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Upon the nomination by UNESCO of Beirut as World Book Capital for 2009, the Ministry of Culture adopted a partnership approach, seeking as many partners as possible : ministries, embassies, NGOs, cultural institutions, intellectuals, etc. Its purpose is to create a true cultural dynamic at the entire national level.

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READY TO READ

READY TO READ (Listos Para Leer : Diseno de Libros en Espana) is an exhibition of some 400 books designed and published in Spain between 2000 and 2006. Conceived as an X-ray of the state of book design in Spain today, the exhibition includes books of literature and essays, books on art, architecture and design, children’s books and artists’ books from different eras; it highlights both the conventional and the avant-garde talents of designers in modern Spanish publishing.  What is more interesting is that the selected books are not special books; they are generally books that anyone can find in most bookshops in Spain.

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“Go Green with the Drums for Peace, Smile to the World!”

Defiliban and the Belgium Embassy in Lebanon are pleased to invite you to the international event to promote peace and environment: “Go Green with the Drums for Peace, Smile to the World!”.
Under the high patronage of the Ministry of the environment, Mr. Mohamad Rahal, in collaboration with Solidere, the General Secretary of Catholics Schools in Lebanon in Internation House of Poetry, Arthur Haulot, in Belgium Beirut World Book Capital at Ministry of Social Affairs with the participation of the private and public schools in Lebanon, on Thursday the 6th of May 2010 at 10:00 am at Down Town, Beirut.

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BOOKS FROM THE BATTLEFIELD: Featuring the war’s Literature

Opening: Tuesday, April 20 2010: 6pm
Daily from 20 April – May 9 2010: From 4pm – 9pm
At the Hangar – UMAM D & R

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Bidoun Library at 98weeks Project Space: 17 April- 15 May

Join us for the opening of the Bidoun Library: Saturday April 17 at 5pm, with readings by Bidoun contributing editors and writers, Shumon Basar, Wael Lazkani, and more, plus a conversation with the comic's collective Samandal

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SAMANDAL is part of two exciting events back to back

Creative Commons: Salon Beirut Friday, April 16 at 7pm @ OBROS

Creative Commons will celebrate the first CC salon in Beirut! Al Akhbar and Al Jazeera, music, photography, film, podcasts and most importantly: COMICS!

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"The academic specialty in the service of development and alteration in Lebanon"

The Alumni Association of American universities and in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture is honored to invite you to attend a seminar entitled: "The academic specialty in the service of development and alteration in Lebanon" at Haigazian University, Clemenceau, Beirut on Thursday April 15, 2010 at 10:00 in the morning.

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The souk of sounds and words… Listen

In the framework of Beirut World Book Capital: Arabic music meets Polish literature - Charbel Rouhana and Stanisław Strasburger

THE ORGANISERS: Polish author Stanisław Strasburger in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture and the Polish Embassy in Beirut, the Polish Community in Lebanon, The Polish Book Institute, German Embassy in Beirut and the Goethe Institute in Lebanon
DATE: 25th of March 2010
TIME: 6.30 p.m.
PLACE: UNESCO Palace, Beirut

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Old Manuscripts from Armenia Exhibition

The Armenian Embassy in Lebanon in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture cordially invites you to the inauguration of “Old Manuscripts from Armenia Exhibition (Matenadaran) to be held at UNESCO Palace on April 1st 2010 at 6:30 pm.

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« Writings by women and about women» Book Fair

In the framework of Beirut World Book Capital and in collaboration with the Minister of Culture “Salim Wardé” a book fair entitled « Writings by women and about women» will start on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 8, 9 and 10th of March, at the UNESCO palace, Beirut.

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Training program for publishers from the Arab World


The Minister of Culture Salim Wardeh distributed diplomas to directors of publishing houses who completed a training session organized by “Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels”, during a celebration attended by the president of the Publishers Union in Lebanon Mrs. Samira Assi, the president of the “Goethe-Institute” Mr. Farid Majari and a number of directors from Lebanese publishing houses at the Holiday Inn hotel.

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80 Years of Bibliotheca Islamica - From Manuscripts to Books

Bibliotheca Islamica, or the Islamic Library, is the well-known series of the Orient-Institut Beirut which is devoted to the edition of classical Arabic texts. The series covers pre-modern works in the fields of Islamic theology and Arabic language and literature, as well as history.

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« Book to Screen »: one book, one movie

This event is organized in the context of Beirut world book capital2009 by the European cultural institutes of Beirut, in collaboration with the Metropolis association. The goal of this event (from January11 to 17 at Metropolis cinema, Sofil Center, Ashrafieh) is to prove that cinema and literature can and know how to understand and stimulate each other.

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In the program for BWBC: 600 activities in 365 days

To mark the great prosperity ofliterature this year, the office of Beirut World Book Capital haspublished a third edition of its official program. It includes 400projects broken down into 600 activities.

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The Arab and International Book Fair of Beirut

The Minister of Culture Selim Warde made an inspection tour of the Lebanese, Arab and European pavilions at the Arab and International Book Fair of Beirut which is being held at BIEL.

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"Extracts of the modern Venezuelan poetry"

In the context of Beirut world book capital 2009, you are invited toassist to the launching of the book "Extracts of the modern Venezuelanpoetry" translated to Arabic by D. Nadia Zafer Chaaban, this SundayDecember 20 at 6pm at the Arab book fair at Biel, at the stand ofBeirut World Book Capital 2009.

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“Writers strolling in the city”

As part of the events surrounding the selection of Beirut as the “WorldBook Capital” for 2009, the Saint-Joseph University will be organizinga 2-day event celebrating both the city and the book. It has thusinvited fifteen international writers to come and express themselves infront of the Lebanese public, through a series of meetings, debates andround table discussions in an unprecedented event entitled “Writersstrolling in the city”.

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“Hyphen Islam-Christianity”

Within Beirut World Book Capital, Electrochocks Productions and Editions presents "Hyphen Islam-Christianity" a project by Nada Raphael comprising a photo exhibition, post cards and a 700-page collector's book.

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"An eternity" at Monnot Theater.

In the context of "Beirut World Book Capital 2009" and in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Cherif Ghattas, creator and director, has presented his play "an eternity" at the Monnot Theater on November 14,2009.

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The 16th Francophone Book Fair of Beirut

Within the framework of Beirut World Book Capital 2009, the 16th Francophone Book Fair of Beirut promises to be absolutely exceptional

More information about the 16th Francophone Book Fair of Beirut on their website: www.salondulivrebeyrouth.org

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Public libraries open their doors to people with special needs

Within the framework of “Beirut World Book Capital” and incollaboration with the Ministry of Culture the project “Publiclibraries open their doors for people with special needs” has beenlaunched by the  ” Foundation of Al Hadi for hearing and visualdisorders for language and communication” on Wednesday October 14 atthe Library of Al Sayyed Hussein Fadlallah – Haret Hurek.

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“Mystery of love, patriotism and Sufism“

Within the framework of “Beirut World Capital 2009”and in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture; a poetic and musical recital has been organized by the Lebanese singer Jihad Al Andari last Saturday

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"Passion for Reading" by Hayat Karanouh

The exhibition will take place in Rene Moawad’s garden (Sanayeh) from August 11 to 21, 2009 everyday from 7am to 7pm.
This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Culture during the cultural events of Beirut World Capital 2009.

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"Listen to Beirut through the words of its writers"

The idea grew and the project has made its way to the release an audiobook. In this book are recorded texts in prose and verse, writers andpoets Lebanese and foreigners, among them include Niza Qabbani (Syria),Souad Soubbah (Kuwait), Mansour Rahbani, Andree Chedid (Lebanon)Mahmoud Darwish (Palestine) ...

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The Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Beirut to honor the writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi

In the context of Beirut World Book Capital and under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture the renowned writer Ahlam Mosteghanemi presented her latest book entitled Nissyan.com during a prestigious event which was attended by numerous personalities as well as a wide audience.
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