Testimonies by Collectives and Individuals from the Performing Arts sector in Lebanon | Amani Semaan: Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival

Amani Semaan, co-founder of Beirut & Beyond International Music Festival, discusses the ideas that led to the foundation of the Festival, its relationship to the artistic talent and potential of the Arab Region, strategies of emergency versus long-term support, the possibility of responding to current challenges in music production and the activation of partnerships, in addition, to maintain a relationship with audiences and activating the industry’s profitability.

This web series is based on 9 testimonies about the current challenges and future opportunities in the production of the performing arts in Lebanon and the possibility of manifesting innovative approaches for the survival and sustainability of its sector. It includes interviews with prominent artistic groups and individuals, the questions of which have been developed within the framework of addressing performing arts as a professional field.  Some questions intersect to discuss general production mechanisms and models, while others are tailored to open up a conversation around the creation of artistic partnerships, techniques of centralized and decentralized production, the management of cultural venues, audience outreach and community relationships, and artistic planning and strategy.

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