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Lebanon’s First-Of-A-Kind Real Estate Entertainment TV Show Is Here!

What is Bedkon Beit?
Bedkon Beit is Lebanon’s first-of-its-kind real estate entertainment TV show produced by OBBO prod and powered by MAD. The show is the Lebanese version of the French Carrement Bien[s], which is the first real estate entertainment TV show broadcasted on TMC, part of TF1 Group, now in its 4th season in France.

In a country as beautiful, rich and diverse as Lebanon, our dynamic duo of hosts, Dany Saliba and Fay Abou Hassan, will not only be searching for the best real estate deals but they will also be experiencing the surroundings of each property area they visit by trying out fun different activities from skiing, basketball and yoga to recycling, arts and crafts!

When is Bedkon Beit landing in Lebanon?
Bedkon Beit kicks off on LBCI Lebanon starting June 5th, 2019, at 7:15am, 9:50am, 5:50pm, i.e three times a day for three times the fun, in addition to a prime episode every Saturday at 5:00 pm.

Who will be on the show?
The show will feature major real estate experts, consultants, developers and market players such as Demco Properties, Al Mawarid Real Estate, M1 Real Estate, Platinum Invest Holding, who will display and discuss their properties as Dany and Fay experience them as well as their surrounding areas.

That’s not the only thing you can expect on Bedkon Beit, as there will also be an artistic factor to the show! How? Different artists will be featured each prime for live shows and interviews for additional fun after all the real estate talk!

Real Estate Market in Lebanon
Are you looking to buy or sell a property or simply stay up-to-date on the Lebanese real estate market and its most prominent players? Whichever is the case, Bedkon Beit has got you covered ! Get Ready for Bedkon Beit on June 5th starting 7:15am.

Why should you tune in?
By now, you know how this show will be different from other real estate TV shows: in addition to being very entertaining, it features properties for everyone! Whether you’re a newly wed couple, a start-up company or someone who’s looking to come back to Lebanon to settle down, Bedkon Beit has what you are looking for. Don’t miss out on Lebanon’s NEWEST BIG hit. Stay tuned.

Check out Bedkon Beit on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for regular, daily updates and more.

A Guide To The Art Scene in Beirut

Growing up in Lebanon, especially in Beirut, has given me the advantage of discovering almost all of its nooks and crannies. Beirut is a city rich with heritage, with culture and with history and in its undoubtable beauty lies so many hidden gems and secrets of the past. How does one discover what Beirut has to offer if not through its now booming art scene?

Of course, one cannot compare the growing art scene in Lebanon to that of European countries. Coming from a troubled past enriched with wars, sectarianism and division, Lebanese artists have a lot emotions to fuel their art with. This is what makes the art scene in Lebanon, especially in the capital of Beirut, unique; many artists draw on their personal experiences with civil war that extended from 1975 till the 1990s, with personal experiences of sectarianism, homophobia and even sexual harassment as well as their lack of inclusion due to feeling like they belong to a minority.

On the other hand, other artists are inspired by the beauty of the Lebanese heritage, old Beirut and the beauty of today’s activism.

Beirut Art Center
Known as one of Beirut’s biggest art venues, Beirut Art Center hosts art in all its forms: from musical performances to art galleries. It aims to portray all types of modern art.

Sursock Museum
Forever a pillar in the Lebanese art scene, Sursock became an even bigger cultural hub for artists after its renovation, hosting different exhibitions throughout each year with the aim to challenge and inform its audience.

Plan Bey
A worthy mention located in the heart of Mar Mikhael, Beirut, Plan Bey is a humble gallery with affordable, local paintings, photographs and postcards by Lebanese artists. The pieces reflect the city, and sometimes the country, through the eyes of their creators.

Art on the 56th
A historical building turned into a shelter for art in the heart of Gemmayze, this is how one can summarize Art on the 56th aside from its local and international selection of expressive art.

Quelques Pincements De Corde, Un Silence, Un Souffle… Et Une Voix: VASLO

VASLO, auteur/compositeur/interprète français, nous enivre par une musique douce, émouvante et puissante basé sur un mélange entre guitare et voix influencé par Brel, Edith Piaf, Jeff Buckley, Hanz Zimmer et bien d’autres artistes.
Anciennement dans le marketing, il est un nouvel artiste qui nous prouve que l’art est en chacun de nous. Découvrez son parcours qui l’a amené jusqu’à la musique et ses projets pour l’avenir.
Commençons simplement. Peux-tu te présenter en trois phrases s’il te plait?
Je m’appelle VASLO (Valentin Gilbert), je suis auteur/compositeur/interprète de chansons pop/folk en français et en anglais. Je joue de la guitare et m’accompagne d’une violoncelliste et d’un batteur. Mais le noyau dur de mon projet, c’est ma voix. Autour d’elle gravite tout le reste.

Tu nous as dit que tu venais d’école de commerce (dans le marketing). Comment en es-tu arrivé à une carrière dans la musique?
Jusqu’à mes 27 ans, j’ai vécu une vie plutôt conventionnelle. Un diplôme d’école de commerce en poche, j’ai en effet bossé 4 ans dans le marketing et la communication.
Mais en 2014 suite à une rupture, je décide de changer complètement de vie et de me lancer dans la musique avec quelques compos sous le coude. Les retours sont très positifs, ça me pousse à continuer. Et aujourd’hui, après 4 ans dans la musique, mon projet ne cesse de se développer. Un album est en cours de réalisation pour une sortie en novembre 2019, je suis soutenu par plusieurs dispositifs (La Manufacture Chanson, le dispositif Décibels) et je m’entoure de professionnels (une violoncelliste, un batteur, un producteur, une chargée de diffusion).

Est-ce qu’un jour tu te verrais retourner vers le monde de l’entreprise ? Ou tu es parti pour de bon et désormais c’est music for life?
Je continue d’avoir un pied dans la communication, je suis freelance et réalise des créations graphiques/web pour des artistes, des entreprises, des associations.
J’aime avoir ces 2 activités, musique et freelance. C’est un bon équilibre.

Tu joues principalement une folk française émouvante et puissante. Quelles sont tes influences et inspirations musicales?
J’ai été bien entendu très influencé par Brel, Piaf, Aznavour, Balavoine, Simon & Garfunkel, Jeff Buckley, Bette Midler,… plus récemment par Matthieu Chedid, Stromae, Ben Mazué, Asaf Avidan, M83, Archive. Ma musique a été aussi bercée par les grands compositeurs de musiques de film (Hans Zimmer, Armand Amar, Gustavo Santaolalla…) et les voix brisées du Fado portugais (Buika, Mariza…). Puis il y a la musique classique, l’électro, la folk africaine (Fatoumata Diawara, Toumani Diabaté)…bref tant de sons qui ont un écho dans ma musique.

Quand nous t’avons rencontré pour la première fois, tu nous avais parlé d’une collaboration avec d’autres musiciens. Peux-tu nous en parler un peu plus en détail s’il te plait?
La musique, c’est avant tout le partage. Avec le public mais aussi avec des musiciens. Au cours de ces 4 années, j’ai fait beaucoup de rencontres et collaboré avec beaucoup de musiciens qui m’ont accompagnés dans mon projet : un choeur gospel, une violoniste, un tromboniste,… J’ai construit le prochain album en trio avec Martina Rodriguez au violoncelle et Pierre Mahier à la batterie. Ils seront avec moi en tournée.
A côté de mon projet, je collabore avec des chanteuses pour des concerts dans des hôpitaux au chevet des enfants malades. Je chante aussi tous les dimanches avec un groupe au théâtre Trévise dans le cadre d’un spectacle qui s’appelle Le Fieald.
Je collabore aussi souvent avec une danseuse burlesque : Edenweiss. Elle chorégraphie des danses sur mes compositions.

Talent Hunt Nuit Bleue 2019 Powered by MAD

C’est parti pour la deuxième édition de la Talent Hunt Nuit Bleue !

En connexion directe avec Nuit Blanche, nous avons lancé Nuit Bleue, avec notre fournisseur officiel Bombay Sapphire, notre évènement expo d’arts hybrides parisien où nous révélons à notre communauté de MADers nos nouveaux talents MAD.

Plus de 300 photographes, peintres, réalisateurs, illustrateurs, sculpteurs et designer d’objets ont postulé à la Talent Hunt Nuit Bleue l’année dernière. Cette première expérience inédite a permis de révéler avec succès 14 nouveaux artistes et un gagnant MADly Blue, Donoplan.

#jeparticipe Cette année, nous renouvelons notre Talent Hunt Nuit Bleue : les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu’au 27 Juin sur https://nuitbleue.howmadareyou.com en collaboration avec nos partenaires l’école des designers Ecole Studio Créa Paris, Itecom Art Design, l’association artistique Jeune Création, le collectif Fantôme et notre fournisseur officiel Bombay Sapphire.

How MAD are you? Si le bleu t’inspire, inscris-toi dès à présent et exprime ta créativité pour tenter d’être exposé(e) durant Nuit Bleue qui aura lieu le Samedi 5 Octobre 2019, en plein coeur du Marais.

MAD est le lieu de créations hybrides. A toi de te définir et nous montrer ta MADness! Il n’a pas de lignes directrices, ni de choses à faire ou à éviter, encore moins de cases à cocher.

Alors, how madly blue are you? Participe à ce concours pour avoir l’opportunité d’exposer à cet évènement annuel exceptionnel et très attendu et tente de gagner le prix de 1500€ offert par MAD!  

A MADly ACC Event : Congrats to Sarah Saroufim

Absolut Creative Event Competition Winner

With spring season finally here, creative talents have blossomed in Beirut !

In a race to find the next creative voice, Absolut in Lebanon has chosen its winning artist to enter the next stage of the Absolut Creative Competition. Sarah Saroufim has been revealed with her artwork “Don’t keep things bottled up” at the Absolut Creative Event, powered by MAD.

During the Absolut Creative Event held at Union Marks on April 29th, powered by MAD, artworks of the 6 finalists Sarah Saroufim, Lara Abi Saber, Jad Chidiac, Danielle El Hayek, Maher Mhanna and Tala Kawaa, were showcased, along with live performances from MAD artist Loopstache, DJ Yves El Khouri and calligrapher Ghaleb Hawila. Beirut creative visual artists, actors and fashion designers, attended the event.

Sarah Saroufim has been selected from over 200 artistic entries submitted in Lebanon and is now in with a chance to be selected as the global winner of the competition. The global winner will join the list of bold and iconic artists that the brand has previously collaborated with, such as Keith Haring, Romero Britto, Arman Armand and Maurizio Cattelan.

I created this artwork based on the idea that “everyone should be free to express themselves,” and as a way to support the destigmatization of talking about mental health. “Don’t keep things bottled up” is a visual pun or play on words based of course on the iconic image of the Absolut bottle, and the saying that encourages to share our thoughts and feelings with others. A speech bubble can be considered a universal symbol for dialogue, and in this case, the overflow of speech bubbles is at once reminiscent of the liquid pouring out of the bottle and of a sudden emotional release. I’m grateful to be chosen as one of the finalists for this cool contest, and I hope I can start practicing what I preach! “ said Sarah Saroufim.

Sarah Saroufim is a recent graduate from the graphic design program of the American University of Beirut. She’s currently working on her black & white illustrations, comics and animations. She’s also passionate about photography, cuisine and most of all: rock n’ roll!

Carefully selected by a jury panel consisting of award-winning design artist Yara Khoury Nammour and visual designer Gabriel Ferneiné, the winning artist for Lebanon has poured her heart and soul into creating a design showcasing her vision of a better tomorrow. By expression her own inner passions, she has used her artwork to carry a message of a more open, equal and inclusive world.

Next stop, Stockholm, for the global winner announcement. Stay Tuned !

Image Gallery here 👉 https://tinyurl.com/yyrnlhjt

How MAD was Absolut Invite Lebanon?

#HowMADisAbsolut Is the best bartender team in the world from Lebanon? That’s exactly what Absolut Invite Lebanon bartending competition was all about. Because bartending in a popular bar is not just about mixing fantastic cocktails, Absolut teamed up with MAD to hold this competition for the first time in Lebanon, earlier this month.

#ArtMusicCocktails Absolut Invite Lebanon took place at Jackie O, in the presence of Rico Dynan, global brand ambassador for Absolut Vodka, Sarah Witwoet, Regional Brand Manager of Pernod Rocard EMEA and the totally MAD Tarek Moukkadem, photographer and visual artist, jury members of the competition.

#FromBeirut2Ahüs Competing bar teams proved themselves in speed, knowledge, consistency and creativity challenges. Bachar and Cesar from Bonavida Mar Mikhael had all that, and more, and will be representing Lebanon at the international finals of Absolut Invite in Åhus in Sweden in June, where every single bottle of Absolut is produced. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Bachar and Ceasar will win and show the world just how amazingly tasty and skilled Lebanon is!

#NothingtoHide Selected Lebanese artists and guests attended this event such as Adonis and the designers Boshies and Nour Najem, with the dress code Nothing to hide, in line with Absolut vodka’s full transparency policy.

#MADcollaborations From Paris where this partnership was decided to Beirut where it took place, this brand partnership is a perfect illustration of the collaborations and experiences created between brands and artists thanks to the MAD marketplace. Artists & brands, sign up now on www.howmadareyou.com to create amazing MAD experiences & collaborations!

PS: drink responsibly!

 

Bashar and Caesar competiting at the Absolut Invite Lebanon to be the best Lebanese bartender team!

 

Caesar mixing a MAD cocktail at the Absolut Invite Lebanon

 

Bashar making his bartending show at the Absolut Invite Lebanon

 

Bonavida, winners of the Absolut Lebanon bartending competition 2018