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Fall Happenings at Ground68

Like everything around the world we’re also spinning trying to reach out to you, to those who don’t have a voice and to artists from different backgrounds who may be interested in sharing their knowledge. This Saturday Vapa will be launching its illustration workshop at Ground68, followed by other interesting workshops of different genres, starting beginning of November. The schedule will be announced one workshop at a time, if you wish to take part in the illustration class it will take place during 8 weeks, every Saturday from 5pm until 7.30pm. This workshop includes beginners and advanced drawing techniques for all levels, as well as painting sessions. Feel free to register anytime by calling or emailing us. Ground68, is in the same building as Roof68 and it will from now on host most of the practical workshops happening from Monday to Sunday. A book club is about to be created, if you’d like to share your ideas around a round table with other book passionates, you’d be at the right place for it. All you have to bring is a book and a symbolic contribution of 40usd/month. Because the more we read, the more we write, the creative workshop course might be useful to those who wish to increase their savoir ecrire for several purposes, whether writing a blog, a diary or an article in a newspaper, this class will open your creative mind and will connect you again with words.

picture taken from the internet.

All for One & One for All!


What is CLP program?

The Community Learning Program (CLP)
Offering you the chance to help others by learning

In recent years, it has been generally recognized that the major reason for most social, economic, cultural, educational, and environmental problems is the exclusion of a group of people from society. This is evident in Lebanon where obviously not all social groups are offered equal opportunities especially when it comes to educational and cultural activities.

The aim of this program is to harvest the extensive experience of VAPA in offering workshops by directing it towards a social cause. We wish to offer workshops to everyone and not just the ones able to pay or the ones targeted by an international aid fund. With the help of income coming from the normal workshops we offer, we will be able to provide a learning opportunity to people who lack it.

Paying participants in the workshops will have the option to pay 25% more of the normal workshop fee and finance, along with VAPA, the expenses of a participant who is not able to pay. VAPA and the trainer will donate the remaining 75% of the workshop fee.

Our program goes beyond the simple idea of offering free workshops to needy people. We believe sustainability is in our internal culture, and therefore always look to the future in every action we take. At the end of the workshops, all the participants’ artwork will be exhibited and sold in an attempt to finance the art equipment needed by the participants who have no means to buy them and wish to follow the skills they have acquired. We will offer socially excluded people the opportunity to acquire a new skill, the equipment to pursue it, and the contacts to make it or integrate it into their original profession.
Along with the above intentions, an indirect goal of our program is to create a safe environment in which diverse groups of our society can meet and interact: from doctors to released inmates, from architects to shoe makers, from lawyers to homeless people…All coming from the different regions and religious groups in Lebanon.

Finally we would like to assure you that all the beneficiaries of the program are selected according to objective and non discriminating criteria…as not to promote further social exclusion.

4D Theater! Innovative play concept at Roof68

For the first time in the Middle East: “& now what?” (وهلق شو؟) a 4 Dimensional interactive improvised theater play will be launched by ImproBeirut in collaboration with VAPA association.

Watch theatre in a new dimension: by experiencing live, interactive performances with our professional actors outside the realm of a traditional stage. This unique experiential show will let the audience delve into a parallel reality, in which they are the main protagonists, choosing the path they will ultimately experience.

Idea & directed by Lucien Bourjeily

Cast (in alphabetical order)
Tarek Annich, Jean Paul Hage, Youssef Khawaja, Sabine Ojeil, Maya Sebaaly, Farah Shaer.

Date = Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd of July 2011

Timing = 4pm to 7pm (Different Time Slots)
Duration of the play = 60 minutes

Location = Roof 68, Achrafieh (Al Shami Bldg., behind MTV offices in Achrafieh)

For more info & reservations: 03-153772
Please note that reservation is mandatory to guarantee availability.

Participation Fee: 20,000 LBP

للمرة الأولى في الشرق الأوسط : “وهلق شو؟” مسرحية مرتجلة تفاعلية رباعية الأبعاد ستقدمها فرقة “إمبرو بيروت” بالتعاون مع جمعية “فابا”.

مسرحية تختبر فيها البعد الرابع، من خلاله تتفاعل وتشارك البطولة مع باقة من الممثلين المحترفين خارج إطار حدود المسرح التقليدي.

هذا العرض الفريد من نوعه يأخذكم الى عالم مواز للواقع، مليء بالمفاجأت، يكون فيه القرار للمشاهدين بأختيار اتجاه وكيفية تتمة الأحداث.

فكرة وإخراج لوسيان بورجيلي

تاريخ العرض: 2, 3 تموز 2011
التوقيت: من الرابعة الى السابعة
المكان: رووف 68 ، الأشرفية (خلف مبنى مكاتب تلفزيون ام تي في )

لمزيد من المعلومات أو للحجز: 03153772
رسم المشاركة : 20000 ليرة لبنانية

Roof68 Summer Workshops

The Summer Workshop schedule for Roof 68 is here!

Workshop: Creative Writing
Trainer: Charbel Naim
Day of the week: Monday
Starting Date: Monday, July 4, 2011
Time: 18:00-20:00
Number of Sessions: 6
Registration is a must. Registration Deadline: July 4, 2011


Workshop: Body Language/ Improvisation
 Trainer: Charbel Naim
Day of the week: Tuesday
Starting Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Time: 18:00-20:00
Number of Sessions: 5
Registration is a must. Registration Deadline: July 1, 2011


Workshop: Marketing Your Art & Accounting for Artists
 Trainer: Mitch Messmore & Carole Kanage
Day of the week: Wednesday
Starting Date: Wednesdays, July 13, 2011
Time: 18:00-20:00
Number of Sessions: 3
Registration is a must. Registration Deadline: July 6, 2011


Workshop: Photography Workshop

(intensive course-street fashion photography)
Trainer: Elsie Haddad
Day of the week: Thursday – Sunday
Starting Date: Thursday, June 30, 2011 (Workshop 1)
Thursday, July 21, 2011 (Workshop 2)
Thursday, August 4, 2011 (Workshop 3)
Time: Thursday :18:00 – 21:00
Friday: 18:00 – 21:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 12:30
Saturday: 17:00 – 17:30
Sunday: 17:30 – 20:00
Number of Sessions: 4
Registration is a must. Registration Deadline: Workshop 1: June 25
Workshop 2: July 16
Workshop 3: July 30


Workshop: Photography Workshop for children

(intensive course for 8-12yrs old-street fashion photography theme)
Trainer: Elsie Haddad
Day of the week: Tuesday & Thursday
Starting Date: Tuesday , July 5 (Workshop 1)
Tuesday, July 26 (Workshop 2)
Time: Tuesday: 16:00-18:00
Thursday: 16:00-18:00
Number of Sessions: 4
Registration is a must. Registration Deadline: Workshop 1: June 28
Workshop 2: July 19

To register please contact us at:
Phone: 03 466 764

Address: Visual and Performing Arts Association
Ground Floor – AL Shami Building – St. Louis St.
Achrafiyeh – Beirut – Lebanon

Art & Cookie Day Party @68 ?!?


This coming Saturday Roof 68 is hosting a day-long open house!

Experience the feel of an art studio, meet with the artists, acquire paintings and a wide selection of art books, taste all sorts of cookies!

Date: Saturday 5th of March, 2011 from 10 am till 10 pm !

Entrance is free but all proceeds from the sale of art books, paintings or cookies, as well as your generous donations will go to Color Our World project.

“We’re also hosting this gathering to introduce you to our Spring schedule of activities and to the artists that have recently joined the roof family”.

To check the map and address of Roof68, please visit

For confirmation contact Vapa Association at 03 466 764/
Open to all ages!
Hope to see you there 🙂


N.B: There is a public parking in which you can park facing the MTV bldg, from the highway-bridge side, near the traffic lights, the parking has the name of Zahar parking.

Theater in Education

Y-PEER? It sounds familiar and interesting… But what is it?

Under the Y-PEER program established in 2008 and supported by UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Lebanon, several activities and interventions have been developed and implemented by the Y-PEER network aiming at raising awareness of young people on HIV/AIDS, developing capacities of young people and NGOs in peer to peer education, conducting advocacy events for promoting healthy and responsible behaviors among young people, developing and using interactive and creative approaches as well as visibility tools to be used in the various activities. With the aim of expanding the network to the school sector, TBPE (Theater Based Peer Education) will be introduced in 3 schools on a pilot basis tapping on the expertise of VAPA (Visual and Performing Arts Association).

The theatre director and co-founder of VAPA, Lucien Bourjeily was approached by UNFPA to attend a master TBPE TOT in Alexandria, Egypt between the 5th and the 11th of April along with two actors from his theatrical troop where they were all exposed to all the different elements of the TBPE approach. Mr. Bourjeily got further exposure to the TBPE approach in New York where his capacities in facilitation were developed during the month of June while conducting a study tour with Nite Star, a global Y-PEER organization partner. UNFPA approached VAPA after a thorough assessment to select a theatrical institution to lead an initiative in TBPE in schools as part of its Y-PEER project.  This initiative focuses on using theater techniques to raise awareness on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) topics including HIV/AIDS. These techniques are based on an interactive approach where the audience becomes an active participant in the scenes and their content.

Here are some photos of the 4 day TBPE Training of Trainers we gave in Kfardebian!

For more information on Y-PEER and the UNFPA, check out these links:


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The Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, and the Embassy of Italy in Beirut, launch the “Reference guide of NGOs and institutions working in Lebanese Prisons”, jointly produced within the project “VIEWS FROM WITHIN, CINEMARENA 2009- 2010” in the framework of the Emergency ROSS Program funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Italian Cooperation.

VAPA Association is finishing its intervention in the Cinemarena Project which is being held in 13 prisons all over Lebanon.  We gave prisoners graffiti workshops which they can later on use in their professions (shoe-smith…).  Graffiti artists reproduced the artwork done and the firt exhibition took place in March 2011 in an attempt to spread awareness about the prison’s conditions.The exhibition took place during the launching ceremony of the guide.


Storytelling all over Lebanon!

One hundred years ago, the difference between one generation and another was between 20 and 30 years.   Today, with all the development we are experiencing a child nurtures in a totally different environment than another child 5 years later.

VAPA Association has always been interested in preserving the role of books in a child’s early life.  Through the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and under the Beirut World Capital project, we finally got the chance to work on this issue!

The occasion was the National Reading Week and the idea was to offer storytelling activities to public libraries all over Lebanon.  We contacted some of our friends from “Clown Me In” who were glad to offer their help in the storytelling.

The storytelling was performed by Sabine Choucair and Gabriel Munoz who decided to add a twist to traditional story telling by performing the events they are reading.  A selection of stories from three different languages were chosen out of the book “Let Me Tell You a Story” (A collection of 54 illustrated children’s stories and poems by authors of all ages).

The result was the participation of around 300 children in the activity which took place in the following regions:

  • Kamed el Lawz
  • Jib Jannin
  • Mansoura
  • Kfardebian
  • Achkout
  • Rayfoun
  • Srifa
  • Jwaya
  • Tyr
  • Tannourine
  • Assia
  • Batroun

Is there a Psychiatric Hospital in the South?

One of the dark corners we promised to enlighten our readers about is the condition of Psychiatric hospitals in Lebanon.

One of the activities VAPA has conducted during the past months was a full day painting session to patients of Al Fanar psychiatric hospital.  Don’t be fooled by the name, the hospital lies in the Nabatieh region in the South of Lebanon and not in the Fanar area north of Beirut.

During our intervention a documentary titled “HOME” about the hospital was being filmed by Newstime Productions in collaboration with Al Fanar Hospital and funded by the Italian Embassy through the Italian Development Cooperation.  The documentary describes the story and the state of the hospital, including the relationship between the patients and their families.

The premier of HOME will be at UNESCO Palace on Thursday June 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM.  We invite you to be there because the only goal of the documentary is to spread awareness so the screening is open to the public for free!

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