Co-founder of Studio Emad Eddin and director of the 2B Continued Festival Nevine El-Ibiary was honoured by Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said at the fifth session of the 'Egyptian Summit for the Best' in recognition of her role in the field of social development in culture and the arts.
The summit, organised by Amwal Al-Ghad economic magazine, was held earlier this week under the patronage of Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly.
The Egyptian Summit for the Best aims at supporting and enabling women’s participation in Egypt’s economic development and supporting their presence in decision-making positions in the public and private sector.
El-Ibiary works as the director of the workshops and residency programme at Studio Emad Eddin, a unique project in the Arab region that offers a rehearsal, training and residency space to independent troupes and artists in the performing arts in Egypt and the Arab world.
She hopes to promote interest in theatre and the performing arts, building a community that provides exposure and networking opportunities across the world.
El-Ibiary has played a fundamental role in the field of social development. Her extensive experience as a manager in the cultural field has contributed to making the arts sector a space for social development.
In 2018, she launched with Studio Emad Eddin the Backstage project, in cooperation with Tawasol Foundation, which was established in 2008 and works in the development field at Izbat Khairallah. The project aims mainly to train young men and women in the field of theatre management and technology.
After the foundation of Studio Emad Eddin, El-Ibiary went on to launch the 2B Continued Lab and Festival in 2008. 2B Continued is a programme and biannual festival that brings together the best participants from the Emad Eddin workshops to produce new works in theatre and dance, giving them an opportunity to earn money while further developing their skills in real life situations.
El-Ibiary has worked to cultivate talent and give technical skills to women looking to have an active role in the economy through several targeted workshops and training programmes. In the 15 years since launching her workshops, she has played an active role in educating and mentoring over 2,000 women, encouraging them to participate in all kinds of jobs, providing a gender segregation-free environment.