Founded in 2000, Irtijal is currently the oldest music festival of Beirut city. Its wide musical range includes experimental music, free jazz, free improvisation, contemporary music, noise and free rock as well as other forms of innovative music-making.
What can be said about our Lebanon in the year 2021? Let us not attempt to put into words the hardships that have and are still befalling our country, our citizens, our musicians and cultural operators, our venues and places of congregation, in recent months… At Irtijal, with many of our friends and collaborators exiting the local scene, we felt it was our duty to hold this current edition and attempt to give something back to this city that has nurtured us for over 20 years.
We are happy to host a mostly local edition for 3 intensive days. Happy to welcome some of our expatriated musicians, who have chosen to brave ever-increasing travel restrictions to be with us. Happy to finally launch our incredibly exciting Istimrar commissions project. Happy to present a festival focused on workshops and collaborations, one of Irtijal’s constant goals over the years.