On August 4, a blast at the port of Beirut left more than two hundred people dead and injured thousands of others. The explosion — the result of improperly stored ammonium nitrate — levelled buildings near the port and overwhelmed hospitals, testing the fibre and fortitude of the Lebanese people.
Now, as part of the “Unis pour le Liban” (United for Lebanon) concert, France’s Eurovision 2018 act Madame Monsieur will join French, Lebanese and international artists to raise funds for the people of Lebanon. France Télévisions and France Radio are collaborating with the Red Cross France on the initiative.
The concert will be held inside the iconic Olympia in Paris. It will air on October 1 in France on France 2 and France Inter from 20:40 CET to 21:10 CET.
For its part, the European Broadcasting Union is covering the costs of sending the signal from Paris to Beirut. The EBU’s partner broadcasters can also air the show free of charge.
?? #UnisPourLeLiban : @JMGenereux s'associe à l'appel aux dons lancé par la @CroixRouge pour soutenir le peuple libanais et vous donne rendez-vous jeudi soir pour un grand concert caritatif en direct de l'Olympia !
— France 2 (@France2tv) September 29, 2020
Who is singing at the United for Lebanon concert?
In addition to Madame Monsieur, the performing artists include Mika, Sting, Vianney, Florent Pagny, Clara Luciani, Hiba Tawaji, Ycare, Pascal Obispo, Bernard Lavilliers, Matthieu Chedid, Abdel Rahman El Bacha, Astrig Siranossian, Yannick Noah, Patrick Bruel, and Melody Gardot.
Madame Monsieur have a long history of supporting charitable causes. As we’ve detailed on Wiwibloggs, they’ve kept in contact with Mercy — the child born on board a migrant rescue ship, who inspired their Eurovision 2018 entry — and her mother. They’ve set up a GoFundMe page and even collaborated on a children’s book to help support them.
Speaking of the concert, Vanessa O’Connor — the EBU Director of Member Relations and Communications — said:
“This initiative is at the heart of what the EBU stands for. Bringing broadcasters and audiences together, to raise awareness and connect people across continents. Thanks to the proposal of France Télévisions, we’re delighted to be able to help bring this concert to a wider audience and, in particular, to the people of Lebanon.”
Marco Tinirello, the CEO of Eurovision Services, hopes the concert will bring people together in trying times.
“These are challenging times for us all, but especially for the people of Beirut. I hope that our free pan-European distribution of this concert, which is a laudable initiative by France Télévisions, will help with the international solidarity effort at this critical time in Lebanon.”
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