Activities & Projects

06-06-2015
Large-scale multi-disciplinary sound and light show. Directed and created by Yvan Caracalla
June 6, 9:00 PMMartyrs’ Square – Downtown BeirutThe heart of Beirut, Martyrs’ Square, the An-Nahar building and all the surrounding buildings will be covered by an unprecedented glitz. Thousands of lights and images will be projected to... more
30-05-2015
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... more
28-05-2015
Movie Screening – A la rencontre des Eglises premières by Jacques Debs
 May 28, 6:30 PM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du SportThis movie takes us to the discovery of churches evangelized by the Apostles themselves. Having evolved in the East in a hostile environment, the survival of these churches today is a... more
27-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas’ Keynote – Being Arab: the Arab malaise, ten years later
May 27, 6:30 PM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport In his book “Being Arab”, Samir Kassir calls on the people of the Middle East to reject both Western double standards and Islamism in order to take the future into their own hands.... more
25-05-2015
Movie Screening – Lights on Darkness by Diana Moukalled
 May 25 - 5:00 PM -USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport –Part IIn the three-part series “Lights on Darkness”, Diana Moukalled sheds light on radical Islam by visiting three countries: Iraq, Jordan and Egypt. In the first episode... more
25-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Democracy and the religious challenge
Part II-  6:30 PMAfter the Arab revolutions, Islamist forces have played a fundamental role and attracted millions of new voters and supporters. In reaction, religious minorities have been requesting international protection and special... more
24-05-2015
The Change Makers Forum
 May 24, 10:00 AM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport –The Change-Makers Forum will gather 30 to 40 Lebanese and Arab non-governmental organizations, social entrepreneurs, cultural collectives and citizen groups that are working... more
22-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas: Syria’s democracy and Lebanon’s independence
May 22, 6:30 PM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport In 2004, Samir Kassir published a book entitled “Syria’s Democracy and Lebanon’s Independence: Searching for the Damascus Spring”. In this book, he argued that Lebanon will never... more
21-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Democracy and the military challenge
May 21, 4:30 PMCarnegie Middle East Center, Downtown Beirut  In his 2004 “Aaskar Aala Meen” Samir Kassir explains and decries the control of intelligence services and security apparatuses over the political, public and social life in the... more
15-05-2015
Movie Screening – The Dublin Pitfall by Rime Al-Jadidi
USJ Campus des Sciences Sociales, Huvelin, Amphitheatre A –5:00 PMPart I “The Dublin Pitfall” is a documentary addressing the consequences of the Syrian refugees’ migration to Europe. The film narrates the struggle of individuals who... more
15-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Telling the Syrian story to the international public opinion
 6:30 PMPart II Despite more than 200,000 deaths and one of the largest displacement crises in the world, the international public opinion has not demonstrated the same level of interest in the Syrian war than other previous conflicts. At... more
13-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – France in the Arab world and the Arab world in France
 May 13, 3:00 PM Salle Montaigne, Institut français du Liban As described in Samir Kassir and Farouk Mardam-Bey’s book “Itinéraires de Paris à Jérusalem” (Itineraries from Paris to Jerusalem), France and the Arab world have... more
12-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Palestine and the changing times in the Arab world
May 12, 6:30 PM Mahmoud Darwish Museum, Ramallah & Dawawine, Gemmayzé (TBC)Palestine was historically the “central cause” of the Arab world. Even after the inception of the shaky post-Oslo peace process, the Palestinian-Israeli... more
09-05-2015
Samir Kassir in Movies
May 9, 5:30 PMSalle Montaigne – Institut français du Liban –Premiere of Liana Kassir’s movie dedicated to her father. Short movies by Talal Khoury and Greta NaufalProminent filmmakers and writers paid tribute to Samir Kassir shortly after... more
08-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Culture amid war: the Syrian experiment
May 8, 6:30 PMDawawine, Gemmayzé (TBC) Since the eruption of the conflict in Syria, many Syrians have chosen arts as a channel to express their feelings, after forty years of oppression and four years of war. The works of Syrian artists are a... more
07-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Freedom and privacy: the impossible equation?
 May 7, 6:30 PM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du Sport Billions of individuals across the globe live connected. Each person today produces and generates tons of data. The world has already moved to the “Internet of things” era with... more
05-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Healing memories, building the future
May 5, 6:30 PM USJ Campus de l’Innovation et du SportWithout coming to terms with its past, a society cannot build its future. Drawing from the experiences of many countries that established mechanisms to deal with memory, such as Spain, Chile and... more
04-05-2015
My Light Is Your Light An installation by Alaa Minawi
Samir Kassir Square – Downtown Beirut – May 4, 8:00 PMWhen people are forced to leave their cities, they do not only leave their homes, belongings, schools, favorite toys, and friends and neighbors behind… They actually leave their skin organs... more
03-05-2015
The Beirut Ideas – Defending press freedom today: new tools, new challenges
Press Syndicate – Ain el-Tineh – May 3, 6:30 PMPress freedom is not doing well. The last few years were the deadliest for journalists, especially in the Middle East, where more than 90 percent of the crimes remain unpunished. Press freedom... more
14-04-2015
Press Conference to Launch the 2015 Beirut Spring Festival
The Samir Kassir Foundation will hold a press conference on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm to announce the program of the 2015 Beirut Spring Festival.The press conference will take place at the Ministry of Tourism, Hamra, Beirut.This edition of... more
07-06-2014
Beirut Spring Festival: Salt and Blood
Rap Concert with Nasser Deen Al Touffar, Sayed Darwish, and Hello PsychAleppo - Lebanon /SyriaJune 7, 2014, 9 P.M.  Samir Kassir SquareNasser Deen Al Touffar is a Lebanese rapper from Ain Baalbeck. He started his career working on the album... more
06-06-2014
Beirut Spring Festival: Our Fathers
OUR FATHERS  Theatre play - Company: Babakas – United Kingdom  June 6, 2014, 9 P.M. Babel Theatre - HamraA moving and playful portrait of fatherhood by international company Babakas, who mix comedy, contemporary dance and cinema to... more
05-06-2014
Beirut Spring Festival: Voices of Hostages
Open Discussion A tribute to reporters risking their lives to tell the truth.Guests: Susan Dabbous (Italian) and Magnus Falkehed (Swedish)Moderator: Alexander Rowell (Great Britain)June 5, 2014, 6 P.M. Dawawine – Saifi - GemmayzeSyria has... more
04-06-2014
Beirut Spring Festival: Smashed
Juggling Choreography -  Company: Gandini  Juggling – United Kingdom  June 4, 2014, 9 P.M. Tournesol Theatre - Tayyouneh more
03-06-2014
Beirut Spring Festival: Gravitational Waves
Dance in open air space – Company: Retouramont – France June 3rd, 2014, 9 P.M. – Beirut Souks – Ajami Square more
02-06-2014
Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press 2014
The European Union will announce the winners of its 9th Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM at the Sursock Palace Gardens.This year, three prizes will be awarded for the best opinion piece, best opinion... more
21-05-2014
SKeyes Training Workshop: Open Source Intelligence in Journalism
The SKeyes Center is organizing a two-day training workshop on Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) in Journalism, Wednesday May 21 and Thursday May 22, 2014, (from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) at the Monroe Hotel, Ain el-Mraisseh, Beirut. The workshop is open... more
21-04-2014
First 4M Mashreq Workshop
Canal France International, SKeyes and AltCity selected 10 promising new online media initiatives from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Iraq for a six-month mentoring and training project.During six days of training, from April 21 to 26, representatives... more
27-03-2014
Training Workshop: Cultural Journalism
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy are organizing a training workshop on CULTURAL JOURNALISM, on March 27-28, 2014 at the Riviera Hotel, Beirut.Coverage of arts and culture in a... more
25-02-2014
Launch of the 9th edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press"
Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union, will hold a press conference to launch the ninth edition of the "Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press" in the presence of Mrs Gisèle Khoury-Kassir and... more
06-02-2014
SKeyes-JHR Workshop: Covering the Refugee Crisis
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, in partnership with Journalists for Human Rights, is organizing a training workshop for journalists and bloggers entitled “Covering the Refugee Crisis” on Thursday, February 6 and Friday,... more
16-01-2014
Round table discussion with Thibaud de Barbeyrac
The French Institute in Lebanon in partnership with the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom is organizing a round table discussion with Thibaud de Barbeyrac, head of the Culture and Sports unit at France 2, on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at... more
10-12-2013
International Seminar: Right to Information or Freedom of Information?
Universite St-Esprit Kaslik (USEK) is hosting an international seminar entitled "Right to Information or Freedom of Information?" on December 9-10, 2013.Malek Mrowa, vice-president of the Samir Kassir Foundation, will take part in a panel debate on... more
06-12-2013
New Media: The Innovation Factory
We are happy to invite you to the Conference "New Media: The Innovation Factory" on Friday, December 6,2013 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, at AltCity in Hamra.   This event led by Canal France International (CFI), in partnership with the... more
16-11-2013
Solidarity Sit-In with Samir Kassab and Journalists Kidnapped in Syria
The family and friends of Samir Kassab, Lebanese cameraman kidnapped in Syria on October 15, are organizing a solidarity sit-in with all journalists who have gone missing in Syria, on Saturday, November 16 at 2:00 PM at the Samir Kassir Square in... more
13-11-2013
SKeyes at the Regional 4M Forum in Tbilisi
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom will take part in the Regional 4M Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia, organized by Canal France International and BBC Media Action.SKeyes director Ayman Mhanna will moderate a panel on "Social Media, New... more
09-11-2013
Debate: Practices and Challenges of Journalism in Conflict Zones
The Francophone University Agency is hosting a round table discussion on "Practices and Challenges of Journalism in Conflict Zones" during the 2013 French Book fair in Beirut, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM.Ayman Mhanna, executive director... more
04-11-2013
Freedom, Journalism and Religion - Jordan
Following the international conference entitled "Freedom, Journalism and Religion" organized by the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) in Beit Mery in July 2013,  FNF, in cooperation with... more
05-07-2013
Freedom, Journalism and Religion
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation, is honored to invite you to its fifth international conference, titled “Freedom, Journalism and Religion” to be held on Friday, July 5, 2013, at Al-Bustan Hotel in... more
02-06-2013
Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press 2013
The European Union will award its 8th Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press, on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM at the Sursock Palace Gardens.This year, three prizes will be awarded for the best opinion piece, best opinion article, and best... more
27-05-2013
Beirut Spring Festival - Wajdi Mouawad - Scorched
May 27-28, 2013 - 9:00 PM - Al-Madina TheatreWritten and directed by: Wajdi MouawadCast: Annick Bergeron, Eric Bernier, Gérald Gagnon, Reda Guerinik, Andrée Lachapelle, Marie-Claude Langlois, Isabelle Leblanc, Isabelle Roy, Richard ThériaultIn... more
26-05-2013
Beirut Spring Festival - May 26-31, 2013 - Guest of Honour: Wajdi Mouawad
The Samir Kassir Foundation presents the 5th edition of the Beirut Spring Festival, with the Guest of Honour Wajdi Mouawad, from May 26-31, 2013.An international cultural and artistic event dedicated to the memory of Samir Kassir. more
26-05-2013
Beirut Spring Festival - Tania Saleh - Chababeek Beirut
May 26, 2013 - 9:00 PM - Samir Kassir Square, downtown BeirutTania Saleh will perform her third album material for the first time exclusively at the Beirut Spring Festival.Tania's lyrics have always been able to express the reality of the Arab youth... more
01-05-2013
Samir Kassir Foundation's Annual Gala Dinner
Politicians are singing and playing music!Don't miss the Samir Kassir Foundation's annual fundraising gala dinner.Join us on May 1,  2013 at the Casino du Liban, "Salle des Ambassadeurs".Ticket pricing :Bronze Ticket:   $150Silver Ticket:... more
15-03-2013
Covering the Oil and Gas Sector
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the Global Center for Journalism and Democracy organize a 3-day training workshop for Lebanese economic and business journalists on covering the oil and gas sector. more
13-03-2013
Lebanese expectations for the 2013 parliamentary elections
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, in partnership with L'Orient-Le Jour and with the support of the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon, is organizing a public screening of short videos discussing Lebanese families' expectations for the 2013... more
01-03-2013
Christian Chesnot talks about explaining the Middle East to a western audience
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom and the French Institute in Lebanon host a discussion with French journalist Christian Chesnot, titled "Explaining and Commenting the Middle-East" on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 5:00 PM, at the French... more
18-01-2013
Media Coverage of International Justice
January 18-20, 2013International Conference and Training WorkshopsThe SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom at the Samir Kassir Foundation, is honored to invite you to its fourth international conference, titled “Media Coverage of... more
17-01-2013
Press Conference to Launch the 2013 "Beirut Spring Festival"
The Samir Kassir Foundation will hold a press conference at the Riviera Hotel, on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:30 AM, to announce the program of the 2013 "Beirut Spring Festival", which will take place this year from May 26 through June 1.The... more
10-01-2013
Randa Asmar Honored by the Arab Theatre Institute
The Arab Theatre Institute will honor Randa Asmar, a Lebanese actress and Director of the Samir Kassir Foundation's Beirut Spring Festival, alongside 11 other Arab theater actresses, during the Arab Theatre Festival in Doha-Qatar, from January... more
03-12-2012
AUB Small Talk Debate on Censorship
Censorship, an act of forced control on media and culture, continuously limits yet provokes our creative discipline. Local censoring mechanisms are multi-faceted, from the political, the moral to the religious, and extend to multiple levels of... more
29-11-2012
Fact-Checking Training Workshop
The SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, in cooperation with the Institut français du Liban (IFL), will organize a training workshop on Fact-Checking, on November 29, 30, and December 1, 2012, at the IFL - French embassy compound,... more
03-11-2012
“Mamnou3” Nominated for Best 2012 Web Series at the Geneva International Fiction Film Festival
The Geneva International Fiction Film Festival (Festival Tous Ecrans) published the list of international movies and series to be crenned during the festival from November 2-8, 2012. The webseries Mamnou3!, produced by the SKeyes Center for Media... more
27-10-2012
The Samir Kassir Foundation at the 2012 Salon du Livre
The Samir Kassir Foundation is taking part in the 19th "Salon du Livre francophone" in Beirut, from Saturday October 27, through November 4, 2012, at the BIEL exhibition center.The theme of this year's participation is "THE DAY AFTER"On its stand,... more