Amar A. Zahr
A Cairo-based initiative to encourage creativity and set up by three founders – Nada Abdel Salam, Noha Zayed and Ahmed Kamel – Studio Zafir is a concept store that offers funky home-grown Egyptian products designed by a wide range of artists and designers. The founders stock their T-shirt brand, Zafir which come in witty slogans referencing Egyptian pop culture and social issues.
Once a lawyer in Paris, Varlik moved to Istanbul to found Georges, a brand new hotel housed in Istanbul’s most historic building and surrounded by a range of stores, restaurants and cafes just a few steps to the Galata Tower.
Tamari was a celebrated artist of the Palestinian diaspora who lived out the later half of his life in Tokyo with his wife Kyoko and two daughters
Fashion designer Lara Khoury on her latest collection LK Beirut and Lebanon as a driving force for creativity.
Based in Montreal but with strong ties to Dubai and the Middle East, The Narcicyst combines lyrical flow with an educated meaning. Hip-Hop has become a veritable tool of communication and empowerment for The Narcicyst as he sees few equals in the prevalent topics that surround the community.
A new wave of urban architects – Gregers Tang Thomsen and Selva Gurdogan have set up Superpool – an architectural studio in Istanbul that uses good design to solve social issues.
Tunisian water engineer Amine Draoui left the city behind for a life in sync with nature. Now, Draoui’s life is perfectly synchronised with nature’s rhythm. ‘I start my day with the sun,’ he says. ‘I’m bound by it and can’t sleep longer because when it rises all the animals demand their breakfast.’
Artist and founder of the Beirut Art Residency, Amar A Zahr explains the importance of dialogue between artists and how residencies leave their imprint in the local community.