British Council Lebanon presented IN BETWEEN Festival running from November 16 – 20, 2022. The festival will convene multi, cross, and inter-disciplinary cultural and creative activities revolving around the creative economy and global matters.

The ever-shifting local and global landscapes have produced complete liminality, where projections are unclear and boundaries undefined. As a result, new spaces have emerged – ones for perception and creation – as they echo newfound opportunities to rethink how Arts and Culture can contribute to moving forward. In response, the festival expands on a yearlong programme of professional capacity-building initiatives in the Visual Arts, Dance and Performing Arts, Music and Games sectors to include Theatre and Literature, and invites the audience to think of the possibilities in the spaces in between.

IN BETWEEN presents a diverse programme of 23 components across 9 spaces in Beirut, and is realised in partnership with 28 entities. The festival will also host 15 delegates from the UK to further develop relationships and initiatives with leading practitioners from Lebanon’s cultural and creative sector.

During a press presentation, Marc Mouarkech, Head of Arts Lebanon - Syria, British Council said: “This festival is all about highlighting the work that the creatives of this country do despite the many cycles of crisis we go through. The work developed in that in between keeps us sane, challenged, and active. It is also about the friendship we’re trying to deepen between Lebanon’s and UK’s cultural actors, keeping a mutually beneficial exchange and conversations with a strong belief in its positive impact on both sides.”