Shady Rabab


Regional Winner, Africa

Garbage Music

Summary of Big Idea

As a passionate musician, designer and environmental activist, my dream is to bring together children working as garbage collectors in Luxor and teach them how to make their own musical instruments from trash and play music as a band. The project will empower children through the innovative use of waste, whilst using art and music as a medium to nurture relationships between communities, families and children. Furthermore, the project will promote waste recycling in the design and implementation of development projects to effect positive change in communities. We will provide free weekly classes to a stigmatized group of 70 children in Luxor who currently work as waste collectors. On self-made instruments, they will play together as the “Garbage Conservatoire Band” at various events in Egypt and beyond. Music will transform their lives and allow them to express themselves while fostering a sense of solidarity and community.


I am an Egyptian artist and painter. I was born in 1991, in Sohag city in Upper Egypt.  In 2016, I graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Luxor, with an MA in painting. In 2017, I started with a small group of artists "Rabab Luxor", an independent art collective that aims to spread art and support artists in Upper Egypt. I am a self-taught musician and maker of musical instruments. I am also the co-founder of Malakout music band.

Shady Rabab's Bio

26 years