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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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)