Husam Abed is a Palestinian puppeteer, musician and social worker living between Amman and Prague. Master of Directing for Alternative and Puppet theatre at DAMU/Czech Republic. Founder of Dafa Puppet Theatre in Jordan and Czech Republic. He has been performing and leading puppetry and storytelling projects for children and youth in many countries especially refugee camps and underprivileged areas in Jordan.
He directed puppet performances, collaborated with artists from many nations. He developed his way of performing by mixing storytelling with puppetry. A member founder of Flying Freedom Festival in Czech Republic, a member founder of Amman Theatre Lab. in Jordan and member of UNIMA – France.
Ahmed Al-Sabaiei is a film director from Iraq. He has been living in Prague for two years and a half. He is a graduate of the University of Baghdad, the Fine Arts Academy, the Cimena department. Ahmed Al-Sabaiei's work is mainly script writing, filming and editing. He is an author of many movies. The documentary "Without Scenario" won the golden prize in Tunisia in 2007.
Also, his documentary "Shahrazad’s Last Story" won the golden prize in Tunisia in 2009, and his short movie The Ordeal received the prize for the Best Director in Baghdad in 2012. Al-Sabaiei has worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) for five years in the area of health and media education. His latest documentary is the Czech movie "Sounds Coming from a faraway".
He is a musician from Syria who came to Czechoslovakia in 1982 to study construction. He became a civil engineer in 1989, then returned back home where he worked in the field until 1997. Later on he came back to the Czech Republic where he lives until today. Marwan has founded the first Arab band in the Czech Republic named ZIRIAB. He also plays European medieval and Renaissance music with Czech musicians.
Momentálně nepracuje ve svém původním oboru jako stavební inženýr, ale už od roku 2003 učí fyziku, matematiku, češtinu pro cizince a arabštinu pro Čechy. Píše poezii v českém i arabském jazyce a pořádá s českými básníky večírky s poezií a hudbou. Jezdí hrát pro děti do dětských domovů.
Arab Non-Theatre is an amateur theatre group composed of current and former Arabic students at the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University all of whom share love for Arabic and acting. The group was founded in 2012 and is lead by an excellent Czech Arabist doc. František Ondráš.
Tom Blahut Entrepreneur, wine merchant and traveler. His Drink, Eat & Fly company is importing and distributing Lebanese wines in the Czech Republic and is also organising popular enological and gourmet tours to Lebanon.
DJ Egy's production has been greatly shaped by the environment and community of street dance, from which you can sense the concrete jungle of Prague's Stodůlky neighbourhood. In terms of genre, he roams from hip-hop, grim, trap and house to other derivatives of urban music, that he will also use as sources for his Middle Eastern online DJ set specially prepared for ARABFEST 2020.
The fact that he is close to Middle Eastern beats is undoubtedly confirmed by his field of study - Arabic studies at Charles University in Prague.
Jakub Hauser is in his second year of Arabic studies at the Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University. He is involved in the Majlis student association and is mainly interested in humanitarian organizations such as People in Need and Doctors Without Borders and their work in the Middle East. This is also the path he would like to follow in his future.
Michal „Hugo“ Hromas
Hugo came to learn about exotic foods already as a child and he’s been working as a cook since the year 2000. He worked as a chef at Dahab restaurant in Prague, where he also learnt about Palestinian cuisine. He was also inspired by his experience with working as a cook for the movie Tobruk in Tunisian Sahara.
After his return, he launched a culinary course Raisins and Almonds. He has also used his experiences from travels around Europe to collaborate with restaurants and to design the Street Food Festival. He enjoys cooking outside the most. He manages a so-called travelling restaurant of one cook Nomadic Catering and he also has a show on the Czech online TV Stream.cz entitled At the Stand.
Josef Sedlák & Tomáš Staněk
Josef Sedlák (*1990, Pilsen) and Tomáš Staněk (*1994, Prague) form a creative tandem which puts together wild range of disciplins – starting from comics (XRXMAG magazine) through illustration and free painting to mural art – large-scale murals, which will be also presented during the Festival and which also decorates several surfaces in DEPO2015. Both creators share a common grafitti experience from which they draw richly in their work.
A cybernetician and scout who thought that riding to the Kalahari Desert was a pretty good idea. In 252 days, Dan managed to travel through 15 African countries (18,000 kilometres) from Pilsen to the South African kingdom of Lesotho by bicycle. "I will try to show you what it looks like when you cycle through the Sahara. Sun, wind, infinity all around and an opportunity to meet yourself."
Eva Svobodová is the editor of journalism at Czech Radio on Radio Wave. As part of her studies in political science at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, she conducted research on the anti-Islamic protest movement in the Czech Republic. She is currently working on the topic of Paris suburbs. She worked with autistic children for two years and then spent one year preschooling Romani children.
Toukadime is a project started by two DJs, Krimau and Bachir, who are striving to keep their vinyl collection from Maghreb alive, sharing it on the internet, the radio or during live events. The two friends, with their varied universe, won their spurs in deejaying by mixing all sorts of different music, while still showing an obvious inclination for the Afro-American culture (Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop...) and African music.
So it makes sense that they found each other around a format they both care for, the vinyl, and a location that speaks to them, the Maghreb. Their goal is simple: highlight an heritage, (re)discover musical pieces and satisfy the curious ears and the connoisseurs of the genre.
Vladimír Váchal is a traveller, a photographer and an indestructible element. He started intensive travels into different parts of the world a few years ago and he just loved it. Most of his journeys took him into the area of Near and Far East - he visited Iran, India and other surrounding countries several times. He enjoys a cup of good tee and a hookah. In short, at his age of 21 years Vladimír is an exceptionally interesting personality.
Hammam A. Yousef
Architect and graphic designer, born in Damascus, Syria. He graduated as B.Sc ArchEng. from Architectural Engineering Faculty, Damascus University. Also works as translator and interpreter from Arabic to English and vice versa.
He says about his experience with Arabic calligraphy: “I am not a calligrapher, you need to study and practice for so many years to receive this title. However, what I do is use Arabic calligraphy styles as a base to reshape letters and words into design elements.”
Ÿuma is a Tunisian world/alternative music band consisting of Sabrine Jenhani, also known as Chupee Do, and Ramy Zoghlemi, who both are song writers and composers. Appearing in the music world on December 20, 2015, Ÿuma is a leading band in alternative Tunisian indie folk music, distinguished by a musical universe mingling cultures from both shores of the Mediterranean. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Yumatheduo
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