Those at the more popular fringes of visual and performing art – hip-hop and graffiti artists, for instance – keep at least one foot in the deep well that is popular culture, coursing through a rich and varied soup that includes stuff like bodybuilding, pimped-out automobiles and laser epilating devices.
Pop culture enthusiasts may be happy to learn that 6th
Organizers represent "Urban Culture" as a pop culture, pop art extravaganza that includes everything from music to crafts and street art to dance.
The program includes a daylong exercise in live painting – a form that blends visual art and performance – to be conducted by tattoo artist, graphic designer and graffiti artist
No street art confection would be complete without capoeira. The form emerged from the slave culture of 16th-19th century
Combining acrobatics with music, this highly performative martial art pivots around efforts to `strike an opponent's head while avoiding being kicked.
Capoeira has found a dedicated following in the
A different sort of urban acrobatics is Parkour, a discipline whose proponents claim is all about getting from a point A to a point B as efficiently as possible.
If that doesn't sound so acrobatic, you need only spend a few minutes with
Parkour academy Adrenaline-Freerun Leb – which sees free running is a "lifestyle rather than a sport" – will stage do a free running Parkour tour during "Urban Culture."
For those more interested in the sounds of the city, "Urban Culture" includes a slate of local performers who are adept at the form called "beatbox." This unique vocal form was born when rappers demonstrated that they didn't need acoustic or electronic percussion, as they could make the needed rhythmic and percussive sounds using their pipes.
The good folks at 6th
If this all sounds too high brow for you, car lovers too will find some diversion. Muscle Cars Invasion and the Official Mustang Club Lebanon, will give Dora residents a chance to catch a glimpse of some rare American automobiles.
Well-behaved pets will be welcomed too, as BETA (Beirut Ethical Treatment of Animals) has planned something fun for your furry friends.
"Urban Culture" will take place on
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