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UNESCO, Tyro Association for Arts Cooperate to Empower South Lebanon Youth

UNESCO, Tyro Association for Arts Cooperate to Empower South Lebanon Youth

Friday, 14 December, 2018 - 06:15
The UNESCO headquarters building, seen here, is located in Paris. Charles Platiau/Reuters
Beirut - Asharq Al-Awsat
As part of the EU-funded NET-MED Youth program, UNESCO has cooperated with UNIFIL to support and empower youth in southern Lebanon to take part in local governance.

UNESCO has recently supported the Tyro Association for Arts, a local association managed by Lebanese youth from Tyre, aiming at enhancing the social cohesion among the young generation by spreading the local cultural history.

The Association is committed to enhance education and culture among the youth in the area, aiming at spreading the culture of peace and preserving the cultural heritage in southern Lebanon.

Backed by UNESCO, the Association organized a three-week trial project dubbed "We Tell our Story" aiming at introducing people in southern Lebanon, especially the young ones, to the importance of arts and culture in promoting the community's growth and wellbeing, and raising awareness among the public on the importance of the old Arabic art (storyteller known as "Hakwati"). The project also aims at creating an archive for the "Hakawati" dedicated to document and study this phenomenon.

The first phase of the project will see the invitation of specific organizations from southern Lebanon to Cinema Rivoli in Tyre, which has been recently reopened. These organizations will learn about the history of cinema and theater with a special focus on the role of old Arabic art of storytelling in the community. All the sessions will be video recorded and combined in one short film that will be shown to the cinema's visitors and shared on social media platforms.

Director and Actor Kassem Istanbouli, founder of the Istanbouli Theater and Secretary General of the Tyro Association, said: "This cooperation between UNESCO and Tyro will pave way towards the prosperity of arts and culture in southern Lebanon."

"We will join our efforts to add a new dynamic to the Lebanese theater, so it can become a free cultural platform for all people," he added.

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