21st edition of the Al Bustan Festival, the international festival of music and the performing arts in Lebanon takes place from 18 February to 23 March. The festival hosts more than thirty performances over a five week period every year.
Founded in 1994, Al Bustan Festival has established in Lebanon a unique and unprecedented tradition of a music season in winter. With a predominance of chamber music, the Festival also includes opera, orchestral concerts, choral concerts, dance, marionettes and theatre.
The founders wished to revive the cultural life of a country reemerging after seventeen years of war. The Festival takes special care in presenting each year a rich and homogeneous programme focused around a special theme, celebrating the culture of a country or a city, or exploring a special subject. This year’s theme is determined to be “Music and Nature”.
21st Al Bustan Festival starts on 18 February with a performance by Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi, Tbilisi State Opera Orchestra. Some of the other guests are The State Ballet of Georgia, The Leipzig Quartet, The State Youth orchestra of Armenia, Fazil Say, Jan Lisiecki, The Lautten Compagney Berlin…
In keeping with its cultural vocation, the Festival organises master classes and workshops, with the participating artists at the National Conservatoire in Beirut and other institutions across Lebanon. The Festival has commissioned works by contemporary composers such as John Taverner, Naji Hakim and Roxanna Panufnik. A Visual Art exhibition is organised each year during the Festival.
Given that the average capacity of the Festival’s venues is about 450 seats, an intimate bond is reached between the public and artists, who are also able to meet after the performances in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
The Al Bustan Festival is a member of the European Festival Association (EFA).
For more info: http://www.albustanfestival.com/