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.
For our 22nd edition, it almost feels like we are back where we left things off in 2019. A return to some of our old partnerships, including Borderline Festival in Athens, as well as new ones with Breach Festival in Cyprus and Frequent Defect in Beirut.
We are happy to bring you a four-day program comprising new creations from our beloved local artists, as well as International collaborations and commissioned work.
One of this edition’s particular highlights is the VOICE AFFAIRS project, in-the-making since well before the pandemic, a truly outstanding collaboration between the elegant vocalizing of Neue Vocalsolisten and the compositional talents of 5 renowned artists from the MENA region. Looking forward to being reunited with you all next week!