The Dream of Coming HOME

a book with a picture of people and the word America

Marta Haddad’s dream of coming HOME remained unfulfilled. With only a bag full of courage, hope and love Marta Haddad boarded a boat in Beirut , making a long and perilous voyage to France and then onwards to her final destination, New York. The trip to America was a complicated aspiration for a young woman […]

BIPOD a Contemporary Art Form

a women with a blue shirt and a man with a green shirt with their hands dancing while the man bending

The 12th edition of BIPOD gathered artists from around the world who gave spectacular performances at the Madina Theatre. Dance as Robert Frost would say is the vertical expression of a horizontal desire. It is a moment of creativity where music acts as the catalyst for bodily liberation in which you can express feelings and […]

LIVE MUSIC IS THRIVING IN LEBANON

a band with 3 guys holding their guitars and a girl in the middle standing behind a microphone with her hand over her curly hair and the head of people looking at them

  In Mar Mikhael the streets are teeming with cars either double parked or honking, as the drivers try to fit through the tight lanes around Armenia Street while barely avoiding the people walking by on the overcrowded sidewalks in this charismatic Beirut neighborhood. Between the pubs and restaurants blasting pop songs or acoustic musicians […]

Jana Semaan:The Lebanese Cellist in Germany

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“For us musicians, being a musician is not a job, it is a way of life,” says Jana Semaan. To be a musician, you must have passion, determination and the courage to fight for your  melodies to touch the hearts of everyone and most importantly you must have the talent. And because Jana Semaan, the cellist, owns […]

Through Mahmoud Hojeij’s Artistic Lens

Lebanese director, producer, writer and artist Mahmoud Hojeij has a lot to say and knows how to use a variety of media to say it. The award-winning filmmaker is making his mark. “The blindness. We’re all very blind. Maps. Loyalty. Happiness (or rather the myth of happiness). Connection is a big theme I think about. […]

Art Therapy: Healing Through Creative Expression

The growth of art therapy in Lebanon will bring benefits as long as it is done right, says therapist Myra Saad. Article by: Vivecca Chatila Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of art therapy? If you’re thinking coloring books, you’re certainly not alone. Although coloring can relieve stress […]