On August 4th 2020, an explosion of unprecedented proportions in an urban setting during peacetime ravaged the port of Beirut. The explosion took hundreds of innocent lives and left thousands in a precarious situation, while also disfiguring the city’s historic districts. With these considerations in mind, the projects undertaken by RestART Beirut aim to contribute to the renovation effort in the following ways: - Promoting Education we aim to raise public awareness of the city’s unique heritage, to encourage the transmission of the know-how - Encouraging the Local Economy by supporting and encouraging the revival of ancient Lebanese crafts and the creation of an economically viable activity in this sector. - Fostering International Cooperation via the transnational partnerships
We are accountable towards the Lebanese population by guaranteeing that we will only collaborate with the best (art conservation) experts to safeguard its cultural heritage. We are accountable towards our donors and sponsors by guaranteeing that the money is solely dedicated to the projects they have chosen.
We are responsible for the usage of funds that we are entrusted with, and we strive for efficiency in our operations.
We are a trustworthy and reliable partner for all the parties involved in our projects. We are transparent in our actions.
We are humble and dedicated in what we do, solely motivated and driven by our passion for the arts. We see the arts as an essential part of society and believe in its ability to build bridges between individuals.
The Fund has been created with the aim of reviving and harnessing the the socio-economic benefits of Lebanon’s cultural heritage, by supporting the rehabilitation of Beirut’s collections and with its pilot project: the Sursock Palace collections and its opening to the public. This Palace and future artistic residency, from which cultural awareness will radiate throughout Beirut, aims to become a driver for economic and social development in the city. The project will reinforce the role of heritage as part of Beirut’s underlying socio-economic fabric by generating growth, creating employment, increasing community cohesion and involvement.