Beiteddine Festival Program 2019

The Beiteddine Festival taking place each summer since 1985, has chosen for 2019 as usual to invite Lebanese, Arab and international stars for a varied program of festivities. The public will be spoiled by this panoply. In the Palace of Beiteddine, this jewel of Lebanese architecture of the XIXth century, the program of events will ignite the court of the palace of Emir Bechir Chehab this summer.



Gabriel Yared. © Peter Cobbin.



A world Premiere: Lika2 3ala shark jadeed

July 18, 2019

Gabriel Yared and Yasmina Joumblatt accompanied by the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra.

A world Premiere with Gabriel Yared & Yasmina Joumblatt. A unique encounter between the Oscar winner, composer and musician Gabriel Yared and the amazing Yasmina Joumblatt, great grand-daughter of the legendary Asmahan. Yasmina’s immense talent as a songwriter and interpreter is enhanced by the music composed for her by Yared. The Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra will be directed by Maestro Dirk Brossè.



Gérard Depardieu. © Festival de Beiteddine.



Depardieu sings Barbara

July 20, 2019

The actor of French cinema par excellence, and one of the most active comedians. Gérard Depardieu has worked with the biggest French filmmakers such as François Truffaut and Maurice Pialat, as well as in movies produced in Hollywood. He has played in more than 200 movies. Gérard Depardieu is also passionate about literature and music. He has collaborated with Maestro Riccardo Muti and participated in operas as narrator, directed Jean-Paul Scarpitta.


Barbara published her first album in 1965 «Barbara chante Barbara». In the 1990s, her concerts given at Châtelet Theater in Paris make her a legend. In 1994, she is awarded la Victoire de la Musique. Her last album «Barbara» was made in 1996. On November 24, 1997, Barbara passed away at the age of 67.



© Festival de Beiteddine.



July 24, 25, 26 – 2019

Broken Wings: a new musical based on Gibran Khalil Gibran’s Poetic Novel.

Music and lyrics by Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan.

The themes raised by Gibran remain increasingly relevant today, over a century later, the fight for gender equality, the freedom to love who we love, tradition versus modernity, wealth versus happiness, immigration and the importance of homeland.



Abdel Rahman el Bacha and Billy Eidi. © Festival de Beiteddine.



July 30, 2019

A double Piano Concert

By Abdel Rahman el Bacha and Billy Eidi


Abdel Rahman el Bacha was born in Beirut into a family of musicians. Since the brilliant revelation of his talent at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium at the age of 19 that he won unanimously, he has performed in the most prestigious concert halls in Europe and all around the world.

Billy Eidi mainly champions the romantic repertoire music and the 20th-century French repertoire. He gives with the composer and writer Guy Sacre lecture-recitals on literary and musical themes. Billy Eidi has been awarded high distinctions for his recordings of works for piano and French song.



Kadem el Saher. © Festival de Beiteddine.



August 1,2,3, 2019

Kadim el Sahir

A «20 Years Celebration»

This year, Kadim al Sahir and the Festival are celebrating 20 years of emotions and successes! Throughout the years, thousands of loyal fans have come from the world over, to gather in the Palace’s magnificent Midan courtyard to relive his timeless songs and discover his latest hits.



Omar Rahbany. © Festival de Beiteddine.



August 06, 2019

Omar Rahbany & The passport chamber ensemble

Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1989, Omar Rahbany comes from a rich musical lineage, as part of the third generation of the iconic Rahbany family.

His most recent project is Passport, a worldly musical album, on which he is the creator and producer. Passport was launched in the Middle East in Beirut, Lebanon (2016) and in the UK, for its international debut, at the Royal Court Theatre (2017).



Monday Blues Band. © Festival de Beiteddine.



August 08, 2019

Monday Blues Band

If the Monday Blues Band occupies a place of its own on the Lebanese music scene, it is because it brings together in a coherent ensemble, as well knowledgeable amateurs, exercising liberal professions and playing strictly for the pleasure, and Highly qualified and appreciated career musicians.



Abdou Cherif. © Festival de Beiteddine.



August 10, 2019

Abdou Cherif sings Abdel Halim Hafez

Abdou Cherif succeeded where no Arab male voice did before. He imposed himself during the ’90s, in Egypt the native country of Abdel Halim Hafez, by interpreting the memorable songs of the «Brown Nightingale». Abdou Cherif takes on Abdel Halim’s intensity, sensitivity, passion, diversity, and especially disconcerting simplicity. Today, the Arab public recognizes his talent as the worthy heir of Abdel Halim Hafez.



Two exhibitions will be held during the Festival, from July 18th until August 10th, 2019. “Syrie, mon pays qui n’existe plus” by Ammar Abd Rabbo. “Les maîtres du secret” by Jack Dabaghian.



© Ammar Abd Rabbo.

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