Irtijal 2022


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!

Day 1 – Thursday March 31st, 2022

Ashkal Alwan – 8.00pm

APLOMB (Andria Nicodemou & Marina Tantanozi)

Andria Nicodemou vibraphone
Marina Tantanozi flute

“A” Trio + Thomas Ankersmit

Thomas Ankersmit electronics
Mazen Kerbaj trumpet
Sharif Sehnaoui acoustic guitar
Raed Yassin double bass

IN PARENTHESIS (Postcards + Fadi Tabbal + Sary Moussa)

Julia Sabra voice, synth, guitar
Marwan Tohmé electric guitar, voice
Pascal Semerdjian drums
Fadi Tabbal electric guitar
Sary Moussa synth, electronics

Day 2 – Friday April 1st, 2022

Mkalles Warehouse – 8.00pm

Habra (Paed Conca & Akram Hajj)

Paed Conca clarinet
Akram Hajj drums

AGGA GAGA (Alkis Nicolaides & George Bizios)

Alkis Nicolaides electric guitar
George Bizios electric guitar


Nadia Daou clock bells, synth, electronics

Quartet 2345

Cedrik Fermont electronics
Yara Asmar electronics
Jawad Nawfal electronics
Elyse Tabet electronics

Aya Metwalli & Vincent Moon

Aya Metwalli voice, electronics
Vincent Moon visuals, electronics

june as

june as synth, electronics

Georges Tabatadze, Patrik Abi Abdallah & Zaki Al Hamwi

Georges Tabatadze electric guitar, synth
Patrik Abi Abdallah drums
Zaki Al Hamwi electric guitar, electronics

Renata [DJ]

Day 3 – Saturday April 2nd, 2022

Beirut Art Center – 8.00pm

Tony Elieh

Tony Elieh electric bass, electronics

Jerusalem In My Heart

Radwan Ghazi Moumneh buzuk, voice, electronics
Erin Weisgerber projection

Day 4 – Sunday April 3rd, 2022

The Ballroom Blitz – 7.30pm


[Works by Aya Metwalli, Youmna Saba, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Raed Yassin and Cynthia Zaven] with:

Neue Vocalsolisten
Johanna Vargas soprano
Susanne Leitz-Lorey soprano
Truike van der Poel mezzo-soprano
Martin Nagy tenor
Guillermo Anzorena baritone
Andreas Fischer bass

Aya Metwalli voice
Youmna Saba oud
Raed Yassin electronics

Passport, With You

Nicky Kokkoli alto saxophone
Yorgos Stenos saxophone, electronics
Artemis Vavatsika accordion, bayan
Dimitra Kousteridou electronics
Giorgos Stavridis percussion

Sofia Zafeiriou
Sofia Zafeiriou electronics