Everyone has a story

Everyone has a story

Storytelling events serve and reflect the community. They revive traditional practice such as the Hakawatis and promote social cohesion.
We came across this interesting article in The Economist about storytelling groups in Lebanon where Lebanese of all backgrounds meet to tell their stories.

“In a society where people are defined by their differences, these stories of vulnerability and strength are advancing the search for a common ground.”

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 …

“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

 

Beyrouth à deux-roues

Beyrouth à deux-roues
The Chain Effect est un collectif qui vise à promouvoir le vélo comme moyen de transport efficace, plus écologique, sain et plus économique. A leur initiative des graffitis ont été réalisés un peu partout en ville, on peut lire sur les murs :
“Brûlez des calories et non du carburant” ou bien “Si vous aviez fait du vélo, vous seriez déjà chez vous maintenant”.
A travers le street-art, des fresques peintes par des écoliers, et des ateliers pour sensibiliser le grand public à l’usage du vélo, The Chain Effect compte bien changer les mentalités. Chapeau! Et à vos vélos!
Plus d’info sur leur page Facebook

L’art investit l’espace public

Bravo Art In Motion pour cette belle initiative et ce projet ambitieux. L’art investit l’espace public au coeur de Beyrouth avec « Resistance and Persistence » jusqu’au 24 octobre. A voir, les oeuvres de 24 artistes libanais et internationaux qui dialoguent entre elles. La presse en parle: Le Figaro, L’Orient Le Jour, The Daily Star, l’Agenda …

Lebanon’s literary and art journal

      We had the pleasure of meeting Rima Rantisi, creative and academic writing teacher at AUB’s English Department, co founder and editor in chief of Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal.  This project, led by a team of teachers and students at the American University of Beirut, is the first of its kind in Lebanon. A …

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 …