Hip-hop Beyrouth style

La riche culture hip-hop au Liban mise en lumière grâce au documentaire de Salim Saab alias « Royal S » projeté aujourd’hui à l’Institut français du Liban. Il retrace l’histoire de ce mouvement à travers les témoignages de graffeurs, rappeurs, DJ et beatboxers de l’underground beyrouthin. A voir! Et à lire ici, l’article de Maya Ghandour …

Change we believe in

A must watch video to understand the work of Arc en ciel, the non profit organization striving to create a better future for Lebanon through their mobility program, hazardous waste program, health program and many other innovative services helping the most vulnerable citizens. “With a focus on influencing public policy that protects persons in difficulty, arcenciel …

“Walking Lebanon”

"Walking Lebanon"

Discover the richness and diversity of Lebanon in this beautiful article by Warren Singh-Bartlett. Follow the writer’s incredible journey walking over 400 km from North to South on the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT).

“In the valley below, a delicate froth of fruit blossom clouded the terraces. Cherry perhaps, or apple. Maybe both. I could hear the tinkle of goat bells from somewhere below and the distant but unmistakable echo of a bus honking its horn on the other side of the valley. Wind rustled through the trees, making the mist swirl and all around, the air filled with birdsong.”

Read the full story here

 

Mashrou’Leila sing for the environment

مشروع ليلى Mashrou’ Leila onboard the Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior to help raise awareness about the massive potential for solar energy in the Arab region, in the run up to #COP22 climate conference which takes place in Marrakech in early November. Thumbs up for this great initiative by one of Lebanon’s most talented bands. Check out …

Recycling in Lebanon

Watch this great insightful documentary on recycling in Lebanon. Produced by Leela, Love in Action, guided by Ziad Abi Chaker and directed by Nassif El Rayess, it presents innovative and practical solutions for dealing with waste. This in-depth look at what is at stake provides us with very compelling reasons to make an effort and …

Summer is still on!

If you think summer and festival season is over. Think again. September has lots of great music events in store for you.

wicker

This coming Saturday, leave the chaos of city life, come enjoy the beautiful shore of Batroun and attend the annual Wickerpark festival, featuring a great line up of lebanese bands.

A great way to encourage and discover local talent in a laid back, sea side, grassroot environment. This year, the festival is taking place on a Saturday so that you won’t need to fear traffic and rush back to Beirut.

This edition will feature performances by well-established bands as well as newcomers: The Wanton BishopsInterbellumLUMIFilter, HappierSafar MusicETYENLoopstacheKid Fourteen, and DJ sets by Jack the Fish, Ziad Nawfal and Rami O.

fatouma

On Wednesday September 14th, Liban Jazz brings you the incredibly captivating Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara. She is the famous voice of the musical “Kirikou” and the talent behind the soundtrack of the internationally renowned movie “Timbuktu”.

bjs

On Sunday September 18th, Beirut Jam Sessions are heading to Gardenstate to present the unique Estonian artist NOËP, whose real name is Andres Kopper, “an electronic-pop act whose music has been described as a delicate and infectious blend of indie, electro and pop accompanied by distinctive vocals”. This not-to-miss concert will also feature local talents; CODE O preforming his solo tracks and a DJ set by musician and producer ETYEN.

See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Free fashion school

It’s the story of Sara Hermez who opened a free school in fashion design, Creative Space Beirut that provides education to talented design students who lack the resources to study. These students come from all over the country including refugee camps. The Parsons School of Design graduate, with the help of her former professor Caroline Simonelli, wanted to put her creativity …

Turn waste into resource

At Beirut’s Bright Side we are concerned with the environment and strive to promote eco friendly and green initiatives. In the past year, we have shared the stories of wonderful people working hard towards building a safer, cleaner and healthier country, for generations to come. We recently came across an interesting Interview (by Middle East Eye) with Ziad Abi Chaker, CEO of Cedar …

7 rooms 7 artists

“7 Rooms 7 Artists – Beirut Conversations”  is a unique initiative where 7 artists revived an old abandoned traditional house in the middle of the busy Mar Mikhael neighbourhood. These artists have one thing in common, they are non-Arab, non-Lebanese, and chose to live and work in Beirut. That is yet a reminder of how beautiful and inspiring …