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Starting Saturday, the artistic elements of Beirut's first Week of Sound will be making themselves heard.The Beirut initiative follows UNESCO's 2017 decision, at the request of Lebanon, France, Argentina and Japan, to adopt Resolution 39 C/49 on "The importance of Sound in Today's World: Promoting Best Practices".The Beirut edition is themed on the sound of the sea.The stairway leads past Najem's nautical treasure trove to the Ain al-Mreisseh port the only remaining fisherman's port in the quarter.Designed by District D, the sound installation "Le Souffleur" has been fitted to the staircase that aims to reconnect this part of the city to the sea through sound. Using a replica of Najem's gramophone, the installation mixes a composition by Nadim Mishlawi with live-streaming of the sound of the waves and underwater recordings. Saturday will also see "The Sea Alphabet," a walk and workshop on the Ain al-Mreisseh Stairs led by Dar Onboz, offering to teach participants how to listen for sounds often missed in the city's chaos.
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