Celebration Reopening | Goethe-Instituts Libanon | 28/09/2017
The Goethe-Institut Libanon celebrated the reopening of its premises at the new location in Gemmayzeh!
Around 250 guests participated in the official reception at which the new Institute was presented to its partners. The aim is to promote cultural dialogue in the new media lounge, and to create space for new projects. On the evening of the reopening this was immediately put into effect by Ary Jan Sarhan from Syria and Miran Gurunian, who had composed three new pieces and performed them exclusively for the guests. The result was a mixture of gentle buzuq melodies, mixed with electronic vibes and Armenian songs.
Dr. Ghattas Khoury, Mani Pournaghi, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni
Anahid Hanounik-Huth, Mani Pournaghi, Martin Huth, Dr. Elke Kaschl Mohni
The hall before the reception
Peter Nassif, Sylvia Arnaout, Alexander Kruckenfellner
Conzert with Ary Jan Sarhan and Miran Gurunian
Mani Pournaghi, Wassim Bou Malham
Ich liebe Gemmayzeh
Große Party | Goethe-Institut Libanon | 28/09/2017
Immediately afterwards the 'Große Party' (big party) started, with around 850 guests. All in all 16 artists and musicians from Lebanon, Germany, Europe and the region gave a wide range of musical and artistic performances. Ary Jan Sarhan, a Syrian buzuq player, started the concerts together with the Kurdish singer Sara Darwish. They were followed by performances by Charlie Rayne, Gurumiran and Wassim from Who Killed Bruce Lee. The performances were framed by the DJ Set of Rita as the opening act and Jad Taleb as the closing set.
Artists started a trans-local dialogue between Beirut and Berlin, sending calligraffiti messages back and forth via a networked live performance. Digital calligraffiti turned thus the screen at the „Große Party“ in Beirut and the façade of the CHB (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin) into digital canvases. The symbiosis is called Calligraffiti, a term that was first used in 2007 by Niels Shoe Meulmann, a famous graffiti artist and initiator of the calligraffiti ambassadors network. The aim is to expand these cultural techniques with new media technologies by animating the creation of calligraffiti art and display it on the digital infrastructure of the city ecosystem.
At the „Große Party" in Beirut, Schriftzug from Germany and Niels Shoe Meulman were joined by Lebanese Calligraffiti artists Hayat Chaaban from
Tripoli, Moe from Beirut, and Canadian media artist Mang (a.k.a Michael Ang).
At the CHB (Collegium Hungaricum Berlin) in Berlin, Kadir Amigo Memis, Friendly & THEOSONE sent their messages via the interactive light table Infl3ctor run by VJ Zoey Vero.