This post was editted on Apr. 17, 2011 to include the follow up editted video. It appears that the flashmob folk dance inside Beirut’s International Airport happened on March 5, 2011 and was planned by Beirut Duty Free.
“You have your Lebanon and I have my Lebanon” – Khalil Gibran
Meet my Lebanon.
The Lebanese people mastered the art of survival, they learned to enjoy the moment and live day by day. Music, dancing and partying never stopped through all the years of war and political turmoil.
What other airport would allow that?
On March 5th 2010, people in Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport came together and danced their differences away. Passengers, flight attendants, employees, and security staff danced to a mix of Lebanese folk and modern dance music. Even belly dancing was thrown in, a mix that reflects this nation’s diversity and resilience.
This comes in a time when people in Lebanon are staging protests to bring down the sectarian system.
This second video was embedded into this post on Apr. 17 2011
Love it. However, just for the accuracy of your post. It happened at worldwide airport before. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-b2c004C-I
Thank you for sharing the link. It appears from the video that the dance happened inside the airport, after crossing security, not in the area accessible to everyone. I find this bold and different. I have been trying to learn more about who planned and for what reason but I can’t find any info online.
My Lebanon too… I love it ❤ If we could be like this always .. so peaceful, happy and connected by our great culture!
Apparently it was an ad for Plus Brokers, according to this: http://blogbaladi.com/admin/lebanon/dancing-at-the-beirut-airport/ from Mark at BlogBaladi.com
Thank you for sharing. Now I can’t wait to see the ad. I knew it is not spontaneous and that it was planned, but I was hoping it would have been planned by a non-profit instead of a for-profit ad. It is still entertaining to watch though. It really captures the Lebanese spirit.
So it was an ad for Duty Free Beirut, I updated the post with the ad itself. Amazing work.