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A Few Things You Need to Know When Creating an Art Project in a Public Space in Lebanon


Check out the new tool guide on art in public spaces in Lebanon, a project by T.A.P (Temporary Art Platform). This is what T.A.P. says about the project:

A Few Things You Need to Know When Creating an Art Project in a Public Space in Lebanon
Art in public spaces in Lebanon: A research project and tool guide on the legal and administrative challenges and opportunities

In collaboration with Nayla Geagea, Attorney at Law

This research project and tool guide is part of the long-term vision that TEMPORARY. ART. PLATFORM (T.A.P) holds, particularly in the encouragement and development of art in public spaces in Lebanon. Continue reading

IETM Satellite Meeting Beirut & History of Censorship in Lebanon

IETM will hold its Satellite Meeting Beirut between 6 and 9 October 2016, focusing on Freedom of Expression. In the words of IETM:

The Satellite’s programme will thrash out such crucial topics as mobility, cultural policies, funding, gender equality in the cultural sector, decentralization of culture and more.

Multifaceted discussions, roundtables, encounters, visits and performances will reveal Beirut as a place where, similarly to the rest of the Arab region, artists and cultural operators are reclaiming public space, defying mobility restrictions and persistently making art as a form of resistance. 

The programme is backed by an International Campaign for Freedom of Expression, launched by IETM, with the aim of endorsing on-going reforms of censorship laws in Lebanon and similar campaigns in the South-Mediterranean region. 

Political and ideological realities weight heavily on the cultural sector everywhere today. To resort to our strongest remedy – solidarity, we invite you to Beirut to revolve around the challenges and values of working together. 

The full programme for the meeting can be found here.

In the run up to the meeting, cultural activist and journalist Mona Merhi has written a short overview of the history of censorship in Lebanon, which can be accessed here (in both English and Arabic).

Screenshot History of Censorship in Lebanon


Internationales Promotionskolleg Kulturvermittlung/Médiation Culturelle, Hildesheim UNESCO Chair for Cultural Policies and Université Aix-Marseille

Hildesheim University’s UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies is offering PhD fellowships as part of their joint programme Cultural Mediation/Médiation Culturelle with the Université Aix-Marseille. For further information, see the poster below. Deadline for applications is 31 August 2016.

Ausschreibung internat. Promotionskolleg Frist 31.8.2016

Open Call to Apply for Grants Related to Cultural Policies

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Al Mawred Al Thaqafy launched an open call to apply for grants related to cultural policies. The call is open to organisations, individuals and groups. Grants of up to 8,000 USD are awarded for each project selected. An independent jury made up of cultural policy experts from the Arab region will select the projects.

Applications will be accepted for projects that seek to monitor, assess, research and develop the state of cultural policies in a number of Arab countries concerning the following themes:

  • Freedom of expression and cultural rights.
  • Making culture more widely available in Arab societies.
  • Financing culture.
  • Exploring forms and methods of community and professional organisation for artists and cultural groups.

Deadline for submission of applications is 15 May 2016.

Read the full call in Arabic and in English.


“لنا ذاكرة في هذه الأرض”

المفكرة القانونية والهيئة المبادرة لإرساء سياسيات ثقافية في لبنان
وردّا على منع فيلم “لي قبور في هذه الأرض”
يتشرفان بدعوتكم
:لحضور مؤتمر صحافي تتبعه ندوة بعنوان

“لنا ذاكرة في هذه الأرض”

من الساعة الخامسة حتى الثامنة مساء، في 28-10-2015. المكان: مترو المدينة، مسرح المدينة، الحمرا، بيروت

في شهر حزيران 2015، تبلّغت المخرجة اللبنانية رين متري قرار وزير الداخلية نهاد المشنوق برفض عرض فيلمها “لي قبور في هذه الأرض”. ويشكّل منع هذا الفيلم الذي يستعيد بعضاً من مآسي الحرب اللبنانيّة 1975-1990 مؤشّراً جديداً على النيّة في طمس هذه المآسي ومعها ذاكرة الضحايا. كما أنه يؤشر الى سوء نظام الرقابة في لبنان. وأمام إصرار وزير الداخلية على قراره، تتوجه متري إلى الطعن به أمام مجلس شورى الدولة، دفاعاً عن حرية الإبداع والتعبير. وهي بذلك تلتقي مع نضالات ضحايا الحرب وفي طليعتهم ذوي المفقودين لتكريس حقهم بالمعرفة. كما تلتقي مع نضالات عدّة لصون حرية التعبير في لبنان في مجالات متفرقة (مطبوعات، مسرح، اعلام مجتمعي..). للتحدث بهذا الشأن، نعقد مؤتمراً صحافياً نتناول فيه الخطوات القضائية لمواجهة الرقابة، وتعقبه ندوة للحديث عن آخر توجهات السلطات المعنية بشأن الرقابة في مختلف مجالات التعبير.

يتحدث في المؤتمر الصحافي كلا من المخرجة رين متري ورئيسة لجنة أهالي المفقودين والمخطوفين في لبنان وداد حلواني ومحرر المفكرة القانونية نزار صاغية وممثل عن جمعية مهارات وتديره المخرجة حنان الحاج علي، ويستمر من الساعة 5 حتى الساعة 6.

ويتحدث في الندوة كلا من السيدة ليا بارودي من جمعية مارش والمحامية رنا صاغية والصحافي محمد زبيب، وتديره المحامية غيدة فرنجية، ويستمر من الساعة 6 حتى الساعة 8.

Working group on cultural policies in Lebanon

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!