Poem Translation: Incomprhensible by Deek al-Jin

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عصيّ على الفهم..

بغرغرة الحوت يشعر بالموت يجري مع الدم..
وتمنعه سنوات من العنفوان العظيم بأن يستحيل طعاما ..
وأن يغدو منهشة لصغار السمك..
فيجنح في كبرياء مهيب..
نحو شطّ غريب ..
يموت عليه وحيدا..

ببؤس الحمامة حين يختطف القط روح زغاليلها في الظلام..
ويقعدها الجبن عن أن تحاول إنقاذ تلك العيون الصغيرة ..
تلك الضلوع الكسيرة..
فتجلس رابضة فوق غصن قريب..
تراقب هذا العشاء الأخير بقلب محطم..

بكل الأسى الذي يسكن صدر حصان أصيل..
ألقت به الريح ..
بعد سنين الفحولة..
بعد عصور البطولة..
في يد سائس بائس يعرضه في مهرجان ملون..
ليصبح تسلية للصغار ..

بحزن الفدائي يجلس فوق حطام ربوع صباه..
يعانق بارودة باردة..
يعض على الشفة الجامدة..
يحاول أن يتذكر ما كان قبل الطغاة وقبل الغزاة وقبل انهيار سماء الوطن..
يفكر فيها وفي أمه العاجزة..
أما زالتا حيتين؟
أما زال في العمر متسع للأمل؟
يحدق نحو السماء ..
فيدرك أن قد لا يعود ..
وإن عاد قد لا يراها..
وقد لا يرى أمه..
يعانق بارودة باردة..
ويعض على الشفة الجامدة..

بحزن عصي على الفهم.. آتي إليك..
بقلب عصي على الفرح .. آتي إليك..
بنفس تمور كما الطير في لحظات النزاع الأخيرة.. آتي إليك..
فلا تتركيني..

Incomprehensible

Gargling, the whale senses death running through his blood

Memories of his heyday forbid him from turning into food,

Into a feeding ground for little fish

So he flees with majestic pride

Toward an unknown shore

And dies there, alone

 

 

With the misery of a pigeon whose babies’ souls a cat kidnaps in the darkness

and whom cowardice forces into surrender instead of trying to save those small eyes,

those broken ribs

So she sits idly on a nearby branch

And watches this last supper with a broken heart

 

With all the woefulness in a thoroughbred’s heart

Whom the winds threw

After years of strength

And eras of heroism

in the hands of a miserable manager

who puts him on display in a colorful festival

as entertainment for children

 

In sorrow, the freedom fighter sits on the debris of his youth

hugging a cold rifle

biting a frozen lip

Trying to remember what he was before the tyrants and invaders, and before the sky of the homeland collapsed

He thinks of it and his powerless mother

Are they still alive?

Is there still room in the years left of his life for hope?

He gazes toward the sky

And realizes he might never go back

And if he does, he might not see her

nor his mother

He hugs the cold rifle

and bites the frozen lip

 

With incomprehensible sadness, I come to you

With a heart incapable of happiness, I come to you

With a soul heaving, like a bird in its final moments, I come to you

So don’t leave me.

 

This poem was originally posted on Deek al-Jin’s Facebook page on 30 March, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Orenda Tribe Turns Refugee Children’s Art into T-Shirts

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Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist”. Through introducing children in underprivileged communities and refugee camps to art and then printing that art onto T-shirts and sharing them with the rest of the world, The Orenda Tribe helps children discover art and the artist within. Orenda is “a mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to effect change in their own lives.” When asked.”Why Art?” The Orenda Tribe says:

Why art? Art is a neglected subject in most distressed communities although it is very important in building skills in children that will allow them to build a better future for themselves. Skills such as creativity, problem-solving, communication and confidence. Add to this, that art spreads smiles and happiness into children’s lives.

In addition to the art lessons given at Jerash refugee camp in Jordan, The Orenda Tribe has also held an art workshop for SOS Village mothers, art therapy sessions in cooperation with Art Therapy International Centre, and winter clothes drives for the children of the camp.

 

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Want to help The Orenda Tribe fund their art activities? Here‘s where you can a T-shirt.

To hear more about The Orenda Tribe from Zaid Souqi, watch this video from A Minute Marvel.

For more information visit The Orenda Tribe’s website and Facebook page.

 

Hotel Zaatari: A Short Film That Brings the Human Back to the Refugee

Uncategorized, Writing

Hotel Zaatari is a short film written and directed by two Jordanian filmmakers, Mais Salman and Zaid Baqaeen. The film shows four Syrians from the Syrian city of Daraa near the Jordan-Syria borders who settled in the world’s largest Syrian refugee Camp, Zaatari. With beautiful cinematography and poignant, poetic narration, we are introduced to 13-year-old Ali, 64-year-old Abo Abdo, 52-year-old Hayat, and nine-year-old Sarah. In 17 minutes, the word refugee is stripped of all the politics, the numbers, economics, and pity and the human is re-seen.

According to the film’s website, “the film aims to raise awareness and change perceptions towards the displaced Syrians, and shed light on their plights, fears, hopes and dreams. Challenging the notion of ‘the other’, the film hopes to express and reveal the core of what it is to be human, and what it is to be humane.”

Hotel Zaatari is not only a film but an initiative. Forty limited edition prints from Zaatari are sold to fund programs in the camp in association with Save the Children International.

Watch the film and visit the website.

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Self-Rediscovery via Khaled Hourani’s Exhibition at Darat al Funun

Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing

Rediscovering passion is rediscovering the self. Khaled Hourani’s A Retrospective exhibition nestled in the beautiful villa and garden that is Darat al Funun helped me rediscover that mind-captivating exhilaration and wonder at the beauty that surrounds us — the mind that thinks the art, the artist courageous enough to make the art, the Creator’s art: the bee pulled by the magnet of rosemary bushes and lavender, the sun as it warms the cold stone of the Roman columns standing tall in the backyard.

In this space of art and beauty one finds acceptance, universality; we are all one and the same, stripped of all the backgrounds that tell of differences.
That is the essence of Khaled Hourani’s newest work, The Blue Figure. By removing the refugee, resembled in the UNHCR logo as a blue figure, from its context, Hourani challenges our conception of a refugee. Seen in different settings: on a balcony, in the lap of a parent and in a tent, the figure’a individuality and humanness is returned. Each becomes one, all a part of the whole.
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Watch a report and interview on Al Ghad about the exhibition.

Bringing Music and Art to the Streets of Amman

BarakaBits, Writing

While walking down Amman streets, Sami found time and time again that they were void of life and beauty. A lover of music, he thought to himself, “Why not bring art to the streets?”

That’s exactly what this exciting event “Music Rings in the Streets of Amman” aims to do. While speaking to Sami Nada, one of the organizers of the event,he explained to BarakaBits that the goal of this event is “to introduce people to street art and its beauty and spread a message of peace and love. It also aims to break the rigidity of the art culture on the streets.” He defines street art as a spontaneous artistic expression of freedom, peace and love and one that creates an intimate relationship between the artists and audience.
Sami adds that
“there is a growing group of artists and lovers of art in Jordan who do not seek any monetary gain out of their art. All they want is to send a message of peace and love through their art but they do not have the space to freely do so.”

According to the organizer, “this event, which is the first of its kind in Jordan, will provide that space.” The event will share both the culture of street music and street art with a complete performance by inspiring percussionists and other artists in the field of street art such as freestyle dancers, fire performers and mime artists. Local artists  from Jordan will bring life to the streets of Amman through Arabic music as well as other exciting performances.

So if you’re an artist or an art lover, don’t miss the event! This one-of-a-kind street art event will take place in Jabal l’Weibdeh on Thursday October 20, 2016.
For more information visit the event’s Facebook page.
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This article was originally published on BarakaBits on October, 15, 2016.

How to Transform Negative Energy to Positive Energy

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… The human resource specialist explained that if you face any of these causes you may be experiencing negative energy but you can move away from that through transforming it into positive energy through the following 10 steps:

  1. Return to God in saying and action
  2. Always repeat the phrase, “I am capable, I can achieve all my ambitions whatever the circumstances” and imagine you are in the place you dream of, see yourself succeeding, people clapping for you and the world speaking of you. Live the moment deeply until your subconscious mind believes it and opens the door of positive success to you.
  3. Believe in values, role models and sound life principles
  4. Create a clear future plan executable in a specific time frame
  5. Expose yourself to the sun, exercise, pray and feel gratitude
  6. Discover your skills and positive qualities to put them to use
  7. Attract positive energy through attracting positive thoughts
  8. Focus on the solution when facing crises
  9. Benefit from your own and others’ experiences of failure and success
  10. Learn skills of effectively communicating with others as well as thinking and success skills

Read the full Arabic article in Al Ghad newspaper.

REGISTER NOW: Disrupt!/Music!/ in Amman

BarakaBits, Uncategorized, Writing

Do you have a passion for music and want to make it your career? Do you have an idea for a business in the music industry? Or the answer to a problem musicians face? Disrupt!/Music!/ might be the perfect event to help you turn your idea into a reality. We talked to Mohamad Ismail of Indiepush to learn more about the event.

Can you tell us more about the event?

Disrupt!/Music!/ is part of a training series created and supported by HIVOS Mideast Creatives. Disrupt events are held throughout the Middle East andprovide training and financial support for participants who are implementing projects or businesses within the creative industry sectors, such as music, design, animation, publishing, film or media.

Disrupt!/Music!/ is all about music and giving life to great, creative, and disruptive ideas by supporting dedicated people to take their ideas to the next level.

The event, which takes place over three days starting March 24th at the Zain Innovation Campus (ZINC) in the King Hussein Business Park, is organized by Belbalah, a new agency that supports the alternative and independent music scene in the Middle East, feesheh, and indiepush, and is sponsored by HIVOS Mideast Creatives. The first day is relaxed and approximately three hours, and is intended to be an ice-breaker and introduction to the activities of the following two days, which include business model training, three hours of music industry workshops and three hours of music marketingconducted by Budi Voogt from Heroic Records, Middle East music industry mentoring from Abed Agha of Vinelabs, and one-on-one mentoring sessions with experts from business, startups, and creative industries, such as Tamer Masri founder of Jobedu, experienced entrepreneur Zaid Masri, Shermine Sawalha founder of Malahi, Wael Attili founder of Kharabeesh, Lubna Juqqa of MidEasttunes, Mahmood Jrere of DAM rap group and founder of Indiepush, and Maher Jilani founder of Plexable, among others.

Approximately 20 teams will enhance their music business or project ideas through the mentoring and workshops, and pitch to an independent jury who will select the best three ideas and teams. The prizes, which include 6,000 EUR in cash prizes (3,000 for first place, 2,000 for second, and 1,000 for third place), and Zoomaal credits for crowdfundable projects worth $1,000 will be distributed among the winners as well.

What impact do you hope Disrupt!/Music!/ will have?

We are bringing together a great collection of people who are involved in the local and international music industry (artists, entrepreneurs, successful label owners, agents, as well as business, music and creative industry mentors), with a two-fold intention. 1) Help people in the region who are either just starting or thinking about starting a project or business in music enhance and take their idea to the next level, and 2) impact the local players already operating in the emerging scene by connecting them with key people and institutions that are working to grow, invest, and develop the industry. In addition, the workshops we’ve designed address the main pain-points, that we, as a community, must not only address but solve to move the emerging music scene beyond part-time hobbyist and into an industry that is able to sustain respectable livelihoods for the people working within it- the musicians, producers, studios, managers, agents, and entrepreneurs. That’s why, for example, we’re bringing Budi Voogt of Heroic Records and Abed Agha from Vinelabs, to be the main trainers and mentors of the event. They have both built successful and profitable music businesses, one in the European market and one in the Middle East, that address, at their core, the artistic and business needs of the musicians they work with.

 Any other details you would like readers to know? 

The deadline to apply is March 15th. and the application, which is very simple, can be submitted in both Arabic or English, and is found here: Mideastcreatives.org.

We encourage all applications. We are seeing artistic people being timid about applying because of the business element. We want them to know that all things aside, what we are really looking for are passionate, dedicated people who want to bring their ideas to life or enhance the ones they are pursuing. The event is intended to support people who are passionate about the emerging scene, so we are open to all and any ideas and people who truly want to do just that, Disrupt music here.

Interested in learning more about the event? Visit the event’s page on Facebook and Mideast Creatives’ website.
Mideast Creatives will also be hosting a similar training event in Cairo for performing artists from April 8-10, 2016.

 

This article was originally published on BarakaBits on March 14, 2016.