A campaign was launched to support the refugees affected by the Zeina storm in Hamra. Leb4refugees will be collecting warm clothes, wool sweaters, blankets and food this Saturday, January 10, 2014 in Kantari street, next to Haigazian University – Hamra. You can call +9613315500 or +96170 871 236 for further information and donate [here].
I think this is the perfect answer, even if unintentional, to counter the “Hamra isn’t Lebanese” article that was posted few days ago and was heavily criticized. We are having the worst winter storm in years and thousands of refugees are left without warm clothes, food or heating.
If you are still undecided on where to celebrate the new year tomorrow, our friends at Lebtivity compiled a list of over 200 events that you can choose from with all the details needed. Check them out [Here].
Moreover, if you want to dig deeper and check events per area and even per budget, check out this great website [newyearlebanon.tel] that my friend Elie set up few years back. It shows parties in Beirut and outside Beirut and you can even look by budget.
Personally speaking, I hate going out to a restaurant or club on New Year’s Eve. I always prefer to rent a small chalet or an apartment in the mountains or go to some friend’s house and celebrate. This year we will be welcoming 2015 in Zahle!
Sara el Khatib may have lost her fight with cancer but she remains an inspiration to many specially after her brave Tedxtalk. Sara is still inspiring many and a group of artists are organizing a concert in her memory and to raise funds for children with cancer.
The concert is taking place on December 26 at the Forum De Beyrouth starting 7:30pm. You can find below all the details and book your tickets [Here].
MUSIC 4 SARA – THE COLDPLAY COVERS EDITION
Sara is more than just a 22 year old pharmacy graduate, she’s inspired so many, so we’ve come together, family and friends, organizers, promoters, musicians, DJs to give you a special place and time to celebrate this strong, will powered, Coldplay fan, happy, amazing Sara!
Date: December 26th, 2014
Location: Forum de Beyrouth
A documentary of Sara’s life by Clouds will be screened at 7:00 PM.
Hitting the stage at 7:30 PM with their own songs and covers of Coldplay:
WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE
BUTTERFLY with Tanya Rizkala & Mario Agostine from EPIC + Ralph Asfour
(not in order)
Followed on the decks by:
(not in order)
This concert will be hosted by:
All funds will go to the Treatment of Children with Cancer.
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].