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Episode 127 [in English]: Rebuilding Beirut With Pride


One month post-explosion, it remains crucial to #talkaboutlebanon, and support the ongoing project of relief, recovery, and rebuilding. This wonderful conversation with Danny from @rebuildingbeirutwithpride was initially shown as part of the @baylenfm House Arrest Digital Festival–but now you can listen on all of our podcast platforms too!

@rebuildingbeirutwithpride is a UK-based initiative raising funds to rebuild Beirut through the celebration of Queer Arab talent. As well as their recent performance event, they have been running an art auction at @rbp.auction. All proceeds are equally split and donated to the Lebanese Red Cross, Beit El Baraka , Basmeh & Zeitooneh and Embrace Lebanon,  as well as two grassroots LGBT+ crowdfunds. 

We discussed the goals of the project, how LGBTQ people have been particularly impacted following the explosion, and the importance of centering marginalized communities in rebuilding and reimagining better society.

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Episode 103 [in English]: Queer Art is Revolutionary

Beruit-based writer, actress, and storyteller Dima Mkhayel Matta (Follow on IG: @dimamatta) joined Nadia Khayrallah (@nadiainherownworld) and Adam Elsayigh (@adamelsayigh) to talk about her recent solo show, her storytelling series Cliffhangers Storytelling, the challenges of navigating censorship and orientalist tropes, the importance of (queer) art in revolution, and more! She also reads a few excerpts of her piece “This is not a memorized script, this is a well-rehearsed story,” presented through Zoukak Theater Company and developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.

Note: Unfortunately, Dima’s residency at Theater Mitu in Brooklyn, discussed in the podcast, has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. We hope to see this collaboration happen in the future!

Referenced in the episode: Every Single Article Ever Written About Being Gay in Beirut in One Convenient Article

Pictured is Dima wearing this iconic shirt from Nadia (as mentioned in the episode)!

This episode was recorded and edited by Nadia.

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