This is the new blog of the working group on cultural policies in Lebanon. The core group initiated a number of activities for the upcoming months. These include a cultural mapping exercise to research and document cultural institutions and actors active in Lebanon, resulting in an interactive map. A series of seminars on cultural policy topics will be held with researchers working in the field of culture to discuss cultural policy research priorities and to disseminate initial findings. A first study on festival policies in Lebanon and the role of municipalities is currently being prepared and will be disseminated upon completion. The aim is to launch a public debate and prepare the ground for a large conference on cultural policies in Lebanon to take place at a later stage. Watch this space!