Baalbeck Festival

Baalbeck Festival

July and August
The Baalbeck Festival takes place in July and August in the town of Baalbeck, Lebanon. This festival features music, dance, and drama performances by world-famous artists and ensembles. Performances take place Friday and Saturday evenings, in addition to some Thursday and Sunday evenings. They are staged in the town's remarkable Roman ruins, which it bills as the most intact Roman temples in the world. The festival officially began in 1956, though various groups had used the setting in previous years for special performances. Lebanon's long civil war (1975-1996) put a stop to the festival, but the performances resumed again in 1997. The Baalbeck Festival honors Lebanon's historical position as the crossroads of the West and the Middle East by featuring both European art forms, such as opera and ballet, and Middle Eastern music, dance, and poetry. In addition, it commissions new works from writers and composers.
CONTACTS:
Baalbeck International Festival
Karakone El Druze, Osman Ben Affan St., Doursoumian Bldg.
P.O. Box 11-4215 Riad El Solh
Beirut, 1107 2160 Lebanon
961-1-373150; fax: 961-1-373153
www.baalbeck.org.lb
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