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Lebanon Water Festival 2014 Edition

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The Lebanon Water Festival for the year 2014 will take place between August and September and is open to everyone. You can join in as a participants, spectator or volunteer and take part in activities like Underwater Diving, water skiing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddle and kite boarding.

Check out the full calendar [here] and go have some fun!

Batroun Khallia A7la: Beach Clean Up Campaign

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A group of young Lebanese have started an initiative “Batroun Khalia A7la” aimed at keeping beaches in Batroun clean. They’ve already cleaned with the help of volunteers the Ghleyghile beach and gathered over 40 trash bags that included a TV, some car wheels, used baby diapers among other things. I uploaded before and after pictures from their Facebook page.

This Sunday, they are organizing another beach clean up at BlueBay Beach in Batroun as well. You can meet them at 7 am there and help them with the cleaning process. Everyone is more than welcome to join!

I love these initiatives and I wish people from every area in Lebanon would volunteer to keep their city clean.

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Cool Lineup At The Summer Misk Festival

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Gypsy music maestro Goran Bregovic, Salsa and Latin jazz master Yuri Buenaventura and Global House Sensation John Martin are performing at BeitMisk on July 10,11 and 12.

I unfortunately can’t make it to John Martin’s concert but I got tickets to Yuri Buenaventura and I am looking forward to it. Even though I don’t listen to jazz that often, I love live performances.

Here’s the [full schedule] for the Summer Misk festival.

Jounieh 2014 Fireworks

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The Jounieh fireworks yesterday were even more spectacular than last year and I was at one of the best spots to watch them all on the roof top of Hotel Monte Cassino, which is a new boutique hotel right next to the Casino du Liban. I posted a couple of shots I took and you can find below more pictures taken from the Jounieh Festival Facebook page.

aerial Amazing aerial view of the firework by JimoTayek

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The Rasmus In Beirut

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The Rasmus have landed in Beirut yesterday and are taking part in the Jim Beam Rock Music Festival tonight at La Marina Joseph Khoury in Dbayyeh. Nine Lebanese bands will take part in that festival as well:
The Wanton Bishops
Who Killed Bruce Lee
Pindoll
Jay Wud
Lazzy Lung
Sandmoon
BandAge
Meen – Lebanese Rock
The Coolcumbers

It’s great to hear bands are still decided to come to Beirut despite the recent explosions.

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Discover Abdel Wahab Sodeco Car Free Day CANCELLED

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The below statement was posted yesterday night on Achrafieh 2020‘s Facebook page. It’s quite shameful that they had to cancel it, but that pretty much tells us how critical the situation is.

Till next time.

Dear Friends, Supporters and Loyal Fans,

We are sorry to have to inform you that we have had to CANCEL “Discover Abdel Wahab Sodeco Car Free Day” which was supposed to be held on SUNDAY 29 June 2014.

Following consultation with the local authority and police, it was determined that the current unfortunate situation is unsuitable to organize such a large gathering event. Therefore, on behalf of Achrafieh 2020 committee, we would like to apologise for the cancellation, especially to those of you who have already made plans. Unfortunately, these are circumstances beyond our control but we intend to make our next “Discover … Car Free Day” even more spectacular so we hope you can join us then.

Achrafieh Loves Life, Stay Safe and Yours Sincerely,

Fête De La Musique 2014 Tonight!

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The 2014 edition of La Fête De La Musique is taking place today from 06:00 pm until 02:00 am. I think I might pass by Martyrs Square and check out the local and regional bands that are playing. Here’s the full schedule:

Thermes Romains:
Sur la magnifique scène des Thermes romains, les sons pop et folk des groupes libanais viendront se mêler aux ballades entraînantes et électro des parisiens d’Exsonvaldes avant de laisser place aux rythmes endiablés du Brésil.
20h15 – 20h45 Sandmoon (indie pop folk)
20h55 – 21h25 Oak (folk rock)
21h35 – 22h05 Safar (pop, jazz)
22h15 – 23h10 Exsonvaldes (rock, électro)
23h20 – 23h50 Semitic Genetic (rock, électro)
00h00 – 00h30 Segundo Bloco (samba funk percussions brésiliennes)

Beirut Souks
20h00 – 20h30 Valiant Sheep (Rock)
20h40 – 21h10 Butterfly (Rock)
21h20 – 22h00 The Coolcumbers (Rock alternatif)
22h10 – 22h40 Albatross (Reprises Pink Floyd)
22h50 – 23h30 Epic (Rock)
23h40 – 00h10 April Band (Rock, métal)
00h20 – 00h50 In Sanity Q (Rock)
01h00 – 01h30 Rebellion (Rock, métal)

Beirut Souks /Zara
19h00 – 19h30 Audysea (folk, pop)
19h40 – 20h10 Camille & Lory (rock acoustique)
20h20 – 20h50 Gilbert Simon (rock)
21h00 – 21h20 Jebebara (percussions)
21h30 – 21h55 Rocketeers (Hip Hop)
22h05 – 22h30 Mustafa Slameur (slam)
22h40 – 23h05 Karim – Le libre.K (Hip Hop)
23h15 – 23h40 7Ta2at (Hip Hop)

Martyrs Square
19h40 – 20h10 Khebez Dawle (Post Rock)
20h20 – 20h50 Loopstache (Electro Indie Pop)
21h00 – 21h30 Wetrobots Ft. Bosaina (Indie Rock)
21h45 – 22h15 Pindoll (Post – Jazz Rock)
22h30 – 23h15 Wanton Bishops (Indie Blues Rock)
23h30 – 00h00 Empty Yard Experiment (Progressive rock)
00h15 – 00h45 Zahed Sultan (Electronic Alternative)

Uruguay Street – Samir Kassir Garden
A l’ombre de Samir Kassir, le blues, le jazz et le funk berceront les amateurs férus de swing. Une succession de groupes libanais viendra rendre hommage aux plus célèbres compositeurs et présentera des compositions originales tout au long de la soirée.
19h00 – 19h30 Ada & Georgy (Indie Rock)
19h40 – 20h10 Chris Thomas (Blues)
20h20 – 20h50 MoodBells (Blues)
21h00 – 21h30 Funky Blues Brothers (Blues)
21h40 – 22h10 Guru (Blues, funk)
22h20 – 22h50 Nachaz (Blues, rock)
23h00 – 23h30 Slow Train (Blues, rock)
23h40 – 00h10 Afrobeat Collective (Fusion, percussions)
00h20 – 00h50 Ruby Road (Blues, rock, jazz)
01h00 – 01h30 KMKL (Rock, blues, reggae)

Zaitunay Bay
18h00 – 18h30 Adrien (variété)
18h40 – 19h10 Rand (pop)
19h20 – 19h50 Al Kamandjati & Beit Atfal Assoumoud (oriental)
20h00 – 20h30 Maya Hobeika (oriental)
20h40 – 21h20 Lara Eidi (folk, rock, blues)
21h30 – 21h45 Dave Zak (percussions)
21h55 – 22h10 Never Solo (violon électrique)
22h15 – 23h15 Amadeus (Quatuor électrique)
23h25 – 00h00 Meen (rock libanais)

La Scène THE BASEMENT
ROOFTOP DE L’USINE SLEEP COMFORT – Karantina, rue de la mer, derrière vanlian
De 22h à 5h
DJ ESTEPHE (Suisse)
ETYEN (Live)
KELLY HR (Subliminal)
HITCH
DJOKER
DJ MOUDY
VANCLOD JANDAM
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JADE