Hamra Festival: An Artistic Hub

This weekend, Hamra will be transformed into a cultural, musical and artistic hub for Hamra Streets Festival – Maraya 2010. The event, which will take place from September 10 to 12 will 2 is under the patronage of HE Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

It will be a welcoming and cultural festival, exhibiting the cultural and artistic diversity of Lebanon, while encouraging young talents. Amateur talents from musicians to artists are participating in the festival…from different fields of arts. These new talents will be taking center stage all day, while giving way for more professional talents to perform and show their creativity as well as talent starting 8:30pm daily. It is said to be one of the biggest concerts that Lebanon has yet to witness, with performances over 4 stages built for the occasion. From rock, blues, jazz, fusion and more, a true variety of talents will be showcased and enjoyed.

Food and shopping is must in Hamra. Restaurants, coffee shops and others will be taking part in the festival, by setting up booths for their goods; specifically, Makdissi and Jeanne d’Arc Streets.

Hamra Street will be closed to cars from Friday afternoon till Sunday at Midnight. It will become a pedestrian area for fun, fun and more fun.

Around 200,000 people are expected to come. Priority of attendance is given to families, students and the youth in general. Inauguration of the festival will take place on September 10 at 5pm sharp, in the of presence of Prime Minister, Saad Harriri and other politicians and VIPS at Piazza Area, Fransabank Building in Hamra.

A carnival parade is set to take part during the first evening which will carry a lot of fun and entertaining surprises including fireworks starting on the first day. If you want to catch a glimpse of Lebanese popular singer Ragheb Alami make sure to be at Starbucks on Saturday at 7 pm to launch his new CD album TALAK.

For a detailed list of events taking place, please check BeirutNightLife.com events calender.