File- Mazen Kiwan and Yamila Ivonne perform at the Music Hall in Beirut, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (The Daily Star/Grace Kassab)
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This weekend, cultures are once again converging in Jbeil for the city's annual tango festival, which has brought together visitors from Lebanon and abroad who are keen on sharing their passion for the traditional South American dance. The 2018 Byblos Tango Festival, the fifth edition of the event, which kicked off Friday evening, hosts tango enthusiasts from all over the world for a show in which they are not simply a passive audience.Mazen Kiwan, founder of the Beirutango Association, which organized the event, and a tango academy in Beirut, has worked in festivals around the globe, including in Argentina. This year, participants from at least 16 countries have come to enjoy the festival and Jbeil's iconic sights.Kiwan said that as of Thursday, three hotels in Jbeil were fully booked to accommodate the festival's visitors, and a fourth was filling up.
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