Lebanese Red Cross celebrates Peace Festival 24, 25, 26 August 2012
Under the slogan “Live peace –meaning - with us”, the Lebanese Red Cross launched Peace Festival which was organized by Youth department through a Symposium of Groups of artists who had drawn live on the theme of peace and in the evening a candles march started on foot toward the Martyrs' Square, where the participants formed the word "peace" with candles lights.
The festival which was under the patronage of the Lebanese First Lady Wafaa Sleiman represented by Ms. Wafa Aldika opened by speeches for each of the head of youth department Nadim Hitti, the representative of the Belgian Embassy Antoine Dalcore, the president of the Lebanese Red Cross Sheikh Sami Dahdah, and the word of the festival’s patronage. The opening ceremony included medals of Honor and gifts, in addition to "peace" dance that was carried out by a group of young volunteers and a song by the child Julian Azzam.
The opening ceremony followed by an on stage performance for each of Marwan al-Shami and Vivian Murad. On Saturday and Sunday evening, number of stars sang: Rojo del Libano, Stephanie Fakih, Alaa Zalzali, Magy Bou Ghoson, Carlos Azar, Saad Ramadan, and Hisham El Hajj. Also an exhibition of paintings and sculptures specified for peace of professional artists who had contributed in its organization held on the sidelines of the festival.
Workshops were held for two days at the UNESCO Palace on "youth as agents for behavior change" and included young men and women from NGOs and civil society. In addition to awareness activities in the two regions under the title "Peace" and non-peace " that has set up in Martyrs' Square to raise awareness about peace and non-violence, respect for others, mutual understanding, tolerance and non-discrimination, respect of diversity, and to encourage cooperation and collaboration between the various community groups.
Also, basketball game was set up on the playground of the American University of Beirut that gathered two teams of the stars of the game from several Lebanese clubs and in personal character.