June 3-4-5

About the festival
"The Beirut Spring Festival", created and launched in 2009 by the Samir Kassir Foundation, is inspired by the title of one of the last articles written by Samir Kassir, shortly before his assassination in 2005.

This event, targeting the broad general public, is unique both in its concept and program.The goals of the Festival and its particular character have generated such a warm welcome from the public.

The Festival is the first of its kind in Beirut.

The Festival features multidisciplinary international performances (theater, music, dance, conferences...) revolving around the themes of tolerance and cultural diversity, especially in societies facing violence and injustice.

The Festival features exclusive one-night performances scheduled over a week in different venues across Beirut.

The Festival supports contemporary art creation and energizes Lebanon’s cultural and artistic life, built on the belief that art is the ultimate way to tolerance.

The Festival thrives on the young generation’s interest in maintaining ties with the vision and thoughts of Samir Kassir.

The free admission to the Festival provides all categories of the Lebanese society with unrestricted access to original, non commercial art works.
This festival has grown thanks to the financial and moral support of friends, sponsors and especially the civil society.

Thank you for your loyalty,

A Canadian perspective on cultural policies, from the local to the federal level, the participatory process, and the leverage of culture in the process of reform, citizenship and economic inclusion with Keynote Speaker, Mr. Simon Brault (CA), Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts and Chair of International Federation of Arts Council and Cultural Agencies

Live performance with The Oud Family - 5 musicians, conducted by Saad Saab, in a special creation for BSF 2021
Panel kick-off: Olivier Py (FR) - Director of Festival d’Avignon: Insight on the cultural resilience in France among cultural actors during Covid-19.
  • 1st panel: The impact of the multi-faceted crises on culture moderated by Antoine El Khoury Tawk with the participation of Myriam Nasr Shuman - Director of Agenda Culturel, Père Khalil Rahmé - Director of the Music School at Notre Dame University (NDU) and founder of the Organ Festival in Lebanon, Omar Abi Azar - Theater Director and founding member of Zoukak Theater Company, and Jana Al-Hassan - Advising Mentor and member of Tiro Association for Arts and the Lebanese National Theater
  • A live opera performance with soprano Lara Jo Khadar and pianist Elias Chahoud
  • 2nd panel: Turning policy ideas into action moderated by Noor Obeid with the participation of the three researchers who published the policy papers in the context of the project “Modernizing Cultural Policy-making in Lebanon”, a partnership between the Samir Kassir Foundation and the Friederich Naumann Foundation: Nicole Hamouche, Areej Abou Harb, Hicham Zeineiddine and the legal advisor Layal Sakr, co-founder of Seeds for Legal Initiatives.
  • Short movie “Beirut in Black & White” by Marie Louise Elia – A production by Alba Academy - Balamand University

Performance “Told by my mother” by the choreographer Ali Chahrour; an excerpt from his latest creation
3rd panel: Showcasing cultural policy initiatives by Lebanese cultural actors
  • Panel kick-off with Robert Lacombe (FR), General Inspector of Cultural Affairs, French Government. Topic: How to support cultural policymakers in times of crisis?
  • What has been done in terms of cultural policies and advocacy in Lebanon? What should be done and what is missing? Moderated by Joumana Haddad with the participation of Lamia Moubayed - Director of Institut des Finances Basil Fuleihan, Helena Nassif - Director of Al Mawred Al Thaqafy, and Ayman Mhanna, Excutive Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation.

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