Lebanon/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.5 Cross-border intercultural dialogue and co-operation

The selection of Beirut as the World Book Capital in 2009 is an indication of Lebanese eagerness for cross-border cultural dialogue and cooperation.

The rush for present projects within this occasion demonstrates, in addition to the public interest in culture, how easy Lebanese can cooperate with other cultures and this is manifested in the fact that a large number of events that were held and scheduled to be held in Beirut are organized in cooperation with a number of European embassies (such as the French, Italian and Swiss embassies), foreign centers (such as the German Center for Oriental Research) and other.

The Lebanese University and private universities in Lebanon host a variety of Arab and international forms and conferences, and even the Saint Joseph University for Jesuit Fathers host in its campus the Confucius Institute, which is the first Confucian institute in the Middle East, in addition to hosting the Japanese Cultural Center.

Many high-profile regional and international events were held in Lebanon, most notably the Francophone Summit in 2002 and the Francophone Games in 2009, which coincided with various cultural, art and musical activities.

Beirut also hosted the 1st Conference of the Arab Novel between Mashreq and Maghreb in 2008 at the Lebanese University's Faculty of Letters and Humanities.

Lebanon is renowned for its colorful international events in which the most prominent Arab and international artists take part, such as Balbaak International Festival, Beiteddine Festival, Jbeil Festival, Al Zook festival, Tyre Festival and A-Bustan Festival.

Film festivals are also held regularly in Beirut, such as Beirut Film Days organized by Beirut DC (launched in 2001) and European Film Festival (this year will be its 20th edition), the 13th edition of Beirut International Film Festival, The 3rd and last edition of Iranian Film Festival was held in 2010. 

Chapter published: 07-04-2016