Beirut Municipality is organizing with the support of Achrafieh 2020 a Christmas village on December 13 and 14 next to Sassine square. They will be transforming the area into a pedestrian Christmas village for everyone to enjoy and have fun.
The village will be open from 10am till 11pm. Check out more info [Here].
Maz Jobrani, one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy, is coming back to Lebanon to support Sanad Hospice Care yet another time. He will hold one fundraising event on December 14th at the Forum de Beyrouth at 7:30 pm. SANAD is an independent non-governmental non-profit organization established in January 2010 with a mission to provide comprehensive home-based hospice care to terminally ill patients while preserving their dignity and enhancing the quality of their remaining life.
You can buy tickets [here].
A group of Jamhour students apparently impressed at the Seoul International Invention Fair 2014 and won the first prize with their “Controlling The Mind” invention. To be honest, I didn’t really understand what their invention is nor what they really won because I barely found information about it anywhere. Of course I am happy for them and I hope they get somewhere with this idea, if it’s truly a promising one.
Sesobel is holding its annual exhibition between December 4 and 7 from 10am to 9pm. They will also be at IRIS hotel in Jezzine today and tomorrow from 10am till 7pm. Sesobel is an NGO that has been working since 1976 for the welfare of Lebanese children and we should all support it. Moreover, their products are really good and they make some of the best chocolate and sweets in Lebanon.
Check their [Facebook page] for more info.
The BDL is organizing #Accelerate2014 and bringing over 50 startup industry veterans from all around the world to put “Blueprints for Success for 1,000 international entrepreneurs, investors, and professionals”. The list of speakers is very interesting and there are a lot of events, talks and competitions to look out for. I just got back from Dubai today so I missed out on the first day but I will be there tomorrow hopefully.
One of the events I was looking forward to attend today was the “Lightning Round – Startup Competition” as part of the Seedstar World Competition as it’s always nice to hear about new ideas and startups. This year, 28 startups took the stage for 1 minute to pitch their idea and 8 made it to the final round tomorrow.
Here are the 8 finalist startups:
Cardio Diagnostic: FDA Approved wireless heart monitor that helps connect patients with doctors.
Saily: Helps you sell second hand items easily.
Yellow: Bitcoin payment solution for money transfers in your currency.
Ki: Password manager app.
Presella: Online e-ticketing platform that enables anyone anywhere to become an event organizer.
GoEjaza: Helps you plan your trips.
Feedeed: Getting fast professional services online
Tari2ak: Real-time traffic conditions app.
Here’s a link to the full schedule [Here].
I was at the event yesterday and it was pretty amazing, but I was wondering how they moved the car that high. As it turns out, they moved it in parts and assembled it on the top. They couldn’t use a helicopter because the area is too narrow and dangerous for such a stunt.
I will write a full post soon on this whole experience as it was a thrilling one.
El Hamra Cinema was built in 1952 and used to be the cultural hub of the city of Tyre before the war started. After being closed for 30 years, Kassem Istanbouli and his team decided to bring the place back to life and hosted at first an International Theater Festival back in June 2014, and then Tyreâ€™s first ever international film festival between November 8 and 11.
Ayyam al-Hamra al-Cinemaiyya brought short films from more than 12 countries in Europe and the Arab world, with the aim of â€œpromoting culture and creativity and to create a space for people to meet and exchange experiences of cinemaâ€. The event is supposed to become an annual one, held each November.
I think this is a great initiative as Tyre (and other cities) needs such a venue for cultural expression and for people to enjoy a positive and enriching experience. Check out the theaterâ€™s Facebook page [Here].
Haile Gebrselassie arrived to Beirut yesterday and performed a training run earlier today with this year’s peace runners, but I don’t think he will be running the Beirut Marathon tomorrow though. Gebrselassie is a true legend in the long-distance tracks and has won numerous Marathon races. Here’s what he said to LBCI about the marathon and running for peace.
See you all tomorrow at the Beirut Marathon!
If you are going to the marathon on Sunday, I recommend you download the Beirut Marathon mobile app as there’s everything you need in it. You can check out the race map, the roads closed, bib tracking and your friends’ location. There are also games to play and a selfie frame.
The app is available for [Android] and [iOS].
I love this man! Every now and then, I listen to the Grendizer song. He will be at Kahwet Leila in Gemmayze on November 7th.