NNA - Lebanon's late artist Ahmad Khalifa, who embodied the folkloric the funny Beiruti character Abu el-Abed, will be remembered in a gathering in the Italian capital, Rome, tomorrow (Tuesday), where Lebanese, Arabs and Italians will come together to pay tribute to the icon upon the tenth anniversary of his passing away.
During the event, Abu el-Abed's son, Saad Khalifa, will call in an address upon Caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachy, to help heed and honor Lebanon's artists.
"I have big hope in Minister Riachy, as I heard of his love for art and respect of artists," Saad Khalifa told the National News Agency on Monday.
"We are in touch with the union of Beirut families; we have also submitted an official demand to Beirut municipality to name a street after Abu el-Abed," he indicated.
"We are also contacting the syndicate of actors to hold a ceremony in honor of my father; the answer was that we had to wait for lack of budget at the Ministry of Culture," he said.
For her part, Lebanese Ambassador to Italy Mira Daher confirmed the Embassy's participation in the event, promising that the Embassy will soon launch an initiative in that respect.