takween is a program which aims to support designers and creative entrepreneurs in Jordan through a series of learning opportunities and community-building initiatives, initiated as a collaboration between the Goethe-Institut and platform.
Focusing on creative growth, takween offers learning modules, creative mentorship, residencies, a training of trainers program, grants and networking opportunities, as well as workspaces and facilities for designers in a creative space in Jabal Amman.
takween partner and supporter
platform is a newly launched curatorial collective dedicated to building a design culture with social value, based in Amman, Jordan. It focuses on researching and developing programs, events, exhibitions, and exchanges that create connections between designers, makers, and innovators in the region, and is run by the team that creates and delivers Amman Design Week.
The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Goethe-Institut promote the emerging market of cultural and creative industries in Africa and in the Middle East.
The takween team is made up of a collection of dedicated and passionate individuals from different backgrounds, coming together under one common goal - the support of the creative industries in Jordan. takween’s team consists of the following individuals:
Laura Hartz - Director of Goethe-Institut
Rana Beiruti - Director of platform
Amani Qaddoumi - Co-Manager of takween (platform)
Franziska Priesemeister - Co-Manager of takween (Goethe-Institut)
Ameer Masoud - Interior Design (Goethe-Institut)
Rawan Baybars - Community Manager (platform)
what does takween offer?
The takween residency offers four selected designers to be enrolled in a comprehensive learning program and a personal creative mentorship program run by local and international industry professionals. Participants also receive grants aimed at kick-starting their personal businesses and positioning them for success.
Creative practitioners can sign up to take part in the takween learning program, which aims to build creative capacity by offering modules in design research, writing and storytelling, image production, and value creation, with access to resources and skills in product development, making, prototyping, and materials.
The takween train-the-trainer program offers professionals from the creative industry a chance to develop their facilitation, evaluation, and creative mentorship skills.
If you are an aspiring designer, maker or artisan and have an existing small business or start-up project in mind, stay tuned for announcements on our grants, offering seed funding that will allow you to kick-start your business or develop your idea.
takween offers travel grants to aspiring designers, makers or artisans to conduct an internship or training in an initiative/organization within the creative industries in Jordan or abroad.
Become a member of our community and join us at the takween creative space, where you can work, make use of our facilities and exchange ideas and experiences with other creatives.