May Arida

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Contact information (work)

Baalbeck International Festival
961 1 373150 & 961 1 373151
961 1 373153
Mobile phone: 
961 3 041006 & 961 3 739701
Work email address:


Baccalaureate, Philosophy, Collège Protestant Français, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Organizing International Festivals
Philanthropic Initiatives
Professional Skiing

Work history

President, 1973 - present, Baalbeck International Festival.

Vice President, 1969 - 1973, Baalbeck International Festival.

President, 1953 - 1961, Lebanese Water Skiing Federation.

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the The National Heritage Foudation, 1996 - present.

Vice President of the South Lebanon support committee (Aita Chaab), 1960.

Member of the founding committee of the Baalbeck International Festivals created by President of the Republic Camille Chamoun, 1956.

Member of the executive committee of the Lebanese National Conservatory, 1952.

Member of the Lebanese Musical Youth, 1950.


Publications highlights: 
  • Aractingi, P. (Producer).The Baalbeck International Festival 50 years (1956 - 2006) [DVD]. (2006). Beirut: Baalbeck International Festival.
  • Said, K. (1998). Al Haraka Al-massrahiya fi loubnan [The theater movement in Lebanon]. Beirut: Baalbeck International Festival.
  • Baalbeck International Festival. (1994). Baalbeck: Les riches heures du festival [Baalbeck: The rich hours of the festival]. Beirut: Dar An-Nahar.
Major achievements: 
  • Supervising the organization of the Baalbeck International Festival for more than 50 years.
  • Designated among the top 100 European and Arab Women managers by the EPAM Media group, Women Chief ExecutiveOfficers of Belgium, and BE press agency.
  • Winner of Lebanese championship in skiing.
  • Organizing the first world championship of water skiing in Lebanon, in collaboration with the Lebanese Water Skiing Federation Committee.
  • Establishing with members of the Baalbeck Committee the Theater of Baalbeck Festival to give students an opportunity to perform on stage, 1968.
  • Founding the first acting school in Lebanon with Mounir Abou Debs, 1960.

Awards and Distinctions

Honorary trophy from the EPAM Media group, Women Chief Executive Officers of Belgium and BE press agency, 2010.

Shield of Appreciation from the Arab Administrative Association on the occasion of the 1st Forum on Festivals in the Arab Countries, 2009.

Commander of the Isabelle la Catholique Order from the King of Spain, 2009.

Commander of the Star rank of the Italian Solidarity from President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, 2005.

Commander of National Order of Cedars from President Emile Lahoud, 2000.

Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur from President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, 1978.

Gold Medal of Lebanese Merit from President Suleiman Franjié, 1976.