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December 2018-January 2019

December 2018-January 2019 December 2018-January 2019

festival opened its doors festival opened its doors in 2013 with the intention of showcasing the region’s music on a global stage. Each year sees a guest curator who colours and informs the programming, with 2017’s festival selected by Egyptian composer Maurice Louca. Last year 's edition featured a lively opening concert, taking place in the Grand Factory – a rooftop nightclub overlooking the mountains – while the weekend’s performances occurred in the KED centre, next to the Beirut river. Highlights from the year included Dina El Wedidi, Amal Waqar and Richard Dawson. www.beirutandbeyond.net

December 2018, dates tbc Asia Bengal Classical Music Festival Bengal, India www.bengalfoundation.org

December 2018, dates tbc Middle East Hullegeb IsraeliEthiopian Arts Festival Jerusalem, Israel www.bit.ly/hullegeb

December 7-9 2018 Europe Mikołajki Folkowe Lublin, Poland www.bit.ly/mikolajkifolk

December 10-16 2018 Europe NoBorder Brest, France Winter fun without borders Brest’s cultural centre Le Quartz was built in the late 80s and it’s now one of Brittany’s premier venues, and the home for now one of Brittany’s premier venues, and the home for Festival NoBorder, a five-day event offering music from Brittany and beyond, workshops and a conference symposium. This year’s symposium topic is ‘Music at the Crossroad of Time and Space’ and will be presented by Syrian musicologist and oud player Fawaz Baker; Le Quartz’s current artist-inresidence. More concerts and late-night DJ sets also take place conveniently across the road in the venue of le Vauban. www.festivalnoborder.com

December 27 2018-January 1 2019 Australasia Woodford Folk Festival Queensland, Australia New year, new you, new music? Queensland’s Sunshine Coast offers nearly 40 miles of coastline, innumerable national parks, and the largest not-forprofit arts festival in Australia. Woodford Folk hosts just under 400 acts each year, with cabaret, circus and comedy alongside roots and folk music, while its flagship Fire Event on New Year’s Day is renowned for its pyrotechnic prowess. 2017’s roster included the East Pointers, Sampa the Great and The Railsplitters. woodfordfolkfestival.com

2017’s roster included the East Pointers, Sampa the Great and

January 2019, dates tbc Americas Cartagena International Music Festival Cartagena des Indias, Colombia cartagenamusicfestival.com

January 2019, dates tbc Americas Dancing for Peace Bahía, Brazil dancandopelapaz.com.br

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