Beirut Cultural Festival
The Beirut Cultural Festivals Association, chaired by Lama Salam, launched its first cultural event, which included cultural, artistic, sports and entertainment activities taking place at the Beirut seafront area.
The opening night was held inside an inflatable dome, where a replica of the Nejmeh Square’s iconic Sa’at al-’Abed watch was set. An incredible 70-minute show, titled The Story of Beirut, recounted the city’s historical eras using the 3D Mapping technique, accompanied by musical compositions inspired by the city and its history, arranged by Guy Manoukian and performed by 75 musicians of Lebanon’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
Performances by Ragheb Alama and Nancy Ajram were held in the dome, with appearances by XFactor finalists Latoya and Nedjim.
A motor sports village, supervised by Lebanon’s rally champion Abdo Feghali, housed a karting track, and aired the opening and closure of the Lebanon Cup Rally, Lebanon’s karting and drifting championships, and one of the stages of Lebanon’s motorbike championship.
The closing event featured the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 car, driven by Spanish driver Carlos Sainz Jr on a specially designed one kilometer track in Beirut, before taking Red Bull Racing’s RB7 through its paces.