The Sidon International Festival kicked off Friday with a food and cultural heritage market at Sidon’s waterfront, near Rafik Hariri Sport City. The annual festival is organized by the National Committee of the Sidon International Festival, together with the Sidon Municipality and the Tourism and Culture ministries, with the facilities decorated by students at Notre Dame University and inspired by Old Sidon.
Committee President Nadine Kaiin al-Amin told The Daily Star that this summer’s festival reflects the wishes of Sidon residents to bring people together through cultural and artistic activities that promote tourism. “We hope the festival this year will be more unique and present Sidon as a cultural and artistic hub, a city of life and happiness that brings all Lebanese together,” she said.
The food and cultural heritage market, which will continue until Sunday, included performances from Stilt Walkers Green and a flower show. These acts will be followed Saturday by clowns on Rollerblades, a carnival parade, and bands Trash and the Led Drummers.
The market will end Sunday with a performance by the band Arnabeat, mime acts and a circus show.
The food market brings together many of Sidon’s restaurants and sweet shops, as well as cultural organizations. In all, it includes 13 restaurant stands, three fast-food carts and eight cultural stands.
Several concerts will be held as part of the festival, including by Lebanese singer Carole Samaha on Aug. 30; Joseph Attieh and Guy Manoukian on Aug. 31; and Nassif Zeytoun on Sept. 1. The festival will end on Sept. 2, with a tribute to the late singer Fayza Ahmed, who was born in Sidon.
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