The NAFAS residencies are designed to offer Lebanese artists a breathing space and allow them to continue producing creative work via cultural exchanges with France. The aim of the programme is to provide Lebanese creative artists, designers and arts professionals with support in the form of residencies lasting for a specified duration in all parts of mainland France to enable them to develop a creative and/or research project in any sector of contemporary creative arts.
Initiated as early as October 2020 following the August 4th explosion in the port of Beirut, this programme has been strengthened as of March 2021 with the implementation of three schemes: a call for applications from the Institut français, a call for applications from the l’Association des Centres culturels de rencontre, and a specific selection operated by the Institut français du Liban. These three schemes are complemented by dedicated residencies organised by associated partners such as the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée (CNC) and the Cité internationale des arts. In 2022, the programme receives the support of the patron GALOP, exclusive concessionaire of Hermès in Lebanon, for the deployment of a scheme dedicated to arts and crafts.