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"The Beirut Spring Festival", created and launched in 2009 by the Samir Kassir Foundation, is inspired by the title of one of the last articles written by Samir Kassir, shortly before his assassination in 2005.

This event, targeting the broad general public, is unique both in its concept and program.The goals of the Festival and its particular character have generated such a warm welcome from the public.

The Festival is the first of its kind in Beirut.

The Festival features multidisciplinary international performances (theater, music, dance, conferences...) revolving around the themes of tolerance and cultural diversity, especially in societies facing violence and injustice.

The Festival features exclusive one-night performances scheduled over a week in different venues across Beirut.

The Festival supports contemporary art creation and energizes Lebanon’s cultural and artistic life, built on the belief that art is the ultimate way to tolerance.

The Festival thrives on the young generation’s interest in maintaining ties with the vision and thoughts of Samir Kassir.

The free admission to the Festival provides all categories of the Lebanese society with unrestricted access to original, non commercial art works.
This festival has grown thanks to the financial and moral support of friends, sponsors and especially the civil society.

Thank you for your loyalty,

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June
3
9:00
Tamer Abu Gazaleh was born in Cairo in a family of exiled Palestinians. He found early access to music and composed at a young age

Tamer Abu Gazaleh was born in Cairo in a family of exiled Palestinians. He found early access to music and composed at a young age. In 1998, he returned to Palestine and began his studies of musical theory and composition at the National Conservatory in Ramallah (today Edward Said Conservatory ) and also deepened his skills at the Oud and Buzuq.

In 1991 he released his first single Ma Fi Khof ("There is no fear") under the influence of the First Intifada. In 2001, his debut album was to be followed by Janayen El Ghona ("Gardens of Song"), which contains compositions from his early period of creation (from the age of 5 to 15). In 2008, Mir'ah ("Mirror") was released, and in 2016 Thulth , his third album, according to the Arabic word meaning.


June
4
9:00
Lotfi Bouchnak (لطفي بوشناق‎) is a  Tunisianstar, singer, Oud player, composer and public figure. He is considered one of the best tenors in the Middle EastNorth Africa, and the Arab world and has been dubbed as Tunisia’s "Pavarotti"

Lotfi Bouchnak (لطفي بوشناق‎) is a  Tunisianstar, singer, Oud player, composer and public figure. He is considered one of the best tenors in the Middle EastNorth Africa, and the Arab world and has been dubbed as Tunisia’s "Pavarotti". He also played in Tunisian TV series and movies including Maktoub, La boîte magique, Halou u mer and El paraíso ya no es lo que era.

Bouchnak was born in Tunisto a family of Turkish-Bosniak origin. At a young age, he began re-performing the songs of Oum Kalthoum and other masters of Egyptian music. He joined the "Youth Musical Group of Tunis", then "Arrachidia", where he started improving his vocal skills with Ali Sriti. He also learnt to play the Oud. In 1979, at the age of 25, Bouchnak recorded his first song composed by Ahmed Siddiqui. He then started working with other famous composers such as Sayed Mekkaoui, Fathallah Ahmed, and Anwar Brahem. In the 1980s, he started composing songs for other artists such as Khaledand the rap group IAM. Bouchnak is one of few artists to have regular shows in the Cairo Opera House since 1992.

He won the Best Arab Singer Award in Washington DC, in 1997. 


June
5
9:00
In Inked, Aakash Odedra commissions Oliver-award winning choreographer Damien Jalet to explore tribal markings and tattoos. 

In Inked, Aakash Odedra commissions Oliver-award winning choreographer Damien Jalet to explore tribal markings and tattoos. Inspired by Aakash’s grandmother’s tattoos, the duo explore the notions of belonging, protection and restriction.

Aakash Odedra, in this programme, strives to employ his mastery of classical dance forms, such as Kathak and Bharatanatyam, in a contemporary dance setting and making full use of the potential of modern design technology.


June
7
9:00
Among many cultural and historical values in Armenia this is the biggest puppet theater, which is familiar to childhood and to every Armenian citizen, and is well known in many countries.

Among many cultural and historical values in Armenia this is the biggest puppet theater, which is familiar to childhood and to every Armenian citizen, and is well known in many countries.

This theater was founded in 1935 and has about 80 years of history. It has offered about 300 plays. During its creative activity, the theater was directed by several famous stage directors in Armenia.

Many talented painters in Armenia have worked in this theater such as Gevorg Arakelian, Khachatur Yesaian, Vachagan Tevanian, Flora Grigorian, Aramais Sargsian and others. They have illustrated very interesting and colorful performances, with very alive puppets.


June
15-7
6:00
At the Samir Kassir square, in the heart of Beirut, a contemporary photo exhibition sheds light on a diverse, creative, resilient and luminous Palestine.
At the Samir Kassir square, in the heart of Beirut, a contemporary photo exhibition sheds light on a diverse, creative, resilient and luminous Palestine.

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