Baalbek International Festivals
Baalbeck is one of the pillars of Lebanese Tourism where the Baalbeck International Festival annually attracts many Arab and foreign tourists and according to the Statistics Division of the Lebanese Tourism Ministry said the number of tourists who visited Baalbeck in 2004 of 104 thousands and 187 tourists. The ministry expects the increased number of visitors to Baalbeck this year due to promotional campaigns carried out by the Ministry of Tourism. Although Baalbeck Exposures over time to earthquakes and vandalism throughout the Middle Ages and modern times,but it stills much admired in the view of visitors. This castle has been proved its strength all over the centuries. The archaeological site of Baalbeck has attracted a large number of specialists in archeology and ancient history as it contains historical signs. That the municipality of Baalbeck, seeking to raise the tourist services at the entrances to the city and within the archaeological site with the advent of the draft cultural heritage and urban development funded by the World Bank, which will rehabilitate the entrances to the city and connecting the temples and the restoration of some and the establishment of cultural corridors and the path between the temples and the city. The municipality and the Lebanese State hope to develop into a quality, high-flying mediator of the city and attract a greater number of Arab visitors and foreigners.
The Baalbek International Festival was Started in 1956 with the encouragement of President Camille Chamoun emphasis on the role of Lebanon in the historical development of culture and civilization.La Comdie, The London old vic, The structures of Baalbek became a charming trolley attracted theater and music since 1922 a great addition to the work of cultural and artistic cultural heritage spoken by top artists. Festivals officially opened in 1955, the work of Cocteau and the world stage after another difference La Comdie, The London old vic, and the task of the imam of the Experimental Theater , and others, and flowed since 1956 bands world-renowned classical orchestra, such as New York and Berlin. As the structures of Baalbeck teams embraced the classical dance (ballet), and as Trrdt structures in the voices of singers throughout the world (Um Kalthoum and jazz singer … the world) saw the first global business Baalbek for Maurice Béjart and Aragon. Baalbek International has maintained the heritage and highlighted by a bridge between the civilizations of East and West in Folklore s that put its authors, and to Museqiyon Bananiyon times-Rahbani brothers and Rmoyo Lahoud with the masters of Arabic singing (Fayrouz, Sabah, Wadih El Safi, Nasri Shams El Din, and others), and creators in the training of Lebanese folk dance (Marwan Jarrar, Omar and Abdel-Halim Caracalla, ….) regained festivals activity in 1998, after a hiatus of more than two decades of civil war in Lebanon.
Thousand people are expected to attend the concerts Baalbek International Expect the organizing committee for the Baalbek International to accept more than 35 thousand people to attend concerts of this festival, which begins on the Fourth of July next and last for 11 nights, among the columns of Baalbek Romanian castle located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley (east). Fariha explained that the festival this year will see the opening of the runway can accommodate about 7500 people have been developed in the courtyard between the temples of Bacchus and Jupiter. The chart said, “These terraces were built in 2006, Fairuz concerts, but the war waged by Israel against Lebanon in July of that year prevented the establishment of the festival day, did not open to the public terraces developed last year as the festival program was limited.” Freiha revealed that these stands “will be used this season as part of a new technical.” Will begin Offers Baalbek on the Fourth of July plates Task Béjart Ballet Lausanne.Freeh said, “Maurice Béjart was my best friend of the festival, hosted by Baalbek with his band in 1963 and 1966 and 1972”. “This is the first time host the band that is now run by Roman generation after the death of Maurice Béjart, who was passionate about Baalbek, the opening of the festival with this band do more for the late greeting his memory.” Will be the band’s 37 dancers of the paintings had already submitted Béjart in Baalbek are the “Bird of Fire” and “Bolero,” in addition to new paintings. Freiha, but considered that the distinctive feature of the festival this year is the opera “La Traviata” Verdi that conclude the festival on 13 August next year in Baalbek, and presented for the first time in Lebanon. And Freiha reported that “singing during the concert will be without loudspeakers, and therefore recite the votes between the opera temples of Jupiter and Bacchus, and throughout the entire castle.” The Task Force prepared Karkala Lebanese dance drama titled “Oprah estate” will be presented over three nights, on 16, 17 and 18 July. And participate in this play, which was due for release in 2006, a group of singers and representatives of the Lebanese, including Asi Elie Choueiri, Joseph Azar and Aline Lahoud and raised Tarabay and others. Hosts the Temple of Bacchus in the July 10 offer monologue play French actress Fanny rarely accompanied by Sonia Vyder Atherton on the cello, embodied love, revenge and death through the characteristics of the Trout Uribed and Feder to Racine. And divorced in July 11 pianist David Freeh classical pieces which will be submitted to Schubert and Bach in the Temple of Bacchus. And classical music to the songs “Hard Rock” with the band “Deep Purple” the British made a party on 25 July. In the first of August) will be public Baalbek on a date with jazz bass player Ron Carter and his band, as well as with Latin music with Eddie Palmieri and his band performers. Freiha and stressed the distinguished position of Baalbek between the growing number of international art festivals held in Lebanon, said: “The Baalbek Festival, which began in 1956, is the oldest, but still the first among all local festivals, the quality of its enormity, and different cultural dimensions.”