We are currently working to establish and maintain sustainable creative labs for street children and other vulnerable youths in Cambodia, Haiti, Myanmar and the Middle East to form a global community of young music and film producers.
Based on the success of the permanent DJ schools from our Turntables in the Camps programme, we now work with a range of other partners to establish permanent Turntable Labs for local youths in Port-au-Prince, Phnom Penh, Cairo, Benghazi, and Tunis. The Turntable Labs are meant as hubs for creativity in different forms. First off with music and video production as the core elements.
Turntables in the Camps
“Turntables in the Camps” was our first programme focused on the inclusion of young refugees in the global youth culture of DJ-ing and the creation of electronic music. To facilitate this, we arrange workshops and set up permanent local dj schools for refugee boys and girls in order to show that everybody can be a DJ or an MC no matter where they are from.
Currently we have permanent DJ schools in connected to the camps of Sabra/Shatila, Mar Elias and Burj Barajneh in Beirut, Nahr el-Bared near Tripoli, and the Jabal el-Hussein camp in Amman. These schools are all driven by local NGOs and volunteers.
Voice of the Streets
“Voice of the Streets” are our concerts and festivals. They show the importance of the voice of the street, and remind everyone that the struggle for freedom of expression and peace in many of the countries in the world is far from over.
The first event under the “Voice of the Streets” tag took place in Cairo in November, 2011 in spite of a military crackdown on the festival. The Voice of the Streets brought together political dissidents rappers from Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan in order to remind the world that the struggle for freedom of artistic expression and speech in the Middle East has just begun. It was presented by Turning Tables, the regional Immortal Entertainment and sponsored by Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD).
The Second event was curating a major festival on Artistic Activism in corporation with the IMAGES Festival in Copenhagen September 2013. Here Turning Tables brought activist rappers and street artists from Cambodia, Egypt, Jordan, Libya and Tunisia to Denmark to exhibit how youth in conflict prone countries around the world use music and art to push back oppression.
The Third event was L’angar Festival l in Tunisia December 2013 where Turning Tables and the Tunisian activist radio Asso Chaabi organized the biggest hip hop and electronica event ever in the Middle East and North-Africa. The line-up was packed with young political conscious artists from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Morocco, Denmark and Algeria that was invited to spit fire and brimstone in the struggle for regional freedom of expression.