The “Live Achrafiehâ€ festival was launched back in 2010 and every edition since then has been drawing more crowds. The festival starts in the afternoon with a childrenâ€™s fair, filled with multicolor folkloric parade, games, face painting, animation, and endless childrens activities. Then as the sun sets down, Sassine Square transforms into a music festival.
The good thing about this festival is that it features famous singers, Najwa Karam this year, is very well organized and is open for all to attend.
You can check out more about the festival and Achrafieh as a whole on [LiveAchrafieh.com].
Wicker Park is an event organized by Lebanese NGO â€œLebanon Green Againâ€, that was founded in 1968 and been working since then to spread awareness on nature and how to preserve it in Lebanon.
The 2nd edition of the Wickerpark Festival 2012 will be held on June 29th and 30th in an open-air venue in Batroun right by the sea. The first edition last year was a success and helped raise money to replant trees in fire-ravaged areas in Lebanon. This year, they’re focusing on repopulating Sea Urchins.
The artists that are participating in this year’s edition of Wickerpark are:
- Karl Mattar
- Sae Lis
- Who Killed Bruce Lee
- The Flying Circus
- Zeid & The Wings
- The Beirut Groove Collective
While some Lebanese are too busy burning tires and polluting the environment, others are actually trying to promote a greener Lebanon and preserve whatever is left of this country. This is why I ask you all to spread the word and support this event. You can buy tickets at Librairie Antoine for 30$.
Roadster Diner posted this morning that Grand Cinemas Lebanon ABC Dbayeh will be opening on June 13!
I don’t know much about this new cinema complex but according to the below banner, you will be able to enjoy champagne, caviar(huh?) and popcorn while watching a movie. I am guessing there will be prestigious VIP seats or lounges.
I was at the opening of the Beirut Boat Show 2012 this afternoon at the Marina Joseph Khoury and I must say it wasn’t at all what I expected. In fact it wasn’t just boats and yachts aligned next to each other but there were a lot of stands with the latest boats, engines, electronics and marine accessories as well as many cool stands such as the Castania and Almaza stand, the Grey Goose and an ice cream stand. Moreover, there was a Lebanese Army Navy warship that everyone was allowed to visit.
There were also a lot of top models, with at least one at every stand. Some of them were even dressed up in sexy bikinis like the one in the picture. Price-wise, boats are insanely expensive, even renting them costs at least 2000$ per day.
The Boat Show will take place from May 16th till May 20th.
You can check out some of the pictures I took below:
Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service, in partnership with Ojos que Sienten A.C and Image Festival Association “Zakira,” are organizing a workshop “Seeing beyond Sight,” sensory photography for the visually impaired, May 21-27, from 10am to 2pm at West Hall, Auditorium A. [AUB]
The workshop will be given by by Gina Badenoch, Founder of Ojos que Sienten A.C.
I was discussing this workshop with few tweeps yesterday night and I thought it was a bad joke at first. I had no idea such workshops existed but they do and I think it’s a great opportunity that visually impaired individuals should not miss.
For those of you who know people that are visually impaired or are interested in this workshop, I strongly recommend that you register (it’s for free) by sending the below information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major / position:
You can check out more information on the AUB website [Here].
Looking at the pictures of the event, it doesn’t look like it was that successful. It’s strange because Lebanese usually like to watch sexy, yet lousy, artists showing off their boobs and asses. We have quite a few of those in Lebanon.
â€œNight Collectiveâ€ is a photography group founded by Fernando Borges in 2009. Lebanese & foreign members range from amateurs to professional photographers. They meet every Tuesday night & walk around a pre-selected area, capturing photographs. [Facebook Group]
Lebanese Gaby Nehme, Karim Boukarim and Tarek el Wazzi are members of the Night Collective group and are organizing their second exhibition “Night, Lights & Shadows” between May3 and May19 at the Art Lounge, Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4pm to 9pm.
I checked out some of their pictures and they are beautiful. You can check out all of them [Here] and read more about the exhibition [Here].
In its continuous lobbying efforts for a permanent and safe Public Skate Park, the Lebanese Skateboarding Association (LSA), a non-profit organization established in 2011, is opening a pop-up skate park at the Beirut Waterfront â€“ downtown from May 1st till June 15th 2012. For that purpose, LSA invites young people to share its vision and to join our opening event on Monday May 1st at 4:00 PM. The event will showcase street athlete, graffiti artists and professional skaters. .[Source]
In the invitation email I received, the LSA mentioned that there are currently 300 young people passionate about skateboarding in Lebanon, and that they expect this number to grow to 3000 within 3 years. A bit too optimistic in my opinion.
Nevertheless, I think having a decent Skate Park is a good thing as 1) Skaters or BMX riders have nowhere else to go and it’s safer to skate in a park than in the streets, 2) Skating is affordable to all people and 3) Skating is a cool and fun sport.
PS: I hope LSA asked for a permission to draw Graffiti in the Park.