Round table at the YCC Zouk Mikael with Vlad Zografi and eight Lebanese writers
True to its mission to promote cultural exchange and young talents, the Youth and Culture Center – Zouk Mikael, in collaboration with the Embassy of Romania in Lebanon and the Romanian Cultural Institute, organized on Saturday November 5, 2011, a panel with the Romanian author Vlad Zografi and eight young Lebanese predominantly Francophone authors: Samia Khalife, Randa Khattar, Marie-Josée Rizkallah, Mireille Saab, Etienne Damien, Tony Danayan, David El Khoury and Bassam Loucas.
Eliane Fersan, YCC director, began by thanking the Embassy of Romania for providing the opportunity of interaction and dialogue that meets the demands of young talents with whom the YCC works. She also greeted all the participants for their continued efforts despite all the challenges that young Lebanese authors face.
Zografi started the discussion by questioning the existence of a universal work, which could be applied to all creation, not only to man, and felt that the Odyssey would be a book that would affect living beings, because it appeals to the deepest layers of living things. Thus, by speaking the language of Molière, the authors discussed what drives them to write and shared their experiences in this area, and the round table was transformed into a sort of literary cafe, moderated by Cynthia Abou Jaoude, in which the Romanian history, politics in the Middle East, communism, freedom of artists, the theatrical experience as well as being a writer in Romania or in Lebanon, were among the discussed topics. The intervention of the first secretary of the Romanian Embassy, Dr. Dan Stoenescu, and the Director of International Programs at the Romanian Cultural Institute Mr. Ovidiu Miron, closed the debate, proposing to maintain contact with the participants for a possible collaboration within the framework of a cultural project at the intersection of the Romanian and Lebanese cultures.
By Marie-Josée Rizkallah, Translated by MC Sundberg