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BEIRUT & BEYOND

Oslo World's sister festival in Beirut.

A blast wave of creativity arose in the aftermath of the Arab Spring, similar to how a thousand pink cherry blossoms tend to pop up overnight. However, the nations along the Mediterranean’s eastern bank lacked the infrastructure to harvest the fruits of this artistic moment. This is the reason why Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival was founded in 2013, in partnership with our music festival.

During Beirut & Beyond, each year, debates, lectures and countless concerts point the limelight at new, independent music from Lebanon and its surroundings. Although their expressions are different, their music argues for the necessity of Arab culture in a globalized world.

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After the explosion in the Beirut's port area on August 4 this year, which laid large parts of the city center in ruins, Oslo World established a solidarity fund for Beirut's music life, in collaboration with Tunefork Studios in Beirut, Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival and Theater de La Ville in Paris. The fundraiser campaign was released Monday 14th of September and funds collected from this date until the 1st of November 2020 will strengthen the Lebanese music scene.

Read more about Beirut & Beyond here.

Read more and donate to our crowdfunding for the Beirut music scene here.