Artistic Hubs in and of the Arab Region

LAWHA International Conference

Orient-Institut Beirut, 3-5 June 2024

Thea Porter, Untitled and undated, early 1960s. © The Estate of Thea Porter.

LAWHA’s international conference “Artistic Hubs in and of the Arab Region” starts from the perception that Beirut of the 1950s to 1970s is often referred to as the Arab capital of culture, in its so-called “Golden Age” – a notion that is increasingly put into a wider perspective –, and thinks about who might have taken on this role. We look at what makes cities draw artists and intellectuals over a period of time, and what makes things shift or change. We look at how, why and when things shift, and what role different cities have played over time. For whom has Beirut been relevant, and for whom not? What role did Baghdad play on a regional level? Has the Gulf succeeded in becoming a hub? To what extent can a city outside the region act as an artistic hub of the region? The conference examines who different hubs speak to, and which actors and initiatives are central in attracting artists and intellectuals. It aims to conceptualize the pull and push factors of artistic hubs in and of the Arab region.

Cite this blog post
Nadia von Maltzahn (2024, May 24). Artistic Hubs in and of the Arab Region. LAWHA Lebanon's Art World at Home and Abroad. Retrieved June 23, 2024, from

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2 Responses

  1. Hello team,
    I would like to attend the talks from 3 to 5 June. Kindly advise if it is open or by invitation only.

    • Nadia von Maltzahn says:

      Dear Christiane, thanks so much for your interest. The conference is open and no registration is needed. Looking forward to seeing you at the OIB!

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