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 …

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 …

Beirut Jam Sessions celebrates 4 years

Beirut Jam Sessions has been nurturing the live music scene in Beirut for 4 years now. 4 years of hosting great live shows with local and international acts. 4 years of promoting lebanese talents and helping them share their music with a wider audience. 4 years of striving to make our local music scene a vibrant and …

Take a vacation!

Photo by Roland Ragi
Photo by Roland Ragi

When was the last time you felt like a tourist in your own country? You dont have to go far to take a vacation.

We are all overwhelmed by our busy lives but it's important to take a step back, take a day off and go on an adventure. With friends, with family, with your kids, on a bike, by foot or by car, get on the road and try something new. One of the wonderful things about Lebanon is that there is always a little something to discover.

From Douma to the Chouf, from Batroun to the Qadisha, from Tyre to Jeita.. many guest houses have opened their doors in recent years and offer a unique way to experience lebanese hospitality. Beautiful locations, charming decor, traditional meals, all that and much more.

More info on l'Hote libanais

   

Curious about Beit Beirut?

Photo by Beirut Report
Photo by Beirut Report
  Some years ago we were lucky enough to visit the Barakat building in Sodeco and witness a contemporary dance performance. The iconic yellow building near Sodeco square has been saved from demolition and transformed into a museum. "Beit Beirut" is the name and our friends at the Beirut Report have taken a tour and shared a bunch of nice photos including a quick video walk through. We really look forward to visiting the building ourselves and recommend you add it to your to-do-list. Read the full story here...

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This Friday, it’s la Nuit des Musées, 3rd edition. 11 museums across the country are opening their doors until 11pm for free. Time to explore Lebanon’s cultural heritage from it’s rich archeological past to the mind blowing mineral collection of the MIM, from the history of the Lebanese currency to the beautiful contemporary art collection of the Sursock Museum (where there will …

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Irtijal, the International Festival for Experimental music in Lebanon starts tonight!

If you’re into experimental-free-improv-jazz-electro music, this is definitely the most exciting festival around and an event not to miss. In it’s 16th year, this Festival has proven to be a solid reference in showcasing new and innovative music and a great incubator for the avant-garde. This year will also spotlight Germany’s vibrant experimental music scene. Many lebanese musicians perform regularly in Germany and two of Irtijal’s pillars Mazen Kerbaj and Raed Yassin are both in Germany as artists-in-residence this year.

This event shows how unique, open and edgy the music scene is in Lebanon. See you there.

 

 

 

 

Business for peace

Business for peace

A big thumbs up to Sarah Beydoun who has been recognised for her achievements as a social entrepreneur.

The founder and creative director of Sarah’s bag, is this year’s recipient of the Oslo Business for Peace award ! This award promotes female business leaders driving positive societal change.

Sarah Beydoun has built a handmade accessories business by employing women at risk from economic deprivation, prisoners and ex-prisoners in Lebanon. With passion and vision she has significantly contributed to the empowerment of hundreds of underprivileged women over the last 16 years. What started off as a social rehabilitation project has become a house hold name and a unique international fashion label.

Previous honourees of the Oslo Business for Peace award include Paul Polman, Arif Naqvi, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Sir Richard Branson, Ratan Tata and Mo Ibrahim.

Read more here…

 

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This Saturday let’s turn the lights out and party for a cause!

Audio Kultur in collaboration with G, a specialized NGO in Green living, invite you to a one of a kind lights-off event to celebrate Earth Hour and create awareness on climate change. This event will be powered by solar panels and will help fund green programs across the country.

Featuring live unplugged vs plugged sets by Rudy Ghafari X Arton String Quartet / Dj Ali Ajami X violinist Silviu Paganini / Michelle & Noel Keserwany.

Looking forward to this one. Read more here…