Past Beirut Event: VOL 25

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VOL 25

May 25, 2016

For this PK edition, we'll be spreading the good vibes during Beirut Design Week 2016! A special gathering mixing Design, Culture and Inspiring Stories. Join us at KED, Beirut Design Week's central events space, for drinks and talks by inspiring and inspired people.

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Send it by bike!

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Layal Jebran introduces Deghri Messengers, the only bicycle delivery service in Lebanon and the MENA region. Get to know the team of fantastic cyclers and their bicycles, making deliveries across Beirut and beyond and beating the traffic at every turn!

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Crocheting a Community

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Elie Mouhanna turned depression and long hours spent on youtube into beautiful works of art. Challenging gender stereotypes, he reclaims the traditional craft of crochet as a possible platform for contemporary practices and collaboration : Marsaben.

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Learning through Circus

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Johnny Girges and Maher Safar are circus artists, educators and managers. They tell us all about their practice and the evolution of cirquenciel, an NGO, school and social enterprise model spreading joy and mobilizing amazing talent!

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Parkour: Dodging Obstacles

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

"We use the parks and gardens as outdoor gyms, and we use our bodies as obstacles to overcome. And I wasn't afraid to fail."


In Parkour: Dodging Obstacles from PechaKucha Night Beirut Vol. 25Majed Medawar is a landscape architect and free-runner, amongst other things. In his talk, he tells us about his journey from gymnastics to parkour, from the gym to the outdoors and the city. Listen in to see how Parkour's philosophy and relationship to obstacles changed Majed's relationship to landscapes and challenges. 

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Webnesday, June 8th, 2016

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Handmade Images

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Soraya Ghezelbash is a French-Iranian architect & artist based in Beirut working with a broad range of media including silkscreen, drawing and installations. In her talk, she takes us through her silkscreen practice, using a variety of objects around her to manually construct unique impressions.

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The other side of the city

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Moustafa Fahs takes locals and tourists into the hidden alleys of Beirut. A fan and advocate of walking in the city, his engaging Alternative Tours promise to reveal the other side of Beirut with its forgotten charm and idiosyncrasies.

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Animating Intuition

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Marilyn Haddad is an independent animator based in Beirut. In her talk, she tells us about the different challenges she faced during her education, but also how following her intuition allowed her to express herself through animated drawings.

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All is texture

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Since 2014, Tamara Barrage has been exploring the tactile and sensorial characteristics of materials. Using an array of experimental techniques, Tamara investigates how materials behave, and how forms and textures provoke our senses. In her talk, she speaks about her obsession with textures and materials and how she nourishes and explores this obsession in her work to create unique designs.

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Democracy, a most civil war

@ VOL 25 ON MAY 25, 2016

Karim Haroun is a filmmaker and producer based in Canada. For his talk, he is sharing his views on democracy in the Lebanese context, in relation to the municipal elections that are taking place during this time. What are the similarities and differences between democracy and war?



Layal Jebran
Founder, Deghri Messengers in Beirut
Elie Mouhanna
Founder, Marṣabēn in Jounieh
Johnny Girges
Human, circus artist, arcenciel, cirquenciel in Beirut
Maher Safar
cirquenciel in Beirut
Majed Al Medawar
Landscape Architect in Beirut
Moustafa Fahs
Alternative Tour Beirut in Beirut
Lena Merhej
The Story Center in Beirut
Marilyn Haddad
Independent Animator in Beirut
Tamara Barrage
Product Designer in Beirut
Diana Abou Abbas
Manager, Marsa Sexual Health Center in Beirut
Karim Haroun
Nemesis Films in Beirut