Bruni enthralls at Lebanon’s Beiteddine festival

Carla Bruni-Sarkozy performs at Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains. (AFP)
Updated 01 August 2018
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Bruni enthralls at Lebanon’s Beiteddine festival

  • Bruni-Sarkozy performed for an audience including Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, former Lebanese president Michel Suleiman and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy
  • The French singer’s performance was one of the most anticipated at this year’s festival, which is held every summer at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains

JEDDAH: Singer Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, the former French First Lady, wowed the Beiteddine Art Festival near Beirut, Lebanon, in a concert on Monday.
Carla performed songs from her fifth album, “French Touch,” to a crowd including Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, former Lebanese president Michel Suleiman and former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who is her husband.
On Tuesday, the singer-songwriter posted on Instagram alongside a photo from the concert: “Thank you beautiful Beirut for your warm welcome.” Earlier, with an image of the Beirut sky, she wrote: “Beirut, my heart burns for you already.”
Another image she captioned with: “Looking forward to playing for you tomorrow @beiteddinefestival and so happy to finally discover the beautiful city of Beirut.”
Dressed in black pants and a sequinned jacket initially and then a blue jacket, Bruni was seen belting out one number after another in videos posted by her and the festival’s official account on Instagram. She also performed on the piano and guitar.
The French singer’s performance was one of the most anticipated at this year’s festival, which is held every summer at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon’s Chouf Mountains, south of the capital Beirut. The 200-year-old Beiteddine Palace is a marvel of Lebanese architecture, with its many courtyards, monumental gates, elegant arcades and levelled galleries.
The former French president and his wife landed in Beirut on Sunday. They were greeted at the Beirut airport by Beiteddine Art Festival president Noura Jumblatt and the French ambassador to Lebanon, Bruno Foucher.
Sources said Sarkozy met with a number of Lebanese officials, including Suleiman and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt at his Mukhtara residence.
Since her first album, “Quelqu’un m’a dit,” in 2002, Bruni has sold five million albums and toured the world, including New York, Rio, London and Moscow, singing classic rock, country and jazz standards in English from her fifth album.
The former supermodel married Sarkozy in 2008. The marriage is her first and Sarkozy’s third. In 2010, Forbes magazine ranked Bruni-Sarkozy as the 35th most powerful woman in the world.
The 33rd annual Beiteddine Art Festival, one of the leading ones in the Middle East, began last month, showcasing a series of performers and aiming to draw spectators from around the country and beyond. The festival was launched in the summer of 1985.
This year’s performances include German singer Ute Lemper, Arab composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir and Montreal-based troupe Cirque Eloize. Shows will continue until August 11.


Pakistan among top 20 gainers in UN World Happiness Index

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Pakistan among top 20 gainers in UN World Happiness Index

  • The country is leading in happiness score in its South Asian neighborhood
  • India was named among the 20 biggest losers

ISLAMABAD: Despite being faced by a range of economic, political and security-related challenges, Pakistan has jumped eight spots on the United Nation's World Happiness Index this year and is among the top 20 gainers.

According to the United Nations World Happiness Report, Pakistan is also leading in happiness scores in its South Asian neighborhood.

Meanwhile, arch-rival India was named among the 20 biggest losers after it dropped seven spots from last year to 140 on the list.

Arab News took to the streets of Islamabad to ask people how they pursue happiness and the factors due to which Pakistan is being perceived more and more positively around the world.