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  About the Festival

The idea of a medieval festival being quite common in Europe, it is a non-existing concept in the Middle East; Lebanon has a wealth of medieval castles and ruins, and has the potential to hold the very first medieval festival of the region, and link the european continent with the Levant through this pioneering cultural and historical event.


The festival's activities

-a marketplace (artisans/handicrafts as well as caterers/food places, traditional cuisine)
-an archery tournament
-local and european traditional performances
-nighttime concerts revolving around folk: 1 local band and 2 foreign bands
-a medieval banquet
-horseriding/poney riding
-medieval combat (knights in full armor coming from russia to perform in front of the visitors,
take photos with them, teach them how to manipulate traditional weapons)
-a medieval costume+rare coin exhibition inside the fortress


  Festival goals

- To revive a 850 year-old vestige of lebanese history (the Msaylha fortress) and to re-introduce this fortress to local visitors as well as foreign tourists. The APLH has secured the patronage and permission to organize this festival from the ministries of tourism and of culture.

- To create a landmark international festival with a strongly cultural aspect, in north lebanon on the same level as the festivals of Beiteddine and Baalbek. This will also be the first medieval festival of the middle east, and a new touristic location to check out by foreign tourists.

- To encourage lebanese traditional trade and handicraft by enabling lebanese craftsmen to exhibit their work free of charge. This initiative aims to keep lebanese traditional trade alive and benefits mainly the craftspeople of the north lebanon/batroun area.

- To use all proceeds from the Medieval Festival of Msaylha [MFM] to finance restoration/rehabilitation projects of build lebanese heritage. the first area to benefit from this, will be the Hamat town, where the Msaylha fortress is located; the APLH is planning to restore the coastal passageway of Hamat, which features Roman stairs, and an Ottoman era tunnel

  Festival's fees

To be announced.