Born in Zahle and mother of four, Zalfa Bouez, at an early age, was interested in music, culture and social development. Married to former Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Environment Fares Bouez, Zalfa Bouez’s involvement in social and cultural projects focused on children and music. In 1993, she founded and headed the “Committee for Child Development” in Kesrewan followed by the founding of the “Zouk Mikael International Festival in 2003. As president of the festival, Bouez was instrumental in the introduction of the “Children’s Cultural & Music Exposure Programme,” which invites children from a wide cross section of society to introduce them to the various types of music being hosted by the festival while at the same time giving them an opportunity to meet the artists behind the music. Following, are her replies to ArabAd’s 30-seconds speed rocket questionaire.
"give without expecting anything in return."
What kills you most?
What gets you up in the morning?
My work and family
What happened to your childhood dreams?
Some became a reality and some are still a dream
What distinguishes you from others?
It’s not for me to say.
What do you need most?
Do you think that anyone can become an artist?
Everyone has the artist in them.
Where are you from?
Lebanon. From zahle.
Do you feel your situation is enviable?
It’s not something I’ve ever thought about.
What have you given up on?
What do you do with your money?
What moves you?
A child with health challenges.
What are your favourite pleasures?
Travelling and discovering new places
What would you like to receive for your birthday?
I like surprises.
Name 3 living artists that you hate most?
I don’t hate any one.
What or whom do you defend?
What are you capable of refusing?
Anything that does not meet my values.
What are you capable of doing in the name of love?
What are you blamed for?
Being too spontaneous.
What does art bring to you?
Who do you think you are?
What drives you nuts?
People who are not on time.
Write your own epitaph?
“Was always ready to help”
Under what form would you like to come back as?
I’ve never thought about it.
What was the last book you read?
The lost symbol of Anne Brown
Do you like animals?
Why did you choose the festival?
It’s a great way to influence people’s emotions positively.
What is your philosophy in life?
To give without expecting anything in return.
What is the most important thing in your life?