A large exhibition opened the doors of Zico
House, defining it as a cultural space. This exhibition uncovered
the work of Marwan Rishmaoui, Flavia Codsi, Gilbert Hage, Elie
Khalife, artists who later became esteemed internationally.
« HARIS »
« Haris », written by Boutros Rouhana, is
the first performance to be presented at Zico House. This play had
been especially created for the space, highlighting the fact that
Zico House is a space dedicated to artists working in unusual sites.
« CHORBA »
« Chorba » is an exhibition by Rafik Majzoub;
it was the first time that the name Zico House was employed.
1996 « Al Khat Al Moubachar » or Direct Line
This youth association operated at Zico House for
few years. They presented a number of weekly events, such as
Libération Cinéma and yearly events like conferences, film
festivals, etc… It was a very active association, and its members
invited well-known persons from different fields, like Moustapha
Barghouti from Palestine.
In Concert 2000
At first, “In Concert” was
a musical project created by Zico. Its main idea was to enable
emerging, small-scale, and unknown bands to perform in front of an
audience. It also aimed at encouraging new groups and singers to
move from the amateur stage to the professional one. The singularity
of the concerts at Zico House was the intimate atmosphere shared by
the audience and the musicians.
Soon the project grew up
into an association and separated from Zico House.
2006 Zico House during
the Israeli attack
In 2006, during the Israeli invasion, Zico House
was automatically transformed into an aid centre for refugees. A
number of individual volunteers and of social organizations gathered
in the building, creating a major support system for the country. In
two days, Zico House was able to welcome refugees, associations, and
volunteers; the space was transformed, adapted to the emergency and
to the necessity to react.
In this context, a number of civil associations
were born, namely:
Samidoun network refer to:
began as a project during the war and and soon became a Lebanese
non-governmental organization, founded on principles of culture and
human rights. It is dedicated to providing relief to victims of war
and deprivation in Lebanon as well as to raising awareness and
promoting values in citizenship, democracy, education, and
community-building. For more info, please consult: