May El Khalil is the founder and president of the Beirut Marathon Association. The Beirut Marathon is taking place next Sunday.
(CNN)The sports world was shaken this past year by violence at the Boston Marathon, reminding us of the fragility of peace no matter the place and time. However, marathons in the United States, and the world for that matter, rallied bouncing back as they defied fear through running.
The drive to keep moving forward is at the very heart of marathon running, and nothing is better than large-scale sports events when it comes to helping people to overcome insecurities and fears together.
Peace is an emotionally charged word. It is something that everyone wants, and it is so elusive to so many. I come from Lebanon, a country that has seen more than its share of conflict and war, but it is also a country that embraces life and peace.
Many underestimate the power of sports to create real change in society. But in Lebanon, we have seen how sports, and especially running, can have a positive impact on individuals and ultimately on communities and countries. [CNN]
I am cheering for Who Killed Bruce Lee.
The Red Bull Sound Clash is taking place on the 23rd of November 2013 at the Forum de Beyrouth. [Event]
Red Bull SoundClash is a once-in-a-lifetime musical collaboration that brings two bands with different sounds, styles, and influences together. The event will feature two opposing stages, and six rounds that are guaranteed to showcase the bands in a way that you’ve never seen. Fighting for the same crowd, the bands will explore different genres and sounds, highlighting the skill set needed to keep you up on your feet. Electro Indie Pop to Arab Rock and Reggae, prepare to get Funked up, & Folk-ed out of your mind… Let the clash of sounds begin.
There were talks back in August that Coldplay might be performing live in Beirut this October, but they are definitely not coming in October or any time soon to Lebanon.
It’s too bad as there are a lot of Coldplay fans in Lebanon, including myself. One of my favorite all-time albums is Coldplay’s “A Rush of Blood to the Head”; I could listen to it almost everyday and not get bored of it. Let’s hope things calm down and we get to see them live next summer in Beirut.
Location: Canal Saint-Martin, Paris
A dozen of surfers, including a Lebanese, participated in the “Surfing for Peace” day on the Saint-Martin canal in Paris to celebrate “International Peace Day”.
Read about it [Here].
Surfing 4 Peace is a person 2 person and cross-border cooperation initiative that aims to bridge cultural and political barriers between surfers in the Middle East. www.surfing4peace.org
This year marks the second edition of the Lebanon Water Festival. The festival is open to the public and includes activities such as underwater Photography, Sailing, Water Skiing, Find Swimming, Jet Ski, Wind surfing and Apnoea diving at 120 meters depth.
If you are interested in any of these activities, check out [LebanonWaterFestival], pick one and register for it. The activities are not for free but at a reasonable price.
Lebanon Water Festival is an exceptional opportunity for Lebanon to portray the richness of our country, our coastal line and people, bringing unity among or own regions. Lebanon Water Festival is an annual event that will spread from north to south, glorifying the treasures of each region.
This year already we will unveil to the World, the underwater beauties of Tyr, one of the only underwater Phoenician city!
Here’s an [article] I wrote a week ago about Gebran Tueni and Social Media.
It seems yesterday’s “Cheb Khaled & Melissa” concert in Jounieh was an epic failure as Cheb Khaled ended up not coming to the concert and fans weren’t informed until the last second. It looks like the whole event was total crap as I’ve received a bunch of emails telling me how all the artists were singing playback, the music was really bad and the parking was for 20,000LL. A friend also told me people have been calling some local radio show and were pissed off and asking for a refund.
Honestly speaking, I don’t know why anyone would pay money to go watch Cheb Khaled, Melissa and David Vendetta. Cheb Khaled is 53 years old and has barely 2 or 3 decent songs, David Vendetta hasn’t produced a track for the past 4 years and I don’t know who the hell Melissa is.
In all cases, whomever organized that event has some explanations to do to the fans.
The event is in no way related to The Jounieh Festival
Update: Here’s a picture of the fake Psy who showed up for the “Official Gangnam Style Tour” and a link explaining what really happened. It Cheb Khaleb got scared and refused to come after the Beirut Bombing yet the organizers decided to go on with the event without informing the fans.
Ivy from Ivysays : Picture from RagMag
I don’t recall the number of times I’ve been asked if I knew Ivy or whomever is behind the Ivysays blog. It could be because I highly respect and admire Ivy and always praise her posts/tweets and have probably mentioned her on this blog more than any other Lebanese blogger, but the truth is we never met, even though we talk online all the time, but I’m about to find out in the next few days!!
I won’t be the only one as there’s a big fashion event planned by VeroModa and RagMag to reveal the identity of Ivy next week. That’s probably the only Fashion event I ever got excited about haha!
See you all at #TheBigReveal.
Almost 7000 people attended the 2013 edition of this festival, which is pretty awesome.
If anyone is interested in knowing more about this event, click [Here].
The Lebanese Festival day is an Annual events held in London and aims at giving members of the Lebanese community in the UK the opportunity to meet each other, irrespective of their religious or political views.
The Festival aims to create awareness and educate the wider British community about Lebanese culture, customs and traditions also to promote Lebanese products, cuisine, culture, education and tourism.