BEIRUT: MP Bahia Hariri launched Sunday an art exhibition at Sidon’s Khan al-Ifranj dedicated to works produced during a two-week symposium that brought together artists from around the country.
The event, titled “Ramadan Lanterns,” came after 40 visual artists, mostly students, travelled to Sidon to draw pictures of the city's Ramadan spirit. It was organized by the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development and the Sidon Schools Network.
“I wouldn’t be giving away any secrets if I told you that we are planning, in coordination with the Lebanese Artist Association, to have a permanent symposium here, and not just an [annual] one,” Hariri said, honoring the participating artists by distributing certificates. They also recieved the Fouad Jawhar Award for painting, in the presence of the late artist's wife.
“This city believes in coexistence and in the notion of Lebanon,” Hariri added, expressing hope that the idea of the symposium would be replicated in other Lebanese cities.
The event was attended by the dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University, Jean Daoud, as well as by representatives from Sidon’s municipality, the Future Movement, the Lebanese Artist Association and the Education Ministry.
Dr. Hassan Jouni, a prominent Lebanese artist, was also among the participants and gave a speech on behalf of the artists' committee.