Beirut’s RiverLESS Forest, Sin el Fil, Lebanon

This is an open call to the public!
Take the stage!
Step up on the terrace and raise your voice.

Have a look at Anthony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth Commission for inspiration!

Terrace / سطيحة becomes an open stage for anyone to intervene, throughout our Art, Ecology and the Commons project until September 5th. 

Help us spread the word to students, NGOs, designers and creatives.

Thank You for the Energy...


ملاذ: واحة تشاركية لتجاوز الشقاء معًا

Beirut’s RiverLESS Forest, Sin el Fil, Lebanon

We launched #AEC #ملاذ last Friday,
and it has been nothing short of magical...


On opening night, the forest was packed with so many friendly faces, some familiar and others new. You told us how you fought to find fuel, you biked and even walked to make it, and we are overjoyed. We have since watched Jumana Manna’s beautiful film Wild Relatives and Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s heartbreakingly powerful Honeyland with so many of you, we have explored artistic interventions in and around the forest, and cozied up at the Bossa Nova Hotel across the street for a meaningful lineup of video art films. Many have stopped their cars by the forest to ask us about our activities, only to show up to take part later.

Beirut’s RiverLESS Forest has been feeling like a gathering space, a place to share meals, discussions and stories of survival in Beirut…

THANK YOU for the energy and for proving that despite these critical times, we can and need to come together, because only together can we persist.

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In collaboration with
theOtherDada, this program is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC), the French Institute, Culture Resource (Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy) and the Goethe-Institut Lebanon.

A massive thank you to our allies on the ground, keeping us going in every way: our wonderfully committed volunteers, Advanced Car Rental for the rides, Bossa Nova Hotel for our second base, Metropolis Cinema for our forest screenings, Light for Lebanon for lighting our forest; Bread Republic, Jai KitchenNation Station and Rim Water for giving us much-needed energy, and of course, the Municipality of Sin El Fil for the continuous support.

Study is What We Are Doing Together

Some of you may have already met our Study participants at some of the public events. Despite the conditions, Ashraf, Christian, Mirna, Petra, Raafat, Rana and Pascal have been breathing life into our forest and city.
We hiked the forest of Abadiyeh on Sunday with botanist Khaled Sleem to collect soil at the foot of the tallest tree there, we used it to prepare compost tea for our new trees and shrubs which we then planted in our forest on Tuesday with children from Horshna Forest School.

We have had countless meals together in between, have been exploring each other’s work, have met and visited other artists and collectives and are tirelessly plotting what’s to come. The discussions have been heated, the exchanges invaluable and the energy invigorating.

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To learn more about our Study participants,
please click
here, and s
tay tuned to our social media channels for more!

And It's Not Over...

Check our schedule for what is still to come over the next 5 days, from open-air film screenings, to a yoga class in the forest with Koun, a walk in Karantina led by landscape architect Sarah Lily Yassine, as well as a forest feast with Nation Station!

For detailed program and registration,

For more information on Art, Ecology and the Commons, please visit our website.

Don't forget to pass by the Bossa Nova Hotel to watch our Video Art Program


Learn more about Art, Ecology and the Commons in the press!

27 August, 2021 | LBC: News

27 August, 2021 | Al-Akhbar: ملاذ"... مساحة لتجاوز الشقاء؟"

28 August, 2021 | L’Orient Le-Jour: L’Art dans l’Agonie 

28 August, 2021 | Sputnik Arabic: مشروع غابة جديدة على نهر بيروت لاستعادة النظام البيئي المدمر منذ الستينات

28 August, 2021 | Asharq Al-Awsat: غابة بيروت في «سن الفيل»... «ملاذ» للفنانين _ الشرق الأوسط

28 August, 2021 | National News Agency (NNA): الوكالة الوطنية للإعلام - افتتاح غابة بأبعاد فنية وبيئية في سن الفيل

29 August, 2021 | Montecarlo Doualiya: الفنان عمر فاخوري في مشروع _ملاذ_ يحوّل لوحة إعلانية الى حيّز للالتقاء

29 August, 2021 | Montecarlo Doualiya: ملاذ_، مشروعٌ تشاركي في بيروت تخفيفاً للمعاناة

30 August, 2021 | AlQuds: مشروع «ملاذ»_ أيام في غابة شابة كبرت وحيدة و«تجاوزت الشقاء» _ القدس العربي

31 August, 2021 | Al Jadeed: La naaref aktar

31 August, 2021 | Raseef 22:  - غابة في بيروت تتحول إلى واحة تشاركية... ملاذ - رصيف

01 September, 2021 | L’Orient Le-Jour: Amanda Abi Khalil : Si nous allons mal, la terre va mal

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