Noufel Bouzenboudja is a writer and artist from North Africa who mixes art with active citizenship projects. He was born in Kabylie, Algeria, where he became a teacher of English and Theater Techniques for several years. In 2009, he fled to Spain before migrating to Denmark as a writer in residence with the International Cities of Refuge Network. During his residency, he took part in a wide range of workshops and international meetings concerning human rights, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression. He studied journalism techniques with the International Media Support (IMS) in Denmark, Norway, and Finland. Noufel currently lives in France, where he works with grassroots organizations in the socially marginalized banlieues of Paris, mainly supporting youth with migrant backgrounds. He uses his skills as a trainer and writer to help them develop empowerment toolkits with the aim of making them vocal and active citizens and leaders who own their identity and space. Noufel writes and translates in Kabyle, French, and English. His latest publications include a novel in English titled A Pebble in the River, and a collection of short stories in his native language Kabyle, D Tayri Kan! (It’s just love!). His cinematic poem, ALLEGORIA, has received awards from several international festivals.
“I will contribute to creating a positive image of the banlieues as spaces of active citizenship and solidarity. I will take a stance. I will share my skills so that others can benefit from what I have learned.”
Updated June 2021
More from Noufel Bouzeboudja
Revitalizing Minoritized Languages and Cultures
Senior Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja is participating in the HIBIL program, focused on preserving and revitalizing minoritized languages.
#PremiereLigne: Platform's Launching Event
Landecker Senior Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja is happy to announce the concretization of his action project with the launch of #PremiereLigne. The event is supported in partnership with Avenir Évasion, Centre culturel Franco-Berbère.
Noufel Bouzeboudja: The power of Citizen Journalism
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja recently wrote an article entitle ‘Citizen Journalism, a powerful tool to empower people” on his Medium web page.
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja - Essential Worker Visibility
Humanity in Action spoke to Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja about his Fellowship project.
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja Is Participating at AFRICA 2020
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja Is Participating at AFRICA 2020, a festival organized by SAINT-DENIS House of Culture, MC93, in partnership with French Berber Cultural Center.
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja's #PremiereLigne Project in Action
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja's #PremiereLigne Action Project is in full swing. Watch the stories of Paris working-class neighborhoods now.
Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja Leads a Memory Transmission Workshop
Next Saturday, June 12, a Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja will lead a workshop about memory transmission.
Amazigh writer wins prestigious fellowship
Amazigh World News, a platform for news and information about Indigenous Amazigh peoples, wrote an article celebrating Noufel Bouzeboudja's Landecker Fellowship.
Landecker Democracy Fellow Noufel Bouzenboudja is a writer and artist from North Africa who mixes art with active citizenship projects. Noufel’s project will be the creation and implementation of an online platform called #PremiereLigne to disseminate stories of Paris banlieue residents.
Article on Noufel Bouzeboudja's Landecker Fellowship Project
VAVA innova, a news outlet dedicated to Kabyle news, wrote an article on Landecker Fellow Noufel Bouzeboudja. In it, they describe the Landecker fellowship and Noufel's project.