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BlogBaladi Taking Part In Bifex 2014: Bloggers & Brands: How should they interact?

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I was invited to join a discussion panel tomorrow on Bloggers and Brands and how they should interact as part of the Bifex 2014. I will be joined by fellow bloggers and my good friends Darine the moderator, Mustapha from BeirutSpring and LebaneseBlogs, Lana from L’armoire de Lana, Rita from Android.AppStorm and Anthony from NoGarlicNoOnion.

If you are going to the Bifex tomorrow, make sure to stay for the bloggers’ panel.

Baalbeck Festival going back home

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The Baalbeck Festival was held in Jdeideh last year for security concerns. It was the first time in 15 years that the International Festival was held outside the city’s ancient ruins. However, Nayla de Freige, President of Baalbeck International Festival’s executive committee, told Executive that they are hoping to bring back the festival to Baalbeck this year.

I’ve been to Baalbeck a couple of years ago and to be honest, something needs to be done around the ancient ruins and in the city to attract the tourists. There’s absolutely nothing you can do there except attend the festival.

The 2014 Program for the Baalbeck Festival wasn’t announced yet.

De-Feet Cancer Run: Charity Run For The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL)

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A group of 8 Lebanese friends are running the whole Lebanese coast (210Km) starting May 7th and for 5 consecutive days in an attempt to raise $50,000, which is the cost of treating one child at The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon. The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon is a non-profit association that treats children with cancer for free and relies purely on donations. CCCL is affiliated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (SJCRH) in Memphis, Tennessee; and works in close coordination with the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

I’ve donated for the CCCL on several occasions and I am fully supportive of such initiatives! For those of you who wish to help, click [Here].

Red Bull BC One Lebanon Cypher 2014

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Red Bull BC One is an annual international B-Boy competition where candidates compete in one-on-one dancing battles. We have a lot of talented dancers in Lebanon yet only one of them will be crowned winner tomorrow and get to represent Lebanon at the Middle East & Africa Final held in Algeria.

I am probably going to attend so stay posted, if you are interested of course, as I will share pictures and videos on my Instagram. If you have time, drop by as it’s a lot of fun!

Here’s a video of the Red Bull BC One finale last year:

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And one taken on the Saint Nicolas stairs in Achrafieh.

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Baskil Bicycle Festival In Beirut

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From 23 to 27 April, Medawwar in Beirut is hosting the Baskil Festival, a celebration of everything the bicycle represents, from community, sustainability, sport and fun. There’s a fun ride on Sunday around the Medawwar area for those who like to bike.

Here’s the full program from Baskil’s Facebook Page:

Wednesday 23rd – Sunday 27th April:
‘The Good City’ exhibition in Medawwar Public Garden. Showing the success of bicycle-based city planning in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wednesday 23rd April:
Press conference and official opening of the Festival by Rolf M. Hay Pereira Holmboe, the Danish Ambassador in Beirut.

Friday 25th April:
EXCHANGE EVENING – picnics, presentations and discussions in the garden. Come hear about the success story of Deghri Messengers دغري, learn about the power of bikes to transform cities and discuss how it can be done in Beirut.

Saturday 26th April:
MAKING DAY – bring your bike, fix it, paint it and give it new life. With the help of ريغار Regar and.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.

Sunday 27th April:
RIDING DAY – join fun rides exploring the Medawwar area, and participate in a special Baskil-edition ride around Beirut.
AND STREET FESTIVAL – BMX gangs, skater crews, street artists, buskers and dancers will come together and fill Medawwar with colour.

Beirut Marathon Association’s Women Race On May 4 – #RunForward4

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The BMA is organizing on May 4 the second edition of the Women’s race. The run is meant to empower women through running by showing a positive and powerful image of the Lebanese woman, as well as raising funds and awareness for causes.

There are two races you could register for:
– 10Km all women challenge
– 5Km men, women and children support run

You can find more details [Here].

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Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

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Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

Having said all that, Ali Wehbe’s next adventure will be running Lebanon for 12 days in 12 marathons in order to raise awareness and support the Lebanese Austism Society (LAS). Ali Wehbi will cross around 550km and will make 11 stops. During each phase of the marathon, he will be accompanied by students from 12 different schools.

The race kicks off on April 2nd and ends on April 13 2014.