Support to the #YouStink activism!

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On this day the country has witnessed a peaceful sit-in at the Ministry of Environment on behalf of many activists that are part of the collective #YouStink, that’s mission is to denounce Lebanon’s corruption and it’s main objective lately was to put pressure on the Lebanese government specifically the Minister of Interior and Environment in the hope that both would resign from their posts especially after failing to solve the problem of the garbage waste and after security forces used fire arms and violence to scare the demonstrators that protested near the parliament days ago.

#YouStink campaign has gathered more than 200.000 likes 150.000 demonstrators showed up this Saturday. Lucien in addition to being a film director, he is one of the collective #YouStink active members and Vapa’s co founder. He was taken a few minutes ago to the hospital after being beaten by the national security forces during an evacuation of the Ministry of Environment. Our info sources come from the Lebanese media that are covering every second of the activists actions.

Lucien is a remarkable artist with a remarkable artistic path, we wish him a good recovery and a fruitful continuation towards a progressive and better tomorrow for Lebanon.


Fighting Oppression!

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Lucien Bourjeily Co Founder of VAPA, actor and director (granted numerous nominations and artistic prizes) has been honored to represent Lebanon and the Middle East region today as Fellow at the 2015 prestigious ISPA congress in New York!


In our mission statement it is mentioned that one of the main issues the association will fight for is the right to free speech and the banning of censorship in Lebanon. Lucien has been an activist in the Lebanese scene, fighting by all means the strict censorship rules imposed on artists by the Lebanese General Security. After the sad events that occurred in Paris, mans artists and activists have expressed their views in support of Charlie Hebdo. Lebanese journalists through the years have been an easy target for terrorists whose only aim was to punish those who spoke in favor of freedom. In the hope that a better world will exist, we will always join the fight for Peace.

As Yoko Ono says: WAR IS OVER!


Post written by Kiki Bokassa.

Gaza children need your support!

During their latest concert in Beirut Lebanon, Massive attack made a statement by denouncing the violence that people in Gaza are facing.

Since the late war events took place in Gaza, people from all over started expressing their opinion and mostly compassion towards the children who sadly form the majority of this conflict’s victims. Journalists are playing an important role in raising facts’ awareness.


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“72 Hours Film Challenge”

72 Hours Film Challenge” Produced By H&M and UNFPA Lebanon (United Nations Populations Fund) in collaboration with VAPA— Canon DSLR Cameras were offered as Prizes for Winners! More on this project is found on

Thank You to All Jury Members!
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“KHALLIK SALBE” …. An interactive play about HIV/AIDS, Stigma & Discrimination.

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VAPA’s Latest Project!
“KHALLIK SALBE” …. Directed by Lucien Bourjeily
An interactive play about HIV/AIDS, Stigma, and discrimination part of the Let’s Talk – Lebanon Campaign
Featuring actors from ImproBeirut
Funded/Produced by UNFPA Lebanon.
For more info about locations and timing please visit Let’s Talk Lebanon facebook page
In the press:
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The Performance in Rachaya-Bekaa:

“Let’s Talk” Campaign 2013/ Interactive Play Devising Workshop

1-IMG_8070Workshop to devise the “Let’s Talk” campaign interactive PLAY that will tour Lebanon in summer 2013. Project supported/initiated by UNFPA Lebanon, Ypeer network, H&M. Implemented by the Visual and Performing Arts Association (VAPA). Performances dates will be announced SOON… Stay Tuned!
More info about “Let’s Talk” campaign visit: – DIRECTOR Lucien Bourjeily.
Previous Call for Cast/Visual Communication:
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PLAY- CAST (by alphabetical order)
Shaden Fakih
Lara Ghattas
Hussein Hijazi
Youssef Khawaja
Georges Mattar
Farah ShaerPLAY- FACILITATORS (by alphabetical order)
Samir Haidar
Randa Jomaa
Photos taken by: Rami Al Rabih

Creative Writing Workshop-ADVANCED (Outdoor Sessions)

    • lllAugust 3 at 7:30pm
  • 29, Geday Residency, Mar Takla Church St. Near Dar Salam Bldg. Mar Takla Hazmieh.
  • “Writing is never one thing. It’s like running a marathon, juggling balls and cracking walnuts and playing fifteen instruments.” – Peter Carey

    (hosted by Charbel Naim)

    The advanced level of the creative writing workshop will offer you a compendium of writing exercises, daily practices, sources of inspiration, and even more quips and tips.Together we will explore the different approaches to writing, the influences of genres, contrasts, music, drama, dreams, creating your own style and more…


    The workshop is made of 5 sessions, 2 hours each. The fee for this workshop is $200 per student. A certificate of achievement will be handed out at the end of the workshop.

    To register please contact us at:
    Phone: 71/120539

Creative Writing Workshop-BEGINNERS (Outdoor Sessions)

  • 29, Geday Residency, Mar Takla Church St. Near Dar Salam Bldg. Mar Takla Hazmieh.
  • (hosted by Charbel Naim)kk

    This workshop is designed for those who would like to add a creative spark, a burst of creativity to their writings, whether beginners, amateurs or professionals, this workshop will help you bring to the surface what’s been lying dormant inside.

    When it comes to writing, all of us are often blocked in expressing our thoughts in writing – usually because of learned, preconceived ideas of how we “SHOULD” write, when the truth is there are no rules or limitations to writing!
    In this workshop you will learn how to improve your writing skills through descriptive exercises, self-exploration, memory retrieval, lively class discussions and games!

    Who is Charbel Naim?
    With a background in Advertising, Marketing, HR, Hospitality Management, Tourism (USJ/NDU Universities) and the Performing Arts, Charbel Naim is currently VAPA’s communication officer and a member of Improbeirut acting group. He is also a news editor/writer, actor and trainer.


    The workshop is made of 4 sessions, 2 hours each (given every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm).

    The fee for this workshop is $120 per student. A certificate of achievement will be handed out at the end of the workshop.

    To register please contact us at:
    Phone: 71 120 539
    Facebook: VAPA Association

Entr’actes by Elsie Haddad


To all the culture lovers out there, we would like to invite you to the book launch of one precious founding member at Vapa. Details about the event are on the following fb page and since it’s today: 

You can still catch up with the project at anytime by checking out Elsie’s book at Plan B: The book is entitled Entr’actes, it is part of a new book collection Fugacité.

To know more about Elsie check her blog:


“Vapa” a participating member at the 2013 IETM forum organized by the EU

dublin_redIETM NETWORK

“To read more please visit

IETM is a membership organisation which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment.

It aims at proving the value of the performing arts in society by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice. Read more…


The network itself acts as an ongoing real and virtual meeting place.

Via IETM’s website and the various IETM Meetings each year, all members have opportunities to meet and engage with each other and with the diversity of existing activities of the network. Read more…


More than 500 member organisations from around 50 countries around the world are part of IETM. Our main roots are in Europe but we welcome organisations from all parts of the world.

It includes organisations with many years’ experience of working internationally, as well as those who wish to start. Read more…

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