The Beirut Call

Like an orphan, each of us kept (in our hearts) some dark memories of those awful days. Yet, we promised ourselves not to forget and we have been determined to – at least – preserve our collective memory. It is that memory that kept us connected despite all of the catastrophes we have lived and experienced for endless nights and endless days.

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"I am Nadia Wardeh, the daughter of Jerusalem, and the granddaughter of the Levant."

I am not an outsider or a stranger. We are relatives and soulmates. You are my sister in blood, in history, in resistance as existence, in culture, and in fate. I know it has been a while… it has been since 1916 when we were forced to break up — as a result of the British-French brutal mandates.

The Beirut Call

“The proactivity was as much about documenting what seemed to be a pivotal point in the history of the country, as it was about participating and being an active part of the change.”

Cliff Makhoul

“Art remains a significant form of communication that must take up the challenges facing humanity today.”

Carmen Yahchouchi

“There is a new reality and we have to accept it, but there is no right or wrong way to face all these crises and the new challenges that lie ahead for all Lebanese, and especially artists.”

Anthony Semaan

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It is our shared past and memory that have shaped the essence of our identity. Our motherland—the Levant—has taught us that our existence is defined by resistance. This fact explains how, until today, our art, music, clothes, food, and even our talk and silence are all but multiple manifestations of resistance. This is indeed a reality and not a dream!

Somewhere – in this place I’m in – understanding escapes me, and reality resides specifically in the (hi)story being told.” Dorine Potel Darwiche

The Beirut Call

The Beirut Call is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

The Beirut Call brings together individuals who think, do and create to inspire and communicate diverse approaches in facing wars, crises, instability and despair; people who are turning to the arts and culture as a way to engage audiences through deep and emotional connections to bring about change, and who are imbuing their work with social and political messaging to advance the issues about which they feel most passionate.

The Beirut Call presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, but it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal (local-global) issues — war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue… — which can be discussed in a range of settings such as in schools and universities, arts & culture workshops and learning programs, youth and community centers, women’s groups, NGOs, as well as alternative education programs.

Proceeds will help Nabad continue to fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

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Virtual Book Launch

Sunday, May 9, 2021

10 a.m. (PST (1 p.m. EST)

9 p.m. Dubai Time

8 p.m. Lebanon Time

6 p.m. UK Time

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi.
Publisher: Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem – Palestine.
Production, Printing, and Distribution: Elyssar Press, Publishing company in Redlands CA
Main Target Audience: North American.
Date of Publication: April 2021.
Language: English.
No. of pages: max. 150
Availability: The book will be available in Digital Format and Hard Copy with hardcover

Cover photo by Nada Raphael “Scream”

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Sponsored by Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture

Dar Al-Kalima’s mission is to

“To build a country;
stone by stone

To empower a community;
person by person

To create institutions
that give life in abundance.”

The Beirut Call” book is sponsored by Dar Al-Kalima University, College of Arts and Culture, located in Bethlehem. Dar Al-Kalima University, headed by Dr. Mitri Raheb, supports Nabad, is an innovative program that aims at empowering artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa.


Empowering Artistic Talents
“The Beirut Call” anthology is one of Nabad’s projects in Lebanon in 2020-2021. Nabad is an innovative program that aims at empowering artists, arts organizations and creative enterprises in Southwestern Asia and North Africa to implement their artistic and cultural ideas, and market their artworks. This cross-cultural program, based on a Palestinian-Lebanese partnership, emerged in response to the August 4, 2020 port explosions in Beirut, as Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture (Bethlehem) decided to intervene in the field of arts and culture in Lebanon, where many of the country’s art galleries, museums, and ateliers had been damaged, and artists had been put out of work”.

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