In May, Sabine spent 3 weeks clowning along the Balkan Route for The Route to Connect, a Service Civil International project.  With Clay Mazing from Clowns Without Borders USA they spent 3 days training 16 volunteers in clowning before setting off together.

Throughout their journey, the group met beautiful people living in shocking conditions surrounded by fences, barbed wire and a complete lack of humanity and understanding from their host governments. Sabine reported what she saw along the way in a series of facebook posts. We have gathered them all here to be read as a journal, documenting the injustice of the refugee crisis in Europe but also the beautiful moments they managed to find amidst the sadness.

Please share these stories far and wide with friends and acquaintances!

Recycle Reuse Celebration PART II

More pictures from our Clown Attack in Aitanit!

So much fun running through the streets and playing with the schoolchildren!

It’s so important to teach children about the negative consequences of littering on our environment, our health and wellbeing.  Teaching them to practice responsible garbage disposal and recycling early on is the best way to engrain good habits!


All these beautiful pictures are courtesy of Enke Hwang.

Recycle Reuse Celebration

We took part in a celebration with VNG at Aitanit celebrating the recycling and up-cycling achievement of the local community.

We performed with children from the local school, played with them and taught them about the importance of recycling and responsible garbage disposal.


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We also clowned around with residents on the streets and took part in the ceremony itself, performing for the municipality and attendees.

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What a wonderful achievement, we were so pleased to be part of the celebrations! This shows the power of working together as a community to keep our planet clean and green and what we can achieve when we come together. We are looking forward to seeing more of this around Lebanon in the very near future!!

Ideas Box part 2

Part 2 of Ideas Box began this week with Joelle starting the digital storytelling workshops with the kids.

They first got into pairs and filmed each other presenting themselves to the camera. They were then shows 2 short films which were followed by a group discussion.

The first session acted as an introduction to the world of film as a tool for storytelling. It was an opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with the equipment and for Joelle to introduce them to some visual material.

Ideas Box

We are very excited to be taking part in the IDEAS BOX project in collaboration with INTERSOS and the Geothe Institut which started in April and will be running through the summer.

The aim is to provide local youth in Choueifat with social therapy sessions designed to explore personal stories in a safe and judgment free environment. The teens are encouraged to work as a team and the sessions revolve around play, imagination and team work.

Chantal of of Clown Me In’s amazing clowns, has been running the theatre and storytelling workshop sin April, introducing the teenagers to different theatre techniques.

Her sessions begin with dynamic group exercises to strengthen bonds within the group. The focus is then shifted onto the individual to help participants to connect with themselves and find their inner strength and stories before partaking group storytelling and theatre exercises.

We are looking forward to beginning the digital storytelling part of the project with Joelle very soon!

CATCH – Creative Arts for Change

Through creativity we can change the situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon



61 million people are right now fleeing from war, persecution and poverty. In vulnerable situations affected by violence and uncertainty, existing power and gender structures are growing stronger. In areas of Lebanon where people who have fled from Syria now live, the situation is getting more and more acute as physical, mental and sexual violence against girls and women are constantly increasing. This is why, Clowns Without Borders Sweden together with Beirut DC and Clown Me In are starting  the two-year project “Creative ArTs for CHange”.

Together, Clowns Without Borders Sweden and Clown Me In (Beirut DC) will train Syrian and Lebanese people with a background in art, culture and social work. They will be given new tools and methods to apply when leading group workshops for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In these workshops, Syrian girls, women, boys and men, will be invited in separate groups to express themselves in a safe space, to create understanding for others and get psychosocial support through creative art forms. The project is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish development assistance via the Swedish Institute.

“We are living one of the worst and biggest crisis in the world, a project like this one would open a space for us to come together, to listen and to act. The need is big in Lebanon and around the world and we all need to act right now,” says Sabine Choucair, co-founder of Clown Me In at Beirut DC.

“Creative ArTs for CHange” starts in April 2017. The first of two 5-6 weeks’ group leadership trainings take place in August-September, and then the weekly exercises for refugees starts in October 2017.


This spring we had the pleasure of joining forces once again with Al Jana for the 5 day Janana festival in Lebanon to spread laughter and joy amongst children around the country!

We spent 5 wonderful days clowning around, doing workshops with kids, performing and taking part in the parade with all the children and the other performers.


We went to Beirut, Tripoli, Baalbeck, Saida and Tyre . We had a great time as usual and look at all the smiles on the kids’ faces!!

Thank you Al Jana for making this happen!!!

The Caravan Project


We are very happy and honoured to have been involved in the artistic direction of the Caravan Project – A project putting the Syrian refugee voices at the heart of a street theatre performance, literally, through the use of recorded storytelling audio. The performance has toured Lebanon and Tunisia and is now looking into touring Europe.

To read more about the project please click on this link

To read about the personal experience of our Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Project Sabine Choucair CLICK HERE .

You can also watch this 16min documentary that sums up the experience:

Hurray to more hopeful projects around the world. 

Clown tour supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon

With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon, we started our clown tour around Lebanon, where we are offering 20 performances and workshops to Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese kids throughout the country.

5 clowns are already on the go -The performance is highly physical and visual, it follows the trip of the clowns, the preparations, their games and their little misunderstandings. It is based on clown skits, routines and fun interactive games.

 Clowns touring:  
Sabine Choucair, Sara Berjawi, Layal Ghanem, Walid Saliba and Hisham Abou Nasr.
Tour dates and places: 
April 19th  – Majdel Anjar, Saadnayel – 10.30 am , 12.30pm
April 20th  – Bar Elias, Nahrieh – 10.30 am, 12.30pm
April 21rst – Malala school – 10.30am, 12.30pm
April 22nd – Sawa camps Bekaa – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 19th   – Palestinian camps Beirut – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 20th   – Dar Al Aytam Beirut – 10.30am, 3pm
May 21rst  – La Maison des Jeunes et de la culture Zouk – 11am
May 22nd  – Kefraya, Lela – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 26th   – Sour – 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3pm
May 27th   – Saida palestinian camps – 10.30am, 12.30pm