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Robert McKelvey

Robert McKelvey


Robert McKelvey is a British freelance journalist and cultural writer based in Lebanon.

Nostalgically referred to as a 'golden age' due to the surge of creativity and perceived economic success, Beirut in the 1960s is fondly remembered. A new exhibition showing at Doha's Mathaf interrogates this claim by tracing the city's trajectory.

20 April, 2023

A spectacle of the subaltern, Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar is giving face and space to the world's forgotten. With exhibits spanning across Africa and Asia, the festival is helping give a new lease of life to post-oil Qatar's creative industries.

13 April, 2023

Ancient methods of Lebanese craftsmanship have endured throughout the centuries, both in times of national illness and health. One such family that has kept these traditions is the Tarazi family, whose artistic imprint can be seen across Lebanon.

12 December, 2022

A Swiss-based law firm has pressed charges against US-Norwegian company TGS ASA, alleged to be culpable in the transfer of the 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that caused the Beirut port explosion. Two years on, the quest for justice continues.

03 August, 2022

For many Lebanese citizens, the seemingly inconspicuous problem of stolen manhole covers is yet another example of a country in decline. But for one Lebanese engineer, this everyday problem has spurred him on to find a new and innovative solution.

05 May, 2022

Back for the first time in three years, the Mahmoud Kahil Award for comics, cartoons and illustrations recognises the talents and creative achievements of artists from across the MENA region.

20 April, 2022

Lebanon's economic crisis has left many without the necessary fuel needed to heat their homes, leading to a growing problem of deforestation. There are growing fears that, without sustainable conservation efforts, Lebanon may lose its natural beauty.

30 March, 2022

Art Design Lebanon's latest exhibition is a homage to the rich archaeological and artistic history of Lebanon. Set in the Maronite monastery Deir al Kalaa, the multidisciplinary showcase is proof of the enduring cultural legacy of Lebanon.

23 March, 2022

Having needed extensive repairs after the Beirut Port explosion, Lebanon's national library has finally re-opened its doors to the general public. Housing many rare artefacts from across the Middle East, the library is a literal literary goldmine.

17 March, 2022

Inundated by crises, many employees within Lebanon's medical industry are being forced to emigrate, or put up with dangerously deteriorating conditions. In a country previously lauded for its surgical facilities, this is a tragic decision to take.

15 November, 2021