London to get a taste of the spirit of Beirut


The artistic street culture of Beirut will come to the capital of the UK later this year as Lebanon takes part in the inaugural London Design Biennale.

Saudi Arabia and Palestine will also be among the 34 countries taking part in the event.

Lebanon “will bring a lively depiction of Beirut’s street spirit” to the venue, Somerset House’s River Terrace which is by the Waterloo Bridge.


Set to open on September 7th, the Biennale will center on the theme Utopia by Design, looking at “sustainability, migration, pollution, water and social equality,” among other issues.

The theme was chosen in honor of the 500th anniversary of the publication of Thomas More’s “Utopia,” and the Biennale will be the centerpiece of the Somerset House’s year-long programme celebrating the text.

“We chose the inaugural theme, Utopia by Design, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the publication of Sir Thomas More’s classic, and to reflect on the rich history of the modernist design it inspired,” said Christopher Turner, the director of the event.

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