Zico House also
offers project management services. Below are the
various projects managed by Zico House in 2007 - 2008:
Estivales de Deir El Qamar (Every year since
Each Year, from July till September, the village
of Deir El Qamar village hosts the annual summer festival. The
program includes a range of theatre performances, sports
competitions, exhibitions, a day dedicated to painters, concerts of
classical music and oriental music….
This Festival aims at promoting talented Lebanese
Medi’Djinns (May 2008)
A project of musical encounters and exchanges for
both professional and amateur musicians
Creation of a partners’ network comprising six
organizations: ZicoHouse - Beirut/Lebanon, Foundation Roselli -
Témara/Marocco, AMJC Metline – Metline & Tunis/Tunisia,
Association Arts & Youth – El Jem/Tunisia,
Theatre en Vol – Sassari/Italia, Arteco – Marseille/France
This network aims to organize sustainable music
workshops, suggest new cultural and artistic projects in relations
to music production and to form a group for more serious study of
musical heritage and experimentation, as well as the exchange of
musical knowledge and expertise.
La Suisse à la
rencontre du Liban (2007 - 2008)
Zico House has been chosen by Pro Helevtia and
the Swiss Embassy to manage the Swiss cultural program in Lebanon.
This program includes diverse cultural activities such as
exhibitions, concerts, theatre, installations, conferences, street
performances, video screenings, etc.. The main idea was to integrate
the Swiss program within the Lebanese cultural scene, working as
much as possible with local cultural institutions.
The aim of this program is to encourage mutual
collaboration between Swiss and Lebanese artists, stressing on
cultural exchanges between them, in order to realize common works,
and training sessions for the creation of mixed creations.
In the framework of this project, Zico House
established a semi-monthly magazine « Le Culturel » in order to
diffuse this cultural agenda.
Understanding Switzerland; a series of conferences (October 2007 - April
Politicians, professors and Lebanese journalists
often refer to the Swiss political system. However, this regime is
the result of a history of seven centuries consisting of many
conflicts and crises, an unknown fact to a number of persons in
Lebanon. It is not a question of speaking about models or of
proposing an ideal system, but simply of discovering the reality to
which one often refers to, but also which we are often unaware of.
The exercise is, first of all, conceived as an “eye opener”.
The Lebanese Association of Political Sciences,
in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon proposed
to organize a cycle of conference-debates on the topic:
“Understanding Switzerland: practices of pluralism and unity” during
the year 2007-2008, beginning October 2007.
Communities and Territories:
On Public Sphere &
Public Library (November 2007)
conference and 3 concurrent workshops
The conference and workshops seek to offer a
discursive and visual presentation of the concept of “public space”
in Beirut. The relationship between city and citizens in the
Lebanese capital, a complex town that is characterized by physical
and mental division lines where demarcations between what is public
and what is private have been in constant motion, lies at the heart
of this project. It researched how citizens of Beirut with different
socio-economic and religious backgrounds perceive their city and the
concept of public space, how territories are managed and
architecturally designed, how spaces are exploited and social
interaction takes place, in addition to exploring the relation
between the center and the periphery. Theoretical analysis is
accompanied by field research with the aim of producing visual and
artistic works (photos, films, texts) that reflect this reality and
grasp the multilayered dimensions of the concept of public space.
Public libraries, significant institutions in eradicating
“barricades” and whose underlying philosophy is the accessibility of
their premises to every individual regardless of his or her
background, will host the meetings.
project was financed by the Heinrich Boll Foundation,
aMAZElab and MAST.
“This idea is based on a
real story. It took place in southern Lebanon, July 2006. It is
documented in a BBC news report. I was there. It shouldn’t have
happened, I shouldn’t have seen it, it shouldn’t have happened, no
one should have seen it, but now that it did happen, and I have seen
it; what do I do?’ Saseen Kawzally
A work in
Progress initiated by Saseen Kawzally (LB) and Ben
project was conceived in July 2006, during the Israeli offensive
production team wanted to work with actors from Lebanon. The purpose
of this initial development was to create a dramatic structure with
four actors, an annotated score of movement and to develop the first
essential that the production remain rooted in Lebanese culture.
The effect of war is to be explored in this
project on a very personal level, and distant from political
positions. Issues of life and death in times of war. Issues of
martyrdom. Issues of the afterlife. The eventual production
will be rehearsed and tour in the UK.
was in charge of suggesting and screening actors/actresses as well
as organizing the casting.
Muslim & Britain (20th - 26th September 2006)
This project constituted a Photo Exhibition
entitled 'The Art of Integration Exhibition: Islam in Britain’s
Green and Pleasant Lands' by Peter Saunders, (one of the leading
photographers of the Muslim world). It aims to present the lives of
Muslims in the UK and their contribution to British economic,
cultural and political life.
The exhibition took place between the end of
September - mid October 2007 in Beirut, Saida and Tripoli.
The project was financed by The British Embassy
in Beirut and targeted to opinion leaders, university students,
academics and the general public.