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Al Bustan Festival

Beirut’s annual celebration of classical music and dance is a must-do for classical music aficionados. For an entire month, performance after performance from the cream of local and international classical musicians brings visitors and curious locals flocking to the Emile Bustani Auditorium. Artists who have taken part include Olaf Baer, Maria Ewing, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Helikon Opera of Moscow, the Vienna Boys Choir, the English Shakespeare Company, among others.

Date: 01 February 2019 - 01 March 2019
Venue: Emile Bustani Auditorium.
Website: http://www.albustanfestival.com
Cost:

Various.


Tango Abrazo Marathon

Featuring international DJs and delicious Lebanese food, this joyous event connects people who share a love for tango. 

Date: 22 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
Venue: Saint-George Hotel at Bay of St. George
Website: http://www.beirutabrazo.com/

Beirut International Tango Festival

Launched in 2009, the inaugural event was the first Argentine tango event ever to take place in Lebanon. Since then, the festival has attracted leading international musicians, dancers, and DJs as well as participants from all over the world. There are also workshops available to dancers of all levels. Also involved are some of the planet’s best DJs, although it’s worth mentioning that most come from the Middle East.

Date: 12 April 2019 - 13 April 2019
Venue: Metro al Medina.
Website: http://www.tangolebanon.com
Cost:

Free.


Beirut International Film Festival

The region’s biggest film festival, Beirut International Film Festival was set up in 1997 to support up and coming local talent, although it also screens films from directors from all over the world. While the international film makers are fine, the real draw are the local Lebanese films, which despite being in French or Arabic, have been making waves abroad of late.

Date: 22 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
Venue: Planete Abraj.
Website: http://www.beirutfilmfestival.org

Beirut Spring Festival

Like the Beirut Tango Festival, the Beirut Spring Festival’s pedigree only stretches back as far as 2009 but it’s no less good for that. Focused on theatre, dance and music, the Spring Festival showcases the work of up-and-coming local performers, who create special pieces of work to fit in with the festival’s theme, which changes annually. Previous themes have included tolerance, cultural diversity and injustice, so it isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but certainly no less compelling for that.

Date: 05 June 2019 - 08 June 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.beirutspringfestival.org
Cost:

Free.


Beirut Art Fair

A leading platform for contemporary artists and galleries in Lebanon and the Middle East to showcase their artistic development, this fair also attracts international galleries.

Date: 18 September 2019 - 22 September 2019
Venue: Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center (BIEL)
Website: https://beirut-art-fair.com/
Cost:

Free 


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Casa d'Or

The Casa D'Or is a welcoming, comfortable alternative to functional budget hotels or the home-stays that dominate the lower end of the market. It's not especially glamorous but rooms are clean, comfortable and well appointed, and a decent breakfast is included in the price. It also offers low season discounts.

Talal Hotel

Talal Hotel offers bright, clean rooms complete with comfortable beds for next to nothing. Better still, it's within striking distance of Gemmayzeh and Place des Martyrs. The atmosphere is lively and the hotel also has a communal kitchen. The result is friendly but a bit like living as a student.

Regis Hotel

At first look, you could be forgiven for thinking that you'd just pitched up at the Lebanese Fawlty Towers. However, staff are warm and welcoming, rooms are clean and the breakfast is excellent. All rooms have modern air-con, fridges and TVs, but better still is Regis' proximity to the Corniche.

Port View Hotel

It's no Hilton but the Port View Hotel is comfortable, clean and well appointed, which is more than can be said for many mid-range sleeping spots in the Middle East. Set a little off the beaten track in the quiet Gemmayzeh district, it's convenient for the main drag to but still peaceful.

Cedarland Hotel

Located in the heart of the buzzing Hamra quarter, the Cedarland is comfortable, safe and set well back off the road. Relatively quiet compared to other Hamra hotels, rooms are pretty beige and bland but have everything you need and some have sea views (read: views through gaps in the city skyline). Breakfast is extra.

Le Gray

A remarkable 5-star hotel in the centre of Beirut, Le Gray offers 87 modern rooms bathed in natural light. The infinity pool overlooks the city, while the spa, bar and restaurant could all be destinations in their own right. LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, fresh fruit and flowers are all part of the deal, Mediterranean and Mount Lebanon vistas included.