I know most of you think I listen to electronic music 24/7 (especially those who see my snapchat stories), but truth be told, I really love Classical music as well. In other words, if there’s Dixon spinning somehere and a string quartet playing Chopin, I’d probably go to the latter then after party at the former.
Apart from “Beirut Chants”, another annual festival is Al Bustan Festival, which I always go to when I’m in Beirut. I stumbled upon this video of their campaign this year, and I thought it was awesome.
Ad agencies in Beirut sometimes get boring, and press releases and corporate events get old fast. It’s nice to see someone put some effort to make an activation actually fun for everyone, not an occasion to kiss the media’s ass in hopes to add this or that magazine and station to a client report.
The piano would invite, and taunt even, passerby at ABC Dbayeh. It poked fun at those with no talent, and praised those who could play the piano with “music to my ears” and “please go on”. People would stop and watch the performances too. I always felt like Al Bustan was a bit out of touch with the average Lebanese person, heck, I would have never known about it if a dear friend hadn’t taken me a few years back… And what better way to grab folks’ attention than an impromptu piano sesh while you’re shopping?
You still have time to check out some Al Bustan acts which started in mid-February and end on the 22nd of March. Check out their website here.