Today I announce the recipients of 12 new grants funded by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

The CAAR seeks to broaden and strengthen relations between Australia and the Arab world. This round of grants totals over $300,000 and supports the Government's public and economic diplomacy goals.

The successful projects include:

  • Arab Film Festival Australia will host its annual Festival in 2017, expanding to Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth;
  • An exhibition partnership between the Royal Heritage Directorate of Jordan and the Australian War Memorial, which will highlight Australia's involvement in the Great Arab Revolt (1916-18) during 2016 centenary commemorations in Jordan;
  • Indigenous dance troupe Djuki Mala, which toured the Middle East for the first time in July 2016, performing in Cairo, Beirut and Tel Aviv;
  • World of Women (WOW) Film Fair will host its annual Film Fair in Dubai in 2017;
  • Media internships for 18 Australian journalism students at media agencies across the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan; and 
  • Health and education skills exchanges between Australia and Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, hosted by Canberra Institute of Technology and Federation University Australia, respectively.

For more information about the CAAR, the grants program and a full list of successful grant recipients, visit:  www.dfat.gov.au/caar.

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