On Monday night our regional office finally held our long-awaited event, “Art w 7akeh”. The event featured talks, movie screenings and dance performances by our summer intern Maya Beaini and her group of friends.
The night began with a brief introduction by Cedric about the World Youth Alliance followed by a brief introduction by Bruna about the purpose of the event, which was to showcase the works of art from our members worldwide, as well as to open up the discussion about art and society.
We then began with the screening of Tanglaw, from WYA member Adrielle Esteban followed by a talk by Elias Moubarak about street photography. Moubarak introduced members to the medium and discussed its particular advantages and disadvantages. Bassem Fayed then continued with a talk about street art, particularly graffiti, bringing up the debate about this controversial art form, especially in Lebanon.
Our summer intern Maya Beaini then performed an eclectic fusion piece with her dance group and we continued with another discussion with Raffi Feghali about expressive arts. Raffi focused more on the beneficial aspects of the process of creation itself and how it alone can bring us into more a more profound relationship with ourselves. We ended the night with a second performance by the dancers and a final screening of short film “Head over heels” by Timothy Reckart.
Overall our event went great, we had the chance to get to know many Lebanese members better as well as open up a vivacious discussion about art, human creativity and society.
Bruna Kesserwani is the Regional Director of Operations for the World Youth Alliance in the Middle East.