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The Lebanese Red Cross launching Peace Festival 2011
Under the slogan “peace is not talking, peace is commitment”, the Lebanese Red Cross launched Peace Festival 2011through a ceremony held at Bristol Hotel and it was sponsored by the Minister of Culture Mr. Gaby Layoun represented by Mr. Michel Duchardvian and with the participation of the Vice President Mr. Walid Kebbe, delegates from the Belgian Embassy and the Belgian Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, representatives of international and civil NGOs, partners, official, social, and civil bodies, artists, as well as officials from the Lebanese Red Cross.

The ceremony opened with the Lebanese national anthem and the Lebanese Red Cross anthem. And after a welcoming speech said by the volunteer of Youth department Rayan Yaghi, were words said by the coordinator of disseminating Humanitarian Norms program and the responsible of the festival Lama Srour, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross Mr. Yorg Montani, the ambassador of Belgium Ms. Colette Taque, the head of Youth department Nadim Hitti, and the representative of the sponsor Mr. Duchardvian. The celebration included an painting offered by the artist Michel Rouhana to the Lebanese Red Cross in recognition of its humanitarian activities where it was received by Mr. Walid Kebbe and Nadim Hitti. The program also included two artistic shows, a documentary film, and a cocktail.

It is worth to mention that the festival which is organized by the Youth department if free and open to all, starts on Friday September 23 in downtown and lasts for 3 days and it includes many activities like theater, art gallery, children’s area, films, workshops, and a marathon under the slogan “we run for peace”, in addition to side activities which keep pace in multiple locations.
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