Operation Salam

Ashekman, the talented Lebanese street art duo and identical twin brothers Mohamed and Omar Kabbani, recently finished a massive project in Tripoli. The massive “Operation Salam” took 3 years of logistic preparation and 3 weeks to accomplish with the help of a group of residents, kids and families. The word “Salam” (Peace) is now painted in Arabic calligraffiti on 85 rooftops in the heart of the fighting neighborhoods of Jabal Mohsen and Beb el Tebbeneh. They are conveying a bold and positive message to the world. Hats of for a mission accomplished! #OperationSalam #TheStreetIsOurs

Yalla (let’s take the) Bus!

Yalla (let's take the) Bus!

#LiveLoveStory capturing the stories of people that strive to make a difference. Therese Kayrouz, an Industrial Engineering student, developed the YallaBus app to make it easier for people to use public transportation in Lebanon. Commuters can chose their destination and get different Bus routes and timing. Where, when and how to catch the right bus through GPS tracking and data mining.

Watch the short video produced by @livelovestudios here



Espaces culturels au Liban Sud

Espaces culturels au Liban Sud

A lire. Un entretien avec Kassem Istanbouli sur son collectif artistique et sur “l’importance des espaces libres culturels au Liban (notamment au Liban Sud)”.
“La culture est un moyen de recréer une perspective d’avenir pour une société [..] Nous sommes convaincus que grâce à la culture, nous pouvons construire la paix.”

Retrouvez l’article sur iloubnan.info ici




NaTakallam, the conversation platform

NaTakallam, the conversation platform

Such a wonderful initiative!
NaTakallam is a “conversation platform for Arabic-speaking refugees and language learners that would give refugees an opportunity to leverage their skills and earn income, while offering language learners a chance to practice colloquial Arabic”
“This is an opportunity to get people to know, one-on-one, who these people [ed. refugees] are, to change the narrative, to change the perspective, to create real connections” Aline Sara, founder of NaTakallam.

Read more here


Everyone has a story

Everyone has a story

Storytelling events serve and reflect the community. They revive traditional practice such as the Hakawatis and promote social cohesion.
We came across this interesting article in The Economist about storytelling groups in Lebanon where Lebanese of all backgrounds meet to tell their stories.

“In a society where people are defined by their differences, these stories of vulnerability and strength are advancing the search for a common ground.”

“Walking Lebanon”

"Walking Lebanon"

Discover the richness and diversity of Lebanon in this beautiful article by Warren Singh-Bartlett. Follow the writer’s incredible journey walking over 400 km from North to South on the Lebanon Mountain Trail (LMT).

“In the valley below, a delicate froth of fruit blossom clouded the terraces. Cherry perhaps, or apple. Maybe both. I could hear the tinkle of goat bells from somewhere below and the distant but unmistakable echo of a bus honking its horn on the other side of the valley. Wind rustled through the trees, making the mist swirl and all around, the air filled with birdsong.”

Read the full story here


Beyrouth à deux-roues

Beyrouth à deux-roues
The Chain Effect est un collectif qui vise à promouvoir le vélo comme moyen de transport efficace, plus écologique, sain et plus économique. A leur initiative des graffitis ont été réalisés un peu partout en ville, on peut lire sur les murs :
“Brûlez des calories et non du carburant” ou bien “Si vous aviez fait du vélo, vous seriez déjà chez vous maintenant”.
A travers le street-art, des fresques peintes par des écoliers, et des ateliers pour sensibiliser le grand public à l’usage du vélo, The Chain Effect compte bien changer les mentalités. Chapeau! Et à vos vélos!
Plus d’info sur leur page Facebook