Activities & Projects

The Beirut Ideas – Cultural diplomacy: when universal values meet the micro-local
May 30, 6:30 PM 
Salle Montaigne, Institut français du Liban 

International institutions working in the field of relief and political development usually come to a country going through conflict and difficult political transitions; then leave. Inversely, international cultural centers and institutes have very often a much longer presence on the ground. Their interaction with local artists, teachers and thinkers allow them to develop a different understanding of realities and a better informed viewpoint on the future of societies. The discussion will focus on the role of these institutions within the current changing times, amid a growing debate between supporters of universal values and proponents of cultural relativism.

Panel discussion with Anne Grillo (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development  France), Eduardo López Busquets (Casa Arabe – Spain) and Graham Sheffield (British Council – UK). Moderated by Nora Joumblatt (Beiteddine International Festival – Lebanon).