Sister power duo and public art

T Sakhi, the Beirut/Milan-based architecture and design studio has been working on a series of urban interventions and public art. ⁣ ⁣ In a city where there are too few attractive outdoor public spaces for people to meet and spend time, Tessa and Tara (the power sister duo behind this project) created public infrastructure to …

12 heroes. 12 inspiring stories.

Here is the first episode of Zyara (Season 4). The award-winning documentary series that paints poetic portraits of people is created by Home of Cine-Jam, an association for Humanitarian Arts. This episode tells the story of Ghada.  In March 2010, she established MMKN Organization, a democratic, non-sectarian, not-for-profit organization, which aims to spread knowledge and raise social …

A Better Beirut podcast

We recently had the pleasure to meet Nicolas Dahan, co-creator (with Samir Ballouz) of A Better Beirut podcast. In November 2018 they launched a podcast to share local initiatives and showcase what Lebanon has best to offer. A Better Beirut and BBS have a similar mission of shedding light on those who do good, those who strive to make …

Arab Image Foundation

The Arab Image Foundation – المؤسّسة العربيّة للصورة celebrated 22 years with a new online interactive platform offering us the most significant visual archive of the Arab World, just a click away! You can now discover 22 000+ images (out of the AIF’s impressive collection of 500 000+), explore projects and experiments. The Arab Image Foundation is …

AUB Neighborhood Initiative

We recently started following the AUB Neighborhood Initiative and we hope it serves as an example for other communities! AUBNI was established in 2007 as a way of giving back to the AUB neighborhood, by mobilizing the university’s resources for the public good, beginning just outside the campus walls. This Initiative supports research and outreach activities on …

Lebanese DOP is one to watch

Christopher Aoun among Variety’s top 10 cinematographers to watch this year! He is the talented cinematographer of Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaum Film. #lebanesecinema #localtalent #beirutsbrightside Check out the article here   Mandatory Credit: Photo by Boo Pictures/Sony/Kobal/Shutterstock (10043967p)Christopher Aoun Cinematographer, Nadine Labaki Director and Jad Asmar Sound Man‘Capernaum’ Film – 2018While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old …

Urban Explorers

What is #urbanexploration? Also called UE, #urbex, infiltration or reality hacking, urban exploration is about searching, documenting, exploring and mapping man-made structures, hidden treasures, forbidden places, abandoned buildings, ruins.. As long as the site is no longer in use and sometimes off-limits. Open a door, sneak in, cross a fence, take a picture, share it with the …

Calligraffiti

Meet Omar and Mohamed Kabbani, the hard working talented identical twin brothers who grew up during Lebanon’s civil war watching Grendizer and dreaming of a better world.  They have since then become a household name, and have reclaimed some of Beirut’s walls to showcase art, beauty and spread messages of peace and unity. Back in the …

Sustainable fashion in Beirut

We just came across this article in Vogue Arabia about DEPOT-VENTE BEIRUT, Beirut’s coolest vintage store! Keeping vintage and conscious fashion alive. Words by the talented New York based Lebanese UX designer, founder of Slow Factory, activist, teacher Celine Semaan. Photography by @prodantzoulis, in collaboration with Pam Nasr for art direction/styling. “Nawal is all about using her store as a platform …

James Locksmith in Beirut, looking for talent!

James Locksmith, UAE-based DJ, producer, curator, promoter and festival programmer has just announced that he’s teamed up with the Australian Electronic Music Conference (November 2019) and has been invited to be one of the main curators. He’ll be taking several acts to the conference, cherry-picking his favorite MENA talent to join in on panels, workshops, collaboration projects …