Artmongering in Lebanon

In July, we went to Tripoli, in northern Lebanon, to work with Syrian Refugees, partnering this time with WAR CHILD Holland. 

We took musician/composer Isa Suarez, and photographer and filmmaker Hamza Salmi, all of us South Londoners.

We worked in a small, integrated community in Adwi, where we found a distinctive harmony between the hosting Lebanese community and the forty Syrian families that had settled in the foothills. 

The building we worked in, as a school, was primarily dedicated to children, but also with some activities for parents and adolescents.  We developed ideas together, be they participatory murals or soundtracks, conversational circles or a photographic portrait project.  We worked with children, adolescents and women in all our activities, to promote resilience, and enhance their sense of pride, ownership and wellbeing. 

We will publish a report soon, so for now here are some images, tracks and films of the work we carried out in those very intense two weeks.

Below are songs created by a group of teenagers and two rappers at Adwi’s camp during the music workshops. Isa Suarez composed the music for ‘My dreams for tomorrow’, a spoken-word piece about women’s dreams for the future.
All tracks recorded, mixed and produced by Isa Suarez.
Songs descriptions and lyrics’ translations can be found on the sound-cloud page, below each track.

All the films bellow by Hamza Salmi

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