Culture & Dialogue



A project-installation by Andrea Monras that revisits Beirut and Berlin today in relation to their similar tumultuous paths

July 04, 2017 starting 7pm and running until July 10.
Mansion- Zoukak el-Blatt
Beirut, Lebanon

Perspectives #13 - 'What's stirring? The region's politics dished out'

From food production to consumption, it is a long way. How does it affect us what we eat and how do our ways of production correspond to the environment? Food can be memory or desire, what we eat a display of abundance or a symbol of hardship. In Perspectives #13: “What’s stirring? The regions politics dished out” Heinrich Boell Foundation’s MENA offices explored different aspects of food, and on October 12, 2017 we presented the issue here in Beirut with a vivid panel discussion. Dr. Rami Zuray, Professor at AUB and member of the high level panel of experts of the world committee on food security, drew our attention to how changes in plantation from nutritious to non-nutritious crops limits food availability. Anna Fleischer, advocacy and communications manager of Women Now for Development detailed the impact of food being used as a weapon of war. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians are subject to starvation, nearly all of them by the Syrian regime, which particularly affects women and children. Kamal Mouzawak, the founder of Souk el Tayeb, gave an introduction in the social relevance of food. Traditions and cultures are something that lives of memory but also of change. After the event, people could samle some of the delicacies of Souk el Tayeb as well as of the ecological women’s catering project of Namlieh. Watch our video to learn more about the event, and if that raises your appetite for more, please find here Perspectives #13

Jogging on Tour all over Lebanon starting today!!

Following the success of “JOGGING- Theatre in progress”* in Beirut in October 2016, Hanane Hajj Ali will give additional performances in different places Lebanon in 2017 in order to reach audiences who have less access to theatrical performances and to discuss with them the main issues presented in the play.

Crises Trigger Creativity Exhibition now online

With the development of the Arab Spring across the neighboring Arab nations, such as in Syria and Egypt, and with the inescapable consequences and repercussions on the Lebanese political scene, a new wave of protests against the Lebanese politicians has arisen, particularly following the government’s failure to resolve the mounting garbage crisis.

One of the most interesting aspects of these demonstrations is the involvement of numerous Lebanese artists who are using the protests as a space to address their political views. For this purpose, they use  different kinds of artistic expressions, such as music, paintings, graffiti etc. in order to convey messages to a larger public and to attract a bigger number of protestors and activists. 


Against all odds?


Comics, Hip-Hop, paintings, poems or festivals. What effect can art have on a society? How do artists interact with lebanese society and what problems do they face? Artists give insights to structures, aims and problems of the Beirut art scene.

Cultural Practices of Arab Youth - Volume XIV 2009-2010

The latest volume of collected articles and essays published by Bahithat (The Lebanese Association of Women Researchers) analyzes and contextualizes contemporary cultural practices and forms of entertainment applied by young people (aged 15 – 24 years) in several Arab countries and in the Diaspora.

MNSG – Navigating the Space between Exile and Home


Displacement has been an unfailing feature of recent Iraqi history. During the last thirty to forty years, substantial numbers of Iraqi civilians fled their homes compelled by war, uprisings, and government - directed policies of ethnic cleansing and systematic forced resettlement. The US-led invasion of April 2003 began under the projection of mass displacement. Aid agencies and human rights organizations warned, and governments throughout the Middle East feared, that the invasion risked triggering a massive exodus of Iraqis. This, however did not materialize immediately. It did, however in subsequent years and with great force. As the security and political climate destabilized in Iraq, the violence that ensued triggered a massive wave of displacement, both within the country and outside


National, political and religious identities remain subjects of contention around the region.  People in the Middle East are called upon to rally around narrowly defined values that are deployed in struggles over markets, power and cultural hegemony, and often have little opportunity to choose and decide how to define themselves, where to look for sources of inspiration and pride. The program Culture and Dialogue wants to widen understanding about the cultural dimensions of conflict and their relation to globalization and inequality of power, and supports cultural expressions and perspectives of socio-political issues and cross-cultural exchange.

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The Middle East Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation supports the production of short and long feature films and documentaries that explore topics of immediate interest for the Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi societies. Our key topics are ecology and sustainability, statehood and participation, conflicts and international politics, culture and dialogue.

All films supported by the foundation are available with English subtitles. They can be obtained for public and private screenings as hard copies (DVD/Blu-ray/DCP), as digital files or through streaming access.

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