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Head of Baalbek International Festival, May Arida, passes away

14-5-2018

The president of Lebanon’s Baalbek International Festival since 1973, May Arida, passed away yesterday at the age of 92. Arida strived to bring to light Lebanon’s cultural and civilized image and spotlighted the country on the map of international festivals. She is considered as one of the icons of the country’s Golden Age, as she was a founding member of the Baalbek International Festival and later became the honorary president of these festivals. Arida received many awards, including the Gold Medal of the Lebanese Merit from President Suleiman Franjieh in 1976; the Commander of National Order of Cedars from President Emile Lahoud, 2000, and from King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan, the Order of Commander. Arida also received the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur from President Valery Giscard d’Estaing, 1978, besides awards from the Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, 2005, and from the King of Spain, Juan carlos, 2009. (Al Diyar, An Nahar, May 14, 2018)

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