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A platform for local and international artists to create, exhibit and perform on a stage in the heart of Beirut.
Home to an increasing number of emerging talents and established artists, Beirut still falls short on providing necessary artistic hubs and cultural platforms for the creative and artistic scene to grow and thrive. Being part of this artistic scene, the urge to find a space and turn it into a cultural meeting point, has made us look into different directions.
Fortunately and to much of our surprise and joy, Gemmayzé offers such a space charged with it’s very own architectural and cultural heritage in the form of “Theatre Gemmayze” located on the premises of the Collège des Frères du Sacré-Coeur, the century old school accessible through the main entrances of Gouraud Street and Pasteur Street.
This hidden treasure is a 317 seats theater co-joined by a charming and spacious hall that could perfectly host exhibitions and artistic events. Blessed with an easy access and a spacious parking space, (400 cars capacity), this cultural meeting point bound to attract the avid artistic-going crowd and furthermore initiate a growing segment into the cultural dimension.
In this respect, a small task force of volunteers and enthusiasts took upon them the immense task of renovating the theatre and its exhibition room, setting its program through out 2014, promoting its cultural activities and establishing it as a meeting point that encourages the freedom of expression and free thinking away from political or religious influences.
Encouraged by the minor, non-profit fees incurred to cover the basic theatre expenses, almost 18 artists have already enlisted on the 2014 program. The program will include local and international theatre productions, one-man shows, photography and painting exhibitions, conferences, installations, photography and acting workshops, dance performances, children plays, and movie projections.