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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 …

Run for peace (of mind)

A few days ago, we came across this inspiring video by the Beirut Marathon Association dedicated to the runners of Lebanon. It follows passionate runners from all walks of life. Some run to feel free, some run to feel empowered, some run from their worries, others run to challenge. No matter how hard it gets and despite the constant battle …

Not your average cafe

You may have noticed that we have been off the grid for a little while now. We took advantage of the holiday season, sat down, and planned our next moves for 2016. We have some exciting surprises coming up on Beirut’s Bright Side that should keep those spirits up and smiling. Until then, we leave you with a …

The boys at Beirut Cafe Racers

We are not going to spoil this video with words that describe what it is all about. What we can say is that it is always beautiful to see people pursue their deepest passions, and get their hands dirty. We see a lot of these things on tv, but this is happening right here in …

Free Shawarma for the hungry

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                    A few days ago we saw a touching video of a brilliant act of kindness from Al Soussa shawarma restaurant in Beirut. The owner put up a pin board where customers could pay for extra sandwiches and pin the receipt on the wall for the hungry and needy. The idea of paying things forward using this method is nothing new, but seeing it done in Beirut is. We give this initiative four thumbs up and hope this can inspire all fast food restaurants all over the country. This is what keeps our spirit up. This is Beirut's bright side. Watch the video here...
  Below is a similar video we saw a while back about a small pizza place in Philadelphia. Beautiful!
     

Yazan Halwani leaving a positive mark on Beirut’s walls

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Yazan Halwani is one of those local Beiruti artists with a lot of street cred. His work has drawn the attention of many worldwide and the Huffington post recently published an interesting article on him, and his mission. Even Akhenaton from IAM spoke highly of Yazan's work in an interview discussing the artist's collaboration with JonOne at L'institut du Monde Arabe on Canal +
 

 

  What we like about his work is that it is inspired by local culture, and Arabic calligraphy. He went from the classic hiphop graffiti style at a young age to what he does today. We like that transformation. Read the full article here...

Jad El Khoury’s healing arts

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A while back I read an article online which described old bombed out buildings in Beirut covered with huge fun looking illustrations. I pass most of these building quite often and I did not remember seeing any of these art pieces. I took a closer look at the images and understood that these were digitally created concepts by Interior Architect and artist Jad El Khoury. I had to get in touch to find out more.

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Those concepts that Jad has been working on are finally coming to life. You can pass by the building seen in most of the photos (located by the ring road on your way to Ashrafieh from Hamra) and watch what the artist calls: Art Attack. Jad works around old bullet and rocket holes to create these illustrations. The outcome is beautiful. The process however, is slightly more complicated than painting on canvas. The photos of Jad in full climbing gear speak for themselves.

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The exhibition “War & Peace” by Jad El Khoury opens this Thursday September 10 Read more…

Lebanon, the land of honey.

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This story was recently shared with us by the passionate people from L’Atelier du Miel. We were quite intrigued to learn that Lebanon is one of the best honey producers in the world! Who knew? The other thing which makes this story interesting to us is the sustainable and eco friendly work approach and opportunities that this honey production has created across Lebanon.

We are going to keep this short, sweet and straight to the point as we do here at BBS.

Lebanon, the land of honey: is one of the only countries in the world where bees can find natural sources of nectar all year long. Because of the diversity of its altitudes (from 0 to 3000 meters), its position on the Mediterranean, its 4 distinct seasons, and the diversity of its flora, flowering seasons occur almost all year long. As a result, Lebanon’s honey is one of the best in the world.

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Lebanon’s Honey Path: To produce natural honey, L’Atelier du Miel has adopted a unique production method whereby it repositions beehives all year long across Lebanon to follow flower blossoms. Thereby, bees harvest nectar and honeydew from Cedars in Barouk forests, Oak trees in Keserouan forests, from fields of cherry in Zahle, peach and apricot trees in Rechmaya, hawthorn in Kab Elias, thorns in Ain Dara, Medlar trees in Saida, and orange trees in Tyre and Akkar. The bees are moved from one location to the other all year long depending on the seasons. This enables L’Atelier du Miel to offer 15 types of 100% natural honeys, with various aromas and countless virtues, free from any additives and pesticides.

L’Atelier du Miel aims to re-integrate natural honey into people’s lives. It has also revisited many delicacies by replacing industrial sugar with natural honey in them. These include jams with only natural fruits and honey, nougats, marrons glaces, and many others. Virtues of honey produced in Lebanon: Unlike countries with industrial agriculture that grow only a single crop for hundreds of kilometers, Lebanon still “wild” nature and agriculture allows to have in a single field hundreds of wild flowers, fruit trees, leafed trees (e.g. oak), wild thorns, which adds a lot of diversity to the honey, unlike European fields.

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Empowering Local Farmers and Beekeepers: L’Atelier du Miel works with local beekeepers and young farmers freshly out of university, providing sustainable and eco friendly work opportunities across Lebanon. L’Atelier du Miel Boutique: L’Atelier du Miel opened its one of a kind boutique in Lebanon. The boutique was conceived by Marc Bou Nassif, beekeeper and architect. The boutique is solely dedicated to honey where you can find 30+ different types of honeys. It is managed by real young beekeepers who work with a web of small artisans across the country (including carpenters, regional creators – glass, brass, wood, small beekeepers, small farmers, etc.), and following fair trade principles.

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To find out more about this honey sweetness visit:  www.atelierdumiel.com or swing by their Facebook page.