So many things to do, so little time; the weekend keeps getting more and more saturated!


The Rave


Factory Fridays LOVES Starch – Friday 27



FF opens its doors for the annual Starch fundraiser, the foundation dedicated to give up-and-coming designers a platform to launch their work.


The Gärten – Saturday 28



Gab Rhome is in haus this weekend for a wild Saturday night.


Booka Shade (LiVE) at The Grand Factory – Saturday 28



C U NXT SAT bring us electronic duo Booka Shade at midnight along with a long lineup of local DJs.


We are closing BDW – Sunday 29



The final event in the Beirut Design week is none other than a party hosted by We Are… on KED’s rooftop at sunset.




The Great Outdoors



The Garden Show – till Saturday 28, 5-11 PM



Embellish your garden or outdoor space at the Beirut Hippodrome. This year’s mission is to bring the scent of Jasmine back to our streets, so the organizers will distribute potted Jasmine plants.


Urban Night Tour and Talk – Friday 27, 8 PM



As part of the Beirut Design Week, walk through Beirut’s neighborhoods by night. Observe the changes in the landscape and architecture, and interact with the city as a living, shifting being with an identity of many faces in a whole new light.


Tripoli The Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman City – Saturday 28, 11 AM




Tailers Khan - Khan El Khayatin, photo by Tony Collins

Mira’s Guided Tours takes you once again to Tripoli, but this time it’s for its Old City dating all the way back to the 13th century.


Eat.Play.Laugh: Hamra Street Fest – Sunday 29, 10 AM



The yearly street festival is back, tucking Hamra away from cars for 12 hours straight.




The Art Scene



LAU International University Theatre Festival – starting Wednesday 25 till Sunday 29, 7 PM



The annual celebration of university theatre returns with an even more saturated schedule, including performances from Turkish, Moroccan, and Algerian universities.


Yto Barrada’s Faux Guide – Friday 27



The Moroccan desert is brimming with fossils, but are all traded ones authentic? Yto Barrada explores this question in a reconstructed natural history museum, complete with geological and anatomical studies and reconstructions; fabricated findings blown out of proportion as a consequence of exhaustive documentation. Find this exhibit at Sfeir-Semler Gallery until July 27.


Fugacious Presence – Friday 27, 7 PM



A performance piece about Lebanon’s history and unresolved traumas, relating memory to object, object to its wider landscape – the city – and their consequence on the human body. This Friday at Ashkal Alwan.




The Cultural Front



At the Seams – Thursday 26, 11 AM



The recently-open Dar el Nimer for Arts and Culture hosts the Palestinian Museum’s first foreign exhibition, a historical timeline of Palestinian embroidery and its political connotations. It runs until July 30.


The Makeover of a Leftover – Friday 27 through Sunday 29



A salvaged heritage house sustainably remodeled into an interdisciplinary space opens its doors to the public this weekend. Check out the program they have lined up here.




The Intellectual Agenda



Hakaya at Dar – Friday 27, 8:30 PM



Bring back the tradition of storytelling to people both known and unknown. Tell your own, listen to others, but make sure to reserve your seat.


Spring Book Market – Saturday 28 and Sunday 29, 10 AM



Buy or exchange books at this weekend book market in Byblos! Several reading and writing events will be happening simultaneously. Complement them with a day trip or a beach outing!

Post-edit: this event was moved to a later date.


Beirut Design Week continues! – till Sunday 29



There are just too many events in the BDW to list here, but this is its closing weekend, so make sure you catch something!




The Seventh Art



Spirited Away Screening – Friday 27, 7:30 PM



The beloved Studio Ghibli classic will be screened at , Jal el Dib this Friday. Grab your cup of tea, and enjoy.


Cabriolet Film Festival – Friday 27 through Sunday 29, 8 PM



This year, the 8th setup of the annual film festival tackles the theme of “Conflict.” Head to the Gemmayze stairs for a 3-day lineup of local and international films.

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