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In Mar Mikhael: exhibitions, talks and workshops

Mar Mikhael is a neighbourhood that is changing. While its inhabitants continue to enjoy its traditional characteristics, young artists, craftsmen and designers have located their trades in former garages. Though this has contributed to Mar Mikhael’s appeal, it has also attracted real estate development and nightlife, putting Mar Mikhael’s atmosphere under threat.

From 16 to 24 January, GAIA-Heritage is hosting a weeklong event of activities In Mar Mikhael within the EU-funded project MEDNETA that aims at reinforcing creativity (arts, crafts and design) and enhancing their role in the regeneration of neighbourhoods. The event includes four activities:

Exhibition: ‘Behind the Object’
17 -24 January
Location: Fleming Street
Opening Hours
17th-18th January: 12pm – 9pm
19th-24th January: 3pm – 9pm

Behind the Object will present the different creative processes of artists, craftsmen and designers of the neighbourhood. The exhibition will display the two complementary phases of the creative process: imagining and conceiving new concepts and ideas, and transforming them into products. Participants will be using a variety of media (objects, sketches, photographs, videos, or installations) to explain their process.

Exhibitors: [beyt] by 2b design by 2b design] , Brut L'Atelier, Creative Space Beirut, Cynthia Raffoul Jewelry, HQ, RapidManufactory, The Vintage Shop

Urban Talks, Tours and Activities
17 -18 January
Location: Fleming Street

Talks and Tours will enable neighbourhood visitors to understand Mar Mikhael's uniqueness as well as its needs and the risks it faces. These will address the neighbourhood’s lack of public space and its rising rental prices.

Closed workshops sessions are also being held for the neighbourhood's residents to develop their own strategies for the district.

Exhibition of Students’ Architecture Projects on Mar Mikhael
17- 20 January
Location: Imad Gemayel premises

Lebanese architecture schools are taking part in the event by exhibiting on-going and past architectural and urban projects that have studied Mar Mikhael and that have addressed the neighbourhood’s challenges and opportunities.

Toolbox: workshops for artists, craftsmen and designers
22, 23 & 24 January
Locations: Imad Gemayel premises & Fleming Street

Toolbox is a series of workshops for artists, craftsmen and designers.

Day 1 will expose creatives to new technologies and innovative techniques
Day 2 will provide creatives with the needed entrepreneurial, and marketing skills to create their own businesses.
After the first two days of training artists, craftsmen and designers will spend Day 3 collaborating to create products and their respective business plans and present them to a jury.
Sign up on ihjoz. To participate on Day 3, creatives need to have attended a minimum of 2 workshops on Days 1 and 2 and sign up at the IGA premises by 12pm on Day 2.

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Twitter: inMarMikhael
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Exact locations as per below:
- Fleming Street, Medawar bldg, Fleming, Beirut, Lebanon

Directions: Enter the road before Internazionale, then take ur first right!

- Imad Gemayel Premises:
Iga Premises Mar Mikhael
Imad Gemayel Building, Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Lebanon

Directions: Coming from Mar Mikhael, turn right at the United gas station, then second to the left. You will find yourself in front of the Brasserie du Levant, opposite this building there is a small road, take it and turn first on the left. You will find yourself at IGA premises.

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