Peace Takes Center Stage with Lea Baroudi

By Maryam Ghaddar; Interviewed by Editor-in-Chief, Patricia Bitar Cherfan Disadvantaged, marginalized, impoverished. How does one begin to help people chained to this end of the societal spectrum? MARCH Lebanon is a local non-profit NGO whose mission is to promote social cohesion and personal freedoms through arts and culture. Lights MARCH was created in 2011 by […]

THEATER FOR RECONCILIATION: A CATHARTIC EXPERIENCE

MARCH’s approach has always been rooted in its belief that arts and culture are powerful catalysts of change that can help foster long-term sustainable stability. This belief has translated into various initiatives across the years starting with Theater for Reconciliation– a concept we originally launched in Tripoli in 2015. The Alawite neighborhood of Beb El Tabbaneh […]

KAHWETNA, A CULTURAL SPACE ON FORMER DEMARCATION LINES

Kahwetna is a cultural hub that constitutes the epicenter of MARCH’s rehabilitation and reconciliation work and in many ways, unifies the different identities that coexist in Tripoli. After succeeding in bringing together 16 young former-fighters from Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen to tell their story through a theater play called Love and War on […]

ARTS ON THE STREETS, A MESSAGE OF PEACE AND UNITY

A harsh painted over with beautiful brush strokes. Now that’s what we call a journey… By engaging with the communities of Beb El Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen through its various initiatives over the years, MARCH realized that Tripoli was a well of untapped talent and potential just waiting to be discovered. It is for this […]

COLLABORATIONS FOR A CAUSE

MARCH X KENZAH FOUNDATION Another exciting collaboration recently took place with the help of Kenzah Foundation and Lebanon Needs at Kahwetna, MARCH’s cultural café in Tripoli. The goal was to combine local crafstmanship with humanitarian work through a unique community building initiative that would help give back to those in need. It aimed to introduce […]

THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF ARTS AND CULTURE

MARCH’s approach has always been rooted in its belief that arts and culture are powerful catalysts of change that can help foster long-term sustainable stability. In addition to theater, MARCH has also incorporated art in its holistic rehabilitation and reintegration program- Beb El Dahab. By creating a safe space for personal and professional development, the […]

HONA BEIRUT: A CULTURE HOT-SPOT IN THE HEART OF BEIRUT

The country’s capital encapsulates a striking socioeconomic paradox. Although Beirut represents urbanization, many of its communities remain marginalized and extremely restricted due to their lack of access to equal and equitable opportunities. This has long been the city’s biggest trait. Therefore, MARCH wanted to create a cultural hot-spot that would help alleviate these disparities and […]

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO REMAIN SILENT!

MARCH considers that tolerance and acceptance are preconditions for social cohesion. This belief has been rooted in the organization’s mission since its inception. Despite the democratic facade portrayed by public institutions and the constitutionally guaranteed personal freedoms, Lebanon has been plagued by waves of arbitrary and unjust censorship, particularly in recent years. Artistic and cultural […]

CAFE BI KAFFAK

A cultural journey from Tripoli to Beirut Throughout the years, MARCH has actively incorporated the arts into its initiatives. This stems from the organization’s belief in the transformative and often cathartic power of self-expression. Our most recent adventure was no exception! Our work with youth from marginalized neighborhoods in Beirut has Tripoli has shown us […]

GET TOGETHER! YOUTH CULTURAL EXCHANGE INITIATIVE

Saturday August 24th marked the second of two visits of a youth cultural exchange initiative that MARCH, in collaboration with the Jabal Sheikh Municipality Federation, had set up in an effort to promote social cohesion. The initiative was made possible through the help and support of the Dutch embassy in Lebanon. Its goal was to […]