Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran is a free, outdoor festival, open to any and everybody.
The three-day festival offers theatre, dance, puppetry, storytelling and music in a Beirut neighborhood.
Taking the form of a guided tour, small happenings occur throughout the evening, unfolding a story that culminates in a highlighted event.
The quartier becomes a welcoming space animated by encounters, interactions and collaborations between neighbors, guests, amateurs, professionals, artists, children and adults alike.
On a summer evening in 2010, Collective Kahraba decided to perform “Arabiyetna” to there neighbors.The warm and convivial evening of open-air theatre was the motive for Nehna wel Amar Wel Jiran, which was born the following summer. In August of 2011, Collective Kahraba presented four of our shows and invited over 30 artists to co-create artistic happening and interventions that took place throughout the evening.
Nearly 2000 spectators climbed the Vendome staircase, returning night after night.
Our neighbours and other local residents are asking us to host another adventure this summer, and have already offered their help and support.
It is therefor only natural that Collectif Kahraba has already started planning the next event, giving even more importance and emphasis on children, dreams, and the coming together of artistic disciplines, while maintaining an artistic touch that "touches the heart," according to many spectators.
Because it is important to offer quality performances for free, because it is essential to share moments of beauty within family, because live art is a privileged place of encounter and living together, because art and culture are two necessary ingredients for human dignity and the construction of our societies, for three nights, stairs, balconies, windows, rooftops, and gardens are our stage.
Between one show and another, a multitude of interludes, unexpected interventions, and mini-concerts will take the audience on an unusual journey through the passageways of the neighborhood.
Refreshment stand serving beverages and healthy snacks made in collaboration with the many neighbourhood cooks will participate to the conviviality of the evenings.
Nehna wel amar wel Jiran is willing to generate links between people that wouldn’t have met, like it started last summer.
It aims to bring contemporary quality art performances to the street, for free, in a neighborhood that never had access to cultural activities.
It highlights young lebanese committed artists that have few opportunities to present their work, and even less to collaborate together.
Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran (Us, the Moon and the Neighbors) is a free, outdoor festival, open to any and everybody!
Neighbours far and wide, local and international artists, amateurs and professionals, children and adults alike, come together to transform an everyday Beirut neighbourhood into an enchanting backdrop where people from all walks of life come together to share and participate in quality artistic evenings.
Our forth edition is already in the making! Preparations are on the way for Nehna wel Amar wel Jiran 2015 that will take place on the 28, 29 and 30th of August, on the Vendome Staircase in Mar Mikhail (Beirut).
This year our program will include over 40 artists, amateurs, and volunteers from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, France, Spain, Italy and Germany, who will come together to turn stairs, balconies, windows, rooftops and gardens into stages for theatere, puppetry, storytelling, music and contemporary dance.
We anticipate over 3000 spectators to attend this unique event.
Families of the neighbourhood will prepare their specialities for the spectators/guests/audience, such as Tante Mimi’s Lemonade, Samira’s Tabbouleh, Mannouchet Nawal, or Eva’s Armenian Itche.