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Internations.org for Expats

Calling all Expats in Beirut!  I recently joined a community of expats all over the world that really make an effort to network and close the gap in distance.  So far I’ve been to one of their gatherings and I was happy to see that there is a quite large expat community of people in Lebanon from all over the world.  Many are originally Lebanese that have been living outside, many are foreigners who have moved over for a job and there are also many Lebanese who travel frequently that like to meet new people.  The website has a forum for each city in which members can gather, post and meet other expats.  Internations is originally German yet is available to most cities around the world.   You can apply to be a part of  Internations.org or visit them on their facebook group.

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One Week to World Cup 2010

Only one week to go till World Cup 2010, not that it’s obvious in Lebanon… only every single car has a flag and every restaurant has a big screen tv ready for the big event!  Just in case you are not up to date on your favorite team and their competitors, The Complete Guide offers a snapshot summary of important information to get you started.

Louis Vuitton did the honors of creating the Trophy carry case with a fashionable LV flair.  Taking over 100 hours to create in their Paris workshop after a special request from Fifa, the special package was delivered by Naomi Cambell in a grand press event on Tuesday, this week.  (Article / Video)

Let the Festivals Begin

Lebanon’s festivals keep getting better and better.  The three main festivals gather international and regional acclaimed artists to suit almost everyone’s taste in three of the most historical, beautiful and grand locations:  Baalbeck, Byblos and Beitiddine.  The schedules of all three are out now and available for booking.  Tickets can be purchased at various bookshops including Virgin points of sale or online through www.ticketingboxoffice.com.  Below are the websites for each for more information about schedules and prices.

BAALBECK FESTIVAL

BEITIDDINE FESTIVAL

BYBLOS FESTIVAL

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Spanish Week at ABC

I’m really impressed with ABCs recent creativity from their latest issue of ABC magazine which was quite entertaining and now Spanish Week which is prepared to transform ABC stores into a week long extravaganza with live cooking, dancing, an exhibition of culture and history as well as Spanish movies showing in the cinema.

Make sure to visit between May 13th and 23rd and enjoy the activities in both ABC Dbayeh and Achrafieh. 

Spanish Week Schedule:  http://www.abc.com.lb/espagna/

Enjoy! Disfrute!

Events in Beirut: May / June

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June

If you know of any other activities that should be listed, please drop me a line to my email shoptalkbeirut@gmail.com or add it in the comment box below.

The Beitiddine Festival 2010

I am happy to announce that the schedule for the 2010 Beitiddine Festival is finally out and tickets are available for purchase.  Celebrating its 25th year, the festival has an unbeatable list of worldwide performers in almost every art form starting from June 25 to August 6.  Below is the itinerary for this year as well as links for most performances to give you a better idea about each artist.

  • June 25:  The Beitiddine Grand Opening begins with Dr. Walid Gholmieh and the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by Hiba Al-Kawas. Link
  • June 28 – July 1:  Victoria Chaplin & Jean Baptiste Thierree perform Le Cirque Invisible – a magical performance raved about in reviews of major cities around the world. Link
  • July 3Pink Martini is a 12 member band captivating audiences with modern twists of pop songs, ballads and beats from around the world.  Link
  • July 8Il Divo, the famous quartet, perform their world renowned operatic medleys of modern music. Link
  • July 10A tribute to Abdel Halim Hafez with Moroccan star Abdou Cherif accompanied by Maestro Ihsan AlMounzer and his 50 piece orchestra.
  • July 14Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester bring the 20’s and 30’s Golden oldies to life. Link
  • July 17: Ziad Rahbani in “Dakt Konzert” a special jazz concert by one of Lebanon’s favorite artists.
  • July 21 – 22Ballet Preljocaj, Snow White.  This contemporary ballet was voted Best Performance of 2009 in France. Link
  • July 27 to 30 Zorro The Musical brings the legend to live with an entertaining performance with over 50 artists, Gipsy King beats and a truly inspiring choreography by one of the most famous Flamenco dancers – Rafael Amargo. Link
  • July 31Krakow Chamber Ensemble celebrates Chopin’s 200 year anniverary.
  • August 2Diana Krall, the popular modern jazz singer. Link
  • August 6Mohamed Reza Shajarian and the Shahnaz ensemble give the crowds Persian traditional music at its best. Link

The Beitiddine Festival tickets can be purchased at Virgin Megastores, Starco Center and various bookshops.  For more information, visit the Beitiddine Festival website or contact 01-373430.

The World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010 is near and the Lebanese are ready to go 🙂  Flags have already started going up on cars, companies are starting to decorate their windows and interiors and tensions are building between friends on whose team will win this year. 

South Africa hosts the Cup this year from June 11 to July 11 in 10 stadiums across 9 of its beautiful cities.   All the information you need to know about matches, ticketing, South Africa and group information is available on the Fifa website:  www.fifa.com/worldcup.   



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