Beirut – March 7, 2019: touch, the leading mobile telecommunications and data operator in Lebanon, managed by Zain Group, announced its partnership renewal with Pierre Sadek Foundation for “La Plume de Pierre Award” ceremony for the third consecutive year.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Mohammad Daoud, and in his presence at ALBA University in Dekouaneh on 28 February. Attendees included Minister of State for Administrative Development May Chidiac, former Minister of Information Melhem Riachi, former ministers Ziad Baroud and Walid Daouk, Mrs. Mona Hraoui, Director of the Office of Information in the Presidency Rafiq Chlala, Dean of the Faculty of the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts at Alba Andre Bekhazi, and a number of media professionals, representatives of universities in Lebanon, and award participants.
La Plume de Pierre competition showcases emerging talent in the field of caricature in Lebanon. It is inspired by Pierre Sadek himself, Lebanon’s leading political caricaturist who produced over 30,000 caricatures, that documented Lebanon’s modern history between 1958-2013. Pierre’s caricatures are now safeguarded by the Pierre Sadek Foundation, which was established in 2013.
Emre Gurkan, Chief Executive Officer of touch commented, “partnering with Pierre Sadek Foundation to organize “La Plume de Pierre Award” is an opportunity for touch to pay tribute to the country’s inspiring and timeless artist, Pierre Sadek, as his work continues to transcend borders, captures the world’s imagination, and inspires aspiring artists to follow in his footsteps.”
President of Pierre Sadek Foundation Ghada Sadek Abela said: “The Pierre Sadek Foundation would like to thank touch for its continuous support for the third consecutive year, contributing to the success of the third edition of “La Plume de Pierre Award”. The Pierre Sadek Foundation, in partnership with touch, will strive to always inspire new generations of artists and keep the legacy of Pierre Sadek alive”.
Touch was given a token of appreciation from Pierre Sadek Foundation for its partnership that started 3 years ago, when “La Plume de Pierre Award” was first launched.
A Pierre Sadek exhibition is being organized alongside the finalists’ work at ALBA exhibition Hall from 25 February till 8 March, noting that this year’s drawings theme was about “Human Liberties”. For this third edition, La Plume De Pierre received 350 editorial cartoons expressing freedom from 217 participants. 56 drawings were shortlisted from the Student and the Independent categories.
LIU student Noor Awad won the first place in the student category, and AUST student Noor Ahmad won the second place, while Bernard Bou Assi from ALBA won the third place. As for the independent category, Moukhaled Habib won the only prize. Noor Awad and Moukhaled Habib will participate in a workshop at Estienne University in Paris and exhibit their drawings at the Presse Citron exhibition on March 21st, 2019.
touch is the leading mobile operator in Lebanon, managed by Zain Group, the pioneering mobile and data services operator in the Middle East and Africa. In the last thirteen years of operations under Zain’s management, touch has had many success stories, providing cutting-edge services and technology to its consumers.
Drawing from Zain’s regional expertise providing telecommunication and mobile data services to 50 million users, touch has devised and adopted a consumer-centric strategy. touch’s range of services and its 3.9G and 4.5G coverage of all Lebanese territories has allowed it to gain a 54% wireless telecommunication market share in Lebanon. touch employs specialized and competent Lebanese personnel that aims to provide the latest in telecommunication services and products to the local community to help it grow in a more sustainable way.
touch, with the backing of Zain and its cooperation with the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications, dedicates all its resources to keeping up with the latest in telecom and mobile data. It offers a 24/7 call center service to cater to the need of its customers for uninterrupted connection.
touch values the local community, perceiving it as a major partner; its mission and vision reflect a dedication to humanitarian, social, and cultural causes, as well as creativity and innovation, which it considers integral to advancing its social responsibility program.
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