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Empowering marginalized youth through music and film

What we do

We empower marginalized youth globally by providing them with the means to express their grievances, hopes and dreams in music and film; we build a creative environment for learning new skills and sharing experiences, and an opportunity to pursue a better tomorrow.

Origins

Watch a short introduction to Turning Tables by the Director recorded at MIT Media Lab.

Where we work

Our projects and festivals around the world

Programmes

Turning Tables builds music/film production facilities and organize festivals to provide excluded youth with the means to voice their travesties and visions of a better tomorrow in a non-violent manner. We create both individual empowerment and raise collective awareness, instigating change on community, national and international levels.

Turntable Labs

Turntable Labs

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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/ShatilaMar 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

“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.

Take Action

Become an agent for change today by helping us giving voice to vulnerable and marginalized youth worldwide. Please donate your time or money to help us build and sustain Turntable Labs for violent youth in Africa and Haiti, activists in southeast Asia and Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

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