Category Archives: Art

Fashionable Candles for Palm Sunday

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This doll is part of an art exhibition at the Beirut Souks done by Cynthia’s Candle. The candles on display are supposedly the world’s tallest Palm Sunday Candles which I hope no one will consider buying for their children. I remember when I was a kid, I had to carry my younger cousin’s 1 meter and a half candle for a good hour just because he was too little to hold it.

Aside from the exhibition, there are other fashionable candles for kids which are pretty cute, at least for girls. You can check them out [Here].

Lebanese Filmmaker Lucien Bourjeily’s Play “Bto2ta3 Aw Ma Bto2ta3″ At The Index Freedom Of Expression Awards 2014

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Bto2ta3 Aw Ma Bto2ta3 is an interactive play written by Lucien and produced by MARCH that explores the theme of “Freedom of Speech & Censorship in Lebanon” and that was ironically banned in Lebanon. Nevertheless, it got nominated under the Arts section at the Index Freedom of Expression Awards 2014 that is being held in London.

Here’s an [article] I wrote on censorship in Lebanon.

Lebanon Through The Eyes Of Ali Rafei

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Ali is a street artist originally from Tripoli. I got to know him after he did the below drawing of a Lebanese policeman with the “I love corruption” badge that went viral few months ago, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. His artworks are brilliant, impressive and send out a powerful message that can’t go unnoticed (Ex: Ministry of Tourism).

If you want to get to know about Ali’s work (Trust me you want to!), check out his [Facebook] page and read his interview with Shezshe [Here].

Here are some of my favorite Ali artworks:

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Why The Beirut Cinema Week Got Cancelled

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The Beirut Cinema Week was supposed to take place back in January and bring “together Lebanese cinema—professionals, investors, the intellectual and general audience”. Unfortunately, recent bombings in Lebanon have forced the organizers to postpone the event.

Here’s what Sabyl Ghoussoub, the director of the Lebanese Film Festival, had to say about that. [Interview]

Do you feel the security situation in Lebanon is stifling creativity?

No, the situation leads us to create more. It stimulates creation. The only problem is that investors do not follow, so many projects do not end.

Do you see any artists, film or otherwise, in Lebanon who are using the current situation as a way to express themselves?

Living in fear of a bomb exploding or in a permanent state of war makes us see life differently. There are many situations in Lebanon, artists who actually live here and artists from the diaspora who merely pass [through]. These are different experiences, different views, but their work is all in one way or another affected by the situation.