Lebanese singer Haifa Wahbi appeared on the Egyptian satellite television channel Nile TV to host a special two hour program to raise emergency funds to help support Lebanese civilians injured by the Israeli raids.
According to the London based Elaph, sources revealed that Haifa asserts Lebanese artists can play an important role, whether from within Lebanon or outside to help their country during this crisis.
Haifa fled from Lebanon through Syria a few days after Israel invaded.Since the war began, all music festivals, concerts and entertainment activities in Lebanon have been either cancelled or postponed. The first cancellations were the annual Ba’albak Festival and a play by Lebanese diva Fairouz called “Sah ElNoum”. The Baiblos Festival has also been postponed to an unknown date, and has refunded ticket sales.
Lebanese and other stars have notified festival administrations in Jordan and around the Arab world they will not be able to take part in this year’s events due to the situation in Lebanon.
Artists throughout the Arab world have cancelled performances out of respect for the Lebanese people who are suffering. Most artists are finding it impossible to hold performance in such times, while many Lebanese artists are unable to leave Lebanon.