Hamra is in Beirut. Prior to 1975, Hamra Street was referred to as Beirut’s “Champs Elysées” as it was frequented by tourists all year round. It hosts a good number of hotels, furnished apartments, and coffee shops that cater to visitors and students from close by American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University. During the last few years, it has been revitalized, with many new upscale bars, cafes, restaurants, and shops opening, and is becoming a popular district for shopping, nightlife, and cuisine once again.(wiki)
AUG13. Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon.
From brilliant young artist Yazan Halwani’s Facebook page, the story behind his beautiful new mural on Concorde/Hamra in Beirut:
Ali was a homeless man, and the legend of Bliss Street. I have personally crossed Ali countless times on his street.
A few months ago, Ali died on the coldest night of Beirut’s winter because he was living in pitiful conditions. Ali’s death triggered short-lived actions to help the homeless in Beirut (for one or two weeks).
I painted this mural a few hundred meters from Ali’s street to immortalize him and to remind us that we should not wait the death of another Ali to help others.
I wrote “Ghadan Yawmone Afdal” (Tomorrow is a better day) while listening to a song of the similar title by Mashrou’ Leila, in the hope that tomorrow will be a better day.
by 20-year old artist Yazan Halwani.
16AUG13. Beirut, Lebanon.