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.

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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.

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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”.

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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 …

Turn waste into resource

At Beirut’s Bright Side we are concerned with the environment and strive to promote eco friendly and green initiatives. In the past year, we have shared the stories of wonderful people working hard towards building a safer, cleaner and healthier country, for generations to come. We recently came across an interesting Interview (by Middle East Eye) with Ziad Abi Chaker, CEO of Cedar …

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 …

Un été libanais

Warm weather triggers souvenirs of the sweet anticipation, when school ends, of the long glorious vacation that lays ahead. For our french speaking followers, there is a beautiful text by Medea Azouri in L’Orient Le Jour about the vivid memories and delicate taste of summer in Lebanon. Family gatherings in our grand father’s village, the smell of jasmin, …

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

   

In harmony with nature

EarthTest
Photo by NewsroomNomad

Here is a great inspirational story of a couple living with the land, from organic farming to ancestral construction techniques.

Raed Chami is a farmer with a permaculture project who's struggle to sell his crops went viral a few months ago (read here). His partner Joanna Parker is an architect specialised in eco-friendly building. In what she calls her earth-plastering laboratory, she experiments with natural building technics.

The author of the story embarked on a memorable journey and shares with us her unique experience of living in harmony with nature and learning about green earth plastering using clay, earth, sand and straw.

Their struggle is ongoing like many local farmers, especially those who refuse the appeal of industrial agriculture that comes in the form of greater profit. They live humbly and they work hard to sustain their lifestyle. Their choices are not without overwhelming benefits. They are rich in their proximity to nature, and prosperous in the simplicity of their existence. And they are made humble before the awe that is the natural world.

Read the full story here.

Read more about the couple on their blog.

 

Horsh Beirut (re)opening

(photo by BlogBaladi) Great news! The largest urban park in the heart of Beirut, Horsh Beirut (la forêt des Pins), will officially be open to the public every day starting June 6th, 8am to 2pm on weekdays and 7am to 7pm on weekends. (It has been open on Saturdays for a while but with restrictions and ID checks at the entrance). …

Cyclist of Life

Cyclist of Life

Micky Chebli is a #cyclistoflife. He is turning 50 this year and hopes to fulfil his dream. Riding from Paris to Beirut in one month to raise money for 3 lebanese NGOs.

Today is the big day. This morning Micky embarked on his long journey and aims to cycle 4000 km in the next 36 days. He will cycle from France to Italy, then to Greece and Turkey. He’ll then take a boat to Lebanon and cycle back to Beirut on July 2nd.

His goal is to raise 300 000$. These funds will cover the following:

For les Petits Soleils “Free Health Care for all Children in Need” : $100 000 will cover 10 hospitalizations with surgery, 1000 specialized consultations, 1000 vaccinations, 1500 X-rays, and 500 laboratories explorations.

For Myschoolpulse “Bringing Schools to Hospitals” : $100 000 covers the education of 100 children undergoing treatment for life-threatening diseases in six hospitals.This money will also cover one-on-one tutoring, computer courses and art therapy

For Oum el Nour  “Drug Prevention and Rehabilitation”: $100 000 will cover one year of in-patient treatment and social reinsertion for 10 young men and women and design of prevention and social awareness programs

With his passion and motivation Micky is an inspiration to all of us.

Follow his journey, support his campaign.

Let’s help him help others.