Culture - First Lady tours Australia's National Museum
 

Mon 16/04/2012 13:42

NNA - 16/04/2012 First Lady, Wafaa Sleiman, toured Monday the Australian National Museum in Canberra, expressing joy towards the multi-faceted culture of the country.

Greeting the First Lady was Assistant Director, Curatorial and Educational Services at the National Gallery of Australia, Simon Elliot, who introduced Sleiman to the art and culture of Australia's aboriginal people.

The First Lady thanked the curator for the rich tour, and congratulated Australians for preserving their heritage, history and art.

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Culture - Calls for preserving Ancient Beirut Hypodrum
 

Mon 9/04/2012 14:50

NNA - 9/4/2012- Beirut Municipal Council appealed to Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun ,to retract his decision confirming that preservation of the ancient Roman Hypodrum in Down Town , Beirut.

The Municipal Council petitioned the Minister to preserve Real Estate 1370 commonly known as the sea ports of the Fort "Mina El-Hosn".

They brought to the attention of the Minister previous decisions adapted by predecessors regarding the Hypodrum with all ancient vestiges kept intact in place.

The Municipal Council urged the Minister of Culture to declare the Real Estate an open air archeological site open to the public upon the end of reconstruction work.

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Culture - Ashadjian Signing Album at UNESCO
 

Fri 6/04/2012 13:14

NNA - 06/04/2012 - Music composer Michael Ashadjian, installed his new album titled "Tango Mania" during a special signing-ceremony sponsored by the Argentinean embassy at UNESCO Palace early today.
Caroline Hatem the UNESCO official who hosted the ceremony called the event an adventure and the first of its kind ever to be held in Lebanon despite Argentina being appropriately considered as birth place of tango-dancing. She introduced Ashadjian as a renounced well-cherished composer by the wide Argentinean public and that Argentinean orchestra members were glad to perform his music today.
Taking the word, Ashadjian himself thanked Ambassador Jose-Carreras Maxwell and Argentinean fans for helping his dream come true with his new CD out.
He duly dedicated the CD to the memory of his late father and thanked his mother for her moral support which rendered his new music possible.
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Culture - Lebanon gives back 78 stolen relics to Iraq
 

Sat 24/03/2012 15:18

NNA - 24/03/2012 The Lebanese government returned Saturday 78 Mesopotamian artifacts smuggled into Lebanon from Iraq, in a ceremony held for the occasion at Beirut's National Museum.

Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun presented the Iraqi Ambassador to Lebanon, Omar Barzanji, with the 78 Iraqi historic antiques confiscated in Lebanon.

"This event signifies Lebanon's commitment to its obligations, and respect for laws and regulations concerning protection of relics," said the Minister, who asserted that historic artifacts belong to humanity at large and not to a certain people or nation.

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Culture - Minister Daouk Launching Art Exhibit!
 

Sat 10/03/2012 13:25

NNA - 10/03/2012 - Information minister Walid Daouk, launched Hassan Jum'a's solo art exhibit themed" Littoral/Natural Manifestations" at the ministry of Tourism's "Crystal Hall" in presence of ranking ministry officials, friends and fine arts' lovers.

Taking the word minister Daouk who admitted being no expert on various artistic schools of interpretation, envisaged high artistic value in works on exhibition and concluded that Jum'a transfers him from reality into the realm of imagination.

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Culture - E.U. Parliamentarians at Layyoun's
 

Sat 3/03/2012 16:22

NNA - 3/3/2012 - A group of European parliamentarians headed by member of the European parliament Rudy Kratza conferred with Gabi Layyoun the Culture minister over tentative guidelines to a mapped Tyr cultural heritage. The minister informed them about World Bank-sponsorship of the map with Tyr effectively ranking among UNESCO's top 5 cities on the World Heritage List.

Head of Lebanon's Cinema Institute Maya De Freij, explored ways of cooperation between ministry and institution during upcoming world film festivals or cinematic events.

Jawad al-Asadi and Helena Karam of Babylon Theatre saw the minister on a courtesy visit today while a Rotary Club delegation headed by Haleem Fayyad proposed to the minister dispatching the Oriental Orchestra to partake in international events.
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Culture - Layyoun announces Francophone's Month activities
 

Mon 27/02/2012 17:12

NNA - 27/02/2012 - Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun announced on Monday the activities of the Francophone Month for 2012, on the occasion of the World Day for Francophone that will fall on March 20, 2012.

Layyoun's announcement came Monday within a press conference he held at the Unesco Palace of Beirut, in presence of the French Ambassador Denis Pietton, the Canadian Ambassador Hilary Childz Adams, Swiss Ambassador Roth Flint, Layyoun's advisor Michel De Chedarvian, and others.

Layyoun also announced the opening of the Francophone observatory that has started today its field performance in accordance with the plan set in coordination with concerned ministries.
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Culture - Layyoun and the Significance of Archaeology
 

Sat 25/02/2012 16:47

NNA - 25/02/2012 - Minister of Culture Gabi Layyoun, brought to attention the importance of the country's historical/archaeological heritage.

The minister's utterance came before a group of Aounist women supporters from the Tendency's Women and Protocol auxiliary. He also commended them for their interest in things historical and artifacts deemed of high cultural value. He urged heightened awareness with regards to our rich heritage and that new generations ought to be educated in this spirit.

Layyoun thanked the media for highlighting today's tour and urged them to do more of the same for other sites in the country.

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Culture - Layyoun: for Lebanon to show virtues of diversity, civilizations dialogue
 

Thu 16/02/2012 14:26

NNA - 16/02/2012 - Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun called on Thursday for re-fixing Lebanon on the charter of countries which gained their power factors from religious diversity, and for exhibiting Lebanon's virtues of such diversity in order that Lebanon be a channel to the dialogue of civilizations.

Layyoun's stance came Thursday in the context of a word he gave during a ceremony for the Japanese Academic Center, belonging to Saint Joseph University, on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of said university.

The event, taking place under the auspices of Minister Layyoun, was attended by the director of said center Professor Khalil Karam, the regional president of Jesuit Monastery Priest Victor Aswad, Spanish Ambassador Juan Carlos, and other dignitaries.
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Culture - Eichhorst, Layoun tackle cultural affairs
 

Mon 6/02/2012 18:05

NNA - 06/02/2012 - In a press release by the European Union media bureau in Lebanon, it said "Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon, met today with the Minister of Culture, Gaby Layoun."

"The discussion focused on the cooperation between the European Union and Lebanon in the field of culture. This cooperation will be strengthened in the framework of the new European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan which will be drafted soon by the European Union and the Lebanese authorities."
 

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Culture - Layoun tackles cultural affairs with Ruiz
 

Mon 23/01/2012 16:11

NNA - 23/1/2012 - Culture Minister Gaby Layoun tackled Monday with the Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, Leah Ruiz, several bilateral issues on top of which the measures aimed at boosting cultural relations between the two countries.

The meeting was also an occasion to discuss broad lines for the cultural agreement to be signed later between Lebanon and the Philippines.

Separately, the Rotary club, Beirut, organized a lunch banquet in honor of Minister Layoun and in appreciation to his initiative for encouraging orchestral music in Lebanon.
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Culture - Iranian Culture Minister signed understanding memo with Lebanon
 

Thu 19/01/2012 12:12

NNA - 19/1/2012 - Iranian Culture Minister Mohamad Ali Huseini signed a memo of understanding to activate cultural cooperation between Lebanon and Iran.

Huseini comments came after touring Jeita Grotto on Thursday accompanied by Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Gazanfar Rokn Abbadi.

The minister pointed out that he would visit today Information Minister Walid Daouk after he held series of meetings with President Michel Sleiman, Speaker of the House Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

He added "we also visited the south and got acquainted with the resistance spirit and the greatness of the Lebanese people".

The visit to Jeita Grotto came "to witness another landmark of this cultural land", the ambassador said.

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Culture - Artistic-cultural agreement between Lebanon, Iran
 

Tue 17/01/2012 15:35

NNA - 17/01/2012 - Minister of Culture, Gaby Layyoun, on Tuesday, signed with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Husseini, an artistic-cultural agreement of cooperation between the two countries. A number of dignitaries attended the event.

Minister Layyoun hoped that such agreement would boost cultural ties between Lebanon and Iran. He also promised the Iranian delegation to visit Iran soon.

In his turn, Husseini briefed Layyoun over Iranian cultural and artistic activities that will be held on May.
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Culture - French donation supporting French Language in Lebanon
 

Thu 17/11/2011 17:59

NNA - 17/11/2011 - A joint press conference was held on Thursday at the Culture Ministry between Minister Gaby Layyoun and the French Ambassador Denis Pietton, during which both signed a 1 million Euro amount donation granted by the French government to contribute to support and promote the French Language's education programs in Lebanon.

The donation signature came in accordance with the Linguistic Pact between both countries.
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Culture - Layyoun celebrates Saiid Akel's centennial
 

Sun 6/11/2011 12:04

NNA - 06/11/2011 Notre Dame University celebrated Sunday poet and writer Saiid Akel's 100 birthday in presence of Minister of Culture Gaby Layyoun, representing head of Change and Reform Bloc MP Michel Aoun.

Akel has been a prolific writer, most famous for using Lebanese dialect in his writings and poetry, and advocating for the reviving of Phoenician alphabet to replace Arabic in Lebanon.

The Minister of Culture praised Akel as the quintessential Lebanese writer, claiming that the writers and philosophers of a nation outlast its politicians. "None of us remembers who the King of England was during the days of Shakespeare, but we do remember Shakespeare's Macbeth and Othello." Of course, the "king" of England during Shakespeare's days was Queen Elizabeth the First. "England's name is synonymous with Shakespeare, just as Lebanon's name is tantamount to saiid Akel."
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Culture - Layyoun, Eichhorst tackle bilateral relations
 

Fri 4/11/2011 16:19

NNA - 04/11/2011 - Culture Minister, Gaby Layyoun, tackled bilateral relations with the European Union's Ambassador to Lebanon, Angelina Eichhorst, who visited him friday at his Ministerial office.

Talks also touched on agreements signed between the European Union and the Culture Ministry, especially those related to cultural and traditional domains, in addition to ways of putting said agreements into action.

Later, Layyoun met with the Tunisian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fawzi Ballout, who came on a courtesy visit. Discussions reportedly focused on latest developments at the Arab scene.

Furthermore, the Minister received a delegation of Saeed Akl's Honoring Committee comprised of: Press Syndicate's head Mohammad Baalbaki, Ambassador Fouad Turk, Professor George Tarabay, Dr. Soheil Matar, whereby they discussed preparations of the honorary ceremony to be held tomorrow Saturday at 6:OO pm at the Palais des Congres Dbayeh.

Among Layyoun's visitor was also Jounieh Municipal Head, Antoine Efrem.
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Culture - U.S. Embassy Calls for Proposals to Preserve Lebanon's Cultural Heritage
 

Tue 1/11/2011 15:39

NNA - 1/11/2011 - The U.S. embassy in Lebanon issued on Tuesday the following press release: "The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting project proposals for the 2012 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition. Through the AFCP, the U.S. Department of State helps countries around the globe preserve historic sites, manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of expression such as music, dance, and language. The AFCP, established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to assist countries in preserving their cultural heritage, is the only U.S. Government program providing direct small grant support to heritage preservation. The AFCP emphasizes the United States' commitment to preserving the world's cultural heritage and affirms that preservation is an integral component of U.S. foreign relations.

The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories:

A. CULTURAL SITES - includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites;

B. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution-includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and,

C. FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION -includes traditional music, ceremony, knowledge, language, dance, drama, and craft.

AFCP gives priority to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. The AFCP does not fund efforts to preserve private property.
For complete program details, guidance on submitting a proposal, and selection criteria, please visit the U.S. Embassy website (http://lebanon.usembassy.gov). Proposals should be e-mailed to Beirutpd@state.gov and must be received by December 15, 2011. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered."

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Culture - U.S. Embassy Calls for Proposals to Preserve Lebanon's Cultural Heritage
 

Tue 1/11/2011 15:39

NNA - 1/11/2011 - The U.S. embassy in Lebanon issued on Tuesday the following press release: "The U.S. Embassy in Beirut is now accepting project proposals for the 2012 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) competition. Through the AFCP, the U.S. Department of State helps countries around the globe preserve historic sites, manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of expression such as music, dance, and language. The AFCP, established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to assist countries in preserving their cultural heritage, is the only U.S. Government program providing direct small grant support to heritage preservation. The AFCP emphasizes the United States' commitment to preserving the world's cultural heritage and affirms that preservation is an integral component of U.S. foreign relations.

The AFCP supports projects to preserve cultural heritage in the following three categories:

A. CULTURAL SITES - includes (but is not limited to) historic buildings and archaeological sites;

B. CULTURAL OBJECTS AND COLLECTIONS from a museum, site, or similar institution-includes archaeological and ethnographic objects, paintings, sculpture, manuscripts, and general museum conservation needs; and,

C. FORMS OF TRADITIONAL CULTURAL EXPRESSION -includes traditional music, ceremony, knowledge, language, dance, drama, and craft.

AFCP gives priority to project activities that are appropriate and in keeping with international standards for the preservation of cultural heritage. The AFCP does not fund efforts to preserve private property.
For complete program details, guidance on submitting a proposal, and selection criteria, please visit the U.S. Embassy website (http://lebanon.usembassy.gov). Proposals should be e-mailed to Beirutpd@state.gov and must be received by December 15, 2011. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered."

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Culture - Layyoun receives a donation from La Francophonie
 

Mon 31/10/2011 16:29

NNA - 31/10/2011 - Abdo Diouf, Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, on Monday told Culture Minister, Gaby Layyoun, that the organization donated 80 000 euro to build four reading centers in various Lebanese regions.

Layyoun, during his participation in the general conference of UNESCO in Paris, tackled with Diouf the organization-backed programs and projects in Lebanon.
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Culture - Jeita Municipality thanks all who contributed to the telethon's success
 

Sun 30/10/2011 23:29

NNA - 30/10/2011 - Jeita Municipality issued a statement Sunday evening, in which it praised the long "telethon" media day in support of Jeita Grotto. It expressed sincere gratitude to the Information Ministry and Information Minister, Walid Daouk, for all the efforts exerted by the various work teams of the Ministry, the National News Agency and the Lebanese Television, in ensuring the success of the long media day; a significant day in the history of Lebanon and Jeita. It added that this eventful day has gathered together prominent Lebanese figures and artists under the headline of voting for Jeita Grotto.
The Municipality also thanked the Lebanese Army for the significant and dangerous performances throughout the day, especially in raising the Lebanese Flag over the top of the Grotto. It also hailed the efforts exerted by all media resources and internet sites, with no exception, for their active role in the voting operation from all over the world.
Jeita Municipality invited all to meet, once again, upcoming Sunday, November 6, 2011, at the Grotto's Square to pursue the voting campaign, so as to ensure the Grotto's victory in being named as one of the "Seven Wonders of the World" on November 11, 2011.
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Culture - Layyoun: Lebanon has promising efforts for UNESCO goals
 

Fri 28/10/2011 12:31


NNA - 28/10/2011 Environment Minister said Friday that Lebanon possesses promising endeavors employed in inclusive quality education for all.

During the 36th session of the UNESCO's General Conference held in Paris, Layyoun said Lebanon exerted maximum efforts in response to the organization's goals and purposes.

Within the framework of achieving UNCESCO priorities on the national level, the Minister said Lebanon is enlightening of cultural and religious diversity.

Layyoun called for further solidarity to have everyone accept Palestine full membership of UNESCO.
"True and anchored peace culture cannot be built but justly," he said.



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Culture - Layyoun to participate in UNESCO Paris conference
 

Mon 24/10/2011 14:07

NNA - 24/10/2011 - Minister of Culture, Gaby Layyoun, is going to participate in the opening proceedings of the UNESCO general conference in Paris.

The Minister, heading Lebanon's official delegation, today left to the French capital, where he is scheduled to hold a series of meetings with UNESCO's Director General, Irina Bokova, and Abdo Dyouf, head of the International Francophonie Organization.

A visit to Lebanon's House in Paris is also on Layyoun's agenda.



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Culture - Layyoun working on touristic directory
 

Sun 23/10/2011 15:40

NNA - 23/10/2011 - Minister of Culture Gaby Layyoun, disclosed a touristic dictionary in the offing. Touring Zahle today, Layyoun's first leg of tour, took him to the local Chamber of Trade Industry and Agriculture in order to launch the Arab Media Conference on Tourism with 13 Arab representatives from Algeria the UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, Egypt, the Sultanate of Oman, Syria and Palestine partaking.

Zahle municipal head, Joseph Maalouf was also present. In his welcoming address, Minister Layyoun, told interlocutors that his ministry is in the process of reviewing available touristic directories in conjunction with the Ministry of Education.

He spoke about layers upon layers of different cultures and civilizations witnessed by this country and that they continue to affect Lebanon of today. This is how an idea of an updated cultural directory came about. It would comprise chapters intended for familiarizing the tourist about the national museum and pillars of Lebanese literature and culture.

He spoke about need for investing in so-called "Lebanese intellectual oil."

At the end of the conference, decisions were taken to organize special training courses for guides, advertisers as well as the establishment of a specialized touristic TV network. One more recommendation was to train school pupils in the skills of tourism.
 

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Culture - Lebanon, Greece joined by music recital
 

Sun 23/10/2011 13:01

NNA - 23/10/2011 Under the patronage of Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun, a Lebanese-Greek concert took place Saturday in Naccash.

Ambassador of Greece and Minister Nicholas Sehnaoui were among the prominent figures present at the performance.

Greek band En Chordais, an ensemble active in the domain of multicultural, learned and popular musical traditions of the Mediterranean, combined Byzantine and art music of Mediterranean with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music. Artist Ghada Shbeir also gave a brilliant performance of traditional oriental Middle Eastern music.

Proceeds from the concert will go into building of Saint George chapel in Rmeil.

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Culture - Layoun tackles cooperation between Hammana, Macon municipalities
 

Wed 5/10/2011 12:28
NNA - 5/10/2011 - Culture Minister Gaby Layoun received Wednesday a delegation of Hammana municipality accompanied by members of the municipal council of Macon, the French village.

The Minister was briefed on the cooperation agreement signed between the two municipalities in the frame of cultural and social exchange.

Conferees tackled as well the poetic contest to be held on April 2012 in Macon city between students from Hammana village and their French colleagues.

Also, the French delegation conveyed to Minister Layoun an invitation from Macon municipality head, French Senate member Senator Jean Patrick Courtois to visit France.

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Culture - Indian Week instigates in Lebanon
 

Tue 4/10/2011 20:18

NNA - The Indian week commenced in Lebanon Tuesday under the patronage of Information Minister Walid Daouk with a program as varied and rich as India itself.

The screening of an Indian feature film marked today the opening of" Visions of India, Lebanon," at Metropolis, Sofils Hotel in Achrafiyeh-Beirut.

Movenpick Hotel will be the site of Bollywood fusion dances by the Matrix troupe on October 11, sponsored by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, New Delhi at 7:30 p.m., trailed by a Gala dinner at 9 p.m. featuring Indian cuisine.

The Matrix troupe will perform again on October 12 at the Movenpick at 7 p.m. By the end of the show at 8:30 p.m. an Indian food festival catered by Indian chefs will begin under the patronage of Indian Tourism and Development Corporation, New Delhi and in collaboration with the Movenpick Hotel, Beirut.

October 13 witnesses a full schedule, beginning at 10:30 in the morning with a business interaction between members of the Indian delegation and those of Young Presidents' Organization (Beirut Chapter). Again, the host of the event will be Movenpick Hotel. Following lunch, back to back meetings will bring together Indian and Lebanese business representatives, with a Mini Trade Exhibition taking place afterwards.

The night ends with Matrix troupe and more Indian cuisine.

Multi-sectoral business seminar and interaction between the Lebanese business community and Indian business delegations begin day five, on October 14 in Movenpick. This event is sponsored by apex Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CII and FICCI, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon.

At 1:30 p.m. the Embassy of India and ADLIR will offer an Indian buffet lunch; then, at 3 p.m. more back to back meetings continue among business representatives from both countries. And as always, Bollywood dances give the night a colorful end at 7:30 p.m.

October 15 takes Indian week on the road to north of the country, where Tripoli will meet the Matrix troupe at 7:30 p.m. for an hour of exquisite choreography.

October 16, the last day of Visions of Indian ends with the screening of an Indian feature film in Tripoli at 7:30 p.m.

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Culture - International conference on "Tyre's history through archeology"
Layoun: funding STL must not be Okayed
 

Mon 3/10/2011 14:18

NNA - 03/10/2011 - Culture Minister Gaby Layoun confirmed on Monday that Patriarch B�chara Boutros Rahi's stances are patriotic par excellence for they emanate from a strategic vision to avoid jeopardy over the region in total and not only the Christians.

"Since the government formation, we set an economic social inclusive vision for ameliorating people's daily conditions," he said, assuring that wage adjustment is a minor detail in the whole reform plan.

When asked about the special tribunal's funding, Layoun said this is issue is not on the cabinet's agenda right now.
"We as a political camp saw that funding the STL has no legal justification," assuring that it must not be Okayed by the cabinet.

Layoun expressed his opinion during a chit-chat with journalists' right after his participation in the international conference entitled "Tyre's history through archeology".

The conference was organized by the Culture Ministry - the General Directorate for Archeology, the development and reconstruction council, the French near-east institute, and the UNESCO in presence of the French Ambassador to Lebanon Denis Pietton.

Layoun who delivered a word on this occasion shed light on the conference's importance by highlighting the history of Tyre which is one of the most important cities in the Middle East.

Pietton, for his part, noted that the conference aims at collecting the results of the archeological researches previously conducted on the touristic sites of Tyre region.
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Culture - Bassil speaks about commitment to a cause, nation and intellect
 

Sat 1/10/2011 20:53

NNA - 1/10/2011 "We are greatly in need of feelings of commitment to a specific cause, a nation, an intellect and a project... without seeking out a particular interest or situation emanating from a temporary need", Water and Energy Minister Jibran Bassil was speaking during his participation in a symposium headlined "Readings into Adonis Accra Book... Fifteen Days in Detention", at the invitation of Free Patriotic Movement Studies' Committee at the Lecture Hall in Mar Elias-Antelias.
Bassil spoke about the link between acceptance of the other's opinion and the margin of liberties, saying the biggest freedom limits lie in our feelings of responsibility. Bassil also underlined that the most important freedom is that of conscience, that reflects what he termed as "freedom of liberties" which has to be preserved.
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Culture - Layyoun , Toumi open International Book Fair in Algeria
 

Thu 22/09/2011 13:50

NNA - 22/9/2011- Culture minister Gaby Layyoun and his Algerian counterpart Khalida Toumi opened yesterday Wednesday afternoon the 16th International Book Fair in Algeria.

Layyoun gave a word during the opening event, stressing on the necessity of supporting freedom and creativity in Algeria and Lebanon.

It is to note that around 63 Lebanese publishers as well as Lebanese poets' authors and critics participate in the activities of this fair.

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Culture - "R�sonnance Foundation" musicals
 

Tue 13/09/2011 10:35

NNA - 13/9/2011- Within its annual activities, "R�sonnance Foundation" Lebanon branch hosts the Foundation's main branch head in Switzerland, the international pianist Elizabeth Sombart, and Solidaire R�sonnance Orchestra directed by the orchestra's chief Diego Miguel-Urzanqui.

The musicians' visit to Lebanon, from 25 September to 2 October, includes a series of musical activities on top of them 2 grand musicals, under the auspices of Culture Minister Gaby Layyoun, on Tuesday and Wednesday 27 & 28 September at 7pm on Pierre Abu Khater Theater, Saint-Joseph University. In addition to that, the Orchestra will hold musicals in a number of associations and cultural centers in Lebanon.

It is to note that the Foundation's objective is to present classical music in places where such music is not found.

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Culture - Vote for Jeita Grotto!
 

Sat 3/09/2011 10:45

NNA - 03/09/2011 Municipality of Jeita encouraged all Lebanese to vote profusely to having Jeita grotto elected as one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

The cave's main contender is the Dead Sea, advertised for by Israel. Despite Lebanese votes not surpassing 3%, Jeita is gaining precedence in the contest. Still, the help of all Lebanese is urgently needed so that Jeita is named one of the 7 wonders of the world by November 11, 2011.

The website address to vote on is:
www.jeitavillage.com
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Culture - Layyoun, USJ President tackle Francophone, cultural issues
 

Fri 26/08/2011 12:41

NNA - 26/08/2011 - Francophone and cultural issues in Lebanon featured high Friday on talks between Social Affairs Minister Gaby Layyoun and Saint Joseph University (USJ) President, Father Rene Chammousi.

Both men also underscored the important role played by the USJ at both levels.
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