We are pleased to announce ULYP’s new partnership with Liban Jazz, which began at the turn of the new year. Liban Jazz has been supportive of our mission over the years and together we have hosted two fund raising concerts for ULYP. To launch the season, The Grammy nominated artist: Hot 8 Brass Band will perform at MusicHall on Sunday the 24th of February. More information is available on the Liban Jazz Facebook page. If you are interested in buying tickets, please contact us at ULYP on 01 745 887, and ask for Jana, who will help you reserve your spot.
Running for ULYP
The Blom Bank Beirut Marathon will be held on the 11th of November this year and ULYP will be in partnership with them again! Every runner has the option to run in partnership with an organisation and a percentage of the proceeds is donated to the charitable work done by that organisation. This year, if you run for ULYP, part of your registration fee will go to the wonderful work we do with children and youth in Lebanon. Last year’s donations helped to build our new pre-school, which has been teaching young children all year!
If you are planning to run in the marathon this year, please run for us. When registering on the marathon website, all you have to do is click on ‘ULYP’, when asked what organisation you’d like to support (under the ‘Run for a Cause’ tab). These donations make a huge difference to the work we do here so please, get your running shoes on and run for ULYP.
Give a Coat, Warm a Heart
Winter is coming, and without the right clothing, many families will struggle to stay warm. We are therefore delighted to announce that our Caring Coats Campaign will be running for the fifth time. Between October 15th and November 15th, ULYP will be placing donation boxes all over Beirut, as well as at our office. Please donate any coats, scarves, blankets and other warm pieces of clothing if you can. Last year, over 3500 hearts were warmed by your kind donations. This year we are hoping for even more!
Thank you, your contributions can make a huge difference!
Zade Dirani in Concert
On 11th of October, Zade Dirani is playing at the Palais Des Congres, in Dbayeh. This event is hosted by one of our wonderful partners, Taawon Lebanon. Please join us at this concert to enjoy Zade Dirani’s music and support our joint educational programs. Tickets are available on the ticketing box office website (https://www.ticketingboxoffice.com/).
On March 5, Souad Massi and her band played in front of a packed-out Beirut Music Hall in aid of ULYP. This was the first time Souad Massi has performed to fundraise for ULYP and she did not disappoint. It was a beautiful show and fully enjoyed by everyone who attended. Our special thanks goes out to Souad Massi, and our sponsors Pillar Invest and CSC Bank SAL, and all the attendees, helping us raise over $40,000. These generous donations will go towards ULYP’s ongoing and upcoming programs and scholarships!
Photo by Joseph Khoury
After two years of debating what the perfect fundraising event for ULYP would be, something unique, fun and offering a great time for all, we decided on a concert. Accordingly, on the 6th of April we successfully held ULYP’s first fundraising event ever. The concert was given by the wonderful oud group Le Trio Joubran at Music Hall. The three Joubran brothers gave the packed venue a night to remember, filled with amazing music and a fantastic atmosphere. The audience was enthralled and so were the musicians!
The Trio has been playing for over 10 years, transforming traditional oud music into an original and passionate mix of traditional local music, jazz and flamenco. Their unique style blends poetry and oud seamlessly together with a superb outcome. Their last album was heavily based around recordings of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry, bringing an unusual depth to their music. They concluded our concert with a unique piece played by the three brothers on one oud. Yes, you heard it, that’s 6 hands playing one piece on one oud in total synchronicity. In case you missed it or would like to see it again, please visit ULYP’s YouTube page to see them in action https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mptAXUJmdY.
Most importantly, the event was a great success both in raising funds for ULYP’s programs, as well as in increasing awareness of ULYP among the general public. Regular tickets sold through Virgin Ticketing Office were sold out days before the concert; likewise, patron tickets sold at ULYP all went ahead of time. Moreover, in response to popular demand, standing tickets were also sold at the door.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support of the wonderful people who believe in ULYP and our mission. Our most heartfelt thanks go to Rami El Nimer for his sponsorship, to Karim Ghattas and Liban Jazz for organizing this amazing evening, to Michel Elefteriades and Music Hall for hosting the event and to all the patron ticket holders, ULYP Board, friends, supporters and concert goers.
The $21,000 raised at the event will support us in growing our services and reaching out to more and more vulnerable children, youth and women to empower them and prepare them for a better future and a united Lebanon.