Every idea has a cause, LiberActs is an artistic bridge between the two sides of the Mediterranean.



Mahmoud El Haddad

Mahmoud El Haddad is an Egyptian actor and dancer, based in Paris since 2018. In 2014, he founded his own theater troupe “Act-two”, formerly known as “Hand-Made”. He has worked with big names from the Middle East and Europe such as Ahmed El-Attar, Thierry Niang, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, Henri Jules Julien and others. He has participated in many international theater festivals including Festival d’Avignon in official selection for the years 2015 and 2019.

Billy Ka

Billy Ka is an Egyptian activist Poet and Heritage Professional who is living in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He finished a Bachelor of Arts, Department of Sociology and Media, Alexandria University, Egypt in 2010. He obtained a diploma of Media and Literature Translation from the American University in Cairo in 2015. He obtained a Diploma in Project Management from Sean Academy, Ireland, in 2020. He got his first master’s degree in Arts, Cultural Policies and Cultural Entrepreneurship from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 2022. He got his second degree in Applied master of Museums and Heritage Studies from Reinwardt Academy (AHK) in Amsterdam in 2023 He is currently working in the management of artistic and cultural projects. He also has experience in the field of communication and human rights, where he worked for many years as a consultant and media expert in Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. He founded the first youth media initiative in Egypt, “Press Action Group”, in 2006 by organising media campaigns using street theatre performances and storytelling. In 2015, he continued his passion for art and culture by working as a communication specialist and project coordinator with “Mahatat” for contemporary arts in Egypt. In 2016, he founded the company “LIBERALIS” which works on disseminating visual art in all its forms. In 2019, he co-founded the association Liberacts for the arts in France to support artists by creating a bridge between Europe and the Middle East and North Africa. 

Members of the Board

Taha Metwally​

Taha is an Egyptian graduate of Cairo University, College of Education. He began his journey as a human rights advocate prior to the 2011 Egyptian revolution, as a member of the Liberal Youth Union. His main focus is on defending the rights of minorities, including religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ and homeless children. In 2013, he worked as an office manager at the Egyptian ministry of Education. In 2016-2017, he was the director of a hosting refugee children and families center in collaboration with UNICEF and the Swiss NGO Terre des Hommes. He considers that queer art should take more space in Arab and Middle Eastern cultures. Settled in France in 2018, he regularly works as a consultant on collaborative projects between France and Egypt, for organizations such as UNICEF or UNESCO.

Natacha Thaon Santini

Trained as an actress at the Grenoble Conservatory of Dramatic Art and at the Stendhal University of Grenoble in cultural dissemination, she has a double role. Today she is a cultural engineering consultant and production administrator for the companies ALIS and Le Compost. Today she continues to explore the practice of directing as a teacher (most recently at the Lycée des Lumières in Mamoudzou, Mayotte). Happy to be at the intersection of several fields and practices of the performing arts, she conceives her relationship to art only in a close link with the means of production which founds it in time and space . Working with LiberActs, she also participates in the structuring of new artistic projects and at the intersection of practices and cultures.

Meet Liberacts Consultants Committee

Mirette Mechail

Egyptian choreographer and dancer with a large portfolio of artistic practice. In 2001, she founded the No Point Perspective physical theater company. Several of the company's productions were also performed on international stages. In 2018, Mechail was awarded the "State Encouragement Award".

Henri Jules Julien

A chemical engineer by study, chose to work in the art field as a full-time career, from theatre to radio creations (France Culture), translation and production. He signs with Mahmoud & Nini his third show as a theatre director, the show got selected to be part of the official selections of Festival d'Avignon 2019.

Shaymaa Shoukry

Thrives through a passion for choreographing, performing, and creating video art. A multidisciplinary artist coming form a visual arts background, interested in integrating divers disciplines in her creations. Artistic director and co-founder of Dayer for artistic productions based in Cairo.

Thierry Thieû Niang

Dancer and choreographer. Along with his creative journey, he initiated choreographic workshops around transversal projects - dance, theater, music, visual arts and literature as much with professionals as with amateurs, children and seniors, autistic people and prisoners. in France and abroad.

Ahmed Gaafary

Studied painting and sculpture through the free studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Helwan University from 2003 to 2005 and working as a professional artist since 2006. His style varies between painting, installation, and video art. He participated in more than 90 international and national group exhibitions.

Ahmed El Shaer

Egyptian multi-disciplinary artist. Born in 1981. His practices span the mediums of installation, photography, sound, and moving image with a particular interest in digital technologies.His videos have been shown at international venues including the Venice Biennale, Bamako Biennale, Cairotronica and the Guggenheim.

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