Sofar Beirut gives music and refugees a home


By the end of 2016, 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence and human rights violations. In terms of refugee numbers, Lebanon holds a record of its own. The country continues to host the largest number of refugees relative to its national population. According to a UNHCR statistics, 1 in 6 people in Lebanon is a refugee. “Give a home” will be a global event on September 20, 2017, where Sofar Sounds in partnership with Amnesty International will shed a light on the plight of refugees throughout the world. There will be talks by people affected by the crisis and from people trying to solve it. But mostly – as it is Sofar’s primary field of excellence – there will be musical performances, with artists and guests mingling before, between and after the various sets.  Sofar Sounds (an acronym for Songs from a Room, which is also the title of a Leonard Cohen album from 1969) is an international network of artists, hosts and guests, curating secret, intimate gigs in unique spaces. Sofar started in London in 2009 and is now present in 350 cities around the world. Beirut is one of them.