Beirut's fight against Hunger is heresy

After the Lockdown, the city has become a other. So empty. Even at times of the Day, to clog which you always with so many cars that it took a pre-exhaust the b

Beirut's fight against Hunger is heresy

After the Lockdown, the city has become a other. So empty. Even at times of the Day, to clog which you always with so many cars that it took a pre-exhaust the breath. The evening traffic has dissipated, because there are fewer and fewer Jobs. Even on Sunday evenings, when the inhabitants flocked usually from the mountains down to Beirut, whose stifling heat, they escaped on the weekends is hardly anyone on the road. Country games are expensive. Why not just the Lockdown is to blame, because even before the Lebanon from the worst economic crisis in decades was threatened, some say even since the great famine during the First world war.

Lena Bopp

editor in the features section.

F. A. Z.

the mismanagement, corruption and Clientelism in the country have held to be weak, now it has reset the economic consequences of the pandemic, there is nothing to prevent. Inflation has risen within months, so fast that simple foods have become unaffordable for many people. In the social media entries of people to swap to try, what you don't necessarily need: furniture, glasses, and shoes against diapers, Oil, and milk powder piling up. Almost everywhere in the country there are only a few hours of electricity a day. Some traffic lights in Beirut are turned off. Some of the shops have not opened. From the galleries, theatres and museums, which are accessible again, you have to fear that they are closing their doors soon also in this last Oriental town, in which there is such a thing as a growing cultural scene at all.

A good hour of music

into the Midst of this all-encompassing sadness, the Lebanese Philharmonic orchestra gave a concert. The first since months, maybe the last for a long time, you don't know. In the temple of Baalbeck, where this time of year is usually the "Baalbeck International Festival", whose future is as uncertain as everything else, the Philharmonic orchestra with the singers from three choirs to present to the country the "the Sound of Resilience".

A good hour of music compiled by the head of the orchestra, the conductor Harout Fazlian, the honor was bestowed, in the midst of the Bacchus temple, where it usually is never something to be listed, to conduct a concert, which you long to be talking in the small Lebanon. Spectators there. But the event was broadcast via Livestream on the Internet and on almost all TV channels. Only "Al-Manar", the home station of the Hizbullah, showed a different program.

The evening began with an invocation of fate, the, under these circumstances, highly symbolic and very pathetic-looking "O Fortuna" from Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana". Your orchestrations and adaptations of pieces which are anchored in the cultural memory of the Lebanese, and it is to be expected led to the social media found a way to get messages in which much of "goosebumps" and "tears" the speech was followed.

Updated Date: 09 July 2020, 12:21

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