International cultural groups issue statement of solidarity with blast-battered Beirut

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International cultural groups issue statement of solidarity with blast-battered Beirut

Beirut at the end of 2019, before the blast that severely damaged the city's ports on August 4, leaving over 300,000 homeless. (Maxime Guy/Unsplash)

As first reported in The Art Newspaper, a group of international cultural organizations has issued a statement of solidarity with Beirut, declaring a commitment to helping the city’s museums and many historic buildings recover from the powerful explosions that rocked the city on August 4.

The blasts killed over 100 people and damaged thousands of buildings across the Lebanese capital, including hundreds in the city’s historic districts, and left over 300,000 residents homeless.

The Art Newspaper reported on the extensive damage to the city’s museums, which contain art and objects from the region’s millennia-long history.

The full statement is available at the link here and below:

Statement of solidarity with Lebanon and support to recover the damaged cultural heritage in Beirut

We wish to express our solidarity with the Lebanese people for the tragedy that has struck the city of Beirut. We are saddened by these events and we send our condolences for the loss of lives and our shared concern for the scale of material destruction.

As members and practitioners of the heritage protection community, we have worked for decades alongside the Lebanese people to safeguard and preserve the nation’s unique cultural heritage. We remain by your side to continue our collective work during these challenging times.

Damaged libraries, museums, and historic buildings will require cultural first aid and longer term recovery interventions. Their collections will need urgent protection and salvaging. We pledge to do all that we can to contribute to the complete recovery of the heritage that has been damaged in Beirut by this blast. In full solidarity,

Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (Bahrain)
ArcHerNet (Germany)
Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Bahrain)
BlueShield International
British Council Managed UK Cultural Protection Fund (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine – Ecole de Chaillot (France)
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
EUROPA NOSTRA – The European Voice of Civil Society committed to Cultural Heritage Fondation nationale des musées (Morocco)
Global Heritage Fund (United States of America)
Honor Frost Foundation (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) Institut Français du Proche Orient (IFPO)
Institut national du patrimoine (France)
International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH)
International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM)
International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)
Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM) (France)
Musée du Louvre (France)
Musée national du Mali (Mali)
National Museum of China (China)
Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development (the Netherlands)
Rempart (France)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
World Monuments Fund (United States of America)