Lebanon’s Baalbeck Festival will stream its 64th edition

The renowned arts and culture event, however, will have no audience. (AFP)
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Updated 01 July 2020

Lebanon’s Baalbeck Festival will stream its 64th edition

DUBAI: Lebanon’s Baalbeck International Festival is set to take place this month on July 5 despite the ongoing coronavirus, organizers announced this week. 

The renowned arts and culture event, however, will have no audience. 

It will broadcast live concerts from the heart of the Bacchus Temple, an ancient site in Lebanon’s Baalbeck  at 9 p.m (Saudi time) on the festival’s Facebook and YouTube pages, MBC’s streaming service Shahid and a number of Lebanese TV channels like MTV, LBC and more.

“The Bacchus Temple will harbour history, culture and arts as the City of the Sun opens virtually its gates for a one-of-a-kind live concert,” read the festival’s released statement. “The Sound of Resilience will serve as an example for future concerts to be held during the ongoing health crisis.”

The program for the concert has not been revealed yet, but the festival stated that the event will celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday by presenting the German composer’s most famous pieces. 

Launched in 1956, Baalbeck International Festival is the region’s oldest arts event. It presents classical music, opera, theater, dance and ballet by both local and international performers. 

Over the years, the festival has welcomed renowned artists onto its stage, including legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, Lebanon’s Fairuz, American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and Armenian-French singer Charles Aznavour.


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Updated 12 August 2020

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

  • The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days
  • Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone"

CAIRO: Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.
The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. 
Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone in Egyptian theatrical performance,” Al-Akhbar El-Youm newspaper reported.
Abdel Dayem said that throughout his career he succeeded in performing complex characters and produced a group of immortal works.
The actor, theater director and professor was the dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Cairo.  
He reportedly married nine times, among them his marriage to Egyptian actor Nada Bassiouny.
Born in 1943, in Assiut region, Upper Egypt, Shafea lived in a village for eight years before moving to Cairo with his father.
His love for acting was met with objection from his father, who was a scholar at Al-Azhar Islamic Institute.
Shafea took part in almost 30 films and played a number of roles in many television series, the most prominent of which are “Omar bin Abdul Aziz”, “Haroun Al-Rasheed”, “Bab Al-Khalq”, “Hadret Al Motaham Aby”, and during last Ramadan he participated in “Layalina 80”.