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.


Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 

Updated 28 October 2020

Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 

DUBAI: The fourth edition of the annual El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, running until Oct. 31, has been a hot topic this week, with fans on social media discussing stars’ best and worst red carpet looks.

Here we have rounded up some of our favorite gowns from day five.  

Lekaa El-Khamissi 

The star wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress, who started her acting career in the late 1990s, wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. The strapless creation featured a transparent net-like pattern on the waist.  

She accessorized her look with dangling diamond earrings and a slicked-back hairstyle.  

Reem Samy 

The 25-year-old actress turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. (AFP)

The rising Egyptian talent has been building her name in the industry over the past few years, with her latest series “El-Prince” being among the most-watched Ramadan shows in 2020.  

The 25-year-old actress, sister of the director Mohammed Samy, turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. She wore a floor-trailing chiffon blouse, satin pants and a silver-cropped embroidered jacket. 

Mayssa Maghrebi 

Teh actress wore a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. (AFP)

The Emirati-Moroccan actress stepped out in a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. Sticking to COVID-19 safety precautions, Maghrebi wore a white mask to go with her form-fitting dress. 

The star started working her acting career in 2000. She acted in several Egyptian, Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Emirati television series.

Bushra 

The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress and singer is the co-founder of the star-studded festival. 

The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress, cinched at the waist, by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis.

Laila Eloui

The veteran Egyptian actress wore a gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. (AFP)

The veteran Egyptian actress opted for a vibrant pink satin gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. 

She started her career at the age of seven. Now, being in the industry for over 40 years, she has more than 70 movies under her belt.