Partners/

Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council/

Crafts of MENASEA and Reviving Beirut

Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council joins Design Miami/ with a two part program: an exclusive online sale of handmade works from artist-makers from the MENASEA and Central Asian regions along with an inspiring conversation about how we can all support design and architecture practices to revive Beirut.

Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council works to empower women professionally and socially by supporting traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia regions, working in partnership with global organizations. The Council aims to provide a fresh narrative for women artists, designers, and makers by developing new market opportunities and delivering social development programs and vocational training, while also preserving the skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for current and future generations.

About Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council

Based in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and representing both traditional and modern crafts across the MENASEA and Central Asia region, Irthi exists to support the professional and social empowerment of women through craft.

Working with partner organisations around the world, the Council aims to provide a fresh narrative for craftswomen, by developing new market opportunities and sectors, delivering social development programmes and vocational training, while preserving the craft skills and rich cultural heritage of the UAE for future generations through its initiatives.

Talks/

  • Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability Through Heritage Conservation, presented by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council
    Farah Nasri, Curator for Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council and Sharjah UNESCO Creative City of Crafts & Folk Arts, hosts a conversation with Lebanese creatives to shine a light on Beirut's moveable and immovable cultural heritage—and its immediate need for safeguarding. Panelists include architect Bernard Khoury, designer Nada Debs, and Tessa and Tara Sakhi of multidisciplinary architecture and design studio T SAKHI
    Moderated by Farah Nasri