Faithful to its mission of catalyst of the dialogue of cultures through exchanges and intercultural initiatives, the Youth and Culture Center (YCC) Zouk Mikael opened its doors on December 14, 2012 to a group of young Irish men and women leaders from the Arts for Peace Foundation – Ireland, traveling on a cultural peace mission to Lebanon. The program was organized in collaboration with Mr. Guy Younes, Chairman of the Irish Lebanese Cultural Foundation and Committee member of the Tipperary International Peace Convention in Ireland.
The young peace leaders from the Moyross community in Limerick, Ireland visited Zouk Mikael and different parts of Lebanon for their final year of programs in peace education and ambassadorship with Arts for Peace Foundation. They were received at YCC by a delegation from the Zouk Mikael Animation Scouts group where they exchanged ideas and watched together the movie “Where do We Go Now” by the celebrated actor, producer and director Nadine Labaki. An animated discussion followed the movie, tackling the common aspects of violence and peace that Ireland and Lebanon share.
“The visit was one of the highlights of the group’s visit to Lebanon”, said Elizabeth Garrahy, founder and executive director of the Arts for Peace Foundation. “We look forward to taking this collaboration to the next level and initiate a partnership of friendship, dialogue and exchanges between us and the Youth and Culture Center”, she added. This cultural program and its theme around filmmaking and global peace was the first of a long-term partnership between the two institutions.
Arts for Peace Foundation in Ireland hosts and creates international peace seminars and conferences for youth who show promise in their intentions to support a global culture of peace in their communities by linking and forging friendships with youth from other countries with similar peaceful aspirations.
To know more about the Arts for Peace Foundation – Ireland, visit their website on: http://www.artsforpeace.ie/