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Art in the Heart of Beirut :  A Message of Hope and Reconstruction after the August 4th blast

It was on August 4, 2020, at 6pm, that Lebanon faced one of the largest natural disasters ever known in the world. When a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the Port of Beirut, the capital, exploded, more than 218 deaths and 7000 injuries have been caused, leaving an estimated 300 000 people homeless.... Continue Reading →

The importance of vocational education

Many decades ago, having a degree was enough to land a good job. Maybe because there were few people who could afford to study at university level. However, since the late 1980s governments around the world have started preparing students for the work place environment. What is vocational education (VE)? This is the training of... Continue Reading →

Winter Wonderland in Harbin, China

This year's 37th annual Ice and Snow festival was opened on Sunday 5th January with fireworks. Since 1963, this festival has been done annually from December to January in the Harbin city of Heilongjiang province in China. This has also drawn many tourists from all over the world. It was opened late because of the... Continue Reading →

the art of story-telling

When we talk to someone, that is called conversation. We may not realize it but as we converse, we tell a story. It can be anything from family to job issues to marriage or anything else you can think of. This is an informal way of story-telling. Now this may be surprising as many people... Continue Reading →

Significance of Jewelry around the World

For more than 90,000 years different people have worn different types of jewelry. In the past, wearing of jewelry signified social status. However in other cases, they were worn for religious and ritual purposes. Jewelries were made from different materials such as stones, shells, feathers and other natural items. Later gold and diamonds were also... Continue Reading →

Music and the brain

From time immemorial, man has developed the ability to produce music by inventing musical instruments. We all like some form of music whether it be classical, hip-hop or even a musical theatre. Music helps us to relax. As we listen, we even start humming or repeating the lyrics. However, a study published in Scientific Reports... Continue Reading →

The contribution of art during the pandemic

With the regulations forcing people to comply by wearing masks and social distancing, many fields of work have been disrupted. With many events cancelled, musicians have embraced technology by live-streaming concerts to audiences around the world. Musicians from the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra posted a virtual performance of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy which garnered up to... Continue Reading →

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