Beirut Open Space, a developing trend

Lyn Loutfi
Staff Writer

Since its opening on Sept. 1 2017 in Memory Lane, Beirut Open Space has gotten the Lebanese population talking.

In the back of Memory Lane, a pub/restaurant in Mar Mikhael, Beirut Open Stage settled after years of events all around Beirut. They have called the cozy place where they are conducting the live shows “Beirut Open Space”. It is not a huge venue, but perfect for live performances. The tables are well spaced allowing for comfortable room for having drinks and listening to music. For late comers, there’s plenty of space to stand and sway, and the scope of the room is perfect such that even those in the back still feel the chills that accompany live music.

BOS developed from Beirut Open Stage, a concept created by Elias Maroun in 2013 to unite the live music lovers under one roof. For years, a team of professionals, producers, promoters, labels, musicians, have been working together to make Beirut Open Stage into something bigger and better. And they clearly succeeded.

The masterminds behind BOS are mainly, besides Elias Maroun, Fadi Tabbal, Samer Etienne Chami – commonly known as Etyen, and Ziad Nawfal. The Lebanese population proved to be a huge enthusiast of live music, and the dedication of some to their music is inspiring.

However, the lack of funds and grants for record labels made it almost impossible for most to be heard. Therefore, BOS’ main objective was to give talented bands and musicians a chance to grow and play live in front of big audiences.

To sum up, on the BOS website www.beirutopenspace.com, the introduction reads exactly what BOS stands for: “Beirut Open Space is a center of artistic dynamics in Beirut, a dedicated platform where art meets fun in a convivial and informal way, a hub where diversity is encouraged, and identities can coexist, a hub where the increasing number of young Lebanese artistic and musical talents are recognized and celebrated, a link to help bridge the gap between the youth, the professionals and the audience.”

Outlook sat with Samir Ghobril, also known as Day None, an AUB student with a passion for electronic music. We asked him about the benefits related to his collaboration with BOS, and he was excited to share his experience.

“I got involved with Beirut Open Stage through the dis-covered competition that took place earlier this year. They selected a few university bands, and I got to the final at the Grand Factory. The competition really helped me push my boundaries as a musician and see how far I could take it,” said Ghobril.

“After the competition was over, I was contacted again by BOS and was selected as part of Beirut Wave 4. This involved performing a showcase gig at Beirut Open Space, which again helped me gain exposure and improve musically. I will also be recording a song to be part of the Wave 4 CD, with the help of Etyen. And finally, when I’m ready, they will book me for a full gig at BOS. So far, my involvement with BOS has been hugely positive, and everyone involved with this initiative has been kind and encouraging. I’m excited to see what’s next.”

BOS also collaborated with ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) this year for the annual Band Night, which took place November 18, and also included Day None, as well as multiple talented bands. For information on upcoming events, you can check their official website www.beirutopenspace.com.

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