Walking out of Lockdown


It is the nature of creatives, artisans and social protagonists to be flexible and forward looking.


From a casual support mechanism came “Walking out of Lockdown: What comes next?” podcast series, a collaboration by creative partners Mark Abouzeid and Sophie Beer, Real Lives NGO and freelancers, artists, artisans and social protagonists throughout Southern Europe and around the globe.

Walking out of Lockdown Season 1: “What Comes Next”

Every week, Mark Abouzeid reaches out to freelancers, artisans, creatives, culture protagonists and everyday people on how they survived lockdown and what the ‘new normal’ means to them, personally and professionally. In an intimate conversation between friends, Abouzeid asks them about the future, what changes they will make to adapt and how they intend to rebuild.

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“On march 9, with the lockdown in Italy and travel bans around the world, our planned project in Amazonian Peru disappeared. As lockdown set in, we connected with our personal global network for support and an exchange of transformational ideas, including: online courses, long distance production collaborations, and spontaneous (zoom based) events.

We realised that our protagonists were already adapting to new ways of being creative while still empowering others. Moreover, this exchange between humanitarian, cultural and artistic activists was helping each of us find the solidarity that the Pandemic and social distancing had taken from us.”

Sophie Beer and Mark Abouzeid

Season 1 Episodes:

  • Patricia Bitar Cherfan , Editor in Chief of Home Magazine Lebanon, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Cayetana Soto de Garcillan, LPM founder and Style Icon, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • David Almeida Ribeiro, Sound Designer and culture protagonist, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Simon Lüling, Filmmaker and Agroforestry protagonist, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Dorin Vasilescu, Florentine Commercial Photographer, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Fernanda Ondarza Dovali, Founder of Glitch Fashion Magazine, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Frank Coles, Adventurer and author, on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Massimiliano Bosio, Founder of Nascent Design on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Victoria Primus, Dancer/Choreographer on 'Walking out of Lockdown'
  • Nassar Bin Badriya, Music Promoter/Media Entrepreneur on 'Walking out of Lockdown'