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A peaceful oasis in the heart of a clamorous city, Beit Waraq is the base of a multidisciplinary collective that seeks to dissociate art from elitism, engaging a wider public with their socially driven program of workshops, film screenings, interactive installations and immersive performance art.A year ago, the four opened Beit Waraq, renovating a traditional Beiruti house with towering ceilings, colorful tiled floors and enormous arched windows. The space serves as a collective studio and an art hub, hosting regular events including public film screenings and workshops.A registered NGO, Waraq offers a program of regular public events with a diversity and frequency unmatched by most of the city's cultural hubs.Habchy stresses that the thematic content of Waraq's program is as important as the form of the events, which are divided into four basic types: "Wirash" (workshops), held at least twice a month; "Baqarat" (film screenings), which take place thrice monthly; "Diwan" evenings facilitating mingling and making new connections while enjoying traditional food; and "Layali," one-night only interactive performances or parties.
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