Published on December 19th, 2015 | by EspaceSD0
Lebanese Art and Culture
Lebanon as a Nation
A nation is a historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and psychological make-up manifested in a common culture. Lebanon as a nation has all these qualities and even more. Lebanon is a nation that has a variety of outstanding arts and culture that call for tourism. In Lebanon, there are quite a lot of artistic works that make her one of the few nations in the world that controls a large number of tourists. The art and culture in Lebanon include:
- Visual arts
- Contemporary arts
- Cuisine and, of course, anything that makes a nation rich in tourism.
Arts and Culture
Lebanon, as a matter of fact, is very rich in architectural works. The architectural works in Lebanon includedesigns of post independence development and also designs of the ancient ruling powers such as Phoenicians, French, Romans and even Ottomans. For instance, the entire city of Beirut is built in the style of Italianate. Some outstanding places in Beirut that you may find the Italianate style of structures includes: the streets of Rue Gourand and the current museum which is called Nicho,as well as the Sursock mansion. However, other parts of Lebanon also have one historical edifice or more to further attest to the fact that Lebanon is basically planned to showcase the rich architectural beauty of the world.
There are so many known world class authors who hail from Lebanon. One of them is Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931). He was a native of Bsharri and the book that brought world class fame to him was The Prophet (1923). This book is widely accepted to an extent that it has been translated into well over 20 different languages. There are so many other writers from Lebanon who have achieved world class fame through their piece of written work, and these people include:Georges Schehadé, Amin Maalouf, Hanan al-Shaykh, and Elias Khoury.
One special thing about Lebanon is their unique way of music presentation. They have a traditional music known as folk, but they still try to blend Western and Arabic styles in order to come out with an outstanding pop music style. In Lebanon, the media shows good music such as the classical Arabic, modern French, traditional Lebanese, Armenian and even music having English, Latin and American tunes. They also have renowned traditional artists such as:Fairuz, Sabah, Wadih El Safi, Majida El Roumi, NajwaKaram and Marcel Khalife. For pop musicians, we have artists like:Lydia Canaan, Nancy Ajram, Haifa Wehbe as well as The 4 Cats, which is a music group made up of only female artists:Fadl, Shaker, Elissa, and Mika.
However, with the rate at which music is growing in Lebanon, it has been predicted by the World Intellectual Property Organization that it will become one of the leading countries in the Arab world when it comes to vocal entertainment. Thus, the artists in Lebanon are gaining a bigger audience as their music spans across the Arab region to regions such as Western Asia, but unfortunately piracy is a major inhibitor to the growth of music in Lebanon.