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Annual Festivals

Baalbek Festival (July till August)

Lebanon’s oldest and most prestigious festival presents world-class performances set amongst world-renowned Roman ruins. This festival has evolved into a major cultural event celebrating ballet, theater and all kinds of music.


Beiteddine Art Festival July

In the heart of the Shouf Mountains, the courtyard and Beiteddine’s palace is the evocative backdrop for an electric mix of performances in music, dance and theatre. This festival has been attracting world famous stars.
Beiteddine.org


Batroun Festival July

This festival features two programs:  Fashion shows, movies and children activities and main stage (concerts and theatrical performances.


Byblos International Festival July

Perched on one of the world’s oldest fishing ports in Byblos (believed to be the first Phoenician city ,founded around 5000 BC) takes place by the seaside in the historic quarter ,in front of the Castle built by Crusaders in the 12th Century ,this famous festival features Mediterranean –style, jazz, pop and classical music .though the spectacle of this ancient harbor surrounded by ruins hardly Needs embellishment, the festival runs rough out the month.


Al Bustan festival February

Classical museum and performing arts festival hosted in and by the Al bustan Hotel in Beit Mery in the hotel’s auditorium.  With more than 30 performances over February and March, the festival mostly presents chamber music but also opera, orchestra concerts, choral concerts, dance performances, marionettes and theatre, all around a theme


Ehdeniyat International Festival August

Hosted by the northern town of Ehden, this festival features musical concerts and supports the Lebanese cinema arts.

Events & Concerts

 

Garden Show May

Now into its 13th year, The Garden Show & Spring Festival returns to the heart of Beirut with more  flowers, brighter colors and exciting new events.

 

AUB folk dance festival May

Folkloric dancers from the seven continents grace the stages of universities and other educational institutions during this colorful outdoor spectacle.


Fete de la musique June

The world music day, an outdoor celebration featuring local artists as well as surprise big international names. This is one night when Beirut‘s central squares and corners are jamming with concerts.

 

Daraj El Fan June

On Gemmayze’s charming Saint Nicholas Stairs, amateur artists display and sell their work .A stroll up or down the steps evokes the artistic feel of saint Michel Paris.


Beirut Design Week June

The event  is held annually across Beirut City, featuring exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers and academics of all design disciplines. The event focuses on creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education, social impact and design entrepreneurship. Beirut Design Week is organized by the MENA Design Research Center, a non-profit organization that is focused on promoting a diverse understanding of design through the implementation of design research and collaborative multidisciplinary projects in the region.

 

Horeca July

Lebanon’s anticipated yearly hospitality and food service event show, held over the course of 4 days at BIEL, Beirut.
Held under the Patronage of His Excellency Mr. Michel Pharaon, Lebanon’s Minister of Tourism, Horeca the largest and best-attended edition of the show yet, proved a major player for both Lebanon and the region’s hospitality industry.
Participants extended from well beyond the region’s borders and included official pavilions from Iran, Italy, and Poland etc.…..


The Lebanon Water Festival July

(LWF) is an annual water sports festival celebrating activities such as diving, water skiing, swimming, sailing, wind-surfing, and boating.

At the core of the festival is an environmental cause, as it aims to raise awareness about the importance of cleaning the shores of Lebanon, north to south, as well as providing a platform of communication for NGOs, and a powerful link for the Mediterranean Union/European Commission.

 

Vinifest October

Hosted on the lawn of Beirut’s racetrack, the Hippodrome, the vinifest features wine tasting but also musical entertainment and games: trivia contests and activities related to viniculture.


Arabic Book Fair December

Features booksellers and publishers from the MENA region that deal with Arabic-language books. There are book launches, author conferences, workshops, readings for children and more. A good starting point to encourage reading in Arabic .

 

Afkart December

The Lebanese designers Christmas exhibition since 2002, with over 150 exhibitor stands. Organized by the Beirut Association for social development and directed by Nayla Bassili, it supports local talent in the creation of unique jewelry design, and home accessories, inspires stylists and much more. Usually takes place prior to Christmas week at BIEL

 

Exhibition centers & Galleries


Beirut Exhibition center

Currently the cultural center of Beirut’s new water front, the BEC is a huge art space managed by solidaire for the purpose of providing the public with free access to an impeccably – curated display of local and international contemporary art.

Beirut Art Center

Beirut Art Center (BAC) is a non-profit association, space and platform dedicated to contemporary art in Lebanon.
The aim of the center is to produce, present and promote local and international contemporary art and cultural practice in a structure that is open and active throughout the year.


Opera Gallery

Internationally established with 10 galleries in the world, is one of the international art gallery networks with locations on several continents: North America, Europe, Asia and Middle East.


Espace Ephemere

An art gallery that exhibits various works of art of all mediums, including handcrafts, furniture, paintings, drawings, and sculptures. The art space welcomes, as from its permanent collection, private exhibitions, cultural events, and artistic activities.

Mark Hachem

 

Gallery has a branch in Beirut in addition to Paris and New York. The space has held more than 200 exhibitions internationally in the past 14 years internationally and is a member of the French Association of art galleries.

The Beirut branch has encouraged many young and budding talents over the past few years, including artist Ali Dirani.


Gallery Janine Rubeiz

ANCHORED IN A STRONG COMMITMENT to modern and contemporary art in Lebanon, the Galerie Janine Rubeiz takes its roots in the precious legacy of "Dar el Fan", a highly qualified art space and cultural platform under the direction of Janine Rubeiz between 1967 and 1976.