July - September 2001
The theme of the Francophone conference, due to be held in Beirut, is 'the Dialogue of Cultures'. On this occasion, Beirut city center has been renamed Francophone Village for 2001. Chosen as the venue for more than 70 activities throughout the year, the center has been divided into eight cultural quarters:
  • Arts
  • Books and Stamps
  • Books and Comic Strips
  • Heritage
  • Environment
  • Youth
  • Street Festivities
  • Francophone Pavilion


  • The Music of the South festival featured performers from the Gangbé Afro-jazz brass band and Prosper Ze at the Roman baths on August 29, and a concert by Karika and Secteur B at the city center dome on September 12.
  • The Australian mezzo-soprano of Lebanese descent Zeina Dorkhom Abou Nader gave a recital in St Louis Capuchin church on September 14.
  • In the Foch-Allenby area, open-air jazz and blues evenings were enjoyed from September 20-29.
  • ALBA (Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts) students presented 'Les Indes Galantes' as a marionnette show at the Roman baths from September 22-23.
  • St George Greek-Orthodox cathedral hosted a concert by Nidaa Abou Mrad and the Lebanese Medieval Music Ensemble on September 28.


In Maarad street:

  • Swiss arts and crafts were displayed in a store between August 1 and September 15.
  • 'Doubles Regards: Paris-Beyrouth', a photography exhibition by Basma Asfour Bazi, was held in the arcades from August 31 to September 16.
  • Urbanism projects by Arab University students were exhibited on the premises of al Hayat newspaper from September 7-21.

In Riad El Solh street, three ongoing exhibitions at the Sehnaoui building will last until October 31:

  • The National Library and national public libraries, organized by the Lebanese Foundation for the National Museum.
  • 1900-1960: Seven Lebanese Photographers, organized by Arab Image Foundation.

Planet Discovery

To the young, September 17-23 was a 'week of science'. Organized by the Minister of Culture and Planet Discovery in partnership with Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie de Paris, it was accompanied by an exhibition about space entitled 'The Light Years'. The exhibition is to continue until December 20.

During the months of July and August children were created for in summer programs.

X-Type Jaguar Launch

The latest model of Jaguar car the X-Type was launched on the market in Lebanon at a reception held at the Roman baths during the evenings of July 17.


The increasingly popular game of basketball can now be played in the city center and the basketball court is located between Planet Discovery and the SOLIDERE tree nursery.

Sunday Cycling

A bicycle gymkhana was organized on July 8 by the American University of Beirut alumni - health sciences chapter and Beirut Pioneer Lions Club.

As in some European cities, the city center roads are closed to traffic on Sundays. Sports enthusiasts and families enjoy exercising, walking and riding bicycles in safety.

Souk al Barghout at the Beirut Marina

Held for the sixteenth time, the Souk al Barghout flea market moved its location this quarter to the waterfront.

An area of 12,000 sq m was allocated to the market at the edge of the Beirut Marina. 120 stall holders participated in the event which lasted from August 1 to September 2.

All kinds of interesting items were on display as usual. Food and drinks could be enjoyed in a pleasant seated area by the sea.

Kids Summer Fiesta

A parade featuring performers dressed as fairstyle characters opened the Summer Kids Fiesta, located next to Planet Discovery from August 15 - September 9. It included varied sporting activities, games, pony rides, theatre performances, roller-skating, bicycle riding and visits to Planet Discovery.

Bunjee Jumping

Held every evening from August 19-26 in Martyrs' Square, and sponsored by Virgin Megastore, Bungee jumping attracted large crowds of summer visitors.