UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Celebration: Seminar, Art Symposium and Culinary Art (UNESCO Palace, 11/12/2015)
Under the patronage of H.E. Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, the Lebanese National Commission celebrated UNESCO 70th Anniversary on December 11, 2015 at UNESCO Palace.
The all-day event included several activities, from a seminar on “Culture in the face of violence and discrimination in a changing world”, to an art symposium headed by Artist-Painter Bernard Renno (Vestiges d’Orient Atelier d’Art) depicting UNESCO’s values with the participation of 15 artist-painters, and a festival with dance performances and a zajal competition, as well as culinary art prepared and supervised by Souk el Tayeb.
The opening session was attended by the Ministers of Culture and Environment, Mr. Raymond Araygi and Mr. Mohammad El-Machnouk, as well as a number of diplomats, among whom, the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Ambassadors of Belgium, Romania, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Korea, Egypt and Representatives of Palestine, Iran, Nigeria and China; and included addresses from the President of the Lebanese National Commission Prof. Henri Awit, from the Director of UNESCO Regional Office Dr. Hamad bin Saif Al-Hammami, from the Minister of Culture Mr. Raymond Araygi, and a keynote speech by Prof. Georges Corm.
After the opening session, a roundtable was moderated by the Secretary General Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, with the participation of the Chief Editor of Assafir Newspaper Mr. Talal Salman, discussing the Print media in facing the culture of violence, the Dean of the Faculty of Law and Political Science (USJ) Dr. Léna Gannage, discussing the Culture of silence and the revival of violence, the Secretary General of the Islamic-Christian National Dialogue Committee Dr. Mohammad Sammak, discussing the Culture of facing terrorism in a changing Middle East, and the President of AUNOHR Dr. Ogarit Younan, discussing Our changing societies: between the spiral of violence and the courage of non-violence.
In the afternoon, the paintings of the Art Symposium headed by Artist-Painter Bernard Renno were unveiled, embodying in colors and shapes UNESCO’s values and objectives.
On the occasion of the Beirut 59th Annual International Arab Book Fair, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized in cooperation with the Arab Cultural Club, a roundtable on “The Reading Crisis in Lebanon”, with the participation of cultural and academic institutions.
The opening ceremony included speeches from the Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, from the chairwoman of the Cultural Committee of the Arab Cultural Club Novelist Nermin Khansa, and Prof. Omar Fadel.
The roundable was moderated by Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour and animated by Dr. Michel Jeha, Ms. Maryam El-Hajj, Mr. Imad Khalil, Dr. Nathalie Khoury, Mr. Patrick Rizkallah, Dr. Rafif Rida Sidawi and Ms. May Menassa.
Baakline Day in Tripoli on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (Azm Cultural Center, 19/09/2015)
On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, and in an effort to strengthen the bridge of communication and dialogue, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized in collaboration with Azm Cultural Center (Beit el-Fann) a cultural event entitled “Baakline Day in Tripoli”.
After a visit to the souks of Tripoli, the mosques and churches with Dr. Said Wali, lunch at the restaurant of the silver shore, and a visit to the streets of the seaport with Dr. Jean Touma, a cultural evening took place at Beit el-Fann in the presence of academic personalities and university students. In her opening speech, Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour highlighted the fact that this event was organized on the occasion of the international day of Peace and Eid Al-Adha, stressing that poetry is a literary art most capable of strengthening the feeling of national belonging, and consolidate the values of mutual understanding, peace and reconciliation between man and his social and natural environment. The evening was animated by Dr. Khaled Tadmori, with the participation of Dr. Hachem Al-Ayoubi, Dr. Hadi Eid, Dr. Chawki Hamdan, followed by poems reading by Mr. Fawzi Alameddine from the Forum of Poetry in Baakline, and Mr. Saadeddine Chalak and Mr. Abdel Karim Chneineh from the Forum of Poetry in Tripoli. Students from the Faculty of Letters read a selection of poems by Fayhaa Poet Saba Zreik.
Launching of the project on UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and training for students in the Lebanese folk poetry “Al-Zajal” (Septembre – December 2015)
Following the inscription of Al-Zajal on UNESCO List of intangible cultural heritage in 2014, the Lebanese National Commission is organizing a project on UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in schools across Lebanon, as well as training sessions for students in the Lebanese folk poetry declaimed or sung “Al-Zajal”.
First Meeting with the poets, presided by the Secretary General Dr. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, with the participation of Dr. Annie Tohme Tabet and Poet Elias Khalil at the National Commission, on September 3, 2015.
A workshop was organized on September 17, 2015, and was animated by Dr. Annie Tohme Tabet and Poet Elias Khalil to discuss the manual on Lebanese Zajal prepared by Poet Elias Khalil.
Workshop for tour guides in the Arab world on the environmental and cultural dimensions of heritage (28-30/07/2015)
Under the patronage of the Minister of Tourism, H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO), a workshop for tour guides in the Arab world on the environmental and cultural dimensions of heritage, from July 28-30, 2015, at Le Commodore Hotel – Hamra.
The opening session included speeches from the Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission Prof. Zahida Darwiche Jabbour, the representative of ISESCO Dr. Soada Maoulainin from the Culture and Communication Directorate, and the Director General of the Ministry of Tourism Mrs. Nada Sardouk.
The main aim of the workshop was to highlight tourism in general and cultural tourism in particular, in the promotion of dialogue and cultural exchanges between nations and people, and to bring together tour guides from the following countries: Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Tunisia and Lebanon, given their role in cultural tourism and ecotourism.
The discussions resulted in several recommendations for tourism on the one hand and for tour guides on the other.
Regional training workshop on “Memory of the World: Preservation and Promotion of the Arab region Documentary Heritage” (20-22/05/2015)
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, H.E. Mr. Raymond Araygi, the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with UNESCO – Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO Regional Office in Beirut and the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) organized a three-day regional training workshop on “Memory of the World: Preservation and Promotion of the Arab region Documentary Heritage” for French-speaking Arab countries, from May 20 till 22, 2015.
The workshop, convened in the framework of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, brought together representatives from
Middle East and North Africa countries (Algeria, Djibouti, the Comoros Islands, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia and Tunisia), and representatives of Lebanese academic and cultural institutions, as well as two experts, Ms Frederique Bazzoni, a member of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register Sub-committee, and Mr. Abdelaziz Abid, former Head of the Memory of the World Programme.
The workshop aimed at offering participants an overview of UNESCO’s heritage programmes, in general, and the functioning of the Memory of the World Programme, in particular. The participants acquired practical skills and knowledge on how to use the MoW Register Companion, to identify and select items for nomination, to use the selection criteria, and what to do in case of their nomination being rejected. They got acquainted with some past examples of inscriptions on the Register and with the significance of establishing national and regional MoW committees. The training also focused on the crucial role of the Memory of the World Register in increasing global awareness about the existence and the significance of documentary heritage.
- Visit of the Director General of UNESCO to Lebanon (14-15/05/2015)
- Roundtable with author Emily Nasrallah following the publication of her novel “Birds of September” in Braille (28/04/2015)
- Award Ceremony of the 2015 National Reading Contest (UNESCO Palace, 23/04/2015)
- Award Ceremony of the 2015 Poster Competition “1001 nights of light” and Seminar on “Light-based technologies and its applications in everyday life” (USJ, 17/04/2015)