Mortada at the opening of the Batroun cultural festival: this city has clearly shown how culture can contribute to economic development

The acting Minister of Culture, Judge Mohammad Mortada, said on Sunday that “culture in its various manifestations is the true identity of Lebanon, and through it Lebanon will emerge from its stagnation”.

He added, “The contemporary economy is tilting its balance towards the knowledge economy, which is a vast field available for the Lebanese to explore in innovation, in light of their abilities and qualifications.”

Mortada called on the rising generation, “who is the future of the nation, to dedicate themselves to owning the true culture that leads to creativity together, and to stay away from narrow squabbles and sterile arguments based on the monopolization of rights and the misguidance of others….and to expand their hearts and thoughts, to understand, respect, embrace and love this other, and to make freedom of expression, through the word, image or other, a means of building national solidarity.

The minister’s remarks came during his opening speech at the annual Batroun Art Fair organized by the Batroun International Festival Committee as part of its activities for the summer of 2022, which included an exhibition of paintings by the artist André Calvaian, a photography exhibition by photographer Roger Moukarzel and the cabinetmaking exhibition by engineer Ghassan al-Bakri.

Darcy J. Skinner