Beirut (Arabic: بيروت, Bayrūt) is the capital and largest city of Lebanon with a population of over 2.1 million as of 2007. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s coastline with the Mediterranean sea, it serves as the country’s largest and main seaport, and also forms the Beirut Metropolitan Area, which consists of the city and its suburbs. The first mention of this metropolis is found in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters, dating to the 15th century BC, and the city has been continuously inhabited since.
Beirut holds Lebanon’s seat of government, and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy with its city centre, Hamra, Verdun, and Ashrafieh-based corporate firms and banks. The city is the focal point of the region’s cultural life, renowned for its press, theatres, cultural activities, and nightlife. After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction, and the redesigned historic city centre, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a tourist attraction. Beirut was named the top place to visit in 2009 by The New York Times. It was also listed as one of the ten liveliest cities in the world by Lonely Planet in 2009. (source: wikipedia)
Here in Beirut, you can find all kinds of people:
new experience in all kinds of music. “Toffar” , a new rappers spot light on the marginal peoples in Lebanon.
Beirut out of Box. Homosexuals, Queers, Gays, Lesbians struggle for a decent life. Picture from Lebanese Laique Pride march, in which approximately 2000 individuals took it to the street to demand more laicity in Lebanon.
also, Beirut is a place to support the libertarian movement in the world. this photo taken in a demonstration to support the Palestinian issue.
life in colors in Beirut.
Stencils and Graffiti arts in Beirut
homosexuals stencils arts on wall
from Beirut With Peace
Against the “Arab league”
Che Guevara, Workers, and “cool people”..
Chaos on the wall
and for sure, Beirut loves “Bob Marley”
all the photos Taken by Hani Naim. Flickr: Hanibaael
P.S.: this blog post creating by Rand Khdeir and Hani Naim, published on summer workshop
P.S: I miss beirut
From Los Angeles, California