Our New Location

One of our biggest achievements this year is acquiring our own location: CLOWN ME IN THE HOUSE!

In the past year and a half, we moved 3 different locations, each time packing and unpacking and reorganize all our stuff. Can you imagine all of our clown stuff? All our  weird props, hoops, and crazy stuff that you might find  in a clown’s bag? 😂😂

But finally, WE MADE IT.

The new space is serving as our rehearsals space for Clown Me In and our The Caravan Project, meeting space, and the very very serious classroom for the students and teachers of IIVVSS

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The new location is supported by SintraCo who offered us the space,
and Fondation SESAM and DROSOS who partially funded the furnishing of the interior.

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Cleaning and setting up the space in September by the clowns

Clown Tour 2018 Schedule

We are in the process of preparing for our 2018 LEBANON TOUR, in collaboration with the new clowns from We Must Clown

We have been working all of October with Sabine Choucair from Clown Me In, and Stephen Sobal from All In Theatre, to train new members, create a new show, and prepare for a wonderful experience that will travel Lebanon to perform 24 times in 24 different area.

We will be joined by Hannah Elisabeth (who toured with us last year) and Brendon Gawel from Clowns without Borders USA to share the experience with us and share their joy with the children and adults in Lebanon

Check out the schedule and where you’ll be meeting us

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In partnership with ALL IN Theater, and Clowns Without Borders USA.
Supported by British Council and Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Middle East Office, Beirut

The Tenth Performing the World (PTW)

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Sabine recently participated in the tenth Performing the World (PTW) conference that was held in New York City from the 21st till the 23rd of September, 2018.

Sabine gave a clowning workshop to more than 35 therapists and theatre practitioners. They talked and experimented on how to use different forms of art and theatre as therapeutic tools and forms of activism.

Performing the World is a platform that has a developmental attitude towards life by exploring and celebrating performance as a catalyst for human and community development and culture chance. The conference addresses the need to develop performance activism as an essential tool in developing the world: “We have to perform the world again because – and we’re all involved in this – this one stinks”, said co-founder Newman in 2008.

Sabine met some very inspiring people who led incredible initiatives all around the world, of which was Patch Adams, the comedian, activist, clown and author.

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Clown Tour 2017!

We have just finished our 2017 Clown Tour of Lebanon and whilst we clowns recover from the 10 days of back to back performances we would like to take a minute to thank everybody who supported us through our generosity campaign and fundraisers and helped make this tour a reality. We went up and down the country, travelling hundreds of kilometres per day to perform in refugee camps, schools and public spaces spreading laughter and and love where it is most needed.

This tour was very different to our usual tour, along with our regular Clown Me In members (who you can find out more about here) we were joined by new clowns from We Must Clown, the project we launched this summer in collaboration with the Qattan foundation (click here to find out more) and also by Leah and Hannah from Clowns Without Borders USA. The entire show was devised in one week through intensive rehearsal sessions with all the clowns on board.
We included our favourite scenes from our old show but added new scenes tackling issues such as trash, honking, plastic surgery and hygiene.

We travelled up and down the country in and around Akkar, the Bekaa, Tripoli, Beirut, Sour, Saida and managed to perform for over 4600 children, teenagers and adults. The response we got was so positive and we really had to tear ourselves away from the kids at the end of each show, neither of us wanted to part ways!

For us the most important part of the tour is reaching kids who don’t usually have access to this kind of entertainment or activities. This is why before and after each show we spent as much time as we could walking around the camps and playing, dancing, clowning around and laughing with the kids and adults alike.

This tour was also different to our usual tours as we had brand new clowns with us every step of the way, and a slightly different team every day. We took the risk of having a less prepared and polished show in order to include new members of Clown Me In and what a difference that made! We were able to travel to and perform for their communities which created a bond between us, the performers, and the audience that you could never ordinarily achieve. For the audience, seeing someone they know and love arriving with the clown troupe makes the show extra special and meaningful; for the performer, bringing all these clowns to their community is a moment of pride and creates a bigger commitment to the show. And for the tour as a whole? It enables a series of really special moments unique to those specific shows and gives everyone that extra little boost when energy is running low.

Click here to find out more about We Must Clown.
Click here to find out more about our work with Clowns Without Borders.

Clown Me In 2017 TOUR Schedule

Super excited to announce our new Clown Me In tour that we are doing with Clowns Without Borders USA and We Must Clown! Check out the tour dates below to catch a show near you.

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This tour is being funded by the money raised from our generosity campaign. A massive thank you to all of you for your support and generous donations. The campaign is still running to fund a further tour so click here to donate and please share with your friends!

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.

 

3 questions to help you live a purposeful life

Paolo Gallo, Chief People & Culture Officer, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum Geneva has written this beautiful article to help us all to live a happy and purposeful life. Read it here.

He also did a great Ted x Lausanne talk entitled The Compass of Success where he talks a bit about the work we do:

 

Thank you Paolo for everything you do!

Please support us to continue to do our work by donating here.
We really appreciate any contribution big or small!!

 

Janana

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!!!

Trash Lebanese Politicians

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Here we are, two and half months post garbage crisis and nothing has changed. Except of course the piles of garbage that are at least 2m long now, the smell of sewage and garbage that is duplicating with every breeze and the new kinds of respiratory and skin diseases that are doing the tour of the country, visiting every house and every school. 
With my group Clown Me In, we decided to shift our clown attacks to a more specified ones about this garbage situation. We’ve joined the street movement and we posted some clown video actions on Facebook. 
We filmed them in half a day and edited them really quickly. They’re less than 1min long each and carry all the anger and absurdity of the situation – 
They are a clown reaction to an absurd situation!!!!!!
To our surprise the videos went viral and got more than 90K views. Probably because their timing and cause were both very relevant to Lebanon. 
I just uploaded them on You Tube so one can watch them in higher res than on FB
Lebanon as not seen on TV 
 كنوز لبنان – Treasures of Lebanon
بموت بلبنان – I’d die for Lebanon