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Santa’s Park On Sunday 29th at Saint Nicolas’s Garden, Achrafieh

For the second year in a row, Santa’s Park is coming to Achrafieh this Sunday and will take place at the St. Nicolas garden on Charles Malek’s avenue.

Here’s the full program for this year:
- Building a go green Christmas tree
- Visit Santa in his house
- Laser Room
- Kermesse
- Workshop Cabanas: Arts and craft, Ginger bread cooking
- Face Painting and Balloon Twisting
- Mime, Clown
- Kids Sumo Fight
- Photo-booth with Santa
- Food Court

Added to that, there’s a:
- Science Show at 12h and 16h
- Hip hop Elf Dancer at 16:30
- Parade at 17:30

Be a Refugee’s Santa this Christmas In Lebanon

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If you have any clothes that you don’t need and wish to give away or want to get some clothes and donate them to refugees, show up this Saturday at Biel (“Beirut By Bike” arena) from 11am to 6pm and drop your bag. All the clothes will go to SAWA for DEV & AID and the blankets will go to War Child Holland (WCH in Lebanon).

Even if you have one item to give away, do so as it is the thought that matters. Check out more information [Here].

“I AM NOT A TOURIST” is an initiative to collect winter clothing and blankets for Syrian refugees of all ages in the Bekaa Valley and Akkar.
There’s so much YOU can do. Winter is here & while our jackets are stuffed in the closet and we are tucked under our sheets, drinking our tea…
- Mohamad, age 20 was asked what he wanted for his birthday this year. His answer was: A blanket for my sister.
-Zahra’s bones can’t withstand the temperature any longer. With such basic shelter, she might not make it.
-Ali, a 13 year old kid whose only happiness comes from playing football, needs shoes. Yes, he has no shoes.
- Zeinab, age 20 is now the guardian angel of her 4 brothers and 3 nieces who lost their parents. She can’t afford a cold.

Where To Spend New Year’s Eve In Lebanon

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Picture via BeirutNightLife

The 2014 New Year’s Eve is only 20 days away and I am sure a lot of people haven’t thought of any plans yet. Luckily though, my friends at Lebtivity compiled 41 nightlife events you could attend on New Year’s Eve in Beirut. You can check them out [Here].

Moreover, here’s another useful website named [newyearinlebanon] that helps you plan your NYE party by budget and shows you the parties inside and outside Beirut.

Giveaway: 10 Tickets (Standing) + 4 Golden Circle Tickets To The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show At The Forum De Beyrouth

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I know that there are a lot of Pink Floyd fans in Lebanon, including myself, so here’s your chance to attend the world’s greatest Pink Floyd show that’s taking place on Saturday December 21st 2013 at the Forum De Beyrouth. The P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd’s biggest show yet and is inspired by the record breaking 1994 ‘Division Bell’ Tour and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show.

All you have to do is the following:
1- Like BlogBaladi’s Facebook Page.
2- Leave a comment on the blog post with your favorite Pink Floyd song.

5 people will win 2 standing tickets and two lucky winners will get 4 Golden Circle Tickets. The competition ends tomorrow at midnight.

Update: Competition extended till Thursday Noon.

NB: You need to put your proper email in the email field while commenting since winner will be contacted by email. You can only comment once, anyone caught commenting more than once will get disqualified.

Launch of Joumana Haddad’s “Superman is an Arab” in Arabic

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It’s happening today at Biel in Beirut between 7pm and 9pm. For those of you who don’t know who Joumana Haddad is, you can check out my previous post [Here].

Joumana is a quite an exceptional woman and she’s been bravely fighting sexism in Lebanon and the way women are perceived in our society. She’s got loads of death threats but nothing seems to be slowing her down and I truly admire her and love her for that!

I won’t be able to make it to the book signing today but I am definitely getting my book signed.

In Pictures: Discover Gemmayze by Achrafieh2020

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Discover Gemmayze was amazing today! Thousands of people in the streets, plenty of artists, lots of fun and activities and more importantly no cars polluting the air. I am still holding high hopes for the Achrafieh2020 initiative and I wish we could have monthly car-free days in several streets in Beirut and outside it.

Here are few selected pictures from today’s event:

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Achrafieh2020 committee around MP Nadim Gemayel – via Achrafieh2020

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Lebanese food stands all over the streets

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Awesome paintings – Very Talented Artist

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Le Chef in person

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The Awesome people of Donner Sang Compter

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Kaak Kaak

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Gemmayze Car-Free Day: Full Program

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Here’s the full program for tomorrow’s Discover Gemmayze. This is a great event and a great initiative so I hope to see you all there!

PS: Don’t forget to use the hashtags #Achrafieh2020 and #DiscoverGemmayze in your tweets and IG Photos. I will be posting a lot of pictures on my Instagram @LeNajib and BlogBaladi’s Facebook Page.

Full Program:
Stage One Facing Tabkha
11:00 to 12:00 – DJ Marc
12:00 to 1:00 – DJ Kiks
1:00 to 2:00 – DJ Fouad
2:00 to 3:00 – DJ Chris
3:00 to 4:00 – DJ Rodge
4:00 to 6:00 – DJ Kiks/DJ MiniB

Stage Two Facing the Stairs
11:30 to 12:30 – ZUMBA With Pia Afif
12:45 to 1:15 – Elie Hajj’s Kids show for 1/2 hour
1:30 to 2:45 – Uprising (Band)
3:00 to 3:30 – Hip Hop Show
3:30 to 4:30 – Jack and the band
4:30 to 5:30 – Odd Man Out
5:30 to 6:30 – Joey & Co

Entertainement and Animations:
10:00 to 7pm – Painters exhibition near Chez Paul
12:00 to 4pm – Graffitis with Eps and M3allem
10:00 to 7pm – Wine Tasting – St Nicolas Stairs
10:00 to 7pm – Love Lock wall – St Nicolas Stairs
2:00 to 3:00 – 161st Live Painting with Bernard Renno – St Nicolas Stairs
10:00 to 4:30 – Games near the Red Cross
10:00 to 7:00 – Red Cross First Aid Classes – Red Cross Quarters
10:00 to 1:00 – Mime in all the street
3:00 to 6:00 – Stilt walkers and Laser man
1:00 to 2:00 – Fanfare
10:00 to 5:00 – Kid’s Corner near Santa Church and Corner of Dagher Villa
4:00 to 5:00 – Tribute to Maroun Naccache near Santa Church – Excerpts from “L’ Avare” de Moliere with Mike Ayvazian and Joe.

Lebanese Designers Marc Dibeh and Marc Baroud’s Wires Series Among The Best of Design Miami 2013

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The Wall Street Journal named Marc Dibeh and Marc Baroud’s Wires Series as one of five standout attractions from the annual exhibition of contemporary design, which is taking place in Miami between December 4 and 8.

Marc Baroud and Marc Dibeh, two well established Lebanese designers, are bringing forth a display of household items in a series titled ‘Wires’, where, quite literally, an industrial metal pipe is used to create each item; from a mirror, to a tray, to a series of differently designed shelves, this single tube of pipe is cut, bent, and melded into intricately curved shapes, thus cre- ating a minimalistic design that rids the eye of any excess aesthetic additions.

My favorite object by Marc Dibeh is the Love Bird. It’s a table-top lamp that has a sexy toy (Dildo) stowed in its side.

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You can read the full article [Here] and check out their works [Here].

The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show At The Forum De Beyrouth

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It looks like we have a lot of Pink Floyd fans in Lebanon as Brit Floyd is coming back for the third year in a row. Even though I am a huge fan, I haven’t been able to attend the past couple of years but I am not missing it for the world this year!

Here are some of my favorite Pink Floyd songs:
- Hey You
- Wish You Were Here
- Run Like Hell
- Comfortably Numb
- Another Brick In The Wall
- Us and Them

You can buy tickets [Here].

P-U-L-S-E 2013, The Pink Floyd Ultimate Light & Sound Experience, a stunning new three hour show featuring note-for-note performances of five full album sides, including ‘Wish You Were Here’, ‘Animals’, ‘The Wall’, ‘The Division Bell’, and, in celebration of the 40th anniversary, Pink Floyd’s classic defining album, ‘The Dark Side of The Moon’. Inspired by the record breaking 1994 ‘Division Bell’ Tour and including the trademark Pink Floyd arch and circle light show, and brand new Floydian animation and projection, P-U-L-S-E 2013 will be Brit Floyd’s Biggest Show Yet !!!