VIDEO: Aline Lahoud performs at London Lebanese Festival

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(LONDON, ENGLAND) — For the first time, Aline Lahoud performed live in the United Kingdom, exclusively for the Lebanese Festival Day on June 22nd, 2014, at Paddington Green.

In January 2014 she joined the third season of the French edition of The Voice, joining Florent Pagny’s team. Proud of her Lebanese Origins, Aline amazed everyone, singing in Arabic.

Most recently in June 2014 Aline was awarded he MEMA (Middle East Music Awards) Talent of the year Award.

The artist, who is the daughter of well-known singer Salwa al-Katrib and producer Nahi Lahoud, was also selected to sing for Lebanon at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kiev.

“We are proud and thankful to have Aline Lahoud perform Live for the first time in London at the Lebanese Festival Day,” wrote Ronnie Menassa on the festival’s official website.

Watch her performance below:

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Nancy Ajram defies political instability to host concert

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram never backs away from hosting concerts in politically unstable countries, especially her home country of Lebanon.

The superstar held a concert at the “Eish Al Achrafieh” Festival in Beirut, which was organized by the Achrafieh Merchants Committee to promote tourism in Lebanon.

The festival, which took place on June 28, was initially planned for the week before, but was postponed due to a number of attacks in Beirut.

Ajram reportedly refused to cancel the event and insisted on hosting the concert regardless of what the cirumstances may be, according to Elaph news.

During the concert, Nancy thanked those who made it despite the security situation. She was happy to see Lebanese people leading normal and optimistic lives regardless of what’s going on around them.

PHOTOS: Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama attended a glamorous reception to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 88th birthday, hosted by British Ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher.

Alama posted two photos from the event on social network, saying he was “honored” to attend the reception and that he “(received) an invitation” from Ambassador Fletcher.

Meanwhile, Nancy Ajram and her husband Dr. Fadi Hashem celebrated the Queen by snapping several photos for Ajram’s Instagram followers.

In London, the Royal Family gathered at Buckingham Palace as they enjoyed watching the spectacular Trooping the Colour parade from the famous palace balcony, as thousands of Brits gathered to get a glimpse of the Queen and Royals while taking picture of the celebrations around them.

View full photos from the Fletcher’s event below:

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Jounieh International Festival opens with large fireworks show

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(JOUNIEH, LEBANON) — The Jounieh International Festival opened with a large fireworks show on Friday, featuring one of the largest fireworks displays in the Lebanon.

Watch the fireworks show below:

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View the full program of the Jounieh International Festival below:

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Fairouz releases music video paying tribute to late husband Assi Rahbani

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — Lebanese diva Fairouz recently released her first music video in years, paying tribute to her late husband Assi Rahbani. The 6-minute video integrates elements of the Christian “Ave Maria” prayer.

Assi Rahbani was a Lebanese composer, musician, and producer. His son Ziad Rahbani also became known as a very successful artists in music and theatre.

For many years, Fairouz and Assi collaborated on projects to create what was widely known as the “golden era” of Lebanese music.

The new music video was produced and directed by Fairouz and Assi Rahbani’s daughter, Rima Rahbani, who continues to serve as Fairouz’s manager.

Watch the music video below:

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Lopez wears Lebanese design for World Cup performance

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(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — A Lebanese fashion designer received a career boost of a lifetime on Thursday when Jennifer Lopez wore one of his costumes during her World Cup performance. 27-year old Charbel Zoe designed the Brazilian-inspired costume, which will arguably become a career-defining moment for the up-and-coming designer.

Zoe was born and raised in Lebanon, but later traveled to France to study at prestigious fashion school, ESMOD Paris. Zoe started his career working for Givenchy and Elie Saab, until he began receiving a flood of attention after his designs were featured at major runway shows in Miami and Dubai.

Zoe has built a distinguished worldwide brand, utilizing glitzy styles and Swarovski bodysuits. Haifa Wehbe has worn some of Zoe’s creations in the past.

Jennifer Lopez sang “We Are One” at Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao Stadium, alongside Pitbull,Claudia Leitte and Brazilian band Olodum.

Watch the performance below:

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What’s Happening this Weekend in Beirut?

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Here’s a list of what’s happening in Beirut, courtesy of the Daily Star.

MUSIC

‘Music is our Sun’

June 14-15, 8pm, Palais des Congrès Emile Lahoud, Dbayeh. https://www.facebook.com/LEDIV4S

The Italian Cultural Institute presents an evening of operat-ish tunes by featuring the pipes of the four young Italian sopranos who call themselves “The Div4s.”

FILM

‘Pink Floyd – The Wall’

Die Garten, BIEL, June 14, Doors open 7 p.m., projection at 8:30, 71-231-307, http://metropoliscinema.net

Alan Parker’s 1982 feature is a neo-surreal romp through the UK art band’s 1979 album, mingling mind-altering animation with a surprisingly convincing live-action performance by a pre-Live Aid Bob Geldof. Screening as part of the ‘Troubled Symphonies’ cycle.

‘The Human Scale’

Cinema Metropolis-Sofil, facing Foreign Affairs Ministry, June 15, 6:30 pm. http://beirutdesignweek.org/films

Having documented how modern cities repel human interaction, Danish architect Jan Gehl argues that we can build cities that take human needs for inclusion and intimacy into account. Andreas Dalsgaard’s 2012 film is the first of three screening in the context of a Beirut Design Week cycle.

THEATER

‘Un Beau Salaud’

Theatre Monnot, next to St. Joseph’s Church, Through June 16, 8:30 pm, 01-421-870

Directed by Nadine Mokdessi, Pierre Chesnot’s ‘A Beautiful Bastard’ tells the story of the philandering François Dumoulin and the women in his life, on the night of his birthday party. Read The Daily Star review.

PHOTOGRAPHY

‘Silence in Damascus’

Art on 56th, Youssef Hayeck St., Gemmayzeh, Through June 21, noon-7 p.m., 01-570-331

The black-and-white photography of Damascene artist Nassouh Zaghlouleh, the featured artist of this solo show, is composed to reveal the beauty of his hometown. Read The Daily Star review.

ART

‘Art in Office’

AUB Art Gallery, Sidani Street, Ras Beirut, Through Sept. 30, 01-350-000 ext. 4345

During its long history, AUB has accumulated many works of art that one encounters daily. “Art in Office” displays several works found in the university’s various academic and administrative buildings.

‘Syria’s Apex Generation’

Ayyam Gallery, Beirut Tower, Zeitoune Street, Through Aug. 2, 7-10 p.m., 01-374-450/51; beirut@ayyamgallery.com

Curated by Maymanah Farhat, this exhibition – featuring recent works by Nihad Al Turk, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Othman Moussa, Mohannad Orabi, and Kais Salman – spotlights a new school of Syrian painting still growing despite the disintegration of Damascus’ scene. Read The Daily Star review.

‘Collective Exhibition’

Emmanuel Paul Guiragossian Museum, Jdeideh,, Through June 15, 4-10 p.m. daily, 03-711-755

The debut show Beirut Art Discovery features paintings, sculptures and photography by Lebanese artists.

Source: The Daily Star

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A makeup-free Haifa?

It’s all about who looks better when it comes to celebs and their covert competition with one another, but some may say that Lebanese diva Haifa Wehbe has no competition when it comes to looking best all naturale!

The starlet posted a makeup-free shot of herself on Instagram, where she appeared as pretty as she does with her full face on!

The diva’s fans were totes in love with the all-natural Haifa, and gave her pic over 19 thousand likes. Now that’s what we call true courage in the celeb world!

This week, a pic of a makeup-free Myriam Fares surfaced the Internet but didn’t receive the same love as Haifa’s snapshot!

Source: Al-Bawaba

Engaged! Clooney proposes to Lebanese lawyer

They’ve been trying to keep things low key, but when one of Hollywood’s most coveted bachelors gets engaged, it’s hard to keep schtum!

Oscar-winning heartthrob George Clooney, has got engaged to his British-Lebanese lawyer girlfriend Amal Alamuddin, People magazine reported Saturday.

“George and Amal are trying to keep things very low-key but they also aren’t really trying to hide this, it doesn’t seem,” the celebrity publication reported, citing an unnamed source “with knowledge of the situation.”

George Clooney Amal Alamuddin, leaving a restaurant in London in October. (Photo courtesy Twitter, via: ibtimes.com)

“I think it’s like they want the people they love to know that this is real, that they plan on being together forever,” the source said.

The source speculated that the engagement happened “not that long ago” and that there do not appear to be any wedding plans yet.

The magazine quoted a different source as saying that Clooney and Alamuddin were seen Thursday at a swanky Los Angeles restaurant dining with supermodel Cindy Crawford and her husband, described as longtime Clooney friends.

‘Huge ring’

Alamuddin was then spotted wearing a “huge ring,” the witness told the magazine.

Clooney and Alamuddin recently spotted together, wearing matching smiles. (Photo courtesy Splash News)

Clooney, 52, has had a string of younger model and actress girlfriends over the years but shown little interest in settling down.

Alamuddin, 36, is a British attorney specializing in international law and human rights. Clooney has long shown interest in human rights issues such as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

She specializes in international, human rights, extradition and criminal law, and has been appointed as an advisor to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.

They came out as a couple in October in London, according to People, and since have been seen together in New York and on trips to places like Tanzania and the Seychelles Islands.

The lawyer is representing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his extradition proceedings with Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault case.

Source: Al-Arabiya

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