Under the patronage of Tripoli’s municipality, Media Association for Peace-MAP and MasterPeace club of Lebanon, in collaboration with the local Cultural Association Cross Arts, celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21st 2014 at the Cultural League’s theater in Tripoli, North of Lebanon. The celebration included a group of young artists from different areas who came specifically to show their love and support for the non-violent and vibrant city.
The show started with the Lebanese national anthem after which KrystelLteif and Elias Bassil, MAP members, introduced the ceremony. Then, Vanessa Bassil, MAP Founder and President & the Country Coordinator of MasterPeace in Lebanon, delivered a speech focusing on the fact that all of the NGO’s members believe in the message of openness and peace; adding that this celebration is a collaboration with Tripoli’s youngsters to prove that where violence exists, non-violence can bud as well. Following that, two videos were projected: one was a message of peace from all MAP members to Tripoli, while the other introduced, in details, the Peace Journalists journey- organizers of the event- from 2011 till now.
Cross Arts president Jean Najjar also delivered a speech emphasizing the fact that Tripoli will always be ready to embrace its visitors since it is the city of coexistence. Therefore, he urged citizens to visit and to put all fears, especially ones induced by the media, aside. After introductions were made, the special and varied talent show started. Barrak Sabih was the first to present on stage a form of Lebanese folk theater known as the “Hakawati of the Town”. Then, the singer Ahmad Dandashi performed a bunch of peace songs followed by Ahmad Naji from the musical group “Lahza” who surprised everyone by playing some amazing pieces on his Oud. Furthermore, some talented break dancers performed a well-choreographed routine proceeded by an energizing performance by the Lebanese rap band, “Men l Ekher”.
At the end of the evening, the tenor Gabriel Abdel Nour gave a wonderful rendition during which he lighted the “Flame of Peace”. Jad Sabeeh, 9 years old, Arab’s Got Talent’s star, performed last, amazing the audience by his incredible singing. Finally, attendees were given the chance to express themselves through writing peace messages on a white board.