Myrna Bustani

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Personal information

Title: 
former MP, President of Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts

Contact information (work)

Organization/Institution: 
Al Bustan Hotel
Postbox: 
11 - 3764
Address: 
Al - Bustan Hotel, Beyt Meri
Postal code: 
110 72 150 Riyad el-Solh
Country: 
Lebanon
Landline: 
961 4 870400
Fax: 
961 4 972439
Work email address: 
festival@albustan-lb.com

Education

Bachelor degree, Psychology, 1958, Faculty of Arts (Lyon University), Lebanon.
Training, 1954, Three Wise Monkeys Club finishing school, London
French and Lebanese Baccalaureate, 1954, French Protestant School, Lebanon.

Areas of Expertise

Management
Organizing Music and Arts Festivals
Languages: 
Arabic
French
English

Work history

President, 1994 - present, Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts.

Member of Parliament, 1963 - 1964, Lebanese government.

Honorary office and memberships

Member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, 1980 - present.

Founder of the Centre for Lebanese Studies (Oxford), 1990.

Founder of the British Lebanese Association, 1980.

Productions

Publications highlights: 
  • Bustani, M. (2005). 35 Days. Beirut: Dar An-Nahar.
Major achievements: 
  • Establishing and organizing the first festival of Classical Art and Music in the Middle East, 1994 - present.
  • Organizing concerts in London with the British Lebanese Association for Lebanese Soloists, 1982 - 1990.
  • First Lebanese woman to become a member of the Parliament.
Exhibitions, Lectures, & Performances: 
  • Organizing with the British Lebanese Association the Exhibition “ Lebanon the Artist’s View” at the Barbican Centre London, 1982.

Awards and Distinctions

Order of the Cedar, officer rank.

Merit of Culture from the Ministry of Arts of the Polish Republic.

Golden Insignia of the Republic of Austria.

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