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Despite enthusiasm from locals to hold a festival, and Tripoli's desperate need of tourism, the city has yet to bring back the summer tradition, and this has upset residents.This year, as Tripoli lags behind, four festivals dominate the North's repertoire – Batroun, Ehden, Cedars, and Qobeiyat – with political rivalries frequently coming into play as festivals are often-times organized by the local MP's wife or an affiliated committee.Bassil aspires to attain an international reputation for the Batroun festival, as enjoyed by the Baalbek and Beiteddine festivals. This year, the month-long festival will launch on July 8 and will feature Lebanese nights, sea food tasting by the sea, and Marcel Khalife.The festival will launch on July 18, with Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi and will conclude on Aug. 18 .
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