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My friends Social Media Marketing may still be fresh in the Middle East, but Social Media Activism is ON!

This Wednesday you have a chance to attend the first Fun(d)raising event that aims to raise money for buying toys for underprivileged children!

All you have to to is come to Link Antellias (starting 6:30 pm and seeping through) and indulge in bowling, darts, air hockey, arcades…. and much more. But , of course, you can go an extra mile and bring your own toys, which you are willing to part with, as well as craft materials and drawing supplies.

And all the procedes will go to funding Christmas gifts for needy kids. You can RSVP through the Funraising Facebook or Twitter events pages. If you can’t make it, you can still support the cause by Sporting a funraising banner on your site or blog, or donating some new or used toys to the little ones (pick up of the toys will be arranged :).

But what is really remarkable about Fun(d)raising is the way this initiative has started and grown in literally three weeks, proving that online social activism and collaboration are a reality! Fun(d)raisers are a group of bloggers and other social media natives that came together through social media channels and a very enthusiastic call from Mireille to make it a reality. And anyone can join in and contribute with whatever he does best!

So come and bring your friends with you! If you can’t live without your internet connection, don’t worry, same will be made available on the spot, and you can provide full media coverage! Plus Funraising will be providing complete transparency, through blogging about all the contributions and documenting the donations.

I have been practicing, our swings this weekend, so come and face your fiercest bowling adversary! Would be great to meet all of you guys there!

P.S. I apologize for my online absence, though I am still active on twitter, anything needing creative exertions and work, is proving to be impossible. New developments in my life are emotionally draining, though all well worth it!

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I am developing a particular liking to the fact that not a week passes by, when there isn’t one or two twitter related events. Twiendships are formed on the basis of like-mindedness, and geographical coexistnce allows for the next step! I hope to see one day the extend twiendship goes as being a support system, but so far we’re having a great time, aren’t we?

Well this time we met over at Cafe Younes.

 

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Then a small fraction of us went on to Pecha Kucha.

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This is LaraZ taking her picture of the day! [that is how magic is born]

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And let me tell you something, well you already know that, but I’m gonna say it anyhow – Maya in the comics is really Maya!  I do not know how she does her magic, she has tremendous introspection to convey every bit of her, including her mimics ( yes really the body language of Maya the cartoon is Maya’s), onto her character. It startled me a lot this time around… it really startled me and I developed a new found fascination! So she’s really a communication artist!

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Well anyway, here’s Maya’s take on all of this:)

 

The corwd at the closing of the Beirut International film festival

 

As is the case with most events in Lebanon, the Awards ceremony of the BIFF 09 started 40 minutes fashionably later than the time imprint on the tickets.  And I would have expected the ceremony, as a whole, to have been at least a bit more organized… after the first 15 minutes everybody was laughing their heads off at the lack of coordination between the presenters.

fool attendance at the venue (beirut international film festival)

the opening of the BIFF09 closing ceremony, 40 minutes late!the awards of the beirut film fesival

Amreeka wins viewer's prize at the Beirut International Film FestivalAmrika won two awards, one of which was  the Audience Vote. This movie will be launched in Lebanese Cinemas in 2 weeks, so I believe it’s a good watch.

 

 

 

what should i do, what should i say?But of course, we were not there for the ceremony we were there to watch Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock”, which was ”Beautiful”!

At times, while watching the movie you’d forget that it’s not a documentary, the shooting is very live! Plus I loved the colors, the styling , and the fact that all the actors have fresh new faces, all of which  makes it even more believable.

What is interesting about the movie is that though it focuses on controversies such as sex, trans-sexuality, homosexuality and drugs it neither condemns nor encourages any, perfectly in line with the hippie life philosophy of “peace”. 

As with any good meal, the movie ends making you craving for just a bit more, and that is art my dears!

Oh and have I mentioned the UNBELIEVABLE laughs?! The trailer doesn’t do it justice, BTW.

 

Also we were lucky enough to visit the Hasbayya Mouneh mini-exhibition , held at the Unesco palace. You can still go and visit it today!

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Kokopelli performance @ BalamandIf you are lucky enough to be in Tripoli this Thursday, you better check out this Jazz event. Being a jazz junkie myself, this is one of the few times I regret not living in Tripoli.

 

If you do check it out do not forget to update with your reflections!

Festival of Lebanese Art Books Poster

Festival of Lebanese Art Books Poster

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This year’s edition of the Beirut Film Festival promises grandeur with Francis Ford Coppola flying in for the opening ceremony and the special screening of Tetro on October the 7th, as well as many other international guests. Which unfortunately I’ll have to miss to an even grander event 😀

According to the organizers, tickets will be sold in Empire Sofile for the screening sessions & the opening and closing ceremonies, starting October 3. The Opening & Closing ceremonies will be held at Unesco Palace, with the rest of the festival being screened in Empire Sofil. You can also call 01 32 88 06 , or visit or Beirut Film Foundation website for more info.

The film Festival Program.

beirut international film festival program

Go here, for more info on the films that will be screened during the film festival.

BTW @toniyammine is the composer of the Film Festival’s theme.

Are you coming?

* I definiteley want to watch Taking Woodstock.

You may have heard of BETA recently, in the buzz pertaining to the starved Lion Rescue in Lebanon.

Beirut for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ( BETA) whose mission is to ensure that one day all the animals in Lebanon will get the chance to live the life they deserve because it is their plant too… Through education and direct action, BETA rescues stray and abused animals, while combating abusive pet shops and the illegal trade in wildlife.

Well now you’ve actually got a chance to enjoy yourself and help their cause at Beta’s Annual Gala Dinner. All Details Below.

 

Dine and Dance at BETA’s Annual Gala Dinner
Sursock Gardens
17 September, 2009
 
 

Dear friends,
A prestigious environment, delicious buffet, open bar & wonderful entertainers are waiting for you on September 17th at the Sursock Gardens for BETA’s yearly Gala Dinner. 
Enjoy helping our furry friends by attending this super event. 
 
Remove dresses & suits from your closets to spend a magical night. Your pets will forgive you if you spent just this night without them. After all you’ll be helping their friends.
 
Please go to contact@betalebanon.org to reserve your tickets or call at 03 23 33 82.
 
Thank you.
The BETA Team
 
 
Chers Amis,
Un cadre prestigieux, un délicieux buffet, de superbes animateurs et un bar ouvert vous attendent le jeudi 17 Septembre à Sursock Gardens pour le diner de Gala annuel de collecte de fonds organisé par l’Association BETA (Beyrouth pour le Traitement Ethique envers les Animaux).
 
Aidez nos amis les animaux en assistant à cet agréable événement.
 
Sortez vos robes et costumes de vos armoires pour passer un moment magique pour une cause humanitaire. Vos animaux vous pardonneront de les avoir laissé juste pour cette soirée. Après tout, vous aidez leurs amis.
 
Veuillez réserver vos billets sur le site  contact@betalebanon.org ou appelez le 03 23 33 82
 
En vous remerciant,
L’Equipe BETA
 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

  

Beta Gala Dinner Poster

 

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