Gousor Cultural Center in Zamalek, affiliated with the Episcopal/Anglican Church in Egypt, is hosting this week a workshop entitled “Effective Artists” in the Cathedral of All Saints in Zamalek.
The program aims to develop young people who have a passion for performing different arts and enable them to link their arts to a community project in order to spread the values of positive citizenship and world peace and provide the opportunity for young people to communicate with those with expertise in various arts as well as with artistic and cultural institutions and work together on a community project aimed at developing society and strengthening the role of Youth in it.
The training is divided into two phases. The first is a discussion of a number of axes such as identity, breaking the fixed molds, identifying self-identity, understanding personal values and goals, getting to know the other, how to accept different opinions in society, and ways to resolve conflicts between different cultures in society and using art as a means of bridging between different points of view. Determine individual responsibility towards society, learn the scientific steps for planning and implementing projects and community initiatives.
The second stage includes learning the scientific steps for planning and implementing community projects and initiatives, as the art workshops are divided into 5 days with the aim of training in a group of different arts such as theater, storytelling, leather making, films, and working on a joint community art project using art.
It is worth noting that the vision of the Gousor Cultural Center is to build bridges of love between all members of society with different cultures and backgrounds through art, music, and culture, as the Gousor Center hosts about 4 thousand people annually.
The idea of establishing Gousor Center came when the Episcopal/Anglican Church saw what the Egyptian people lived in the past years during the revolutions of 25 January 2011 and 30 June 2013 and how the people expressed their dreams of freedom, democracy, social justice, and decent living, but it passed through a period of violence, extremism, and discrimination, and this period showed The importance of building the Egyptian human being and restoring the values that prevailed in Egypt in the past, and the Church saw that it is its duty as a national institution to contribute as much as it can to the return of beautiful Egypt by strengthening the harmony between the people’s spectrum and the acceptance and respect of the other, as the Church found that arts, literature, and music are the languages that unite People with different sects, it is a language that unites and does not differentiate. Hence the idea of establishing the Gousor Cultural Center in the service building attached to the All Saints Cathedral to use arts, literature, and music to build bridges between members of society.
The activities of the center are represented in the activities of artistic shows such as music, theater, musical theater, film screenings, storytelling shows, and children’s shows. Workshops for various types of arts such as theater, photography, sign language, animation, Arabic calligraphy, sculpture, drawing, short films, music, acting, silent acting, narration, as well as art exhibitions, seminars, discussions of books and novels, confidence education, philosophical books, Mental.
The center participates with a group of arts and culture pioneers in its activities, for example, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Cairo Choir Celebration, Awtar Quartet, the Soft Power Production, the Light and Hope Society, the Children’s Storytelling Initiative, the Haddouta Initiative, Raise your voice, The Digital Museum of Women, Cairo Collective Guitar Foundation, Dream of Light.