The founders wished to revive the cultural life of a country reemerging after seventeen years of war. The Festival has indeed reached its objective, presenting each year more than thirty performances over a five week period in February and March. With a predominance of chamber music, the Festival also includes opera, orchestral concerts, choral concerts, dance and theatre. The Festival takes special care in presenting each year a rich and homogeneous programme focused around a special theme, celebrating the culture of a country or a city, or exploring a special subject. The Festival likes to be daring in its choice of artists, works and performances. In keeping with its cultural vocation, the Festival organises master classes and workshops, with the participating artists at the National Conservatoire in Beirut and other institutions across Lebanon.