Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lebanon Festivals

Several musical and cultural festivals that take place in Lebanon mostly during the Summer season:

Byblos festival:
Byblos is one of the oldest continually inhabited towns in the world. The "Byblos Festival Village" incarnates ambition, creativity and dynamism. The Festival pursued its development based upon its success(in regard to the quality and quantity of audience), while consecrating a significant part to innovation.

Baalback International festival:
Baalbeck "Heliopolis", the City of the Sun, is considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. The Baalbeck International Festival is the oldest and most prestigious event in the Middle East. The Festival is an annual event which takes place in the Roman Acropolis during the two months of July and August each year.

Beit el Din festival:
Held in a 200-year-old palace in Beiteddine, a little town in the mountainous region of the Chouf, 45 kilometres south-east of Beirut, the festival occurs during the festive summer season (early June ? late August). Built at the beginning of the 19th century by Emir Bechir Chehab II, the Palace was once the headquarters of the moutassarifia and served later as the summer residence of the Lebanese Presidents.

Tyre festival:
Phoenician Tyre was queen of the seas, an island city of unprecedented splendor. The importance of this historical city and its monuments was highlighted in 1979 when UNESCO declared Tyre a world Heritage Site. Tyre Festival hosts folkloric wedding parties, traditional exhibitions, folkloric dancing and modeling, amusement activities, popular theater, competitions... etc.

Al Bustan festival:

Lebanon is a also a prime location when it comes to electronic music:

Tiesto's first gig in lebanon attracted 15,000 people, it was the largest event to take place in the country, second only to late Pavarotti in the early nineties :

Nick Warren at the old train station

the fantastic DJ Sasha

Armin Van Buuren

Paul Van Dyk

Ferry Corsten

Danny Howells

David Guetta


For more info on the upcoming events, check out the Lebanese trance community website:

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