Le Grand Théâtre

Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the famous Grand Théâtre de Beyrouth? Take a look –here– at these amazing pictures from inside the fascinating abandoned venue. This building is a landmark and one of the last remaining relics from the pre-war era. Built in the late 1920’s, the building consisted of a …

Money as a canvas

Meet Ibrahim Sultani. This young talented artist created the series “khalle l lira terja3 tehki” (let the Lebanese pound speak again). He started painting on old 1,000 L.L. bills that he had been collecting since childhood. With money as his canvas, he draws portraits of notable Lebanese celebrities such as George Khabbaz, Nadine Labaki, Wadih …

Traveling art

We recently came across a very interesting initiative called the “Traveling art project”. This project aims at introducing Lebanese art to a younger audience. A mobile caravan serves as an exhibition space where children will be introduced to various art forms and where they will discover the artistic world in a non-conventional, fun and interactive …

Fat and fabulous!

We love Ghida Younes‘ My Fat Lady paintings! She brightens up our day. Check out this article and meet the Lebanese self-taught artist behind the round and proud character “who loves to have fun, eats a whole doughnut and does not regret a single bite”. In her own words, she is “fearless and utterly light (in …

Architecture photography.. with a twist!

Meet the talented Serge Najjar, otherwise known as @serjios on social media. Lawyer and doctor at law, he started taking photography classes at the age of 37 and began posting his minimalist photography work on instagram where he quickly became a sensation. He manipulates perspective in a mesmerizing way and brilliantly captures geometry, lines and shadows and architectural facades.
In his words, it is not about what you see but how you see it. Check out his account here

Rabih Kayrouz, fashion elite!

Big news in the fashion world ! Maison Rabih Kayrouz joins the closed circle of haute couture alongside a group of acclaimed international houses such as Dior, Chanel and Givenchy. After being elected as a guest member in 2016, the Lebanese designer, who recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his label, is now one of 17 fashion houses part of the official haute couture calendar.
The status is granted to a select few designers by the French Ministry of Industry and the Fédération Française de la Couture. To achieve this status, the designers must adhere to the Commission's strict standards and a number of specifications must be met. Congratulations to Rabih Kayrouz and his dedicated team for this unique recognition!

I am no bird

Andrew Cagle’s short documentary “I am no bird” is online. This is a beautifully crafted film about Samer Saem Eldahr's moving story. Samer is a talented electronic musician from Aleppo, pioneering a genre of electronic dance music he calls “electro-tarab”, who immigrated to Minnesota after having spent some years in Beirut. “What began as humble mission to document an unknown, but significant, contribution to the electronic music world morphed into a story about family, friendship, and persevering to create in the midst of a changing environment" said the Brooklyn based filmmaker. Watch it here

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen honors Lea Baroudi

The Queen of England has awarded Lea Baroudi an #MBE (member of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to peace building and civic rights in Lebanon.

As head of MARCH, the NGO that defends free expression and equal rights, Lea Baroudi does remarkable work to significantly change the lives of many young people and help them bring peace to their communities.

Congratulations for this incredibly well deserved recognition! Keep up the great work!

National Library reopened

The Lebanese National Library has finally reopened its doors to the public! Housed in the old Ottoman Sanayeh building, it is one of the cultural institutions and national treasures that suffered the most during the Lebanese civil war. In 1999, the National Library was recognized as a national cultural project and that led to officially adopting the National Library Rehabilitation plan. The Lebanese National Library was launched in 1921 with 20,000 books and 3,000 manuscripts bequeathed by Viscount Philippe de Tarrazi from his private collection. Today, it is home to one of the region’s largest book collection, more than 300 000 works including thousands of invaluable manuscripts, rare religious books, a collection of atlases and maps, as well as other books and documents. Article on France 24 Article in The Daily Star Article in L'Orient Le Jour                    

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

Jessy Moussallem, rising filmmaker

We just read Jessy Moussallem‘s interview in L’Orient-Le Jour and we wanted to share some of her impressive work here with you.

In her interview, the talented filmmaker talks about what led her to work on Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moon’s video, her relationship with Lebanon, the challenges she faces and her more recent work on Agoria’s clip.

Jessy Moussallem pushes boundaries, her videos are emotional, powerful and edgy.