Yemen Cultural Heritage in Young Hands

As part of the EU-funded project "Cash for Work: Improving livelihoods opportunities for urban youth in Yemen", UNESCO is organizing an awareness-raising event in Brussels on 21 January 2020 at BOZAR national musuem. Bringing together the project's partners and Yemen cultural heritage experts, the event aims at:
- Valorizing the achievements of the project in the fields of cultural heritage safeguarding as well as youth engagement into cultural programming
- Informing, guiding and endorsing future work plans through participatory consultations and sharing of knowledge and resources
- Reinforcing networking, coordination and sharing of information between project’s partners

On 1 September 2018, UNESCO and the European Union launched a new project "Cash for Work: Promoting Livelihood Opportunities for Urban Youth in Yemen" (12m USD). The main objective of the action is to promote income-generation opportunities for youth in Yemen through urban regeneration activities. These will include the restoration of particular buildings in historic urban centres that have been damaged during the ongoing conflict. The project will also contribute to social cohesion and peace-building through targeted cultural programming and support to cultural civil society organizations.

During the first year of implementation, preparatory work has been achieved consisting of the production of comprehensive heritage damage assessments and Sites Rehabilitation Plans in the four historic cities covered by the Project (Sanaa, Shibam, Zabid and Aden), support to youth-led cultural programming and networking between young artists, thus mobilizing several stakeholders from Yemen and the Diaspora. Those interventions will reinforce youth employability in the cultural and creative industries as well as income generation in the cultural heritage sector.

The Brussels awareness-raising event will inform the project’s stakeholders and partners about progress made, emerging needs and opportunities and address priority interventions. Furthermore, the event will explore opportunities to develop ongoing partnerships by involving local associations and youth organizations.

A thematic panel on youth and cultural heritage will be followed by a concert performed by a Yemeni band as well as a photo exhibition. The exhibition will present works of international and young photographers as well as enthusiasts in Yemen. It will raise awareness about the country’s rich tangible and intangible heritage, as well as the damages related to the conflict while shedding a light on inspiring engagement of young people in the culture field.


Type of Event Consultative Meeting
Start 21.01.2020 15:00 local time
End 21.01.2020 20:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Zaouche, Ahmed
Organizer UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office
Contact Ahmed Zaouche, Programme Manager, UNESCO GCC and Yemen Office
Country Belgium
City Brussels
Venue BOZAR Museum, Brussels, Belgium
Street Belgium
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanent Delegation of Yemen to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French, Arabic
Estimated number of participants 100
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