The Italian Cultural Institute was founded in 1952 and remained open during the civil war (1975-1990). With the creation of the green line dividing Beirut into East and West, a branch of the Institute was opened in Zouk Mikhael, a mostly Christian area. This constant presence has created a climate of esteem and confidence with the local partners, who consider the Institute a major actor on the Lebanese cultural scene.
By supporting the work carried out by the Italian Embassies and Consulates, the Cultural Institutes efficiently promotes the image of Italy as centre of production, conservation and diffusion of culture from the Classical age until today. Besides organizing cultural events in various fields (arts, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, design, photography, literature, publishing), the Italian Cultural Institute of Beirut offers various other services.
Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm and 4pm-9pm
Friday 10 am-2pm
by appointment for the library