The 6th edition of BBIMF, a celebration of innovation of diversity, is just around the corner. Mark your calendar as the festival is set to take place from December 6 to December 9, 2018 in venues across Beirut including Station Beirut, Metro Al Madina, Zoukak Studio, and The Ballroom Blitz. This year’s lineup is blooming with colors, be it genre-wise or in terms of the artists’ nationalities. The artistic program is not the only thing to look forward to as there is a professional program organized by BBIMF2018 simultaneously in order to provide local and international artists with a platform that allows for the merging of experiences. This article is divided into two sections: the first one will give you a detailed look at the artistic program. The second one will take you through the professional program.
|| Artistic Program ||
Date: Thursday, December 6 | Time: 8:30 PM | Location: Station Beirut
Imed Alibi // Frigya (Tunis, France, Burkina Faso)
Tania Saleh (Lebanon, Sweden)
Date: Friday, December 7 | Time: 8:30 PM | Location: Metro Al Madina
Basel Zayed (Palestine)
Javier Díez Ena (Spain)
Lekhfa (Palestine, Egypt)
Date: Saturday, December 8 | Time: 8:30 PM | Location: Zoukak Studio
Two or the Dragon – التنّين (Lebanon)
Sig & ERIK TRUFFAZ (France)
Baskot Lel Baltageyya – بسكوت للبلطجية (Egypt)
Date: Sunday, December 9 | Time: 8:00 PM | Location: The Ballroom Blitz
Liliane Chlela (Lebanon)
|| Professional Program ||
Day 1 – Talking Music: Lekhfa
Date: Thursday, December 6 | Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Location: Dar El Nimer for Arts & Culture
Up close and Personal with members of Lekhfa: Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, Maurice Louca and Maryam Saleh.
More details here.
Day 2 – Meet the Artists + Discussion
Date: Friday, December 7
Event #1: Meet the Artists
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM | Location: The Ballroom Blitz
* * For registered professionals only * *
A chance to meet the artists and provide a place for fruitful conversations ans potential local and international collaborations. This year’s selection:
The Rap Concerto (LB), Escalier 301 B (LB), Astral Vibes Conspiracy (AL), Faraj Suleiman (PL), Toni Geitani (LB), Alan Abi (LB), Almena – الميناء (EG), GIZZMO (LB), Arabstazy (Arab Collective), Glory & Tears (LB)
Event #2: Discussion
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 PM | Location: AR_KA
Major industry issues will be tackled in an interactive roundtable discussion led by Sacem, a leading Collective Management Organization whose main mission is to collect and distribute the royalties of more than 160,000 composers, authors and publishers throughout the world.
Date: Saturday, December 8 | Location: AR_KA
Event#1: Artist Entrepreneur Session
Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
(In partnership with The Featured Artists Coalition)
A time and place to learn from professionals and shared experience how to practically build a long-lasting career that offers sustainability in the music industry.
Event#2: Local promoters: Challenges, Achievements & Aspirations
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Moderated by Anthony Semaan, a discussion about the challenges faced, the goals achieved, and future plans will be shared by a number of major members of the local Lebanese music scene.
Day 4 – Jazz Tactics with Tarek Yamani – Masterclass in Rhythm & Harmony
Date: Sunday, December 8 | Time: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Location: Hammana Artist House
* * For registered candidates only * *
New York-based Jazz Maestro Tarek Yamani gives an exclusive Masterclass in Jazz. Yamani is a self-taught jazz musician whose passion is the exploration of the links between African-American Jazz and classical Arabic music.
More details about the event here.