The Beirut International Festival Association
On the 11th of August 2015, the Beirut International Festival Association was launched for the very first time during a press conference held at the National Museum of Beirut. H.E. Mr. Michel Pharaon the Minister of Tourism, H.E. Mr. Rony Arayji the Minister of Culture, Dr. Bilal Hamat the Mayor of Beirut, Judge Ziad Chebib the Governor of Beirut, Ms. Mona Elias Hrawi the President of the National Heritage Foundation, Mr. Elias Aoun the President of the Union of Editors, Mr. Kaaki the President of the Order of Journalists and Mr. Mounir Douaidy the General Manager of Solidere were all in attendance, along with members of the press and some of the board members of the Beirut International Festival Association. Mrs. Lama Tammam Salam, chairperson of the Beirut International Festival Association, welcomed those in attendance, saying, “Our vision and hope for the establishment of the Beirut International Festival is to create cultural events that will take place throughout all parts of Beirut and on all platforms.” This first edition of the festival, “Beirut International Festival – Nabad Beirut” will go down in history for both the Lebanese capital as well as the arts scene across the Arab world. Mrs. Salam concluded her speech by thanking all those who came to the press conference, and invited them to enjoy a cocktail reception hosted at the museum.