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The Embassy’s Activities

A) BULLETINS WITH SUMMARY OF ACTIVITIES

 

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PUBLICATIONS

Articles appeared since 2009 in the Lebanese press: 

 
 

Articles in local press on the exhbition of Damian Ibarguren Gauthier "Rêves en couleurs depuis l'Uruguay", at the University "Saint-Esprit de Kaslik" (USEK).

 

L’Orient-Le Jour: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2012-10-2013/USEK%2012-10-2013/Lorient%2012-10-2013-4.pdf

An Nahar: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2022-10-2013/USEK%2022-10-2013/Annahar%2022-10-2013.pdf

An Anwar: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2022-10-2013/USEK%2022-10-2013/Anwar%2022-10-2013.pdf

Al Mustaqbal: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2022-10-2013/USEK%2022-10-2013/Mustaqbal%2022-10-2013.pdf

Al Balad: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2022-10-2013/USEK%2022-10-2013/AlBalad%2022-10-2013.pdf

Al Liwaa: http://webapp.usek.edu.lb/pressclippings/USEK%2022-10-2013/USEK%2022-10-2013/Alliwaa%2022-10-2013.pdf

National News Agency – Minister de l’information: http://www.nna-leb.gov.lb/ar/pictures/11816/

Lebanese Forces: http://www.lebanese-forces.com/2013/10/21/opening-of-the-exhibition-in-usek/

Lebanese Info: http://www.lebaneseinfo.com/ar/article/live/id/476912/

Lebanon Files: http://www.lebanonfiles.com/news/617316

 

Interview in LBCI Sat - Programme "Bi Beirut" in Zaytouna Bay  promoting the visit to  Lebanon of the Uruguayan artist Damian Ibarguren Gauthier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_Hv-_KHFBI&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPL2DTbIL0OCG7oXeZd4iyw

 

Entrevista en la MTV - Programa Voyage Voyage: www.mtv.com.lb/Voyage_Voyage

  Interview with Ambassador Dr. Marta Pizzanelli in l'Hebdo Magazine - octobre 2013.pdf
 

Entrevista Embajadora Marta Pizzanelli en la LBCI SAT, en Programa Bi Beirut, en Zaytouna Bay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju6Vwtay5Ds&feature=c4-overview&list=UUPL2DTbIL0OCG7oXeZd4iyw

  Entrevista Embajadora Marta Pizzanelli en Presige abril 2013.pdf
  Visit to Mayrouba L'Orient Le Jour 15-5-13.jpg
  Entrevista Embajadora Marta Pizzanelli DIARIO L'ORIENT LE JOUR 19 03 2013.pdf
  Inauguracion Monumento Adela Neffa, L'Orient le Jour 24 10 2012
  Polly Ferman con su música hizo palpitar los corazones y deleitar los oídos, Al Liwaa, 31/5/12
  Polly Ferman pianiste et Ambassadrice de la musique des 3 Amériques, L'Orient Le Jour, 24/5/12
  Notes bleues pour un voyage aux Amériques, L'Orient Le Jour, 30/5/12
  Musique Mathías Atchugarry en tournee au Liban, L'Orient Le Jour, 15/5/12
  Concert exceptionel au Grand Serail, Mondanite, juin 2012
  Un guitariste uruguayen au Liban: concerts en solo et en duo, L'Orient Le Jour, 5/5/12
  Concert de guitare libano - uruguayen au Grand Serail, l'Orient Le Jour, 10/5/12
  Expo "Contemporary Art of Uruguay", Mondanité, Août 2012
  Fete Nationale de l'Uruguay Prestige Septembre 20120001.jpg
  Crítica expo arte uruguayo en Beirut Agence France Press junio.doc
  Crítica expo arte uruguayo en Beirut 27-6-12 Al Safir.doc
  Crítica expo arte uruguayo en Beirut junio 2012 Hebdo Magazine.jpg
  Crítica expo arte uruguayo en Beirut 29-6-12 the Daily Star.pdf
  Crítica expo arte uruguayo en Beirut 23-6-12 l'Orient le Jour.doc
  Críticas conciertos Polly Ferman y Mathías Atchugarry Magazine junio de 2012
  Crítica José Serebrier Magazine Concierto de octubre 2011
  Críitica José Serebrier Concierto octubre 2011
  Inauguracion Plaza de la Amistad, l'Orient le Jour-15-9-2011.jpg
  Inauguración Plaza de la Amistad  - La Revue du Liban 24-9-2011.jpg
  Visita Delegación Comercial encabezada por el Sr. Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores Dr. Luis Almagro Traducción artículo en "Al Omran Al Arabi" de octubre de 2011
  TRADUCCION Al Safir 2-7-2011 Fiesta Nacional 2011.doc
  TRADUCCION ANNAHAR 25-6-2011  FISTA NACIONAL - MAY MENASSA.doc
  L'Orient le Jour 1-7-11 Bicentenario 2011.jpg
  La Revue du Liban DU 2-9 JUILLET, FETE NATIONALE ROU.jpg
  Les 200 ans de l'Uruguay, Masculin Juillet 2011.pdf
  TRADUCCION ENTREVISTA SR. MINISTRO CON AL SAFIR, 11-4-11.doc
  EFE 11-4-2011 - Visita MM. Almagro.doc
  Entrevista con Mtro. Almagro en LOrient le Jour, 12-4-11.pdf
  Critica de Annahar sobre Polly Ferman 20-2-11.docx
  Critica de LOrient Le Jour sobre Polly Ferman 19-2-11.doc
  Entrevista Sra. Passada LOrient Le Jour, 21 janvier 2011.pdf
  ICONES D'UN PAYS SECULAIRE A L'ALBA, LA REVUE DU LIBAN 4-12-10.pdf
  ICONES D'UN PAYS SECULAIRE A L'ALBA, AL BALAD 25-11-10.pdf
  Raquel Boldorini alcanzó el espíritu del universo a través de Chopin - lo que doy no es mío”, An Nahar, 12/7/10;
  “Hommage à Chopin et senteurs latino-ibériques”, L’Orient Le Jour, 13/7/10 ;
  “Fiesta Nacional del Uruguay”, Al Diyar, 17/9/10 ; (español)
  “Art uruguayen à l’occasion de la Fête Nationale de l’Uruguay”, Mondanité, septembre de 2010 ;
  ”La Fête Nationale de l’Uruguay”, Prestige, septembre de 2010 ;
  “L’Uruguay en Fête au Liban”, Al Balad, 4/9/10;  (2)
  ”Embassy of Uruguay celebrates National Day”, The Daily Star, 2/7/10;
  ”Douze heures d’une vie ordinaire”, L’Orient Littéraire, 1/7/10 ;
  ”Exhibition of photos at UNESCO”, Monday Morning, 26/4/10;
  ”Exposition de photographies à l’UNESCO”, La Revue du Liban, 24/4/10; 
  “Fotografías de niños jugando”, As Safir, 17/4/10;  (español)
  “Exposición de fotografías de niños jugando, vistos por el ojo de Julio Etchart”, An Nahar, 15/4/10;  (español)
  “La littérature ibéro-américaine entre le « boom » et le « crack » ”, L’Orient Littéraire, 27/2/10 ;
  “Alicia Migdal, et son écriture au parfum de femme”, L’Orient Le Jour, 6/3/10 ;
  “Lautréamont par Mondragon, portrait magnétique au visage absent”, L’Orient Littéraire, 9/1/10 
  “A l’ALBA: workshops dirigés par Rimer Cardillo, La Revue du Liban, 12/12/09;
  "Brillante réception pour la Fête Nationale de l’Uruguay dans les jardins du Musée Mouawad", Prestige, Septembre 2009;
  Marking the Uruguayan National Day, Monday Morning, 6/7/09;
  “Célébration de la Fête Nationale uruguayenne”, La Revue du Liban, 4/7/09;
  “L’Uruguay hisse haut ses couleurs, Al Balad édition française, 26/6/09;
  “Première exposition de l’artisanat moderne uruguayen, L’Orient – Le Jour, 20/6/09;
  “Artisanat uruguayen moderne, Agenda Culturel, juin 2009;
  “Exhibición y música en el Centro Safadi”, Al Bairaq, 28/5/09;
  “Bach respira por el bandoneón, diario An Nahar, 25/5/09;
  “Quand un bandonéon courtise une guitare”, L’Orient – Le Jour, 21/5/09;
  "Traducción de la exposición del artista uruguayo Rimer Cardillo", An-Nahar, 27/3/09.
  “Les sublimes dévoiements de Rimer Cardillo”,  L’Orient – Le Jour, 26/3/09;
  "Rimer Cardillo au Liban", Albaladonline, 23/3/09.
  “Rimer Cardillo, le célèbre artiste uruguayen bientôt à Beyrouth, La Revue du Liban, 7/3/09;
  “A Beyrouth, Festival du Film Uruguayen”, La Revue du Liban, 17/1/09

Press Releases: “La Memoria de Beirut invitada de honor en las calles de Montevideo”, March 2009; “Visite de S.E.M. le Ministre des Affaires Etrangères de l’Uruguay Pedro Vaz au Liban”, March 2009; “Famoso dúo de bandoneón y guitarra del Uruguay en su primera presentación en el Líbano”, 13/5/09; “Primera muestra de artesanías modernas uruguayas en el Líbano”, 11/6/09; “Première exposition de l’artisanat uruguayen moderne au Liban”, 15/6/09; “La Mémoire de Beyrouth exposée à l’intérieur de l’Uruguay”, 23/9/09; “Concursos de cuentos y poesía de la Sociedad Libanesa de Montevideo”, 7/10/09; "El Bicentenario de Uruguay en el Selecteum. La Embajadora de la música de las tres Américas por primera vez en el Líbano", February 2011; "Visite officielle de S.E.M. le Ministre des Relations Extérieures de l'Uruguay au Liban", 1/4/11; "Concert de l'Orchestre Philarmonique du Liban le vendredi 28 octubre 2011", 24/10/11; "Une sculpture d'Adela Neffa pour Zouk Mikael, 5/12/11; "Musique des guitares de l'Uruguay et du Liban dans les régions", April 2012; "Mathías Atchugarry en tournée au Liban", May 2012; "Polly Ferman pianiste et Ambassadrice de la musique des trois Amériques pour la deuxième fois au Liban", May 2012; "Exhibition de l'Art Contemporain de L'Uruguay aux Souks de Beyrouth du 20 juin au 8 juillet 2012", June 2012;
 

C) OFFICIAL VISITS AND COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

OFFICIAL VISITS

VISIT OF THE URUGUAYAN PARLIAMENTARY DELEGATION:

An Uruguayan Parliamentary Delegation paid an official visit to Lebanon between the 19th and the 22nd of January 2011. The Delegation was headed by the President of the Chamber of Representatives, MP. Yvonne Passada and was informed by the President of the International Affairs Commission, MP Rubén Martínez Huelmo, and other members of Parliament: Daisy Tourné, Pablo Abdala and Daniel Bianchi Salomón, as well as the officials of the Legislative Body, Mr. Oscar Piquinela and Mrs. Carina Galvalisi Kemayd. The Delegation held meetings with the President of the Republic, Gral. Michel Sleiman, the President of the Parliament, Nabih Berry and the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, where the international and regional situation were discussed as well as the relations between Uruguay and Lebanon.

It was an extremely positive initiative for the efforts of representation and relationship of this Embassy.

The Delegation with the President of the Republic Michel Sleiman.

With the President of the National Assembly Nabih Berry, who signed an Agreement of Inter-parliamentary Cooperation with the President of the Uruguayan Chamber Ivonne Passada.

MP Pablo Abdala, welcomed in his village of Qalhat, Department of Koura, North of Lebanon

The Lebanese press highlighted the presence of three descendents of Lebanese within the Delegation: MP' Abdala and Bianchi Salomon and Mrs. Galvalisi Kemayd.

FIRST VISIT TO LEBANON OF AN URUGUAYAN FOREIGN MINISTER:

On the 11th of April 2011, the Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay Dr. Luis Almagro headed a commission integrated by H.E. Dr. Marta Pizzanelli, Director for Asia, Africa and Oceania at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, H.E. Dr. José Luis Remedi, Ambassador of the Diplomatic Mission in Qatar and H.E. Dr. Jorge Luis Jure, Ambassador of Uruguay to Lebanon.

The visit, was part of a tour of the Middle East and constituted a first for an Uruguayan Foreign Minister to the Country of the Cedars.

Previous high level official visits to Beirut were those of Mr. Alberto Abdala, Vice - President of the Republic and the Deputy Ministers of Foreign Relations Mr. Roberto Rodriguez Pioli and Dr. Pedro Vaz.

Minister Almagro's visit to Beirut was marked by political meetings. It ended with a party organized by the Embassy for the Uruguayan nationals, the Lebanese Ministers and members of Parliament, as well as for the friends of this Diplomatic Mission.

Minister Almagro was received by the President of the Republic of Lebanon, Gral. Michel Sleiman, the President of the Lebanese National Assembly, Mr. Nabih Berry, as well as the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the present Primer Minister Najib Mikati.

The Lebanese Minister, Ali Al Chami, offered an official lunch in his honour, to which attended the Ministers of Economy and Tourism and the Presidents of the main Economic Institutions such as the Union of the Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Lebanon and the Lebanese and Arab Associations of Banks, among others.

The press covered the visit on television and several interviews were published in the newspapers.

The perspectives of work remain open in terms of commerce, tourism, industry and education.

With the President Gral. Michel Sleiman.

With the Prime Minister (outgoing) Saad Hariri and Ambassador Jure.

Reception offered by the Embassy: Minister Tarek Mitri, representing the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister and MP Abdel Latif Zein, in representation of the President of the Parliament.

Reception of the Embassy: a group of Uruguayan citizens

VISIT TO URUGUAY OF H.E. GRAL. MICHEL SLEIMAN, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF LEBANON

On the 5th and 6th of October 2012, H.E. the President of the Republic of Lebanon Gral. Michel Sleiman paid an official visit to Uruguay. This visit comes after the first one made by President Camille Chamoun in 1954, almost 60 years ago.

H.E. President Sleiman held private meetings with H.E. the President of Uruguay José Mujica, the President of the General Assembly Danilo Astori, Ministers, Senators and Deputies. He went across the seaside of the Capital chatting with Uruguayans, hundreds of them from the Lebanese Community.

President Sleiman visited the Lebanese Club, the Lebanese Society and the Church "Nuestra Señora del Líbano" (Our Lady of Lebanon). He concluded his official visit in a huge reception, attended by more than 1.000 persons from the Lebanese Community from all over the Country.

Tribute to Artigas, Chief of the Orientals, protector of their rich heritage

 Discovering the Lebanese roots in Uruguay

COMMERCIAL ACTIVITIES

VISIT OF THE URUGUAYAN FOREIGN MINISTER WITH A BUSINESS DELEGATION:

The Minister of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, Dr. Luis Almagro, presided the first ever Uruguayan commercial delegation to Lebanon on the 14th and 15th of September 2011. The Delegation came to Beirut in order to participate to the "Arab Conference on Investments", organized by the General Union of Arab Chambers, as well as the "First Business to Business Uruguayan-Lebanese Meetings", that took place at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut.

The business delegation was organized in Montevideo by the National Agency of Investments “Uruguay XXI” and in Beirut, by this Embassy, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay. The Executive Director of “Uruguay XXI”, Economist Roberto Villamil, and the Director of the “Commercial Intelligence Unit” of the Ministry Mrs. Mariella Crosta, the Executive Director of the “Uruguayan Exporters Union” Mrs. Teresa Aishemberg and various Uruguayan businessmen, handled many consultations and requests from Lebanese companies, at the General Union of Arab Chambers and at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut.

The contacts offered new perspectives for increasing and diversifying the commerce between Uruguay and Lebanon

The Executive Director of the Uruguayan Exports Union signed a Cooperation Agreement with the President of the Chamber of Beirut and Mount Lebanon, Mohamed Choucair and another Agreement with the President of the Association of Lebanese Businesswomen, Leila Karame.

 The Mission ended in Lebanon with a business dinner, where guests had the chance to degustate Uruguayan meat and wine.

-  Signature of a new Cooperation Agreement in Scientific Research

The institutions that manage the policy of scientific research namely the “National Agency of Investigation and Innovation” (ANII) of Uruguay, and the “National Council of Scientific Research (CNRS), of Lebanon, signed an Agreement that aims at collaborating in various areas of research.

The Agreement, that came into force with its signature, on the 15th of September 2011 in Beirut, was signed by Dr. Edgardo Rubianes, Director of the ANII and Dr. Mouin Hamzeh, his homologue at the CNRS. It was signed and sealed by the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Relations Dr. Luis Almagro and the President of the Council of the CNRS Dr. Geoges Tomeh, in the presence of Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure.

"URUGUAY XXI" IN LEBANON:

The Executive Director of the Uruguayan Institute of Investment and Promotion of exports, Economist Roberto Villamil, arrived to Beirut in June 2011.

He was able to meet with representatives of different business Chambers, Lebanese actors in the economy sector and Authorities, with whom he has explored the possibilities for mutual commerce and investments.

Roberto Villamil with Minister of Economy Mohammad Safadi and Ambassador Jure.

“L'ARTISAN DU LIBAN” IN URUGUAY AND “HECHOACA” IN LEBANON

Exceptionally, the annual Salon of Uruguayan handicrafts "HechoAca" which attracts over 35,000 visitors in a week, invited a foreign country to exhibit: Lebanon was the first and only country invited to show its high quality handicrafts at the Salon of HechoAca, which took place between the 19 and 28 of September, 2008, in the exhibition stands of the Technological Laboratory of Uruguay (LATU), the largest in Montevideo.
“L'Artisan du Liban” was the company invited, through this exchange initiated by the Embassy of Uruguay in Lebanon, with the support of the Embassy of Lebanon in Uruguay and the Lebanese - Uruguayan Community.

Modern handicrafts of HechoAca were exhibited and sold at the gardens of the Robert Mouawad Private Museum, then at the “Boutique des Createurs” of the Museum, L'Artisan du Liban, Clemenceau Street and the Beirut Chamber of Commerce, between June and July 2009, with excellent public receptivity.

The Manager of HechoAca, Mr. Eduardo Pick, was in Beirut for the occasion, and was able to make business contacts and to assess the quality of the Lebanese design.

 

D) ORIENTAL REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY SCHOOL

INTRODUCTION

The School “Oriental Republic of Uruguay” is a State school situated in Achrafieh, Beirut that offers primary education to local children and others coming from "Dar al Aytam al Islamiya" (Orphans' home).

 

It was given the name of Uruguay at the beginning of the 60’s, by initiative of the then Ambassador José Aiub Manzor

A Commission of support to the School was created and continuously collaborates to meet basic needs of the Institution. It is formed at the present by Mrs. Myriam Azzi, President, Zoila Nassur, Nelly Mansour, Linda Chaghoury, Chantale Chelala, Caroline Sarkis, Dalal Chalhoub, Gioconda Daaboul, Ambassador Georgine Mallat, Father Elias Salemé, Dr. Natalia Souteras and Ambassador Dr. Marta Inés Pizzanelli.

In June 2012, the School was transfered to a huge and beautiful new building of seven floors, 18 class by floor, more than 20 laboratories, gymnasium, theater, parking, covered and opened air playgrounds, etc. The Ministry of Education of Lebanon expresses this way, its attachment for the work that is done by this educational center since many years ago. It is one of the best premises in the public education system nowadays in Lebanon. The Ministry of Education, this Embassy and the support commission to the School worked to make possible the moving and the reinstallation in the new premises.

 

ACTIVITIES OF SUPPORT

2012 - INAUGURATION OF THE NEW PREMISES OF THE SCHOOL "URUGUAY"

The inauguration was celebrated in the presence of the Regional Inspector of Primary grade Mohamad El Jamal and the Director of the School Mrs. Nawal Rouhana.

Ambassador Jure delivered certificates of recognition to the Regional Inspector, the Director of the School and to the Educators and Medals of the "Ministry of Foreign Relations" of Uruguay to H.E. the Minister of Education, the Director General of Education, the Director of the School and to the President of the Support Commission to the School "Uruguay".

Teaching Spanish is one of the future educational projects for the School "Uruguay".

2011 - CHARITY DINNER FOR THE SCHOOL "URUGUAY"

On December 1st, the Commission of Support to the School "Uruguay" of Beirut, with the Embassy of Uruguay in Lebanon gathered 180 persons at the dinner-show in favor of the School.

The dinner was held at the restaurant "La Dorada sur Mer" and included live music and a draw (prizes donated by volunteers).

The Embassy expresses its most sincere appreciation to the Support Commission and to all those who  collaborated.

The President of the Commission Mrs. Myriam Azzi with her husband Ambassador Aziz Azzi and their friends.

Toys offered to the students who cheered up the Support Commission with their energetic dances

2011 – VISIT OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE CHOIR "LA CHANTERIE DE BEYROUTH"

In May 2011, the Director of the Choir "La Chanterie de Beyrouth", Mrs. Nouha Hatem, was invited by the Embassy to offer a pleasant presentation of songs and playtime to the students of the School "Uruguay".

2010 – CHARITY DINNER

On December 9, 2010, the Support Commission to the Public School “Uruguay” of Beirut organized, together with this Embassy, for the second consecutive year, a charity dinner for the School.

170 persons attended, including various Ambassadors. More than 3.000 U$S were collected. These helped to meet the multiple needs of the children and the school.

From right to left: Gioconda Daaboul, The Ambassador of Chile H.E. Pedro Barros, Myriam Azzi, Jorge Jure, the Ambassador of Colombia H.E. Rida Al Jure and Antoine Jallad.

 

Ambassador Al Jure and Dr. Nagi Torbay sing for the audience. Our compatriot Mariana Dos Santos Sadek danced flamenco and the professional singer Carole Farah was invited by the Honorary Consul Edmond Chaghoury, to perform.

2010 – VISIT OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SUPPORT COMMISSION

On December 9, 2010, the members of the Support Commission to the School Uruguay had a very busy day: in the morning, they visited to the School and were received by the Inspector, the Director, the teachers and all the students, who prepared very pleasant dances, songs and poems.  

On this occasion, Mrs. Caroline Sarkis and Mrs. Sarita Sarkis offered to the students caps printed with the Uruguayan flag and surprised them with Christmas presents.

Before the end of the year, Mr. Raymond Sarkis and his wife Hoda offered shoes to all the children.

The School is, like the Embassy, a representation of Uruguay in Lebanon, a traditional and known institution that deserves the best possible support.

 

 

2009 – DINNER SHOW

With the help of the Support Commission to the School a dinner-show was held at the "BUffalo Grill" in Hazmieh, which was attended by almost 200 persons. The money collected at the dinner helped to paint classes, purchase toys for the students and a photocopy for the School.

2008-2009-DONATIONS

During 2008 and 2009, Uruguayans and Lebanese collaborated to donate to the school audio equipment, books, school materials and fans. They made as well contributions to repair and paint the school premises.

The Honorary Consul Mr. Edmond Chaghoury and his wife Mrs. Linda Chaghoury donated a big quantity of toys for the students in December 2008.

Mr. Raymond Sarkis and his wife Hoda donated shoes to all the students in December 2009.

2006 – BREAKFAST AT THE “BLUE DAWN”

In the morning of June 14, 2006, a charity breakfast was held in the yacht “Blue Dawn”, organized by the Support Commission to the School presided by Mrs. Myriam Azzi. The event was a success and 2.000 dollars were collected to buy winter clothes and school materials for students and teachers.  

 

E) CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

LECTURES AND EXHIBITIONS ABOUT URUGUAY

- On February 2nd, 2012, Ambassador Jure held a conference during the course of “Tourism and Heritage” at the University Saint-Joseph of Beirut, titled “Natural Uruguay and its culture”.

Reminding in front of the students that Uruguay and Lebanon are the favourite destination in their respective regions, Ambassador Jure talked about the weight of the touristic activity in the Uruguayan economy, the touristic offers of Montevideo, Punta del Este, Colonia and the thermal zone, highlighting the possibilities that are open in terms of cruise packages, rural tourism, the maritime coast to the West and East of Montevideo, and finally emphasizing on the Tango and the Candombe as part of the cultural heritage.

 

Posters and videos were shown and a group began to be organized for a trip in 2013.

 

- On May 2011, Ambassador Jorge Jure presented to the students of political science of the University "Saint-Esprit de Kaslik", a conference in French, under the title "The foreign policy of Uruguay in the Middle East", in the framework of a cycle of lectures, offered by the Ambassadors of Latin America accredited in Beirut.

 

Read about the lecture

 

- On November 9, 2010, Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure lectured about "Nouveaux liens entre deux grands petits pays: Le Liban et l'Uruguay", in the Lebanese - German Cultural Center in the city of Jounieh. He developed the historic parallelism of the creation of Uruguay and Lebanon, their first decades of independent life, the relation with the neighboring countries, the international powers of that time and the foreign policy of Uruguay, as a small country surrounded by bigger countries. Ambassador Jure concluded with a review on the bilateral relation between Uruguay and Lebanon.

- In the Safadi Cultural Center of Tripoli, after the concert offered by Marino Rivero, bandoneón, and Gabriela Diaz, guitar,  photos of Uruguay, their gauchos and their tangos were displayed. On Saturday, 23 May 2009.

- On November 4, 2008, the Embassy inaugurated an exhibition of posters, photographs and prints with landscapes and scenes of Uruguayan life at the Municipal Hall of Sidon. The exhibition was inaugurated by Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and President of the Municipality of Sidon, Dr. Abdel Rahman Bizri.

- On April 15, 2008, Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure gave a lecture – for graduated students of political science at the American University of Beirut (AUB), during the course of International Law, on diplomatic status, especially with regard to the establishment of diplomatic relations, privileges and immunities.

- On October 19, 2005, Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio delivered a lecture at the same Institute titled "Los Premios Cervantes y Uruguay", a sort of review of Uruguayan literature taking, as a center figure, Juan Carlos Onetti, the only Cervantes prize of Uruguay.

- On October 5, 2005, a lecture of the Uruguayan writer of Arab origin Amir Hamed, son of Ex - Ambassador of Paraguay in Lebanon Alejandro Hamed Franco and Mrs. Nidia Franco Ramela, Uruguayan, was offered at the Cervantes Institute in Beirut on "Troy and the alphabet." (Troya y el alfabeto).

- “URUGUAY” DAY IN BATROUN, SIDON AND TRIPOLI:

on March 12, 2008, the Embassy organized a visit for members of the Diplomatic Women's Association of Beirut to Batroun’s city, located 50kms north of Beirut. Batroun is an ancient Phoenician city, in which there is evidence of ruins of Greek, Byzantine, etc...
The purpose of this activity was to entertain the members of this association on the occasion of the International Women's Day, as regularly do various Embassies accredited here.
The event consisted of a tour in the Cultural Center "Dar El - Mouna," set in an old restored house in Batroun, The house contains a permanent exhibition of paintings by Lebanese painters. For the occasion, a small exhibition of works from Uruguayan painter resident in Lebanon, Mr. Bruno Sfeir, was mounted.
Subsequently, the Municipality of Batroun conducted a tour to the main neighborhoods and monuments of the city.
Finally, the Embassy hosted a luncheon with typical Uruguayan food and wines from our country.
The raffle of a painting rose more than USD 510 for the Uruguay School of Beirut.

EXHIBITIONS

 

Exhibition "Contemporary Art of Uruguay" in Beirut Souks - June/July 2012

 

"Contemporary Art of Uruguay", is the title of the exhibition set up between this Embassy and "Solidere", at "The Venue", an exhibition hall where paintings, engravings, drawings, tapestry and digital arts of 12 artists were shown, between the 19th of June and the 8th of July.

 

Antonio Andivero, Federico Brandt, Cecilia Brugnini, Atilio Buriano, Rimer Cardillo, Carlos Grippo, Andrés Montani, Miguel Nuñez Rauschert, Nelson Romero, Bruno Sfeir, Julio Testoni and José Trujillo Seade are the names of the well known Uruguayan artists part of this unique event, seen by 2.500 visitors.

 

Two artists of Lebanese origin (Sfeir and Trujillo Seade), some of them living out of Uruguay (Andivero, Cardillo, Grippo, Nuñez), two of them who came specially to be present during the exhibition (Grippo and Sfeir), their works largely attracted the Lebanese public.

 

The critics: "An unknown world of art, unveiled. The exhibition in "The Venue" of contemporary art brings Uruguay to life" ("The Daily Star"); "Discovering the contemporary art of Uruguay" ("L'Orient Le Jour"); "The contemporary art of Uruguay, stars in the Beirut Souks" (l'Hebdo Magazine); "Twelve contemporary Uruguayan artists and paintings that exceeded the boundaries" ("Al Safir")...

 

In the catalog, with reproductions of one work by each artist, the Director of the School of Fine Arts of ALBA, Mrs. Nicole Harfouche, notes that it is "one of the most outstanding exhibitions" shown recently in Beirut, and praised the talent of the participant artists. The publication comprises comments on each artist and a brief review on arts in Uruguay by Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure, who also offered a guided visit.

 

 

 

 

Icons of a secular country" - Great Masters of the Uruguayan Art in the cities of Zahlé, Tyre and Nabatiyeh in 2012

It should be noted that in Zahlé, Tyre and Nabatiyeh, the Embassy mounted, during the recitals of Mr. Mathías Atchugarry, the exhibition "Great Masters of the Uruguayan Art".

In addition to enabling the promotion of Uruguay, the tour undertaken by this Diplomatic Representation with the distinguished Uruguayan guitar player and the exhibition of photos, allowed a direct contact with the local populations, including personalities like members of the Parliament, Mayors, Directors of educational centers, teachers, businessmen, professionals, etc. as well as with the Uruguayans or persons who live in the visited zones and linked to the Embassy and to Uruguay,

 

Day of the inauguration of the exhibition in Zahlé

 

 

Ambassador Jure offering a reproduction of a painting of Pedro Figari, "El Pericón". to Mrs. Randa Berry, President of the Association of the National Association for the Safeguard of the Heritage in South Lebanon, during the exhibition in Tyre.

 

 

Inauguration of the exhibition at the Kamel Jaber Cultural Center in Nabatiyeh, with the presence of Ambassador Jure and MP Yassine Jaber.

 

"Icons of a secular country" - Great Masters of the Uruguayan Art in the city of Sidon in 2011

The Embassy presented on May 19, 2011, the collection of photos that holds the aforementioned name, taken by the Testoni studio curated by Mrs. Jacqueline Lacasa.

In this opportunity, the exhibition was sponsored by the French Cultural Center of the Phoenician historical city of Sidon, and by the Hariri Foundation. Both Institutions manage the "Khan El Franj" (Market of the French), hostel o "Caravan Serail", built in the XVIth Century, that hosted the images of Blanes, Figari, Petrona Viera and Rafael Barradas, among others.

 

Photos appeared in the newspapers "Al Mustaqbal", "Al Liwaa" and "Al Anwar"

 

Exhibition of «TOYS" in Nicosia, Cyprus


The photo exhibition of Julio Etchart was moved by this Embassy from Beirut to the capital of Cyprus in May 2011.


Etchart came especially to Nicosia, took photos that were exposed along with the ones that were already revealed. He participated as well in the opening of the exhibition, which took place at the Municipal Cultural Center "Pallouriotissa Old Market", an old market with new features.


In the inauguration, the classic short film, "Guri" (1972), that talks about a country boy, directed by Eduardo Darino, was projected. It is based on a story of J. Serafin Garcia.

 

 

Abandoned playground in the buffer zone of Nicosia, photo of Julio Etchart

 

 

Kindergarten in Nicosia, Photo of Julio Etchart

 

 

 

The Mayor of the divided capital of Cyprus, Eleni Mavrou, surrounded by(from left to right) The President of the "Cyprus Photographic Society-Nicosia" Constantinos Charalambous, Julio Etchart, Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and the Honorary Consul of Uruguay Eleftherios Montanios, who spoke at the opening of the exhibition, organized by the institutions that they represent. This exhibition was dedicated to the Bicentennial of Uruguay.

 

Icons of a secular country - Great Masters of Uruguayan Art in 2010

 

The collection of 34 photos of Testoni studio, comprising well-known paintings of Juan Manuel Blanes, Blanes Viale, Petrona Viera, Figari, Barradas, Torres-García, José Cuneo, etc., that form part of an itinerant series at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, was exhibited by the Embassy at the University "Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts", between the 24th and 30th of November 2010 and at the Safadi Cultural Center of Tripoli, later on.

 

Students and professors of the Academy and public in general, could learn about the history of art in Uruguay. For this purpose, the exhibition, titled "Icons of a secular country", was divided into three sectors: "Beginnings of the independent life and historic topics. Academy and personal talents", "The fascination of the country in post-impressionist and planism styles" and "Cubism and constructivism: the great ideas".

 

An introduction was prepared by Ambassador Jure, in which he pointed that, in a country essentially secular as Uruguay, these symbolic images, of Artigas in front of the Citadel door, the landing of the 33, etc., constituted, reproduced and well-known real icons of our Republic.

"The exhibition leads the visitor to the heart of the country... it is a true breeze of fresh air", notes the newspaper "Al Balad". "Icons of a secular country shows a big interest as, for the first time, a confrontation between the Uruguayan contemporary art with the Lebanese public is allowed", says the article of "La Revue du Liban", with five coloured reproductions.

Icons of a secular Country in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2010:

The same collection of 34 photos was as well exhibited in Nicosia, Cyprus on the 21st of April 2010, in the presence of the Mayor of Nicosia, Mrs. Eleni Mavrou.

This activity was complemented with a projection of Uruguayan films "El Viaje hacia el Mar" of Guillermo Casanova, "La Cáscara" of Carlos Ameglio and "Alma Mater" of Alvaro Buela.

Exhibition of the Uruguayan artist Rimer Cardillo at ALBA in 2009

The artist Rimer Cardillo offered engraving courses at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) on April and November 2009.

At the same time, the Alba presented an exhibition of his works on paper in November that was accompanied by students’ works. The public was also able to appreciate the film "Against the Grain" about another great Uruguayan artist living and working in that country for years, Antonio Frasconi, by the Uruguayan filmmaker Eduardo Darino, who resides in the United States.
Cardillo's workshop in November was sponsored by the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Beirut as well as by the Embassy of Uruguay.

Exhibition “La Memoria de Beirut” (Beirut’s Memory) in Montevideo and other Departments:

The photo exhibition of the Lebanese photographer Ayman Trawi was inaugurated in Montevideo, on Monday 9th of March, 2009.

Ayman Trawi took these photos during the summer of 2002 to show the destruction and the devastation of the Lebanese Capital after the war in 1991 and to compare it with its amazing reconstruction.

The exhibition remained until April 11, 2009. It was the first step towards an exchange of photographs between Montevideo and Beirut.

This exhibition took place in the "Open-Air Space" of the “Parque Rodo”. At the opening ceremony were present the Mayor of Montevideo, Dr. Ricardo Ehrlich, the photographer Mr. Ayman Trawi and the Director General of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon, Mr. Omar Halablab.

The Lebanese community in Uruguay as well as the Uruguayan public had the opportunity to visit the exhibition and appreciate the amazing work of reconstruction, example of urban and architectural design.

The exhibition was organized by the Embassy of Uruguay and the Municipality of Montevideo - Municipal Center of Photography - and was supported by Mr. Ayman Trawi and Lebanese Deputy Saad Rafic Hariri. It was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay.  The Embassy of Lebanon in Uruguay and the Ministry of Tourism collaborated in this event.

Due to its great success, this photo series was extended several times in Montevideo. Then it was transferred to other Departments in Uruguay in a smaller format. This exhibition was made possible through the collaboration of the Municipal Center of Photography of the Municipality of Montevideo, the Municipality of Lavalleja, the efforts of Mr. Antoine Abi Saab, active member of the Lebanese Community in Minas, and the efforts of Lavalleja branch of World Lebanese Cultural Union.

Exhibition of the Uruguayan artist Bruno Sfeir in 2008

On June 19, 2008, on the occasion of the celebration of the National Day of Artigas’s Birthday, the Embassy presented, in collaboration with the Municipality of Jounieh, a show of recent paintings by the Uruguayan artist Bruno Sfeir.

The exhibition was held at the Municipal Palace of Jounieh, between June 19 and July 31, 2008.

Bruno Sfeir was born in San Jose, Uruguay, in 1970. He studied at the “Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes” and in the “Club de Grabado” with Maestro Guillermo Fernandez in Montevideo.

Of Lebanese origins, Sfeir lived for a while in Lebanon.

He has exhibited in Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, USA and Kuwait. His last exhibition was held in Lebanon in 2003.

Bruno Sfeir's creations won several prizes in Uruguay and abroad.

The exhibition was well appreciated by public and critics. The articles in the press can be seen through the following links:
 
Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “La Revue du Liban”

Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “L’Orient Le Jour”

Expo Bruno Sfeir’s critic in “The Daily Star”

FILMS PROJECTION

Third Ibero-American Film Festival in 2012

 

For the third edition of the Ibero-American Film Festival, the Embassy of Uruguay presented on November 8, 2012, the film "Bad Day to go Fishing" at the Metropolis Cinema.

 

The film Director is Alvaro Brechner and it was released in 2009.

 

For the occasion, Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. presented a brief description of the film, highlighting on the awards granted to this movie as well as on the excellent script adapted from the story of the Uruguayan writer Juan Carlos Onetti.

Uruguayan Film Festival in Cyprus in 2012

"Bad Day to go Fishing" directed by Alvaro Brechner; "The Pope's Toilet", by Enrique Fernández and César Charlone and "La vida útil", by Fernando Veiroj, were the selected movies that the Cine Club of Nicosia screened in the capital of Cyprus, for the Uruguayan film Festival, in early June 2012.

Uruguayan Film Series at the University "Saint-Esprit Kaslik" in 2012

On March 13, 2012, the Uruguayan film "Whisky", directed by Pablo Stoll and Juan Pablo Rebella was screened at the University "Saint-Esprit Kaslik". On the occasion, the Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and the Second Secretary Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez gave ​​a brief introduction of the film highlighting the position of the movie with in the Uruguayan cinematography and especially in our cinema evolution in the last 25 years.

Second Ibero-American Film Festival in 2011

This festival was presented by the Cervantes Institute of Beirut.

For a week, the audience could enjoy two different movies every day, from different countries.

Uruguay showed "El baño del Papa" ("The Pope's Toilet"), with English subtitle, 2004, directed by Enrique Fernández and César Charlone, selected and sent by the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations.

The "DailyStar" article humorously titled "The Holy Father and the collapse of capitalism",  as a reference to social criticism in the movie.

First Ibero-American Film Festival November 2010

Within this cycle, organized by the Cervantes Institute in Beirut in the cinema "Metropolis", of Beirut the Embassy had the pleasure to project the film "The journey towards the sea" of Guillermo Casanova (2003).

Cinema cyle November 2008

In coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay and the National Audiovisual Institute, the Embassy presented five Uruguayan films in a cycle of Uruguayan Cinema from 17 to November 20, 2008, at the Cervantes Institute in Beirut.

The films presented were: La Espera, by Aldo Garay, 2002; Estrella del Sur by Luis Nieto, 2002; Alma Mater by Álvaro Buela, 2004; La Cáscara by Carlos Ameglio, 2007; The Afro Candombe – Uruguayan, documentary by Darío Arce and Rafael Gutierrez;

The movies were shown with subtitles in English or French.

Concerts

The pianist Polly Ferman in Lebanon offered concerts and gave master classes in 2012

 

The Embassy of Uruguay and the Embassy of the United States in Lebanon, coordinated the visit of the outstanding Uruguayan pianist and musical director, with American citizenship, Mrs. Polly Ferman, who performed between May 22 and 31, 2012, in 4 major solo concerts, gave two master classes as well as two concerts for children with special conditions.

 

In her recitals, Ms. Ferman offered a program with pieces of Uruguayan, Latin American and American composers that she called "Journey through the Americas" at the cultural center of Jounieh, "Selecteum des Arts et des Sciences", the University of Balamand, at the North of the country, Boukhater Hall in the framework presented by the National Conservatory of Music and at the Assembly Hall, of the "American University of Beirut."

 

Ms. Ferman, renowned interpreter of the repertoire of the American continent, gave master classes in several private universities conservatories and at the National Conservatory, a concert for children of "Insan" (children at risk in street situation, or from troubled families) and one for children and teenagers from various institutions dedicated to minors with disabilities, the latter was coordinated by the U.S. Embassy and was held at the University "Notre Dame".

 

The coincidence of the presence of Ms. Ferman and guitarist Mathias Uruguayan Atchugarry in Lebanon, made the magazine "Magazine" of Beirut, declare that the month of May 2012 in this country had the "colours of Uruguay".

 

 

Mrs. Polly Ferman at the "Selecteum des Arts et des Sciences"

 

 

Recital for children from "Insan" Association

 

Performances by guitarist Mathias Atchugarry in 2012

 

Between May 5 and 23, the Uruguayan guitar player Mathias Atchugarry was in Lebanon, where he performed five concerts as a soloist, three concerts in duo and gave a master class at the National Conservatory.

 

He performed as a soloist in the cities of Zahle, Jounieh, Tyre and Nabatieh, presented by the "Lebanese Cultural Movement" and the wife of the President of the Lebanese Parliament Mrs. Randa Berry and in Byblos , where he performed for the annual dinner of the "Cultural Council" of the region.
 

As soloist, he included works of Uruguayan composers, of his authorship as composer and of Latin American musicians.

 

In duo he performed with the Lebanese guitar player of Armenian origins, Mr. Edy Dorlian, with the purpose to produce a cultural exchange. He performed at the Governmental House called "Grand Serail" opened for this concert that was under Mr. Najib Mikati Prime Minister's auspices.


The concert was attended by more than 700 persons. The duo also performed at the University of Balamand (North Lebanon) and at the popular street "Uruguay", where young people meet at night in Beirut.

 

He played compositions of classical and popular Lebanese, Uruguayan and Latin American composers. In Uruguay Street in Beirut, about 2,000 people attended and it was a great popular success and a first formal collaboration between the Embassy and "Uruguay Street", a pedestrian area of Beirut Central District.

 

In Zahle, Tyre and Nabatiyeh, for the occasion of the recitals of Mr. Mathias Atchugarry, the Embassy mounted  the exhibition "Old Masters of Uruguayan Art".

 

 

Mathias Atchugarry and Edy Dorlian at the Grand Serail

 

 

Mathias and Edy Dorlian in Uruguay Street

 

 Concert of the Bicentennial with Maestro José Serebrier in 2011

 

On October 28, in front of a hall filled with more than 800 persons at the Church "Saint Joseph", of the Jesuit Fathers, the Uruguayan Conductor and Composer Maestro José Serebrier, conducted the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra. The program included songs by Grieg and Strauss performed by his wife, the famous soprano Carole Farley, the "Tango in Blue", composed by José Serebrier and Maestro Serebrier's orchestral version of the themes of the opera "Carmen" by Bizet, that worthed him a Grammy in 2004.

 

The concert was organized by the Orchestra, along with the Embassy and was sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Uruguay, Bank Audi and Air France.

 

A chronicle titled the concert "Under the fire of passion". Another magazine said that Maestro Serebrier had "metamorphosed" the Orchestra making it perform to its highest technical and interpretive level.


We thank
Maestro José Serebrier and Soprano Carole Farley for their willingness to offer this excellent concert and congratulate them for their performance.

 

 

Serebrier in Beirut on October 28, 2011, with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra

First Bicentennial celebration abroad with the concert of the pianist Polly Ferman in 2011

On Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 of February 2011, this Embassy presented the Uruguayan pianist Polly Ferman, playing its program "Tangos, Habaneras, Milongas" at the "Selecteum des Arts et des Sciences" of Kaslik (Jounieh) and at the American University of Beirut, along with the Cervantes Institute.

This was, if not the first, one of the first celebrations of the bicentennial of Uruguay's fight for sovereignty that took place outside our country.

The presentation "Selecteum des Arts et des Sciences" was followed by a nice ceremony, in which the 200 years of fight for sovereignty of Uruguay.

 

Polly Ferman at the Cultural Center “Selecteum”, in Jounieh

  

Commemoration act at “Selecteum” with its Director Dédé Hourani and Mrs. Pollly Ferman  

The Uruguayan pianist at the auditorium “Assembly Hall” of the American University of Beirut, attended by over 600 persons.

 The prestigious "L'Orient-Le Jour", through its critic Mr. Edgard Davidian, noted,  under the title "Le tango sur clavier, regards de braise et notes de velours" that Mrs. Ferman, "caressing the piano keys ... opened wide the gates of the dream, of the borders, of the sun, of the sweet or uncontrolled fatal passions". La Cumparsita "... puts a balm over the hearts and stands forever as a moment of happiness, a real enchanted dream."
 

Mrs. May Menassa in "An Nahar" wrote that "Polly Ferman danced the tango with her fingers ", "they have called her the Ambassador of Latin America and they were right ...  the interpretation of each piece was elegant,  in the expression of their styles, which made ​​the audience's standing applause in recognition and appreciation for her performance ... ".


An all of a tribute to Uruguay.

Concert by guitarist Mathias Atchugarry in 2011

In the four very successful concerts organized by the Uruguayan Embassy in June, Mathias Atchugarry captivated the public's attention in Beirut, Batroun, Tripoli and Amchit. The young and talented musician developed an Uruguayan and Latin American repertoire, including his own works, attracting the audience to his concentration, sensitivity and aesthetic.  

Two unforgettable concerts of the pianist Raquel Boldorini in 2010.

Demonstrating her exquisite training, largely the result of the relevant former Uruguayan piano school, Ms. Boldorini offered two concerts, at the Cultural Centre "Safadi" in the city of Tripoli on July 3, 2010 and on the 8th of the same month, in the traditional "Assembly Hall" auditorium of the American University of Beirut, which dates from the mid-nineteenth Century. The concerts were presented by this Embassy, together with the Instituto Cervantes in Beirut and the Safadi Center”.

With a tribute to Frederic Chopin, on the 200º Anniversary of his birth, as the principal purpose of their performances, the Uruguayan artist also played pieces by Fabini, Lamarque Pons and Beatriz Lockhart.

"... Moments of discovery and revelation of rhythms, beats and melodies ... unpublished fragrances, sunny and even sensual ... A performance given with much feeling. And an absolute captivation, both from the audience, as from the artist on stage”.
Published "L’Orient Le Jour " in French.

Meanwhile, the main newspaper written in Arabic, "An-Nahar" ("The Day") titled his review: "Raquel Boldorini reached the spirit of the Universe by Chopin," adding "... It was a case of concentration, focusing on their feelings, their passion and calm ... Her latest award was the concentration of appreciation and our applauses, turning her from her long journey with Chopin, surrounded by a musical halo”.

Bandoneón and Guitar of Uruguay in 2009

Marino Rivero, considered one of the great masters of bandoneón and fine guitarist Gabriela Diaz, offered recitals at the Municipality Palace of Jounieh, on Thursday, May 21, 2009 and at the Safadi Cultural Center of Tripoli on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

On May 22, 2009, they played with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Walid Gholmieh. The duo performed works of Rivero himself, Grieg and the famous Uruguayan tango and milonga "La Cumparsita” and “La Puñalada”.

The Concert in Re minor of Johann Sebastian Bach was a success among the audience that filled up the St. Joseph Church of the Jesuit Priests.

Music critic of May Menassa, journalist for Al Nahar Newspaper, Monday, May 25, 2009, “BACH BREATHES THROUGH THE BANDONEÓN - MARINO RIVERO FROM TANGO TO BAROQUE”.

“The message to the audience is a message of euphoria and joy, through his box "the bandoneón”. He is a magician with multiple tasks, with his hands opened, invites to two different worlds, from many centuries of music, tango and baroque, Piazzolla and Bach.

The Uruguayan Marino Rivero, whose musical opening is directed to Argentina and Brazil, the two neighbors, both export the tango and its fervent rhythm, as India exports the Afro-Asian spices, came to Lebanon with his partner Gabriela Díaz, invited by the National Conservatory, brought the Latin sun through the guitar and the bandoneón and a history of rhythm that captivates people’s feelings everywhere.

They were together, partners in life and at work, the sober and quiet Gabriela Diaz and Marino Rivero, the young lover that exceed seventy and still has in his eyes the glow of youth and love.

The bandoneón immediately makes known the nature of its player, loving and nervous, kidnapped by the melody. Moving to its rhythm, while the guitar sings the song. In this first part the duo play Piazzolla, "The history of tango" in 4 exciting parts in its melody and rhythm, inspired by the region of the Rio de la Plata.

As Rivero closed his eyes in solemn concentration that made us experience the essence of Bach, I also, closed my eyes to hear a very clear ecclesiastical organ coming out of this instrument. The bandoneón was breathing through the lungs of Bach, ethereal, undulating in these exciting trips.

The orchestra began the concert as a grandiose ceremony, the bandoneón embraced with grandeur that equaled the orchestral performance. The interpretation of Bach was very elegant, with a remarkable devotion, through which Rivero succeeded in this great concert with the colors of his flag.”

Literary Activities

Beirut World Book Capital

The participation of Uruguay in the agenda of UNESCO “Beirut, World Book Capital” 2009-2010 included
the writer Juan Carlos Mondragón, who participated on  November 25 and 26, 2009, in the Colloquium "Ecrivains Arpenteurs des Villes" organized by the Saint Joseph University.

An interesting interview with Mondragón was published in "L'Orient Littéraire" a supplement of L'Orient - Le Jour on January 9th , 2010 and focused on the writer Isidore Ducasse, “le Comte de Lautréamont”, of Basque origin, born in Uruguay, and his links with our country and the rebellion of Ducasse.

On December 8, the Embassy presented the book "La Musica de la Guerra" by Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio, in the presence of the author and the participation of Dr. Georges Naffah, the Executive Director of "La Revue du Liban" and "Monday Morning" Mr. Saer Karam and Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure.

First Ibero - American Writers Meeting and Book Fair:

With great enthusiasm, the ten Latin American and the Spanish Embassies in Beirut organized the 1st meeting of Ibero American Writers and Book Fair, which took place between the 3rd and the 6th of March, 2010.

The Uruguayan writer, journalist, translator and teacher Alicia Migdal, appointed by the Ministry of Education and Culture, represented our country in various colloquiums and conferences.

Sponsored by this Embassy, Professor Migdal gave a lecture on Monday, March 1st, - in French- at the “Université Saint Esprit de Kaslik" on "Women's literature”.

Migdal participated, along with writers from other Latin American countries, Spain and Lebanese, in four lectures: "The Ibero-American reality through literature”, "Migration and Literature", "Women and the Ibero- American literature" and "Ibero America and the Arab world, prospects for dialogue".

Together with other Ibero - american writers participating in the meeting, some of them of Lebanese origin, as Milton Hatoum (Brazil) and Luis Fayad (Colombia), Migdal referred to Ibero -american reality reflected in literature, citing current Uruguayan writers such as Carlos Liscano and other recently deceased, such as Mario Levrero, Mario Benedetti and Idea Vilariño.

The Uruguayan Chamber of Books generously sent hundreds of books of different titles that were exhibited, some sold and others donated to public libraries and Spanish schools in Beirut, Tripoli and Kaslik. Hereby we thank the Chamber and its president Mr. Alvaro Risso for this relevant collaboration to make known the writers and the publishing industry of Uruguay.


Photography, books and new photos of Julio Etchart:

The presence in Lebanon of the Uruguayan photographer- journalist, based in the UK, Julio Etchart, constituted a remarkable event. The presentation of his book "Toys" ("Toys"), closed the UNESCO Programme 2009-2010 "Beirut World Book Capital”.

Etchart's visit was organized by the Embassies of the United Kingdom and Uruguay in Beirut, and included the presentation of the above mentioned book of photographs about children playing, taken across the world. There he shows to us playing moments in rich and poor places, with and without luxury toys, children playing alone and in groups, with "weapons" or flowers and balls.

The launching of the book "Toys" took place at the Unesco Palace in Beirut on April 14, 2010 and in Tripoli on June 17, accompanied by two exhibitions of photos of the book, plus those that Julio took in Lebanon.

In addition, he generously offered photography workshops for children in Beirut and Tripoli, to which attended with enthusiasm young students.

The visit of Mr. Etchart allowed for a multi-cultural experience, through his portfolio of photos, which was exhibited in other cities in Lebanon and in Cyprus with new pictures of Lebanese and Cypriot children. "L'Orient Le Jour" said that "For Julio Etchart, photography is a child's game!"

Uruguay School of Beirut – Photo by Julio Etchart

 

F) NATIONAL HOLIDAYS AND REPRESENTATIONS OF URUGUAY

 

OPENING OF THE "FRIENDSHIP SQUARE" AND RELOCATION OF ARTIGAS BUST IN JOUNIEH IN 2011


On Wednesday, September 14, under a bright sun, the President of the Municipality of Jounieh, Mr. Antoine Frem, in the presence of the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Relations Dr. Luis Almagro, accompanied by the Ambassadors of Chile, Dr. Pedro Barros and Uruguay, Dr. Jorge Luis Jure, inaugurated the "Friendship Square” ساحة الصداقة (Sahat Al Sadaqat). There the busts of General José Artigas and Liberator Bernardo O'Higgins of Chile are installed on pedestals, on a certain height, surrounded by gardens and olive trees at the foot of a cliff that descends towards the sea.


In the opening ceremony, the President of the Lebanese Republic was represented by Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr, who also represented the Presidents of the Parliament and the Council of Ministers. Speeches were pronounced by the President of the Municipality of Jounieh, the Uruguayan Minister of Foreign Relations and the two above mentioned Ambassadors.


Upon the suggestion of the Embassy of Uruguay, ​​the national flags of Uruguay, Lebanon and Chile, will be permanently displayed.


We invite all visitors arriving from Uruguay to Lebanon to visit this Square, which already constitutes one of the worthiest places of encounter between these two countries, along with the Chilean brother people.

 

The Minister Almagro, MP Abi Nasr, President Frem and Ambassador Jure

at the time of the opening

 

Uruguayan friends, Chilean and Lebanese.  The Latin American Ambassadors honored us with their presence.

 

Inauguration of Artigas' Bust in 2007

 

On May 15, 2007, Artigas' bust was unveiled in the city of Jounieh.

 

At the ceremony there were representatives of the President of the Republic, Sheikh Wadih El Khazen, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr, the President of the Municipality of Jounieh, Sheikh Joan Hobeiche and the Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio, who proceeded to unveil the bronze bust of the Hero of the Orientals.

 

The Lebanese Armed Forces Band opened the event.

The Mayor of Jounieh spoke first and was followed by Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio.

After discovering the Bust, there were fireworks and a wreath was laid with a ribbon written on it "Embassy of Uruguay" and then the messages of adhesion were read. The first was the message from the Minister of Foreign Relations , Mr. Reinaldo Gargano, followed by those of the various associations related to the ceremony, such as the Lebanese Club, the Association of Lebanese Women, the Lebanese Society of Soriano, the Lebanese Society of Montevideo and the Uruguayan - Lebanese Youth Association (Ajul).

At the end of the act, the public was invited to a toast; a cake decorated by the Uruguayan flag was cut while listening to the music of “La Cumparsita", played by the Military Band.

 

The installation of this Bust was the crowning to many efforts done by the Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio, the Lebanese Community in Uruguay and the Municipality of Jounieh.

 

NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY IN 2012

 

The Embassy of Uruguay celebrated the Uruguayan national day in Lebanon on the 19th of June 2012, birthday of Artigas.

 

For this occasion, a wreath was laid by Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure and Second Secretary Nicolás Rodríguez, in front of the bust of the Uruguayan National Hero, located in Jounieh, which base was relocated and over which a new plaque was remade referring to the collaboration of the Lebanese Institutions of Uruguay and to the efforts of Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio to make it happen in 2007.

 

In collaboration with "Solidere", a reception was offered in the exhibition hall "The Venue" in Beirut Souks where an exhibition of Uruguayan art including paintings, drawings and engravings was inaugurated at the same time. 400 persons attended and the President of the Republic, the President of the Parliament and the Prime Minister were represented by Deputy Hagop Pakradounian. The Minister of Culture Gaby Layoun, the Director General of Education Fady Yarak, businessmen and Uruguayan nationals were present.

 

As usual, the National Day of Uruguay was a generous and original event that gathered the numerous friends of the Embassy of Uruguay in Lebanon.

 

 

MP Hagop Pakradounian representing the President of the Republic, the President of the Parliament and the Prime Miinister, Ambassador Jorge Jure and Mr. Mounir Douaidy, Director General of Solidere

 

Mrs. Nouhad Fahed, Mrs. Zoila Nassur, Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez and his wife, Mrs. Liana Ammar and Mr. Anthony Naim

 

NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY AND BICENTENNIAL IN 2011 

 

The National Day of the country was celebrated on June 19, birthday of Artigas. Undisputed protagonist of the struggles for sovereignty,  José Artigas is the central figure of this Bicentennial that our country wanted to celebrate with justice this year. The birth of Artigas was a celebration day for hundreds of Lebanese, Uruguayans and foreigners, who attended the invitation of the Embassy of Uruguay, at the "Martingale" restaurant, in the famous "Casino du Liban", reserved for the occasion.

 

The bay of Jounieh scenery was the perfect place to listen to the virtuoso Uruguayan guitar player Mathías Atchugarry, who performed for the occasion two or three musical pieces, among them, "La Cumparsita", considered the popular anthem of the Uruguayans.

 

 

Collaborators and friends of the Embassy facing the bay of Jounieh

 

NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY AT RESTAURANT "LE PARTICULIER" IN 2010

 

To celebrate the birthday of General José Gervasio Artigas, June 19, 1764, the Embassy invited its friends in Lebanon, governmental or private, the Uruguayan citizens living in this country and their families, as well as the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Beirut, to a reception – exhibition.

 
It was the official ceremony of the Embassy for 2010.

About 300 persons attended the reception at the restaurant "Le Particulier", in Central Beirut, where its elegant two floors were reserved for the occasion. The President of the Republic, General Michel Sleiman, was represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Ali Chami, the President of Parliament, Nabih Berry, by the Deputy Alaaeddine Terro, who is also President of the Uruguayan – Lebanese Parliamentary Friendship Commission, while the Prime Minister, Saad Hariri sent on his behalf the Minister of Industry, Abraham Dedeyan

With the presence of other Ministers, businessmen and women, personalities of the cultural and educational fields and Uruguayan nationals who came from the farthest corners of Lebanon,  the National Anthems of both countries were sang. Ambassador Jure recalled the friendship between Uruguay and Lebanon during many years and the actual state of their relations. The attendances enjoyed the photo exhibition of large paintings of Uruguayan art, made by Julio and Hector Testoni, which was mounted especially in "Le Particulier" during the evening. The exhibition, organized by the Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations, is touring several countries.

The event was also an occasion to thank all those who have recently worked with Uruguay and the friends whom our Country counts on in the land of the cedars.

Photos of the paintings by Cuneo, De Simone and Barradas in Beirut

Ambassador Jure with Mrs. Zoila Nassur, Chancellor, Ms. Chantal Chelala Mansour,Honorary Cultural Attaché, Dr. Joseph Mansour, Mrs. Linda and Mr. Edmond Chaghoury Honorary Consul in Tripoli.

Foreign Minister Ali Chami, Ambassador Jure, MP Terro, Minister Dedeyan and Minister Abdallah.

Uruguayans and relatives

Dr. Gladys Braga Arrieta playing tangos and jazz in front of the Minister of Tourism, Fadi Abboud and other admirers.

Embassy's staff: Mrs Zoila Nassur, Liana Ammar and Nouhad Fahed and Mr. Elie Sawaya, Ambassador Jure and Anthony Naim (intern).

 

NATIONAL DAY OF URUGUAY IN THE MOUAWAD MUSEUM’S GARDENS IN 2009

 

The National Day of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay was celebrated on June 22, 2009 to commemorate the birth of General José Artigas in the beautiful gardens of the Mouawad Museum of Beirut. At this occasion an exhibition of Uruguayan handicrafts organized by "HechoAcA" was presented. More than 300 people attended this event.


The President of the Republic, the President of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister were represented by Minister of State Youssef Takla, Deputy Marwan Fares and Information Minister Tarek Mitri.

 

NATIONAL HOLIDAY ARTIGAS' BIRTHDAY IN 2008

On June 19, 2008, the birthday of the National Hero of Uruguay, General José Artigas, was celebrated in a reception at the Municipal Palace of the city of Jounieh, hosted by Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure as the main and only official party of Uruguay for this year. He was joined, by representatives of the President of the Republic, the President of the National Assembly and the Prime Minister, who were, respectively, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Faouzi Salloukh, Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr and the Governor of Beirut and the North, Nassif Kallouch.

In parallel, in the Municipal Hall, an exhibition of paintings by the Uruguayan artist Bruno Sfeir was inaugurated. Lebanese authorities, the diplomatic corps and the Uruguayan community accompanied the members of the Embassy in this celebration.

 

GASTRONOMY AND INFORMATION ON URUGUAY IN THE DIPLOMATIC FAIR AND AT THE USEK

 

The annual Bazar of charity organized by the Diplomatic Women's Association in Lebanon offered the opportunity to promote our country in providing information and displaying delicious homemade cookies and meringues, prepared by the wife of Second Secretary Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez, Dr. Natalia Souteras de Rodríguez.

 

Also, during the "Day of the Cultural Diversity", of the University "Saint-Esprit Kaslik" (USEK), the Embassy mounted a stand on which information about the country was displayed. A video was projected and rich cheese scones and profiteroles stuffed with dulce de leche were tasted.

 

Dr. Natalia Souteras de Rodríguez with her daughter Luciana offering Uruguayan specialties.

 

Dr. Nicolás Rodríguez at the stand with Ambassador Jure and intern Pascale Nacouzi

 

G) OTHER ACTIVITIES OF VINCULATION WITH THE LEBANESE COMMUNITY OF URUGUAY

SIGNATURE OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN ALBA - UDELAR

This Agreement was signed on the 11th of October 2012, between the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA) and the University of the Republic of Uruguay (UDELAR).

Many projects are foreseen in this Agreement, for example, the exchange of Professors and students, exchange of communications and experiences, as well as studies of architectural projects between both Universities, etc. 

INAUGURATION OF THE MONUMENT "TRIBUTE TO THE URUGUAYAN - LEBANESE FRATERNITY" IN ZOUK MIKAEL, IN 2012

The original sculpture of Adela Neffa, was executed by the Lebanese sculptor Elias Bazouni and unveiled on the 23rd of October 2012, on the main highway Beirut-Tripoli at the entrance of Zouk Mikael, the city from where the parents of Adela Neffa emigrated to Uruguay .

The execution and installation of the sculpture was made possible thanks to the contribution of numerous donors from Uruguay and from Lebanon, whose names are honorably listed in the "Honor Board" that can be viewed at the Embassy of Uruguay.

The Monument's height is of 4 mts. and is daily seen by thousand of people who take the highway. It symbolizes a hand in a pyramidal shape that, for the Uruguayan artist, unites the efforts of the Lebanese and the Uruguayan.

The inauguration was coordinated by Ambasador Jorge Jure, and by the President of the Municipality of Zouk Mikael, Dr. Nouhad Naufal.

Many personalities attended to the inauguration's ceremony. The Deputy Naamtallah Abi Nasr represented the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the President of the Lebanese National Assembly. Ministers, Deputies, Uruguayans and friends of the Embassy and of the Municipality of Zouk Mikael were as well present.

After the ceremony, Ambassador Jure offered a reception at "Le Foyer de l'Artisan" in Zouk Mikael, in order to celebrate and bid farewell to Authorities and Friends.

SIGNATURE OF AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN DARBESHTAR AND PANDO

On the 28/9/12 in Darbeshtar and on the 4/10/12 in Pando, a brotherhood Agreement was signed between both cities, united through the emigration of many families who left from the North of Lebanon, heading to Uruguay.

The Mayor of Darbeshtar, Ghaoui Chehadé el Ghaoui, signing with enthusiasm the brotherhood Agreement (Darbeshtar, 28/9/12)

The Mayor of Pando, Martín Barindelli, after the signature of the Agreement, with the President of "Sociedad Hijos de Darbeshtar", Juan José Reyes, listening to the speech of Ambassador Jure (Pando, 4/10/12)

On the 28/10/12, the Municipality of Darbeshtar celebrated with a lunch the signature of this Agreement. Many projects were proposed as for example the organization of reciprocal visits for the scouts, photo exhibitions and exchanges of national products, like the olive oil and the wine.

"TRIBUTE TO THE URUGUAYAN - LEBANESE FRATERNITY", OF ADELA NEFFA, IN ZOUK MIKAEL, IN 2011

After a fruitful and successful career as a sculptor, art teacher and educator, Mrs. Adela Neffa has sent the maquette of a sculpture in plaster of her own work that carries the name "Tribute to the Uruguayan-Lebanese fraternity", to the city of her parents, Zouk Mikael.

December 8, 2011, was the date of the delivery of the sculpture to the President of the Municipality, Dr. Nouhad Nawfal, by Ambassador Jorge L. Jure. The Ambassador invited some family members of Mrs. Neffa and friends, to accompany him to the event: Georges Fouad Naffah, Georges Edde, Raymond Najjar, Martha Hraoui (famous painter), Johnny Sarkis...

"The hand represents the bridge of union between the two peoples... The obelisk, figure of the cultural enrichment and integration... an indissoluble embrace..." (Adela Neffa)

The President of the Municipality and Ambassador Jorge L. Jure, who have, with the support of the persons present, agreed on initiating all the correspondent arrangements to execute sculpture to normal size and to install it.

THE LEBANESE HOSPITALITY IS GRATEFUL TO THE “SONS OF DARBESHTAR".

Streets lined with Uruguayan and Lebanese flags were waiting for Ambassador Jorge Luis Jure at his arrival to the city of Darbeshtar, where according to history, this was the road for the pilgrims heading to the Temple of the Goddess Astarte.

The visit to the city of Darbeshtar, July 26, 2010, which was supposed to be an official one to the new President of the Municipality, Mr. Ghaoui Chehade Al-Ghaoui, who was elected last May, turned to be a vibrant tribute from the residents to the Lebanese emigration and to Uruguay. With Boy Scouts forming a guard of honor. Ambassador Jure and President Al Ghaoui walked through the beautiful streets and old churches of the city, ending the day with a gala dinner, where everyone danced with energy the Dabke and where the echo of the anthems and the speeches still remain.

Mr. Al Ghaoui, accompanied by members of the council and notable residents, especially the Lebanese -Peruvian Dr. Jose Antonio Boughosn and former Secretary General of the World Lebanese Cultural Union, Mr. Youssef Francis, exceeded in hospitality, paying attention to all details and kindness.

Darbeshtar is a town of about 5,000 inhabitants, half of whom live abroad or in other areas of Lebanon and has many families in Uruguay such as: Apud or the Abboud, Andare (or Endere), Bugosen (BouGhosn) Segbe or Zogbe (Zoghbe) Seluja, Cheluhi (Chelouhe), Sassine, Hamoura, Faisal, Buchehin (BouShahine), Bettur …

That day deserves to be transmitted in detail, as it was a tribute to the Lebanese Community of Uruguay and especially to the Society “The Children of Darbeshtar", which celebrated 65 years of foundation in 2010. Every detail was designed for them. Darbeshtar wants to resume contact with its residents in Uruguay, to know their names and that of their ancestors, as well to collaborate with the city of Pando, Canelones, where settled many descendants of the beautiful city of Darbeshtar, Department of Koura, Lebanon North.

In front of the Municipality

Showing how "The Sons of Darbeshtar" maintained united and still remember their village

 

With Mr. Zogbi

 

With the family of Mrs. Hassibe Sassine

 

The President of the Municipality Mr. Ghawi Al Ghawi addressing his speech to the public during the dinner in honor of Uruguay

 

H) TOURISM PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES OF URUGUAY

DRAW "URUGUAY STREET"

On the 12th of October 2012, the organizers of the lively "Uruguay Street" at Beirut Downtown, celebrated its first anniversary.

Two groups of Latin rock animated the event and a draw for two tickets to visit Uruguay was held.

The promotion of "Uruguay Street" was posted on Facebook for two months and 2.500 subscribers clicked "Like" in the page where photos of tourism of Uruguay were published.

This event was held with the support of the Embassy of Uruguay.

The ranch "Martin Pescador" in Uruguay and the Municipal Departments of Montevideo and Maldonado collaborated with the Embassy of Uruguay, by offering accommodation in hotels for the winners of the contest. 

 It was a great publicity for Uruguay

 

I) HUMANITARIAN AID TO LEBANON

On March 21, 2007, Ambassador Alberto Voss Rubio accompanied by the Honorary Cultural Attaché of the Embassy Mrs. Chantal Chelala, were present at the dock 21 of the Port of Beirut during the opening of 40-foot container loaded with medicines, clothing and food, donation from the Uruguayan people to Lebanon, as aid for the devastating war of July-August 2006.


This donation was coordinated in Uruguay by the Lebanese Committee for Social Assistance, representing the Lebanese Collectivity in Uruguay and by the Lebanese Ambassador in Montevideo, Mr. Victor Bitar.


On behalf of the President of the High Committee for Social Assistance in Lebanon General Yahya Raad, the General Coordinator of the Agency, Mr. Mohammed Mamlouk, was present at this opening, as well as officials from the Direction of Customs.


The shipment consisted of 646 boxes taped by the Uruguayan flag with an Arabic inscription reading "Gift from the Uruguayan people”.
 

 

 


Embassy of Uruguay - Lebanon
2013