File - A general view of Horsh Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This year's Horsh Beirut Festival attracted visitors with a program whose attractions ranged from Palestinian bagpipes and oriental pop music to Lebanese storytelling and circus shows.These organizations focused on a variety of social issues such as raising awareness for the environment, advocating for public spaces and combatting sexual violence and racism.The NGO seeks to preserve its cultural heritage, create and enhance public spaces and link the area to Horsh Beirut.She sees the Civil War as a primary reason for ongoing sectarian tensions in Lebanon preventing "civil contact" between different groups – public spaces in the country do not encourage or facilitate interaction among various communities.She highlights the complexity of the effects of Lebanon's history on its public spaces, pointing to the differences in Beirut before and after the war. While these activists hope to establish more equitable social living conditions though raising awareness of public spaces, other NGOs brought social issues typically confined to private spheres to the public's attention.
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