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Fête de la musique – Karim Said, piano

To celebrate , the Al Bustan Festival invites the pianist Karim Said for a recital on Wednesday 21 June at 8pm precisely.
Place: Emile Bustani Auditorium, Hotel Al Bustan, Beyt Meri.
Drinks will be served at the Hotel garden starting 6.30 pm
Free Entrance
Tel: 04-972982

Byrd: Fantasia in A minor MB 27
Beethoven: Sonata op. 110 Ab Major
Karim Said: Enheduanna
Takemitsu: Rain tree sketch 11
Chopin: Sonata in B minor no.3 op.58

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Al Bustan Festival Edition

The Al Bustan Festival 2017 press conference took place on 15th December at the Emile Bustani Auditorium at 11am

The program under the theme ” Queens & Empresses of the Orient”



Posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Arsis Handbells Ensemble


“One of the most impressive bell collections in the world”

Sunday December 4 at 6.30pm
Emile Bustani Auditorium

$40/ $60/ $80

Arsis Handbell Ensemble consists of eight professional players and one of the most perfect bell sets and handchimes in the world.
The ensemble has toured nearly all over the world — in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, South-Africa, USA, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, Belgium, Holland, China.

Posted on Thursday, October 20, 2016

Al Bustan Festival Orchestra Academy – 2017 edition for strings – (Beirut, Lebanon)

The Al Bustan Festival has a history stretching back over two decades as a world class international music Festival dedicated to high quality classical music.
The “Al Bustan Festival Orchestra Academy” is created to give the opportunity to musicians to participate in masterclasses provided by experienced soloists with international exposure.
Following the masterclasses, there will be a contest. The participants will compete executing a set program. Winners of the contest will have the opportunity to play within the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra in 6 concerts during the Al Bustan Festival which will host internationally acclaimed soloists.
Winners and laureates will be selected based on the results of the Academy, which consists of mastercalsses, contest and playing within the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra at the Al Bustan Festival.
The objective of the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra Academy is to select and evaluate the best musicians who are ready to work in leading orchestras.
– Selection via YouTube starting November 15, 2016. Results December 1st, 2016.
– Masterclasses and Contest from February 6 to February 13, 2017 (Beirut, Lebanon)
– Playing within the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra from 15 February to March 4, 2017 (Beirut, Lebanon)

Practical information:
The Academy is held in the following sections: violin, viola, cello and double bass and is open to all contestants.
Application and participation in the Al Bustan Festival Orchestra Academy is free of charge.
Application to the Academy is possible by submitting your registration form and sending scans, photos and link to before November 15, 2016.

General Information with the Rules for application (see 2, 3.1.1) and set program (see 4.1) for the Selection can be found at this link.


More Info:

Facebook page of the Academy

Al Bustan Festival Orchestra Academy 2017 General Information

Al Bustan Festival official website

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Seeding a Tradition

The tree planting activity on April 17th has been postponed until further notice.

Our activities

Posted on Thursday, April 14, 2016

musica – euronews report

Euronews “musica” featuring Al Bustan Festival.

Follow the link for more  

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Midwinter Night’s Dream” is the theme of Al Bustan Festival 2016

The dates of the festival are from 16 February to 20 March.

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015

Seeding a tradition


Watch “Seeding a tradition”

Tree loving Al Bustan Festival is planting again for the second year running in partnership with S.E.P.T (Save energy plant trees).

The Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut, is donating 500 native species of trees adapted to the natural habitat in Boueirij.
The species donated are Cedrus Libani, Sorbus taurminalis and Sorbus flabilifolia.

On April 27th 2014, around 200 + participants volunteered in our first ever tree planting event where volunteers initiated and planted the first trees of “The Al Bustan Festival Forest” in Boueirij.
This year, we will also be planting in Boueirij, but on another beautiful plot of land.
People of all ages will be participating in planting the trees in good weather and glowing sunshine.

Living in the city, it isn’t often that we can give something back to nature, so we try to minimize our negative impact and raise some awareness. Through this event we can actually do something positive for nature which is also an opportunity to spend a relaxing day outdoors with your friends and family and engage in positive, impactful initiative.
Whenever we are planting trees, we are engaging in a metaphor – doing something small & local with the hope that it will become something big and global. We believe many people around the world are doing so and we want to be part of that.

The event details

26th of April in Boueirij, Bekaa.

9am Meeting point: Parking lot behind DHL Jal El Dib Highway (Free of charge)
9.30am Buses will depart towards Boueirij.
1030am Arrival to planting site
10.45am Briefing on planting technique
10.45am-1.00pm Tree seedlings planting party
1.00pm Snacks and refreshments break
2.00pm Safe return back

All of the supplies will be ready on site. Make sure you wear comfortable clothing, wear close-toed shoes, and bring sunscreen and a hat.

To register your voluntary participation please contact Al Bustan Festival office
Tel. 04-972980/1/2 or by Email:

For questions please call: Mr. Pierre El-Haddad 03836139

Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015

The Urban Upcycling Initiative

The Al Bustan Festival is happy to support Public Interest Design – Levant in their upcoming workshop.
The Urban Up-cycling Initiative is a series of workshops, taking place at Brut L’Atelier, aiming to transform waste material into public commodities through the process of up-cycling. If you feel you are creative and would like to contribute to a better environment then this workshop is for you.Together, we build a better city.The workshop will take place this Saturday, February 21st, from 10am to 5pm, at Brut L’Atelier.For more information:
February 21st, 10am-5pm
Brut L’Atelier
+961 3 725 187

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015

Al Bustan Festival meets Yukunkun ! : Not Your Classic Yukunkun

Each one of them will be performing a free style improvised session on scene. This unique musical event will be accompanied by a live drawing performance transmuted on screen by the Lebanese Artist and Painter Jean-Marc Nahas !!

Line up
Oliver Pool (Uk) Piano
Anna Tifu (Italie) Violin
Nikita Zimin (Russia) Saxophone

Live painting with Jean Marc Nahas

Free Entrance

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015