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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…

 

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This Sunday it’s all about getting creative in Naba’a. Paint up, a community of artists that strive to make Beirut brighter (those beautiful coloured stairs in Mar Mikhael – that’s them!), is inviting you to a fun filled do-good day this week end. #PaintUpNabaa is a great initiative to revive the Dahr El Jamal Garden and bring the run down and neglected neighborhood …

Culture over violence

“Our Café” (Qahwetna) opened its doors in Tripoli a few days ago. First of its kind and part of MARCH‘s peacekeeping initiative, this café aims to bring together residents from once deeply rival neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Bab el Tabbaneh, through art and culture. After the success of a theatrical play that the NGO put …

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The cabaret show “Bar Farouk” opens tomorrow at Metro Al Madina. After the success last summer at the Beiteddine Art Festival, the musical comedy is back on Hamra street and it’s not to miss. In the spirit of the very successful “Hishik Bishik”, this show revives Beirut’s golden era from the 30s to the 70s. From popular theatre …

Fashion, fashion, fashion

Breaking fashion news this morning from the Oscars, Giuliana Rancic is wearing a dress by Lebanese designers Azzi & Osta 

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Some of the finest Lebanese designers such as Elie Saab, Zuhair Mrad, George Chakra and Reem Acra have made international headlines with their unique couture and ready to wear creations dressing up the world’s biggest names. They have taken the fashion scene by storm as they represent lebanese beauty, refinement and elegance.

In recent years, a new dynamic crop of lebanese designers have been on the rise. Many of whom’s careers have been launched thanks to the Starch Foundation and it’s co-founders Rabih Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar. Starch is an NGO that helps designers produce, promote and sell their collections in Lebanon and abroad. They have helped them find a home. This organisation has been the key to kickstart many young designers careers, some set to become household names.

This year’s International Fashion Showcase in London, which gives an insight on the industry’s future, featured works of 80 emerging designers from 24 countries. The Starch Foundation, in partnership with the Arab British Center, presented “Blueprint Beirut”, an exhibition curated by Tala Hajjar, designed by Elie Metni, showcasing Bashar Assaf, Bird on a Wire by Rayya Marcos, Das by Sevag Dilsizian, La Terre Est Folle by Joe Arida, Margherita by Margherita Abi-Hanna, Mira Hayek, Nour Najem and Timi Hayek. And they took home a well deserved “Best Curator” award ! We applaud and salute such initiatives that shed light on lebanese creativity and talent.

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