This year, the Beiteddine Art Festival is rich and multicultural. The program comprises shows, choreographies, star singers, a comedian from everywhere around the world. To start with the Grand Opening on July 8 & 9 with a dazzling and sparkling indian show about the history of Bollywood. From the international musical scene the festival is hosting the singer of love Seal, a double concert of Flamenco & Fado with Buika & Carminho. The organizers paid a tribute to a lebanese musical leader Zaki Nassif with stars interpreting his songs under the direction of Guy Manoukian.
The Merchants of Bollywood is a turbo-charged, joyfully uplifting show featuring a cast of over 40 performers adorned in 1200 different eye-popping costumes and 5000 pieces of glistening jewelry. The Merchants of Bollywood will transform Beiteddine into an enchanting palace of Rajasthan!
Well-known for his hits «Kiss from a Rose» and «Crazy», the King of British Soul and Pop will be singing his most famous tunes in Beiteddine! With more than 30 million albums sold worldwide and 4 Grammy awards, Seal’s unique fusion of soul, folk, pop, RnB and rock makes him one of the top performers of the 90’s.
Roméo & Juliette by Ballet Preljocaj • July 19 & 20
Renowned choreographer Angelin Preljocaj presents a futuristic vision of Roméo & Juliette. Resolutely contemporary, his creation adapts the historical background to modern times: the fight between clans is replaced by a political and social confrontation highlighted by the furious, yet tender music of Sergei Prokofiev.
Yamal Al Sham brings together top Arab artists under the sign of hope, peace and tolerance. The great oud masters Naseer Shamma and Charbel Rouhana offer an outstanding performance alongside with Syrian-Armenian singer Lena Chamamyan.
In homage to the legendary composer, singer and songwriter Zaki Nassif who has lead the Lebanese music scene over five decades, Lebanese stars Soumaya Baalbaki, Joseph Attieh, Ziad Ahmadiye, Ranine Chaar & Guy Manoukian on the piano will interpret Zaki Nassif’s eternal songs from «Tallou hbabna» to «Ya achikati el wardi».
Egyptian heart surgeon turned satirist. Bassem Youssef left Egypt in 2014 after his megahit show El Bernameg (The Program) on which he sarcastically criticized top polls of all stripes, became too dangerous to produce. Named as one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People by Time magazine in 2013, Bassem Youssef will be presenting «the joke is mightier than the sword» in Beiteddine!
Buika has an incredibly powerful voice. She captures the passion of Flamenco singing with an afro-cuban and jazz-infused style. «A singer like Buika comes only once in a generation.» The New York Post Carminho has mesmerized the world with her outstanding voice and is one of the most talented and innovative Fado singers of her generation.
Beiteddine Festival is honored to program for its 2016 edition, an archeological exhibition entitled: «La Syrie et le désastre archéologique du Proche-Orient : Palmyre, cité martyre». This exhibition features photos and documents reflecting the recent destruction of Syrian heritage as well as archaeological Palmyrian pieces from the AUB Museum.