Are you planning to stay in Lebanon in July and August? Don't miss the Beit Ed Dine Festival, one of the most famous cultural events in the Middle East. Every year, the grounds of Beiteddine Palace host performances of opera, rock songs and jazz. But the Baalbeck festival is the best known and the most spectacular of all because it has brought together the greatest artists in the world since 1956.
Beiteddine is a charming little town perched in the Chouf mountains. A true masterpiece of Lebanese architecture from the beginning of the 19th century, the construction of which took around 36 years. Beit Ed Dine Palace sits on a promontory overlooking terraced mountains. This magnificent work was built by Emir Bechir Chehab II.
This small town is accessible by two main roads: the first goes from Beirut to the south, then heads east to Damour to return to the northeast and finally reach Beit Ed Dine; the other route crosses the mountains by the Damascus highway and enters the Chouf at Mudairej, before going through Ain Dara, Ain Zhalta and finally the cedars of Barouk.
In the heart of the Chouf mountains, is the Palace of Beitdeddine. This magnificent region offers visitors several tourist attractions including historical, architectural and natural remains, most of which have remained in their original state.
The various courtyards of the Palace are regularly used as stages during the Festival (Al Midane, Al Salamlek, Dar el Harim). The Baalbeck Festival is held at the foot of the columns of the Temple of Jupiter and Bacchus, in July. Piano, jazz, singing and ballet recitals follow one another on the stage, in a majestic setting.
On the other hand, a main space, completely renovated and furnished, hosts exhibitions of photography, painting and sculpture.
The Beit Ed Dine Festival receives every year renowned international artists, but also regional and local artists. Have already succeeded on the stages of the Palace of Beit Ed Dine, Elton John, Placido Domingo, José Carreras, John McLaughlin Zakir Hussain, Feyrouz, Monserrat Caballe, Cesaria Evora, Youssou N'Dour, Maurice Bejart, Tito Puente, Jesseay Norman or again Kazem al-Saher.
The place to be for your next trip to Lebanon.