IN 2014, WE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT A WIDE RANGE OF CREATIVE, COLLABORATIVE AND SUSTAINABLE PROGRAMS:
SECOND NILE GATHERING
In January 2014, the Nile Project will organize its second Nile Gathering at the Ndere Cultural Center in Kampala, Uganda. During this 2-week music residency, Nile Project directors Mina Girgis and Miles Jay will lead 18 participating artists through a series of structured musical improvisations. With the help of sound engineers, these collaborative compositions will culminate in the Nile Project’s second album as well as a set to be performed during the Africa Tour.
NILE PROJECT CONCERTS
Immediately thereafter, the project will begin its 2014 Africa Tour. With dates in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Egypt among other African countries, we hope to build on our 2013 success by featuring a more diverse cast of musicians and programming a more extensive itinerary.
Following each of the concerts on the Africa Tour, Nile Project facilitators will lead interactive workshops for university students and community members to examine their understanding of the Nile’s political, social, economic, and environmental challenges. By showcasing the work of civil society partners, the facilitators will move the conversation from challenges to opportunities – making the case for innovative solutions and assisting students in discovering their unique roles in contributing to the multifaceted sustainability of the Nile ecosystem.
DIALOGUE & COLLABORATION PLATFORM
Embedded on the Nile Project website, the Nile Project dialogue and collaboration platform will support all our programs and serve as an interactive multilingual resource hub for students, professors, and community members to discuss topics relevant to Nile sustainability.
During Spring 2014, the Nile Project will offer its 1st free Nile Course via a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platform. Designed to provide a multidisciplinary introduction to the Nile, this course will cover the cultural, economic, political, geographical, and environmental dimensions of the river ecosystem, the myriad ways they are interconnected, and the region’s contemporary challenges. This course aims to raise awareness, facilitate dialogue and the exchange of ideas between students from different backgrounds, and challenge students to view these complex issues through diverse disciplines and cultures.
With support from faculty and civil society, students will develop and submit their projects over two selection rounds (May and September). In December 2014, finalists will be invited to a Nile Gathering where they will collaborate with others on strengthening their projects and the winners will be selected by the prize jury.
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