The Arab Digital Expression Foundation (ADEF) launched Friday May 22 its 2009 training of trainers' workshop where 18 young professional Arab artists and techies aged 20 to 30 from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan.

The training of trainers' continues until May 26, 2009. The workshop aims at giving participants the opportunity to explore and get exposure to digital techniques in film-making, sound and music, animation and web 2.0 as well as training skills that enhance their own work.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore and practice open source software in the different audio-visual media and design with a focus on the role of this emerging worldwide trend that is proving to have tremendous empowering impact.

Participants will take part in discussions and exercises in digital collaboration and sharing, communication and networking and exploration of the capacities of the Internet. Discussions over art and open source and the meaning of mass collaboration in art, the benefits of open source with elaboration on current experiences and initiatives.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work together and collaborate in artistic works of expression of their choice during the workshop.

The collaborative and individual projects produced out of the workshop will be uploaded on an online portal (www.arabdigitalexpression.net) and other collaborative platforms.

In that context, participants will take part in exercises and games to that develop soft skills such as presentation and communication skills that help articulate their work, how to work effectively within a team and how an experiential approach to any work practice can foster creativity.

Believing in the importance of empowering Arab youth who have artistic expression experience, the workshop will work on developing their training and facilitation skills through experiential learning approaches.

By the end of the workshop, ADEF will select participants to be trainers in its third Arab Digital Expression Summer Camp in scheduled July 19 to 31, 2009 in Ismailiya, Egypt.

For further information
about ADEF: www.arabdigitalexpression.com
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