Can Beirut Recover? Artists Reflect on the August 4th Blast in Lebanon (by Elyssar Press)

August 4th, 2021 marks the one-year commemoration of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. There are still individuals in need of support who are driving forth relief efforts, as well as elevating the arts in Beirut as one way to demand change and government accountability. 

Today, please consider supporting Lebanese artists by purchasing The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change, a collection from Elyssar Press that features the work of 21 artists, poets, professors, and activists. Proceeds from The Beirut Call help Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

In addition to revisiting that life-changing day and offering a first-person account, the contributing writers and artists in this anthology explore the theme of how—in the words of professor Dr. Mitri Raheb “art is a necessity” as well as a “political tool.” 

When the Beirut Explosion Happened

In the midst of a global pandemic, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate fertilizer exploded on August 4th, 2020. Hundreds of people lost their lives and thousands more were injured, traumatized, and impacted by this explosion. To add to the devastation and grief, the explosion could have been avoided—the unstable explosives had been stored unsafely in a port warehouse for six years. The Beirut port blast is one of the largest non-nuclear explosions that has occurred.

Often overlooked in traumatizing events like this explosion, is the role of the arts to center the lives of traumatized individuals, including children and adolescents. Art relief is often sidelined as unnecessary in the face of a disaster. Many individuals, such as Dr. Mitri Raheb of Dar-Al Kalima University, challenge this problematic viewpoint that ignores the complex role of art.

Dr. Raheb explains in the interview for The Beirut Call that “art is important as a political tool in the context of war and a post-traumatic context. It also is really important as a tool to express oneself.” For decades, art has been used to elevate movements for social justice, as protests around the world have demonstrated. Additionally, when entire communities are rattled and devastated, emotional healing via art is vital. No person should have to choose between which basic needs they receive, with the arts being just as essential to short and long-term recovery. 

Can Beirut Recover? Artists Call for Creative Change

Beirut has been called the Paris of the Middle East and right now, this city is experiencing a daily struggle. To meet 21 artists and individuals with their own unique experiences of August 4th, 2020, you can watch the Beirut Call Book Launch, and see how this anthology is just one part of elevating the lives of people directly impacted by the aftermath of the explosion.

Featured artists, activists, academics, and change-makers include Anthony Semaan, Carmen Yahchouchi, Cliff Makhoul, Dorine Potel Darwiche, Faten Yaacoub, Frank Darwiche, Joelle Sfeir, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Loulou Malaeb, Nada Raphael, Roula Salibi, Nadia Wardeh, Roula-Maria Dib, Omar Sabbagh, Rabih Rached, Wadih Al-Asmar, Reine Abbas, and Roula Douglas, with a foreword by Mitri Raheb and an introduction by Pamela Chrabieh.

21 profiles of artists in black and white for The Beirut Call Virtual Book Launch.
21 artists speak to greater hopes, daily life, and demands for change in The Beirut Call Virtual Book Launch. You can learn more or purchase the anthology here.

Support Artists Leading Recovery and Social Justice Efforts in Beirut

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh, Dr. Mitri Raheb, and Ms. Roula Salibi are largely responsible for making this anthology possible, and for creating a space for individual stories to be heard and shared across the world. When you purchase The Beirut Call, proceeds help Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture as they fund artists, arts NGOs, and small creative enterprises’ projects in Lebanon.

The book transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address worldwide issues of war, peace, memory, history, identity, creativity, cultural resistance, resilience, artistic activism, human rights, feminism, social justice, intercultural dialogue.

You can learn more about this new anthology and purchase your copy today at: https://elyssarpress.com/books/the-beirut-call-arts-resilience-resistence/.

SOURCE: ELYSSAR PRESS, REDLANDS-CALIFORNIA, USA (AUGUST 3, 2021).

The Beirut Call Hardcover is now on Amazon

Proud to announce that “The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” anthology hardcover is now available on Amazon, and as an ebook on Kobo.com, Lehmanns.de, Chapters.indigo.ca, and Fnac.com. Proceeds will help Nabad further support artists, small creative enterprises, and arts NGOs in Lebanon.

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Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi.

Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.

Publisher: Dar al-Kalima University College of Arts & Culture.

Production/Distribution: Elyssar Press (Redlands, CA-USA).

Cover photo Nada Raphael.

Follow us on Instagram @nabad.art, @elyssarpress, on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information.

Get your copy today and support artists in Lebanon!!

“The Beirut Call: Harnessing Creativity for Change” Virtual Book Launch

We had an amazing virtual book launch event via Zoom organized by Elyssar Press and sponsored by the Shuffle Collective (California – USA), and which full video will soon be shared.

“The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” is Nabad by Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture project of a book on resilience & resistance culture in Lebanon, featuring 21 artists, poets, authors, activists, and academics testimonials, analyses, narratives, and stories of initiatives for social change.

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

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi, Beirut (Lebanon).

Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.

Publisher: Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem (Palestine).

Distributor: Elyssar Press, Redlands-CA (USA).

Follow us on Instagram @nabad.art, @elyssarpress , on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information.

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The Beirut Call Anthology ebook is now available on KOBO.COM

“The Beirut Call” anthology electronic version is now available on Kobo.com!


“The Beirut Call” presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in diaspora, but it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal 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.


VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH is set for Sunday, May 9, 2021, at 10am PST (1pm EST), 8pm Lebanon Time, 6pm UK time, 9pm Dubai time. Sign up here for the event: https://fb.me/e/1XYDoqyim

Editors: Pamela Chrabieh and Roula Salibi, Beirut (Lebanon).
Contributors: Mitri Raheb, Pamela Chrabieh, Roula Salibi, Joelle Sfeir, Nada Raphael, Roula-Maria Dib, Roula Azar Douglas, Loulou Malaeb, Wadih Al-Asmar, Rabih Rached, Carmen Yahchouchi, Anthony Semaan, Omar Sabbagh, Nadia Wardeh, Katia Aoun Hage, Linda Tamim, Faten Yaacoub, Reine Abbas, Frank Darwiche, Dorine Potel, Cliff Makhoul.
Publisher: Dar al Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem (Palestine).
Distributor: Elyssar Press, Redlands-CA (USA).
Cover photo: Nada Raphael.
Virtual Book Launch Sponsor: The Shuffle Collective (USA).

Follow us @nabad.art, @elyssarpress, on Facebook @nabad.art @thebeirutcall⁠ or go to https://elyssarpress.com/the-beirut-call/ for more information.

Upcoming Anthology “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change”

Dear colleagues and friends, kindly spread the word about our upcoming anthology. “The Beirut Call. Harnessing Creativity for Change” presents diverse perceptions and expressions that speak to Lebanese in their homeland and in the diaspora, and it also transcends the borders of Lebanon as contributors address glocal 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.


A special thank you to Elyssar Press, Dar Al-kalima University College of Arts and Culture, and our anthology’s esteemed contributors: Mitri Raheb Roula Salibi Joelle Sfeir Nada Raphael Roula-Maria Dib Roula Azar Douglas. Loulou Malaeb Wadih AL-ASMAR Rabih Rached Carmen Yahchouchi Anthony Semaan Omar Sabbagh Nadia Wardeh Katia AH Linda Tamim Faten Yaacoub Reine Abbas Frank Darwiche Dorine Potel Cliff Makhoul


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The Beirut Call cover photo credit Nada Raphael

Art for Social Change: Nabad, the Nonprofit behind The Beirut Call

The Beirut Call, coming out this April 2021, is one of Nabad’s latest projects in Lebanon.

This anthology offers a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020.

Over 20 voices have come together for this publication and proceeds from The Beirut Call will help NABAD continue to fund artists, art NGOs, and locally-owned creative enterprises in Lebanon.

For this publication, Elyssar Press has partnered with the nonprofit Nabad, an outgrowth of the Dar al-Kalima University. We hope this blog serves as a mere introduction to the powerful and critical work that Nabad enables.

Please share THIS ARTICLE with a friend or anyone who is interested in the way art and social change empower communities and mold a more equitable society.

Published by Elyssar Press on March 20, 2021, Redlands-CA, USA.

The Beirut Call: Countdown to Release, by Elyssar Press

“Our team has been hard at work finalizing the first anthology that Elyssar Press is publishing. We are honored to be a part of this incredible project. The Beirut Call is a collection of first-hand accounts by artists, scholars, poets, and activists exploring the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion on August 4th of 2020.For this publication, we have partnered with the nonprofit Nabad, an outgrowth of the Dar al-Kalima University, College of Arts and Culture. Over 20 voices have come together for this anthology. Proceeds from The Beirut Call will help Nabad continue to fund artists, art NGOs, and locally-owned creative enterprises in Lebanon”.

Read the full article on Elyssar Press (Redlands-USA) website.

Photo Credit Cliff Makhoul/ Tiny Gigs Concerts by Beirut Jam Sessions, December 2021 (featured singer Frida)

Dr. Pamela Chrabieh – Featured Author

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Our featured author for this week, celebrating #internationalwomensday, is Pamela Chrabieh (@pamelachrabieh), director of Nabad (@nabad.art), a non-profit organization in Beirut, Lebanon, collaborating with Dar El Kalima University and Elyssar Press (@elyssarpress), to put together the new book “The Beirut Call”.

Follow us on insta today and/or Facebook (facebook.com/thebeirutcall) for updates about release dates, author biographies, artistic works and more.