The book fair is the spacious space, which allows one to communicate with intelligent minds and hearts full of faith, enamored of love and freedom.

The opening of the 48th Book Fair in Tripoli

Dr. Ramez Elfri:
The book fair is the spacious space, which allows one to communicate with intelligent minds and hearts full of faith, enamored of love and freedom.


At the invitation of the Cultural Association in Tripoli and in the largest cultural and intellectual event in Lebanon
The forty-eighth annual book fair was inaugurated yesterday, which is organized by the Lebanese Cultural Association in partnership with a number of Lebanese cultural institutions, publishing houses, libraries, educational and university institutions, and Lebanese and Arab cultural, social and media organizations.

In the presence of His Excellency President Najib Mikati, represented by Mr. Moqbel Malak, His Beatitude Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi, represented by Monsignor Nabih Moawad, His Eminence the Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Muhammad Imam, and a crowd of Lebanese social, cultural and media activities and the sons of Tripoli and the North

During the opening of the exhibition, which began with the Lebanese national anthem, a welcoming speech was given by the presenter of the ceremony, Ms. Rafeef Dandshi, who said: I welcomed the attendees in this exhibition, which blossoms and every year the buds of science and knowledge reek of culture and the edifice of the cultural association that has always been a platform for attracting thinkers and creators Whether the sons of the homeland or the Arab countries, saying that it is a day of defiance and insistence to stand in the face of oppression and ignorance. Despite the political and economic crises that the country is going through, and the repercussions that follow on various aspects of a decent life, there is still hope. Hope for survival and continuity and the return of the city to what it was. Tripoli is the city of knowledge and scholars, whose name did not come out of nowhere. The reason for its name goes back to the traveler Abdul Qadir Al-Nabulsi when he visited it in the seventeenth century and found in it nearly 360 three hundred and sixty schools, a university, a corner and a hospice. He also built the largest library containing three million books, but unfortunately it was burned by the invaders. .

She stressed that the marginalization of the city in relation to the rest of the regions also has negative repercussions in all fields, especially cultural and scientific, but there are still some curators among the city’s residents who have the motivation and belief in the city’s renaissance. Some of them were translated by insisting on holding the exhibition on its annual date so far.

In turn, the President of the Cultural Association, the journalist d. Ramez Al-Fari delivered a speech in which he indicated that forty-eight years, with a solid will and deep faith, despite the storms and tempests that swept the country, the annual book fair in the Cultural Association continued, a festival in which the lights shine brightly than the letters of the books, so the black light is more luminous and radiant, more effective and farther In the life of man and society, there are the ferments of existence and the pronouns of time, saying: We who have suffered the horrors and dangers that we have experienced live in special and difficult days in which man is asked to deny his thoughts, forget his beliefs, and be lost in the way of wandering.
The Lebanese nation in particular, and the Arab world in general, was never more in need of sincerity of meanings, accuracy of saying, righteousness of action and solid will than it is today.

It is because we are suffering on a massive and terrible scale, a fierce and relentless war against all that unites and unites on all levels.
The entrance to this uncreative chaos was a process of dropping the meaning of the words and their connotations, as the words no longer in their predicate mean themselves, and the rules, laws and regulations are no longer an organizing tool, a mechanism of knowledge, and a unification method, but rather a wide range of conflicting, contradictory and conflicting meanings so that one becomes incapable of a correct understanding. A sound awareness is not due to weakness in itself and inability to perceive it, but rather because of the chaos of overwhelming concepts that bombard minds and destroy all barriers and obstacles that protect the people and fortify their will.

Stressing that, the book fair, as desired and sought by the cultural association, is the spacious space in which one allows one to communicate with intelligent minds and hearts full of faith, enamored of love and freedom.
When the Cultural Association launched this exhibition, forty-eight years ago, the goal it set and strengthened was to open wide open windows, through which all winds of knowledge enter, perhaps in the air that enters between us, cleans our hearts and minds, and leads us towards a wider humanity and awareness of deeper freedom .

He pointed out that the Cultural Association, in partnership with publishing houses, libraries, educational and university institutions, cultural, social and media organizations, was keen to organize the book fair in the harshest and most dangerous conditions.
Beginning with the Lebanese Civil War, through the absurd rounds of fighting, to the spread of viruses and epidemics, in addition to the largest economic, financial and social collapse that Lebanon has known in its history, the book fair continued its presence and giving, showing the true image of the society aspiring for life and the will to live in peace and love.

Adding by saying:
And here we are, in the difficult circumstances that the country is going through, which push the society towards decay and fragmentation and lead the country towards an unknown fate without this society knowing why it has to pay this high price from its life, the lives of its children and the future of its youth.

We in the Cultural League believe in the people’s novelty, their freedom, and the democracy of their system, and we believe that culture shades and deepens freedom, limits the exaggeration and destruction of instincts, and paralyzes the logic of jokes that prevails now, as if the issue is not the fate of a nation and a people.

Addressing the audience, he said:
The culture that we seek to spread is the path of freedom, in which we believe and the mechanisms of democracy we adhere to… The homeland is our homeland, the destiny is our destiny, and the future is the future of our people, our youth, our young women and our children.

We must condemn the harsh conditions experienced by the citizen, who is deprived of everything… who is unemployed and left to his fate as if he is not in his homeland.
Our society, which is seriously prepared to turn into a destructive extremist society, must address its conditions as soon as possible by removing it from marginalization within its homeland and by injecting investments and funds into it, in order to move the wheel of its collapsed economy in a dramatic manner that it did not know in the harshest conditions of war and conflict.

Pointing to the culture that fights extremism and condemns terrorism, we have to raise our voice in order for our society in Tripoli and the north to get out of marginalization and neglect so that it does not become a hotbed of dangerous extremism that destroys everything.

For an independent and dear homeland that meets the conditions of sufficiency and justice.
For Lebanon, for freedom, democracy and justice, let us all work. Noting at the end of his speech that a promise they made to themselves
That their hands remain extended to everyone, because they are not a party to a local or regional conflict, but rather the people of the country, and we are concerned with the great concerns of the homeland and our priorities are our city, Tripoli, and our tools are thought, culture, pen, melody, sound and image.
Then the opening tape was cut and the activities of the Green Koura Poet Abdullah Shehadeh Cultural Forum were launched with the opening of a plastic exhibition by the artist Zainab Dandash with the participation of the oud player Hana Sharanq with a piece of her compositions and a tour of the participants and memorial photos
In the presence of Representative Ihab Matar, represented by Dr. Musa Al-Esh, Major General Ashraf Rifi, represented by Mr. Mohamed Ziada, Dr. Taha Naji, represented by Mr. Mazen Al-Dhant, MP Karim Kabbara, represented by Eng. Rabea Kabbara, MP Jamil Aboud, represented by his wife, Mrs. Doreen Abboud, Mr. Faisal Karami, represented by Mr. Maher Shaarani, The Ambassador of the State of Kazakhstan, Mr. Yerjan Kalikyonov, the Ambassador of the State of Palestine, Mr. Ashraf Dabour, represented by Mr. Mustafa Abu Harb, Ambassador Asif Nasser, the Mayor of Tripoli, Dr. Riyad Yamaq, the Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Imad Othman, represented by Captain Ziad Yamaq, Brigadier General Raymond Khattar, the Director General of Civil Defense Represented by Hajj Safa Ziada, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture and Industry, Mr. Tawfiq Dabboussi, Secretary General of the Islamic Group in Lebanon, Hajj Azzam Al-Ayoubi, the Culture Commission of the Progressive Socialist Party represented by Lawyer Rabie El-Attar, the official of the Lebanese People’s Congress, Lawyer Abdel Nasser Al-Masry, President of the Free Lebanese Movement, Mr. Bassam Khader Agha, President of the New Lebanon Association, Lawyer Dr. Muhammad Zokr, represented by Mr. Hani Al-Husseini, President of the Lebanese Press Editors Syndicate, Mr. Joseph Al-Qas Represented by colleague Ghassan Al-Rifi, head of the Lebanese Press Syndicate, Al-Astaouni Al-Kaaki, represented by journalist Adel Karroum, head of the Artists Syndicate in the north, artist Abdel Qader Al-Shami, Vice-President of the National Media Council, Mr. Captain Shadi Al-Sayed, former head of the private school teachers’ Syndicate, Nima Mahfoud, Captain Kamal Mouloud, former head of the Cultural Association, Hussein Dannawi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Jinan University, Hajj Salem Yakan, represented by Mr. In Tripoli, Mr. Jamal Kayali, a member of the Political Bureau of the Marada Movement, Mr. Rafli Diab, the leader of the Socialist Vanguard Party of Lebanon in Tripoli, Mr. Radwan Yassin, Secretary General of the Islamic Unification Movement Sheikh Bilal Shaaban, former head of the educational region in the north, Ms. Nahla Hamati, President of the Rahmon Sheikh Association Khaled Munjid, represented by Mr. Mustafa Al-Akhras, Committee of Tripoli and the North for Veterans of War
• Judge Hania Al-Hassan, Mr. Muhammad Ali Al-Amin, Director of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Muhammad Al-Hajj
Director of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr. Claude Attia, Vice President of Beirut Arab University, Dr. Khaled Baghdadi, University of Tripoli, represented by Dr. Omar Othman, AUT University represented by Dr. Nasreen Dhanawy, His Excellency the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Indonesia, Mr. Adi Mulia, President of the Secondary Education Association, Professor Ihsan Al-Ali, President Al-Ru’a Educational Complex, Dr. Bilal Harmoush, represented by the journalist Ibrahim Fatfat, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tripoli Governmental Hospital, Dr. Fawaz Hallab, President of the Cultural Council of North Lebanon, journalist Safouh Munjid, President of the Saba Zureik Cultural Foundation, Dr. Saba Zureik, President of the Green Football Forum, Eng. Mireille Shehadeh, Head of the Renaissance Center Cultural journalist Ahmed Darwish, President of the Al-Dinnieh Cultural Forum, Mr. Ahmed Youssef, President of the Qaf Book Club, Dr. Aisha Yakan, Director of the Makhzoumi Foundation in the North, Mrs. Samar Khashman, members of the Sunday Cultural Meeting, the Literary Forum family, President of the Risha Attar Forum in Zgharta, Poet Asad Makari, representative Al-Wefaq Cultural Association Mr. Wahba Al-Dhaibi, President of Araa Cultural Association Mr. Khaled Al-Hijjah, Head of Al-An’am Cultural Center Ms. Inaam Al-Souf J, Director of the Folklore Troupe, Director Tawfiq Al-Masri, President of the Tripoli Branch of the Lebanese Red Cross, Ms. Maha Qarhani Zagloul, Tripoli Regional Operations Officer in the Civil Defense, Mr. Safa Ziada, President of the International Diplomatic Academy, Dr. Omar El-Helweh, President of the Northern Symposium Haji Faisal Dernika, President of the Beit Association Arts and Sciences Mr. Muhammad Deeb, President of the Tomorrow Scouts Association Leader Abdul Razzaq Awad, President of the Association of Civil Committees, Mr. Samir Hajj, Head of the Life Management Center Lawyer Adnan Orabi, President of North Haven Al-Qalamoun Club, Professor Fouad Al-Hajj, Dr. Bushra Adra, Dr. Farah Haddad, the artist Omran Yassin, Mukhtar Bassem Assaf, Mukhtar Rabi’ Murad, Mrs. Nariman Shamaa, Ambassador Ahmed Kardali, Hajj Yahya Ghazi, Dr. Rupa Dalati, Dr. Dima Dhanawy, Dr. Hind Sophie, artist Alaa Aladdin, Dr. Muhammad Saeed Al-Masry and a number of heads and representatives of publishing houses and institutions Lebanese and Arab cultural