Peace Takes Center Stage with Lea Baroudi

Woman face portrait

Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Disadvantaged, marginalized, impoverished. How does one begin to help people chained to this end of the societal spectrum? MARCH Lebanon is a local non-profit NGO whose mission is to promote social cohesion and personal freedoms through arts and culture. Lights MARCH was created in 2011 by a group of […]

Hammana Artist House: A New Lease of Life

Hammana artist house in blue font

Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan It is no wonder the late French poet and politician Alphonse de Lamartine was enraptured by the pristine village of Hammana during the 19th century. Situated at 1,200 meters above sea level, Hammana is in a lush valley that overlooks a dramatic mountain range. As far as the eye […]

Preserving and Promoting National Heritage for Art Lovers

A room with paintings hanging on walls

Cultural heritage is one of Lebanon’s most abundant resources. The identity of future generations depends on the preservation of a collective past. It was with this noble pursuit in mind that the Lebanese Foundation for the National Library collaborated with SV Gallery, a Beirut-based art gallery to produce a lineup of a series of exhibitions […]

Building A Sense of Belonging

House amidst trees

Although I lived in London for 16 years and in the United States for two, Lebanon remained HOME because of the strong sense of belonging nurtured at my grandfather’s house in the Chouf. This house gathered the family under its vaulted ceilings in the winter and in the garden under the grapevines — my grandfather’s […]

A Book Not to Read: The Book of Mirdad by Mikhail Naimeh

Book blue cover with title The Book of Mirdad

“Millions of people have tried to write books so that they can express the inexpressible, but they have utterly failed. I know only one book, The Book of Mirdad, which has not failed; and if you cannot get to the very essence of it, it will be your failure, not his.” Osho I wanted to […]

Dar al Mussawir: What’s in an Image?

Cameras on shelves

Transmit a memory. Transform a moment. Capture some part of reality. These elements are the essence of photography, but how is an image projected and received by an audience? And what can we understand from these snapshots? Beirut-based Dar al Mussawir is one of the foremost photography spaces in Lebanon and the Middle East whose […]