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Oslo World's sister festival in Beirut.

A blast wave of creativity arose in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. 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 Oslo World.

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.

This year's edition will take place from February 2 - 5. Read more here.

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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 was used to strengthen the Lebanese music scene through music releases and live shows.

Read more about the fund and the music released here.