,000 and more

Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation

Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists

Memorial cards and pins with logo of space

A copy of the annual booklet for the space events

Your name included in the introductory booklet space

Souvenir pictures with the artists and the people coming if space

A special dinner and a meeting with artists, organizers and people in the space

Available: 10 bouquets

And other means of help:

Be part of the change and spread the word and the idea between your friends and your relations, 

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Eskenderella for Cultures and Arts is an independent culture organization that started working in 2005, to revive the cultural era of Alexandria, known for its cosmopolitan identity and tolerance, by reintegrating popular culture within the targeted low-income urban neighborhoods in…

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Supporters of $ 500 and more Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists Memorial cards and pins with logo of space A copy of the annual booklet for the space events Your name included in the introductory booklet space Souvenir pictures with the artists and the people coming if space
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Supporters of $ 1,000 and more Send pictures signed by the artists of thanks and appreciation Letters of thanks and appreciation from the participating artists Memorial cards and pins with logo of space A copy of the annual booklet for the space events Your name included in the introductory booklet space Souvenir pictures with the artists and the people coming if space A special dinner and a meeting with artists, organizers and people in the space
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