Resource of
Open Minds


Themes: Migration, Art Practice, Community, Freedom of Expression,
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Country: Lebanon


The core concept of this project is developing a ‘Mobile Music Studio,’ that allows artists to individually produce and digitally publish an EP. Mishwar creates a space to raise the voices of refugees and help unleash their creative potential. In three different locations, Mishwar fosters the creative process for the participants through innovative means in several artistic mediums, including poetry, writing, freestyle, beats production and collaboration. There is one training session per week led by a specialist, with the project culminating in an album launch performance.

Mishwar is a local, community-based NGO launched in response to the worsening refugee crisis in North Lebanon. The NGO works specifically in areas of deteriorating infrastructure, limited resources, and social and political tensions, and where there is a heavy army presence in the remote rural areas and urban ghettos. Focusing on youth empowerment and building local capacities in marginalized areas, Mishwar aims to raise the voices and creative potential of youth. The organization’s goals include developing creative projects that help engender real and economic improvements for all, and to foster links between the Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians, in order to strengthen capacities, self-reliance, and social cohesion as a form of problem-solving. Mishwar is made up of local Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese volunteers from the camps, who lead each project and host communities. As a hub, Mishwar has created a network of local artists and taken their voices and audio productions to different online platforms to help fight the discrimination against and stereotyping of refugees.