Tuesday, June 19, 2007

What happened to festivities and fun?

This time previous years, there would be several festivals, concerts and exhibitions planned throughout the summer. Starting with the traditional Circuit Planete theaters "Festival de ciné", lasting for usually 10 days, with cheap fees and a big variety of movies to watch, tremendous amount of movie lovers, barely finding a seat, running into half the people you know, it is really a classic event of the year.
The richest and loudest would be "Festival de la musique" which usually takes place in Downtown Beirut, Gemmayze street and Monot street, on the 21st of June. It usually contains several bands spread all over the streets playing all kinds of music, or performances of the traditional Lebanese Dabke, Jazz bands, percussion music, blues, arabic, metal... In case you get tired standing, you can just sit in any of the trottoir's restaurants and cafe, have a drink, a bite and if you want an arguileh.
Later in the summer, there would be Baalbeck Festival, also throughout almost a month, and always having the Diva Fairuz singing, international singers and performers, plays for giants like Caracalla and others. Two other famous festivals are Beiteddine and Byblos. All three are actually in touristic regions.
Moreover, many smaller events take place all over the Lebanese villages, each exhibiting their own traditional and annual event.

This year? There is none.


  1. Dont worry, some "fireworks" are scheduled for summer

    ... unfortunatly