Following on from a series of successful national networking meetings in Lebanon, the Modern Heritage Observatory is pleased to invite you to its first regional meeting, to be held in Beirut. This one-day conference will bring together experts from the MENA region and beyond to discuss and debate crucial issues pertaining to the preservation of modern cultural heritage in the Arab world.

This project is funded by the European Union.

09.00 – 09.30 Opening

09.30 – 11.00 PANEL 1

Modern Heritage: Definition, Identification

Speaker 1: Bernard Toulier (Ministry of Culture, France)

Speaker 2: Mohamed Elshahed (Docomomo, Egypt)

Speaker 3: Karim Rouissi (Casamémoire, Morocco)

Moderator: Caecilia Pieri (IFPO, Lebanon)

11.00 – 11.15 Coffee Break

11.15 – 12.45 PANEL 2

Modern Heritage: Preservation / Promotion: Best Practices

Speaker 1: May el Tabbakh (May El Tabbakh Architects, Egypt)

Speaker 2: Khyam Allami (The Sound of Iraq, Tunisia-UK-Iraq)

Speaker 3: Loubna Regragui (Film preservationist, France, Morocco)

Moderator: George Arbid (ACA, Lebanon)

12.45 – 14.30 Lunch Break

14.30 – 16.00 PANEL 3

Inventories and Collections

Speaker 1: Iyad Issa (Riwaq, Palestine)

Speaker 2: Heba Farid (CULTNAT, Egypt)

Speaker 3: Yasmine Chemali (The Fouad Debbas Collection, Lebanon)

Moderator: Zeina Arida (Arab Image Foundation, Lebanon)

16.00 – 16.15 Coffee Break

16.15 – 17.45 PANEL 4

Document Preservation

Speaker 1: David Peyceré (Archival Center of Architectural Records, France)

Speaker 2: Assaad Makhoul (IRAB, Lebanon)

Speaker 3: Alessandro Marotto (Immagine Ritrovata, Italy)

Moderator: Bashar Shammout (Sound engineer, Bertelsmann, Germany)

17.45 – 18.00 Wrap Up