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Preservation and innovation

Preservation and innovation

Executive caught up with Tarek Mitri weeks after his appointment as the director of Issam Fares Institute (IFI) at the American University of Beirut. Sitting in his office in IFI, a building whose design he says he is not very fond of, Mitri talks about plans for Sursock Museum’s reopening, the cultural and artistic scene

In photos: Art in the city

Nowhere is the creative impulse more impactful than in our public spaces, and nowhere is there a greater need and opportunity to define cultural coexistence than in the process of democratizing the urban squares, corners and walls where artistic messages and even the very concepts of art come to clash. To claim that art has

Beirut, the artistic capital

Beirut’s burgeoning cityscape of cultural and artistic endeavors may have taken a commercial downturn in 2014 compared to previous years. This, however, did not deter the city’s community of gallerists, curators and exhibition sponsors from staging highly ambitious events. Among the many impressive efforts debuting in 2014 were two openings in November with planned durations

Creativity in the air

What makes for the most deplorable shortfall in all other sectors of the Lebanese economy — the infuriating lack of data — fully applies to the exercise of appraising Beirut as an artistic hub and art market. Thankfully so. Measuring art is like selling air. In the sense that, if you live in a city

Single and ready to…

“The telephone rang. It was my 70 year old great-aunt. My heart crumbled. I knew full well what was coming next. ‘Hello there sweetie,’ she chirped. ‘So, have you met anyone special?’ Her tone became grave and stern. ‘Not yet,’ I replied in a rather ‘goodness not again’ manner. ‘Tsk,’ she snapped. ‘You’re 34 years

Local fashion fantastic

The fashion, the glamour, the luxury. Beirut has long been full of trend crazed, snazzy dressers and designers keen to leave their mark on the international scene. Beyond the obvious fashion victims and overly zealous devotion to cosmetic surgery, lies a city that regularly comes alive with exhibitions and events that celebrate local artistry, artisanship

Samir Yazbek at his theatre school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5 June 2014.

Success story: Samir Yazbek

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Samir Yazbek’s mother was unusual among emigrants in that she never really adjusted to Brazil. Taken from her homeland to enter a loveless marriage,

Success story: Jorge Takla

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Jorge Takla is perhaps Brazil’s most prominent theater director. In recent years he has brought numerous Western musicals to the country, with the performances

Francisco Rezek in his law office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 5 June 2014.

Francisco Rezek: Judging achievements

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. José Francisco Rezek was always proud of his Lebanese roots growing up, but it was not until he was nearing the end of his

Fause Haten Naim

Success story: Fause Haten

This article is part of an in depth special report on the Lebanese in Brazil. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up July’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Fause Haten grew up wrapped in fabrics. His parents emigrated from Lebanon in the 1950s and started a small clothing factory — making basic

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