Notes of a traveler

We follow many Lebanese bloggers and one in particular always makes us want to pack up and discover a hidden gem somewhere in the country.  Krystel Riachi is behind Notes of a traveler and this is how she describes herself: “a curious traveler, a nature lover, and a wanderlust soul. I started this blog to share …

Education is a right

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 (who …

Secrets of silk-making

Have you ever been to the Silk Museum in Bsous? The beautiful old Silk factory build in 1901 was bought by George and Alexandra Asseily in the early 70’s. They later on restored it and turned it into a wonderful museum, celebrating one of the oldest crafts in Lebanon. Discover the secrets of silk-making in …

Nay Aoun’s storytelling

“I’m a filmmaker, photographer and video editor. At the heart of my work lies my passion for non-fiction visual storytelling and creating video content that emphasizes on positive social change and authentic connections between character and audience”, this is how Nay Aoun describes herself. The talented filmmaker offers a series of beautifully crafted short films that have …

Journal Safar

Beirut has its own bilingual design culture publication bringing creatives, writers and thinkers together around issues and ideas from the Middle East Journal Safar ⁣ Studio Safar the creative agency behind this magazine, is pushing boundaries and encouraging the development of visual culture in the region. ⁣ ⁣ Their latest ‘Nostalgia’ themed issue has a list of …

Soap-making in Tripoli

A few years ago, Al Jazeera shared this report on the Sharkass family tradition of soap making that dates back to 1803 in the northern city of Tripoli. The soap making art has been handed down with passion from generation to generation. We should safeguard craftsmanship and encourage artisans to continue to produce craft and …

National Museum revival

During the Lebanese Civil War, the National Museum was located on the Green Line, one of the deadliest zones in Beirut. The building and the collection suffered extensive damage. But thanks to the Museum Director at the time Maurice Chehab and with last-minute preemptive measures, they managed to save and protect some of the treasures …

New mural!

ArtofChange.global by Ahla Fawda (the NGO founded in 2012) decided to turn another building into a powerful canvas! SimpleG was commissioned to create a mural honoring the Chehab family and pay tribute to lost craftsmanship. Located at the end of Hamra Street near Abu Taleb, the new mural, which measures 20 x 6 meters, depicts a copper polisher “Mobayedeen” …