The Culture and Arts Programme (CAP) aims to support talented young artists by offering them incentives to develop their talents, enable them to achieve and/or present their creative projects, advance their knowledge and experiences, and take more prominent positions in the cultural scene locally and abroad. In support of artists’ technical, vocational, and educational development, the Programme offers scholarships, production and promotion grants and prizes which it awards on a competitive basis.
Four major projects embody the spirit of this work: a funding and awards programme in the performing arts, visual arts, literature, and audio-visual arts. Through its Audio-visual Unit, the Programme supports film production and professional training for audio-visual practitioners, DVD publishing and distribution, school film education and film subtitling. The Programme also promotes cultural collaboration between Palestine, the Arab region and the rest of the world, and had an instrumental role in the development and signing of the first-ever film co-production treaty between the UK and Palestine. The Foundation launched the Gaza Music School Project in July 2008, offering the first ever structured and long-term music education programme in Gaza. In April 2012, the Foundation handed over the School to the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music to become its branch in the Gaza Strip.