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Weaving the Sea blends Mediterranean cultures.

Summary: "Weaving the Sea," a two-week-long exhibition, kicked off in Beirut Tuesday with the aim of reinforcing creativity and the regeneration of Mediterranean neighborhoods.

BEIRUT: "Weaving the Sea," a two-week-long exhibition, kicked off in Beirut Tuesday with the aim of reinforcing creativity and the regeneration of Mediterranean neighborhoods. Under the patronage of Culture Minister Raymond Areiji, the event was launched by GAIA-heritage at Villa Audi in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Beirut, as part of the EU-funded MEDNETA Project.

GAIA-heritage is a Beirut-based limited liability company that provides consultancy services to manage cultural and natural heritage as well as art production. On hand were representatives of the six participating Mediterranean cities.

"What is so unique about this exhibition is that it is the first of its kind to bring together so many reputable designers, artists and craftsmen from cities around the Mediterranean for greater multicultural and multidisciplinary collaboration opportunities," said Georges Zouain, principal of GAIA-Heritage according to a statement from the group.

"It also offers the possibility to admire the craftsmanship and artistry of these cities in a single venue."

"Weaving the Sea" intends to define Mediterranean design in all its traditions and know-how, introducing high-flying fashion designers, ceramists, jewelers, metalworkers, artists, furniture designers and others. The participating cities are Athens, Florence, Palermo, Hebron, Tunis, Valencia and Beirut.

"Through this event, we aim to reinforce the market value and visibility of the participating designers and craftsmen," Zouain added.

"As well as demonstrate the quality and uniqueness of the design and craft works of south Mediterranean cities."

Four craftsmen and four designers from each partner city have been matched in order to create collaborations that result in 12 unique objects inspired by the Mediterranean. These include a ceramist, Nathalie Khayat from Beirut, collaborating with a Palestinian ceramist, Khaled Fakhori; a product designer, Tamara Barrage from Beirut, collaborating with a craftsman from Valencia, Vicente Luna Cerver? Valencia, C.B.; a fashion designer, Nadya Hazboun from Hebron, with a traditional jebba maker from Tunis, Taher Chalbi; a furniture designer, Mirko Tattarini from Florence, with a ceramist from Palermo, Giulia Agnello; an interior designer, Samia Ben Abdallah from Tunis, with a jewelry designer from Athens, Harris Vassiliadis; and many others.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
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Date:Nov 25, 2015
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