Wickerpark Festival hits Lebanon again in 2015.
Wickerpark is a music festival that started back in 2010 out of friendship and youthful daydreams of a small Lebanese group of friends. The organizers used to hang out at the “wicker”, a small house where they shared their love and passion for music. The gatherings attracted more musicians every week, and soon enough the place would no longer fit and that’s when they decided to start a festival.
They held their very first festival in 2011 where around 2000 people attended. This independent event then grew into what attracted an audience of more than 5000 people in 2014.
Wickerpark now plays a very unique role in the dynamics of alternative culture in Lebanon. They have introduced more than 70 artists in several genres and are considered the most affordable and rewarding live-music experience in the country.
One of the events goals this year was to promote environmental awareness, through the help of NGOs and participants including Skoun and Marsa, the Beirut Green Project, Batroun Khaliya Ahla, AltCity, Dream Matcher, Jasmin, Surf School, Lola Vera, Mellow, Cirquenciel, Jugglers, and Lama Yulu.
There were also capoeira classes with Filhos De Bimba, an art battle held by Secret Walls of Beirut, and other activities organized by Live Love Beirut.
Later through the night the music festival, organized by Soul Arch, introduced a number of new performers to its audience, bringing together local acts such as Postcards, (O), Alif, La Mirza & Rayess Bek, and Diamond Setter, as well as two international acts, Abby and Aufgang.
The festival strecthed out for two days where some of the participants camped out on the Batroun grounds.