The New Levant Initiative Conference

Our Inaugural Conference

The New Levant Initiative held its inaugural conference on March 1, 2018, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. We are grateful to all who came and shared the day with us and invite you to continue this journey with family, friends and colleagues.

The conference reflected on the Levantine identity, as captured throughout history, art, architecture, music and cuisine, as well as the history of cosmopolitanism and commerce that enabled this vibrant culture to thrive.


Panelists who share Levantine heritage examined its influence on their careers and lives as well as gave testimony to the uniqueness of the Levantine identity.

The program was followed by an evening concert performance with the original composition, Levantine Symphony N°1, by Ibrahim Maalouf.

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