K.EL.A.L.P. was initiated from the “1st Arab World Festival Corfu” in 2011.

In 2011, CulturePolis organized the 1st Arab World’s Festival in Corfu from the 1st until the 6th of April, as part of the European Union’s Culture project “Intercultural Dialogue Festival – Cultural Meeting East meets West” (2007-2013). The specific festival had the following partners:

  • Municipality of Santa Severina (Calabria, Italy)
  • Municipality of Crotone (Calabria, Italy)
  • Municipality of Puerto Pueblas (Murcia, Spain)
  • CulturePolis, Greece

Photos from the 1st Arab World Festival - Corfu, April 2011

Festival participants in front of the main gate of Corfu Fortress
Storytelling under the Moroccan scene of Haima
The winners of the literature competition of the Arab World Festival Corfu

A detailed description of this activities can be found at the dedicated website: https://arabworldsfestival.wordpress.com/

During and after the Festival various Arabic embassies (Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, etc.) expressed an interest, to create a large and a permanent Arab World Festival in order to give the opportunity to all the Arab countries to participate. CulturePolis accepted this interesting invitation and submitted specific proposals in order to conduct every two years this Festival, in another place each time. These proposals were presented in Athens at the Arabic Ambassadors’ Plenary in order to find ways for funding.

Unfortunately, during that period the so called “Arabic Spring” broke out in most Arab countries. Due to this event all the preparations were cancelled.

In 2020 we strongly believed that, due to the severe social, political changes and due to subsequent surge of the refugees from the Arab-speaking countries, especially from Syria, it was extremely necessary to capitalize on the experiences of the 1st Arab World Festival, in order to start a new era of initiatives regarding the Arabic culture and specifically regarding to the Arabic Literature as a medium of communication and consciousness.

For these reasons, CulturePolis invited author and translator of Arabic Language and literature, Ms Persa Koumoutsi, to coordinate the activities of K.EL.A.L.P. Ms Koumoutsis responded immediately and with her long and special experience, we believe that she will assist to promote and consolidate the relationship between Greek and Arabic culture, through literature, poetry, communication and activities, in collaboration with Greek and foreign universities and organizations.

K.EL.A.L.P. places particular emphasis on actions and initiatives related to education and training, hosting and incubating of projects and other creative and social initiatives of the aforementioned groups.

The Center’s vision is to establish a decentralized network from Greece and around the world to support artists and professionals in the broader cultural and creative sector – as well as students and young people in general, interested in culture, art and cultural heritage, aiming to explore new potentials deriving from high technology and innovative practices.

In addition, it aims to provide citizens, and especially residents and institutions of the Greek region as well as visitors of selected intellectual and cultural institutions in Greece and abroad, with the opportunity to communicate with artists and creators in this area and get involved in various activities of the K.EL.A.L.P. initiative for mutual cultural enrichment.