The Smurfs dissociating from their ongoing battles, over cigarettes and talks. Photo taken by George Azar
Civil War photographer tells the stories your history books don’t acknowledge

History blackout: A quick look around George Azar’s office unravels years of untold humanist stories from the war and a history living through the lens of the photographer.

Post-rock band Ilvy –Paul Toubia, Anthony Hakim, Joe Kareh, Gabriel Sarkissian. (Tony Elieh)
Meet local post-rock band Ilvy and their stuffed monkey mascot

Ilvy grip and hook their listeners with a consistently surprising “wall of sound” that ranges from heavy instrumentals to light ambient sounds.

Picture showing paintings, sculptures, and pottery at the Nabu Museum. (Laudy Issa)
Nabu Museum offers both stunning artefacts and breathtaking scenery

Whether you’re heading to Nabu for the wonderful collection of art or for the seaside scenery, the visit is well-worth the drive to Lebanon’s newest museum.

Entrance of the Grand Sofar Hotel, lit up for the Tom Young exhibition in 2018. (Lynn Sheikh Moussa)
The Grandness of the Grand Sofar Hotel: From Umm Kulthum to the Civil War and Beyond

The Grand Sofar Hotel once stood as one of the greatest hotels in the region. Looted and abandoned for 43 years because of the Lebanese Civil War, it now returns as a cultural space.

LAU celebrates communicative arts with Festival NEXT

The university kicked off its annual Festival Next, a celebration of arts through concerts, screenings, performances, workshops, and lectures.

Creative Space Beirut: Inside Lebanon’s only free fashion school

Lebanon seems like too sterile a landscape to launch a free fashion school. Yet Creative Space Beirut exists in it as the only free fashion school in the Middle East.

Glass fusion designs by Nada Helou, the Lebanese artist. | Supplied
Fusing art with glass: Nada Helou to hold exhibition after five-year hiatus

Glass fusion design artist Nada Helou resurfaces for an exhibition this upcoming year, introducing Lebanese themes to her previous collections for the first time in her career.

Capharnaüm: The Limits of Liberal Thought

Without showing what constitutes poverty — a socio-economic necessity within an unfair economic model — the end result is a problematic and flawed depiction.

Waynick: Simple music that comes from the heart and goes straight to it

Beirut Today interviews indie band Waynick on making easily relatable music, their debut EP and managing a band.

Less hipster, more subtle dream pop: A conversation with Postcards’ Julia Sabra

Postcards on their new dream pop album, the dualities of Beirut, and the waves in the music scene.