Lebanon, lend us your ears

Lebanon, lend us your ears

“Despite the small market size, there are Lebanese podcasts out there. Leyla Nahas has been presenting the podcast Beirut Bright Side Stories (BSS Stories), an offshoot of a blog of the same name, since February 2017. She tells Executive that the podcast—which has produced six episodes so far and is composed of narratives and interviews—was a natural evolution of her and Rami Obeid’s blog, which aims to share positive stories from Beirut.”

‘Lebanese still have the potential to be a part of this podcast boom. We have the stories, and we have the passion, we just need content producers in this country to grab a mic and go for it—and we need people to listen.”

Thank you for the mention and for this in-depth article.

Check out the Executive Magazine article here

BBS is also part of their selection of Lebanese podcasts. Check out our profile here

Salon d’Automne since 1961

Don’t miss the 33rd Salon d’Automne exhibition at the Sursock Museum. This open call exhibition brings together 31 artists working across all media, from painting and installation to video. The Salon d’Automne has been held at the Sursock Museum since its opening in 1961 !
Here are the participants this year: Clara Abi Nader, Balsam Abo Zour, Gheith Al-Amine, Nour Aoude, Hala Ezzedine, Serene Ghandour, Till Heene, Shayma Kamel, Maria Kassab, Maha Kays and Ali Kays, Bettina Khoury Badr, Mohamad Kraytem, Rita Mahfouz, Fadi Mansour, Samar Mogharbel, Abdo El Moudawar, Tarek Moukaddem, Tarek Mourad, Maha Nasrallah, Hussein Nassereddine, Nada Rizk, Roï Saade, Zeina-Bacardi Sakr, Marie Saliba, Ieva Saudargaité Douaihi, Nasri Sayegh, Nour Sokhon, Adlita Stephan, Lara Tabet, Jacques Vartabedian, and Alain Vassoyan. And check out here some of the exhibits' posters over the years.    



afikra is a wonderful initiative by Mikey Mu that encourages people to learn about Arab culture and history in a friendly environment.

This project, which now has chapters across the globe, inspires learning, offers a platform for discussion and exchange and gives an opportunity to explore issues related to Arab culture.

“The idea is that curious people can be successful, and people who are successful can be good community members, and good community members make good communities.” Mikey M.

More on this in Al-Fanar Media here


West Beyrouth

Do you remember “West Beyrouth”? The classic movie, written and directed by Ziad Doueiri, was released 20 years ago. The story of coming of age of three teenagers at the time of the outbreak of the civil war in 1975. The movie, amongst other prizes, won the Prix François Chalais at the Directors’ fortnight of …

On photography in Lebanon

For all art lovers! “On Photography in Lebanon: Stories and Essays” is the latest publication of @Kaphbooks. This is a fantastic collective work in which 40 contributors from different backgrounds shared their point of view on photography evoking its equally numerous forms of existence. A total of 380 photographs (produced between the end of the 19th century and today) are compiled making this book the first of its kind on Lebanese photography.
This book is co-edited by Nour Salamé, founder of Kaph Books, and Clémence Cottard Hachem, Head of Collections at the Arab Image Foundation in Beirut, Artists include: Gregory Buchakjian, Fouad Elkoury, Yasmina Jraissati, Kaelen Wilson-Goldie, Manal Khader, Vartan Avakian, Patrick Baz, Jalal Toufic, Adrien Zakkar, Aline Manoukian, Bernard Khoury, Camille Tarazi, Dominique Eddé, Gaby Daher, Georges Boustany, Ghada Sayegh, Ghada Waked, Ghassan Salhab, Hannah Feldman, Hind Younes, Houda Kassatly, Lara Tabet, Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Lévon Nordiguian, Michel Lasserre and Paola Yacoub, Mohsen Yammine, Nayla Tamraz, Octavian Esanu, Oliver Rohe, Walid Sadek, Stephen Sheehi, Yasmine Chemali and Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh.

Tripoli’s monumental structure

Tripoli's monumental structure

Just a few days left to visit the Contemporary Art Exhibition “Cycles of Collapsing Progress” at the monumental Rashid Karami International Exhibition Center in Tripoli, a project by legendary brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, unfinished due to the 1975 war.

This impressive exhibit is co-organised by BeMA (Beirut Museum of Art) & STUDIOCUR/ART. Curated by Karina El Helou. In partnership with the Anissa Touati Corporation for Mexico.

It showcases 19 projects in total, including 10 commissioned artworks along 9 produced works by artists from Lebanon and Mexico.

As part of its Keeping It Modern grants, the Getty Foundation announced that it has awarded $1.7 million to 11 architectural preservation projects of exceptional 20th century landmarks, one of which is the Rachid Karami International Fairground.

“UNESCO also announced that the fair has been accepted onto the Indicative World Heritage List, a significant step forward after long efforts that means the site is now being considered for full World Heritage List status.”

The Daily Star’s article on these conservation grants here

Precious treasures

One of our favorite museums in Lebanon is the mim museum. Located on the Saint-Joseph University campus in Beirut, the MIM Museum showcases one of the biggest and most spectacular private mineral collection in the world. Over 2000 precious treasures, representing 450 different species from 70 countries, are exhibited.
"Created by nature millions of years ago, minerals are works of art with breathtaking aesthetics, incredible geometric shapes and fabulous color palette.” Get ready to be amazed !  

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Femme francophone entrepreneure

Le concours Femme francophone entrepreneure (FFE) est une fantastique initiative qui encourage les femmes entrepreneures à mener à bien leur projet d’entreprise en leur offrant un soutien et un encadrement.
Le concours FFE est organisé par l’Agence universitaire de la Francophonie AUF – Moyen-OrientBerytechL’Orient-Le Jour et Le Commerce du Levant, avec le soutien de la Société générale de banque au Liban (SGBL)

“L’édition 2018 a récompensé Maya Bacha, qui a fondé Sidelick un service innovant de garde d’animaux de compagnie, et Marielle Khayat, qui a monté Koullouna, une société qui expédie à des expatriés libanais des colis contenant des produits de leur pays d’origine.” [Nous vous encourageons d’ailleurs à commander vos boîtes pleines de surprises ici ! https://www.koullounabox.com/]

Un grand bravo à toutes les participantes. Nous saluons vos efforts et votre persévérance.

Lire l’article de L’Orient Le Jour ici



Congratulations to director Amin Dora and the entire team of “Undocumented” (Bidune Kaid) for winning the Grand Jury Award at the Berlin WebFest !

“Undocumented” is an interactive mini-series, an innovative drama that allows the viewer to choose the storyline. A first in its genre. The story follows different characters in their journey amidst civil war.

A must watch!