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We can now talk about an “alternative” Arab culture that is in the process of taking shape
We can now talk about an “alternative” Arab culture that is in the process of taking shape | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanInterview with Lina Saneh This young woman, who with her partner Rabih Mroué, was forced into debt to put on one amateurish and modestly produced play in the early 1990s, now takes her work to Tokyo, Moscow, Vienna and other international capitals, aided, like others, by the influx of foreign funding for Lebanese artists in recent years. It was this foreign connection that formed the focus of the interview.
 
Issam Abou Khaled’s show in the “Theatre of Beirut”
Issam Abou Khaled’s show in the “Theatre of Beirut” | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe stage was crazy. The war was music. The soldiers were a scream. Life was a camera. The audience was the film. The new Issam Abou Khaled's show in Beirut looks into the language of war.(Arabic version)
 
Fareeq el Atrash or Lebanese Hip-Hop
Fareeq el Atrash or Lebanese Hip-Hop | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanFareeq el Atrash is one of many Lebanese active hip-hop crews but they are a live band. They deal with issues as diverse as love, war, social and political matters, change, racism, dreams, corruption or stereotypes about hip hop.
 
“Pidgin Madam”
“Pidgin Madam” | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterranean“Pidgin Madam” is a very creative mix of Singhalese and Arabic used by Sri Lankan maids and their employers in Lebanon. Fida Bizri, Lebanese linguist made this language her area of research.
 
Graffiti in Lebanon: an emerging culture
Graffiti in Lebanon: an emerging culture | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIn Beirut, the walls of the city carry the scars of war. They are abandoned and covered with propaganda posters and redecorated with tags, logos and graffiti. Investigation on this developing street culture.
 
Khalas : a banquet for cats devoured by dogs
Khalas : a banquet for cats devoured by dogs | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanKhalas, by Burhan Alawiya, is a marriage of a “director’s movie”, which has long dominated Lebanese cinema, and a “producer’s movie”. The start of a new Lebanese cinema?
 
Lorca In Beirut: Who brought him here?
Lorca In Beirut: Who brought him here? | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanA sign by Lorca in Beirut reads: "There are bodies that will not survive the dawn". The city is suddenly exposed to speech, strange words that contradict everything that has come before and which consciously expose themselves to ridicule. It is like a man who bares his innermost soul to people only to be criticized and blamed.
 
Beirut’s Informal Art Spaces
Beirut’s Informal Art Spaces | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanIsabelle Mayault from Mashallah news’ invites us to visit a few of Beirut’s informal, alternative, independent art spaces…it’s all about activating news spaces to the public.
 
FareeQ el Atrash: Lebanese hip-hop without stonewalling
FareeQ el Atrash: Lebanese hip-hop without stonewalling | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanA hardly appropriate tribute to the great singer Farid el Atrash alias FareeQ el Atrash. The collective started rapping polished and realistic texts in Arabic three years ago.
 
Tanya Traboulsi: photography observes Lebanese underground music
Tanya Traboulsi: photography observes Lebanese underground music | babelmed | art - culture - show - cinema - concert - music - mediterraneanThe Austrian Lebanese photographer Tanya Traboulsi hounds all underground music concerts in Beirut and its close suburbs since 2007. She gives an account of a growing sound movement in Lebanon.
 

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