There’s no denying the economic situation in Lebanon is at a breaking point and affecting people’s livelihoods to a staggering degree. The government is unable to perform its essential duty in providing for its citizens. In the vacuum of governance and substantial economic security, the Lebanese economy is faltering, sliding into irrelevance and ultimately dissolution. These are difficult times.
The Food and Beverage sector in Lebanon is a staple of Lebanese economic activity and a boon for the cultural appreciation of life. Our sector is not immune to these dangers, and like all other businesses that are not deemed essential, have been forced to shut down. Thousands of businesses have closed, and the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs and Pastries in Lebanon (http://syndicatercnp.com/) asserts that up to 25,000 people have lost their jobs since September 2019 in the hospitality scene alone. The ongoing lockdown due to Covid-19 is fast-tracking an already fragile situation. As always, the most affected are those who rely on daily income, who rely on us to open our doors.
In the electronic music nightlife scene of Lebanon- it is the non-managerial employees who rely on daily income rates and tips from customers to sustain their livelihood. The runners, cleaners, bartenders, waiters. All the staff that put the show up and take the show down, that cater to every need. We are powerless to help without the ability to open our doors. We feel a sense of urgency and responsibility.
INTRODUCING ELECTRONIC LABOR DAY
In the spirit of International Workers Day-
MAY DAY –
International Labor Day-
We- the top electronic music institutions in Lebanon!
The Ballroom Blitz
Beirut Groove Collective
Decks On The Beach
Fantôme de Nuit Records
A tribe called Tribe
And alongside the Syndicate of Owners of Restaurants, Cafes, Nightclubs and Pastries in Lebanon are teaming up to bring you Electronic Labor Day- a three-day, virtual electronic music festival.
The marathon will be broadcast on all platforms. You can join whenever you want, check back after breakfast.
We are taking every measure to ensure full transparency and accountability regarding this initiative. Throughout the festival, a Donate-Now link will be visible on screen, where viewers can donate to a common fund. A Committee of four has been created, with three representatives from the nightclubs of Beirut and a board member of the Syndicate: Founders Joe Mourani from Ballroom Blitz, Rabih Khabbaz from Projekt, Nemer Saliba from Überhaus, and Board Member Jad Abou Jaoude from the Syndicate of Owners of RCNP in Lebanon, in which the Syndicate has agreed to be Treasurer, responsible to manage the donations and distribute accordingly.
Prospective applicants have until May 15th to apply through forms on our website (https://forms.gle/Wd8rDoL3Kqpiwyqh7). Individual applications will be reviewed by the Committee. All funds will be distributed equally among successful applicants who have been verified as non-managerial employees of their respective institutions.
More than one hundred fifty DJS from 25+ countries will be taking part in the cause!
DJs from the following countries are representing!
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
United States Of America
More than one DJ will always be broadcasting, playing from multiple “rooms”.
The artists have all been sent the specs, and are preparing their sets with YOU in mind. You know what? They miss you too. And they’d love to see you.
And we’d love to host you and your friends. Tell them about this, it’s important.
While we understand that this initiative is not a holistic solution to an ever-expanding crisis, we believe it is essential to provide much needed support whenever we can. The future is sure to be uncertain. Taking one step at a time, the most we can do is plan a few weeks ahead, and plan to make them count.
Show up, tell your friends, get excited. Share this on your feeds. Buy whatever you need and join us online. Lend us your ears!
Line-up to be announced shortly.
Oh yeah- and don’t be shy. If you have any questions, you can reach us here.
We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, and will be following this with a more detailed announcement shortly on the intricates of the concept.
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