In pictures: Lebanon's Beiteddine International Art Festival

It takes place in a large and magnificent 200-year old Palace in the Chouf Mountains, in Lebanon. The Palace is a jewel of Lebanese architecture with its many courtyards, monumental gates, elegant arcades and leveled galleries. Each year, in the months of July and August, the Festival presents outstanding performances by world famous stars and Lebanese artists.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (c), former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) and Beiteddine Art Festival president Noura Jumblatt (R) listen at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) talk at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri (R) and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (L) listen while the French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.
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French-Italian singer Carla Bruni performs her fifth album 'French Touch', at the Beiteddine Palace in Lebanon's Chouf moutains, south of the capital Beirut, during the Beiteddine International Art Festival on July 30, 2018.