In December, Oslo World will participate in the organizing of Beirut & Beyond for the seventh time – a festival which started in 2013, in the wave of creativity that arose in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. The work with the festival has created a special bond between Oslo World and the Beirut cultural scene. Every year, we also create a “mini festival” during Oslo World, giving people a taste of what Beirut has to offer. This year, Saturday night is the time and our collaborator Kulturhuset is the place. From 22 o’clock, every room in this large complex will be filled by sounds from Beirut & Beyond.
Combining Arabic pop melodies, Palestinian/Syrian dabke rhythms, synths & powerful beats with occasional dubby flavours, Zenobia are at the forefront of the new, vibrant Palestinian electronic music movement, originating in parallel between Haifa and Ramallah, scattered yet gradually more unified, and now extending across the borders to Amman, Beirut and the diaspora. Their hypnotic live performances have made a big impression over a short period of time: the band started performing in 2018, and has already appeared in the Middle East, Paris, Berlin, London, Amsterdam, South Korea and Brazil.
With her distinct sound treatment and signature improvised performances, Liliane Chlela has been pushing forward the boundaries of experimental and electronic music in Lebanon and the Middle East for over a decade, both as a solo artist and via her various local and international collective projects. She has worked with music for film, interactive installations, performance art, contemporary dance, fashion shows, making her one of the most versatile producers/musicians in the Middle East.
Guided by the mystical tunes and the abrasive ﬂow by the charismatic Walead Ben Selim, N3rdistan from Morocco makes a bold fusion. Between rock, trip hop, electro, oriental-beat with world inﬂuences, this quartet effortlessly mixes digital power, ancestral Arabic poetry, African keys, and Qanoon. N3rdistan is an exciting live act, using personal texts and famous freedom poets like Mahmoud Darwich, Gibran Khalil an Nizar Qabbani, tweaking samples and sounds from all over the world.
Rita N (Rita Najar) is an Oslo based artist from Syria who started her recording career in 2017. A fiery live performer, she has done several outstanding shows these last years. Her last performance at CAPA x 3rDSpace at SALT brought the audience to their feet. She is also a part of the dj crew and production agency 3dspace.