We stand in solidarity with our friends, partners, colleagues and everyone in Beirut following last week’s devastating explosion that left more than 300,000 people homeless and countless businesses in ruin.
We have been in awe of the strength and resilience of the Lebanese people and the ways in which artists and the cultural community have jumped to action in support of the relief effort, organising fundraisers, selling artworks, and compiling useful information for ways the international community can help. Here are some of the different ways to get involved, learn more and support:
Alfanar Emergency Lebanon Appeal
Alfanar aims to raise $500,000 (£380,000) to provide emergency relief for thousands of vulnerable people who have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed.
Arab Image Foundation
The AIF’s building and wonderful archive of photographs has been damaged by the explosion. Read their report about their plans and how you can help by donating either cash or in kind items like computers, specialist art equipment etc.
Mophradat will direct 100% of donations to arts individuals and institutions while keeping in the spirit of our mandate, to support artists and thinkers, feminist and queer people and initiatives, and provide tools to help sustain practices rather than focus on individual project.
Fund for Studio Safar, Papercup, Jana Saleh
Fund to get the studios back up on their feet
Raising £7,500,000 to provide disaster relief after the explosion in Beirut
An international fundraising campaign by AFAC to support the culture and the arts community within Beirut.
Emergency appeal to help on the ground.
Books for Beirut
For the month of August, all proceeds from the Mosaic Rooms’ bookshop will go to Lebanese Red Cross
Blooms for Beirut
Radical Blooms, a London-based floristry start-up, are selling dried flower arrangements and donating 100% of profits to emergency relief efforts in Beirut via the Beirut Emergency Fund 2020.
They invite you to join them for a celebration of this culture in a ‘for one night only’ Lebanese cafe and make a useful contribution to those countless thousands that are rebuilding their lives. 24 August, £30 a ticket.
100% of money earned from selling of postcards and posters will be directed to the Impact Lebanon fund and LGBTQ+ communities of Lebanon.
Raphaelle Macaron in collaboration with Studio Fidèle are raising money for Impact Lebanon. A series of 12 Riso prints are available for sale, and 100% of the profits will be donated (a small portion of the money will be used only to cover shipping costs).
Caabu’s list of ways to help
Caabu have collated a working list of ways to help those impacted by the blast, including supporting organisations working on the ground, both local Lebanese and internationals NGOs.
Starch are supporting the rebuilding of the fashion industry.