GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1956: The Baalbeck International Festival, a showcase for music, theater, and dance in Lebanon, holds its first season.

The Baalbeck International Festival inaugurates its first season with a performance of Jean Cocteau's La Machine Infernale. The festival runs annually until 1975, ceases performances during the civil war, and resumes in 1997. It has featured the Arab world's most popular performers as well as international artists, including Ella Fitzgerald, Rudolf Nureyev, and the Bolshoi Ballet.

WWW Baalbeck International Festival Web Site
http://www.baalbeck.org.lb/

The Web site for the Baalbeck International Festival, a showcase for music, theater, and dance in Lebanon