YallaBus, the map!

Back in October 2017 we wrote a post about a group of young students who strive to make a difference. Therese Kayrouz, an Industrial Engineering student, developed the YallaBus app to make it easier for people to use #publictransportation in Lebanon. Commuters can chose their destination and get different Bus routes and timing. Where, when and how to catch …

Generation poubelle re-imagined the Beirut River

We just came across this great project by 5 students of “Generation Poubelle” Charbel Abou Chakra, Kay Bardawil, Charbel Corbani, Nahi El Khoury, and Michelle Norenzian. With Lebanese star architect Bernard Khoury guiding them throughout the process, their project won the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking Expo” out of 200 submissions from university students representing different …

Diggers gonna dig

Beirut is now definitely on the crate diggers map! After Chico Records last year, Ernesto Chahoud‘s record store Darsko in Burj Hammoud (in what was his grandfather’s shoe factory) has made it on the The Vinyl Factory world’s best record shops! Make sure to check out his unique collection of rare grooves and old 45s. Check out the Vinyl Factory …

Potato NOSE x Swatch

If you live in Beirut, you have probably seen Jad El Khoury aka Potato NOSE’s work around town. Jad has brilliantly turned war remnants into art. His first public interventions consisted in adding fun doodle characters to war-scarred buildings. He then created a buzz when he beautifully transformed Burj el Murr into Burj el Hawa with colorful window …

Color and community

A once abandoned area in the suburbs of Beirut has been transformed into a colorful and clean neighborhood where locals have regained a sense of pride and community. Thanks to the coordinators of this project and artists from all over (kids, students and professionals alike), Ouzai residents are now proud to welcome tourists and the …

Susan Sarandon in Beirut!

We were lucky to attend the private event hosted by Alfanar*, marking the premiere screening of ‘Soufra’ in Lebanon. Susan Sarandon (executive producer of the film), Ben Stiller (goodwill ambassador to the UNHCR), Nadine Labaki and Thomas Morgan (award-winning filmmaker) were present, alongside notable guests from across Lebanon’s civil society, private sector, diplomatic corps and the arts. This documentary tells …

Résidence d’artistes

Quel beau projet! Celui de deux cousines [l’architecte Hala Younès et la danseuse Yalda Younès] de transformer leur maison familiale dans les montagnes libanaises (à Chétine) en centre culturel, lieu de résidences d’artistes et espace de réflexion sur la préservation du paysage. A l’initiative du directeur du Quartz (Scène nationale de Brest), ce réseau de …

Beirut’s heritage

We just came across this article in National Geographic about the preservation of Beirut’s heritage and historical landmarks. (Article by Beirut-based journalist Abby Sewell) Preserving old buildings can offer opportunities and strengthen our country’s sense of community. They are a reminder of our city’s culture and complexity. Once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever. …

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 …