- 25 February 2009 - Al Bustan Festival started its 2009 edition
- 21 March 2001 - Report about the fourth week of Al Bustan Festival
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Al Bustan Festival
Launched in 1994, the Al Bustan Festival takes place annually in Beyt Meri during February and March.
This festival has been an EFA member since 1998.
Each EFA member manages its own Calendar. In case there is no programme availabable for this year, please visit the festival's own website.
- programme 2011
- programme 2010Programme card 2010 (pdf)
- programme 2009Programme card 2009 (pdf)
- programme 2008
- programme 2007
Launched in 1994, the Al Bustan Festival takes place annually in Beyt Meri, a village situated above Beirut with a magnificent view of the capital and the Mediterranean beyond. Each year the Festival presents a rich and interesting programme focussed around a central theme. Since the Al Bustan Festival was founded it has established in Lebanon a unique and unprecedented tradition of a music season in winter.
The founders wished to revive the cultural life of a country reemerging after seventeen years of war. The Festival has indeed reached its objective, presenting each year more than thirty performances over a five week period in February and March. With a predominance of chamber music, the Festival also includes opera, orchestral concerts, choral concerts, dance, marionettes and theatre.
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. The Festival likes to be daring in its choice of artists, works and performances.
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 Festival eagerly looks forward to the future: to greater artistic achievement, to the return of old friends and to the artists of tomorrow who breathe fresh life into music – an inspirational and enduring art form in an ever-changing world.