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THE DALIEH OF RAOUCHE AND HENEINE PALACE WATCH DAY: CELEBRATING BEIRUT’S CULTURAL AND BUILT HERITAGE, MAY 2017

Beirut has two of 50 selected sites worldwide listed on the 2016 World Monument Watch List. By listing Beirut’s Dalieh of Raouche and Heneine Palace, the World Monument Fund (WMF) aims to raise awareness about the threat to cultural and built heritage sites and monuments that are of national and universal significance.

The WMF encourages the nominators of listed sites to organise a Watch Day, that is planned in coordination with the WMF and that “promotes community engagement and empowers local partners to leverage and capitalise on the national and international attention drawn from being included on the World Monuments Watch.”

The Dalieh Campaign and Save Beirut Heritage have designed a city-wide program to take place in May 2017 that includes talks and public discussions, site-specific artistic interventions, exhibitions, school workshops and site visits, concerts, food markets and street fairs. The program aims to recognise citizens and city users as active partners in the battle to save the city’s heritage and to enable them to voice their concerns about the market-led developments and laisser-faire governance that are changing the character and identity of Beirut.

THURSDAY MAY 18th

● Official Watch Day Launch and press conference for Dalieh and Heneine - 4:00pm, Antwork
● Dalieh Exhibition launch - 6:00 pm, Glass Hall, Ministry of Tourism. The exhibition will continue until the 27th of May
--- In Zokak el-Blat
● Screening of Jocelyne Saab’s movie, “A Suspended Life”
7:00pm, Orient Institut - http://bit.ly/2qLgPEd
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FRIDAY, MAY 19th

--- In Dalieh
● Revealing of site-specific art interventions in collaboration with Temporary Art Platform. On view until Sunday May 21st.
--- In Zokak el-Blat
● Exhibition: Zokak el-Blat Experiments – Heneine Palace and Other Possibilities - Mansion, 9am to 9:00pm daily, until the 21st of May - Launch at 7:00pm - http://bit.ly/2pt9TI0
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SATURDAY MAY 20th

--- In Zokak el-Blat
Celebrating Heritage: Heneine Palace and Zokak el-Blat (12:00 – 8:00)
● Souk el-Tayeb in Zokak el-Blat - 12:00am to 7:00pm, Hussein Beyhum Street
● Guided Tours of Zokak el-Blat - First departure at 3:00pm, last departure at 6:00pm - http://bit.ly/2psLLFD
● Readings by Fadi Tofeili and Mounzer Baalbaki, organized by the International Writers’ House in Beirut - 6:30 to 8:00pm, Mansion
http://bit.ly/2qU4Ws8
● Exhibition: Zokak el-Blat Experiments – Heneine Palace and Other Possibilities - Mansion, 9am to 7:30pm, until the 21st of May
http://bit.ly/2pt9TI0

--- In Dalieh
● Candle-lit night vigil from Ramlet El Baida to Dalieh
Meeting point at 6:30 in front of the ‘Eden Rock’ project in Ramlet Baida
● Open Air Film Screening of “Children of Beirut” by Sarah Srage - 8:30, Dalieh
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SUNDAY MAY 21st

--- In Dalieh
Dalieh Festival (11:00 – 8:00)
● Site-specific Interventions / Music and dance performances / Food Market by Souk el-Tayeb - All day
● Boat Tours with Dalieh’s Fishermen
Every hour and half, First departure at 11:00 a.m., last departure at 5:00p.m., from Dalieh’s port.
● On site Tours by members of the Dalieh Campaign
Every two hours, First tour at 11:00 a.m., last tour at 5:00a.m.
● Speakers Corner
12:00 a.m / 2:00p.m. / 4:00p.m.
● Music & Spoken Words - 6:00-8:00

--- In Zokak el-Blat
● Literary tour, organized by the International Writers’ House in Beirut - 10:30am to 12h30pm, in Zokak el-Blat, meeting point at the Bachoura Cemetery - http://bit.ly/2qTEtuQ
● Guided Tours of Zokak el-Blat (To be confirmed)
To be confirmed - Number of tours to be determined according to attendance

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