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 stories have been recorded by young people (aged 15-17), working with the Alwan Project to record and document the oral histories of elder citizens from across the entire social and geographical spectrum. 


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.

Click / tap on the thumbnail pictures below to see each story.


Safiya Noureddine
Mohammad Najib El-Zein
Charlotte Haddad Farhat
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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.


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 Alway Project has come into being through the close working relationship between partners and supporting organizations. Primary partners are listed below.

Content Partners

The Alwan Project has been developed and supported by the Adyan Foundation, whose mission is to promote diversity, solidarity and human dignity in Lebanon.

Learning Partners

Learn Interactive, our learning partner for this project, are specialists in developing learning programs for both corporate and arts organizations.

Lead Sponsor

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We are grateful for the support of the Public Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut.

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