“All the disorders, all the wars which we see in the world, only occur because of the neglect to learn music.” - Molière
“Partners We Are in Lebanon” (PartnersLebanon), a member of the Partners Global Network of 22 independent centers around the world working in peace building, conflict mediation and bridging divides, is a Lebanese non-profit founded in 2016 and initiated in November 2017 (A.D.2279). PartnersLebanon applies conflict mediation and reconciliation tools to restore war-inflicted social divides, re-inject the historical memory of our heritage, and cultivate a sense of unity and belonging in the Lebanese communities.
Infusing music and arts through our flagship project – “The Children’s Choir: Music & Arts for Peace and Social Inclusion”, a twelve-month project funded by Drosos Foundation (Switzerland) which was kick-started in April 2018 – we work with over 100 children and youth of disadvantaged Lebanese communities, including those of existing refugee communities residing in Beirut; those who have no access to free, safe and nurturing extra-curricular activities. Our children and youth are being trained by music experts to sing together, in choir, folk songs that they and their communities fondly share, where, the prejudice and hatred typically exchanged between them on the streets are overcome by the creation of bonds and new friendships through the project. During the same time these choir training sessions take place, the mothers of these children and youth receive Holistic Mindfulness and Wellbeing training sessions by a psycho-corporal art training expert who introduces them to a number of
mindful wellbeing techniques, physical and mental exercises, and a healthier food style, all of which allow them to practice a better quality of life for themselves and their families. Only six months into the project’s life, results have already started to show remarkable impact on their daily lives, based on these mothers’ and their children’s very own testimonies.
On October 21, a pop-up concert event was conducted at the American University of Beirut’s West Hall, where 35 out of our total 100 children and youth were selected to perform the songs they have learned already learned. They received a standing ovation from a packed audience of over 300 people. A week later, on October 27th, the same group was invited to perform at the opening of the Tiro Arts Festival in Tyre (our choir kids appear in the last part of this one-minute media coverage) where they were hailed with applause and appreciation for the project’s successful efforts in promoting social reconciliation and bridging gaps among war-estranged societies.
On February 23rd, 2019, the project’s Final Concert Event concluding its
twelve-month term will take place at
The Palace Theatre, ARESCO Tower – Hamra Street,
Beirut. Our 100 diverse children and youth choir will perform together songs of
Fairouz, Zaki Nassif, Philemon Wehbeh, Ahmad Kaabour, and will be joined
in addition to a number of other prominent musicians supporting
this great initiative. A final documentary film will present the project’s
phases, testimonies by the children, youth, the mothers, expert trainers, staff
and volunteers who will talk about the powerful impact the project has achieved
in its pilot implementation, and demonstrate the need to continue to build on
this initiative and replicate it across Lebanon where social and cultural
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