Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
Zukunftslabor (in English: Future Laboratory) is a project whose mission is to develop society and individual potential through music. The project - a cooperation between an orchestra and a middle school in Bremen, Germany - was initiated in 2007 by The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. After having witnessed their work and its impact on youth through cultural education, we sought a collaboration with the organisation to bring the concept to Tunisia under the name "Future Lab Tunisia".
We believe that exposure to and integration in art and culture is crucial to the development of a strong civil society made up of confident individuals. Future Lab Tunisia’s goal is to give students with challenging social backgrounds tools of self-empowerment through music. The Tunisian National Orchestra was identified as the ideal partner to reside in Ibn Khaldoun Middle School in Manouba to cohabit with the students and their school’s ecosystem. In this daily-life situation, regular contact between the Ibn Khaldoun Middle School students and the Tunisian National Orchestra's professional musicians is established, based on free choice and trust. The program also facilitates intercultural exchange between Tunisian and German students, musicians and teachers. The collaboration and partnership between Zukunftslabor and Future Lab Tunisia promotes the development of individual potential and capacity building, as well as the development of society and the fostering of democratic behaviour. The Federal Foreign Office of Germany financially enables this initiative.
To learn more about Future Lab Tunisia and its array of activities and performances, visit the Future Lab Tunisia website and follow Future Lab Tunisia on Facebook and Instagram. Click here to view press articles on Future Lab Tunisia.