Beiteddine Festival


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Beiteddine Festival

July and August
The Beiteddine Festival, held in a magnificent 200-year-old palace in this town in the Chouf region of Lebanon, has presented world-class offerings in the arts since 1985. Organizers defied the struggles of Lebanon's civil war by staging this celebration of human culture. Many performers are Lebanese, but artists from around the world also are invited. The 2001 festival, for example, included a concert by Elton John, a production of Victor Hugo's Notre Dame de Paris, and Turkish folk musician Kudsi Erguner, as well as a performance by the popular Lebanese singer Fairouz.
CONTACTS:
Beiteddine Festival
Starco Ctr., Bloc C, Fl.4
Beirut, Lebanon
961-1-373430; fax: 961-1-373440
www.beiteddine.org
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The annual Beiteddine Festival is now in its 26th year, and has throughout its history attracted such local and international talent as Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Fairuz and Elton John.
Inspired by chorea, "Out of Context" played at Masrah al-Madina Friday as part of the Beirut International Platform of Dance (BIPOD), courtesy of the Goethe Institute and Beiteddine Festival.
Backed up by a full complement of strings, piano, percussion and brass, the opening of Pink Martini's set at the Beiteddine Festival plunged audience members into the unashamedly lush romanticism that characterizes much of the pop orchestra's output
Dressed fit for an Oscars ceremony in swathes of scarlet and glittering silver, Kawas imbued the opening night of the Beiteddine Festival with a welcome tinge of glamour.
This theme of cross-generational, and cross-cultural, synchronization has been adopted by the Beiteddine Festival, which celebrates its 25th birthday this year.
The 25-year-old is now studying in Paris, but his international touring schedule allows regular returns to Beirut and his loyal band of Lebanese followers, including an appearance at the Beiteddine festival in 2008.
He's enjoyed numerous collaborations with local and international talent, notably FunJan Shai with whom he performed "A Tribute to Mahmoud Darwish" at the 2008 edition of the Beiteddine Festival.
Hala Chahine, member of the committee of Beiteddine Festival, said that festivals in Beiteddine have been booked this year at a rate of 90 percent compared to only 70 percent last summer.
Summary: <p>This week in August, Marcel KhalifE[umlaut] pointed out to his Wednesday evening Beiteddine Festival audience, is an historic one.
The young entertainer's appearance u a "cover" of a skit by Moroccan-born stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh, who recently cancelled his scheduled appearance at the Beiteddine Festival due to safety concerns u was as unexpected as it was pleasant.
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Kouchner's first "official" contact here, however, was with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, at a performance by Charles Aznavour at the Beiteddine Festival on Thursday night.