100 Years of Greater Lebanon
To mark the centenary of the foundation of Greater Lebanon (September 1st 2020), the Alwan Project has collected 100 stories from elders from across the country, telling the story of their life experiences: their struggles and their successes—often against daunting odds.
The project is supported by the well-established Adyan Foundation (Beirut) and the Cultural Affairs office at the US Embassy in Lebanon, amongst others. The stories have been recorded by young people (aged 15-17), working with the Alwan Project to document the oral histories of elder citizens from across the entire social and geographical spectrum of the country.
Thresh has worked with the Alwan Project to develop short digital performances of selected stories. In many cases stories come from individuals in marginalized communities whose experiences have seldom if ever been heard previously by the wider public. Three examples are below.
IMPACT: Our partner Alwan had a goal of reaching of 35,000 people with this online project. Through a carefully-structured social media campaign this target was exceeded more than SIX times, with 231,643 users actively engaging with the project over the four-week period following release. Story videos were viewed on average 87,780 times.
Click / tap on the thumbnail pictures below to see each story.
Three Stories from Elders
Each story is the result of cross-cultural collaboration between performers, musicians, composers and visual artists from Lebanon, the USA and around the world. In addition to the performance videos, we also provide "behind the scenes" clips where performers, artists and musicians discuss the process of collaboration.
Meet Artistic Director Preeti Vasudevan
This project is the brainchild of Preeti Vasudevan, Artistic Director of Thresh. We sat down with Preeti towards the end of the project to ask her some questions about the process of putting the project together. Below you'll find five short clips in which Preeti answers questions covering both the production process and her creative approach.
Click or tap the videos below to launch the clips (there are five in total).
The Alwan Project has come into being through the close working relationship between partners and supporting organizations.
Primary partners are listed below.
The Alwan Project has been developed and supported by the Adyan Foundation, whose mission is to promote diversity, solidarity and human dignity in Lebanon.
Learn Interactive, our learning partner for this project, are specialists in developing learning programs for both corporate and arts organizations.
We are grateful for the support of the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.