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.

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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Una
Una
28 days ago

OMG there is absolutely *nothing wrong* with expressing solidarity and trying to help people out. And going the extra mile for that. Kudos to all those nice people with big hearts.

Azaad
Azaad
29 days ago

A wonderful initiative. The people of Beirut need a lot of support after the disaster.

Neil
Neil
29 days ago

Pls be supportive of this concert because imagine if you were in this situation
and need help and your house is in rubble. Be kind

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago
Reply to  Neil

So it’s now an EBU issue? What about the Australian forest fires damaging many more houses than in negligent Beirut. The list of causes goes on and on.

James
James
29 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

Apples and oranges.

The benefit concert is being organized by France TV, an EBU member.

Both are important and urgent matters that need to be addressed but are not only the sole issues being faced by the world at large, with the pandemic being at the very forefront at the moment.

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago
Reply to  James

Putting aside the paternalistic approach of France towards Lebanon as if it’s a French Canton, I have an issue with the EBU covering any costs by using tax payers money.
Indeed there are more urgent causes that Lebanon but they are disregarded.
Who’s deciding on funds allocation in the EBU and how transparent is it?

James
James
28 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

Public service media doing public service. This is well within their mandate.

I don’t see the point of you trying to be a party-pooper over sincere fund-raising efforts by pointing out other global issues.

If you read the article above, this is fundraiser will be produced by France TV in cooperation with the Red Cross and artists from France, Lebanon and others from overseas will take part. The EBU will provide coverage by encouraging members to pick up the broadcast if they wish so. Lebanon’s Télé Liban is a full member of the union.

Una
Una
28 days ago
Reply to  James

Very nice and well-thought comment.

Esc addict
Esc addict
29 days ago

Everybody shoud watch this concert and support this initiative, it is a disaster for Lebanon, they need help and we should help them #UnitedForLebanon , thank you Ebu and France tv.

Esc addict
Esc addict
29 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

Europe and the eurofans with Lebanon, and thank you to all the singers too.

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Lebanese esc fan
Lebanese esc fan
29 days ago

August 4th was such a dreadful day for the Lebanese people, and its consequences are still felt to this day. We have suffered for a long time under the current corrupted regime, and one can only hope that one day Lebanon can retain its past glory. I must thank all the cultural and humanitarian efforts for their stand with the citizens of Lebanon. It is truly heart warming to see what humans can do when they all work together towards a common cause.

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago

What about the Lebanese working out to rule their country? Is it charity you’re after?
The concert came and went, now what.

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago

Surely, there are more worthy causes than this. Lebanese don’t want to govern their country, that’s hardly a French issue or an international issue altogether.
what do those two clowns have to unite for?
So many other people need help at these times, including within France.
Embarrassing.
As Lebanon is governed really by hizballah, a terror organisation financed by Iran, why doesn’t Iran covers the cost? Has the EBU consulted with its members whether they agree on financing this broadcast?

Last edited 29 days ago by Charles the II
Neil
Neil
29 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

So, The attack was not caused by Hezbollah but by some chemicals that had
been stored in that building which caused an explosion and that is what
they confirmed…. and what’s the trouble of helping someone in times especially
like these.

Jonas
Jonas
29 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

You’re right. It’s not a French issue. It’s a human issue.

Are you one of those?

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m one of those more worried about the Azerbaijan- Armenia war, and also a tax paying person who doesn’t wish his tax money going to cover an EBU concert.
But I knew my comment would draw a lot of negative votes.
After all, people here see a Eurovision sign and get all excited no matter what.

James
James
29 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

You obviously don’t know the system of government in Lebanon.

Charles the II
Charles the II
29 days ago
Reply to  James

What government? Lebanon is a failed state and is basically governed by Iran

James
James
28 days ago
Reply to  Charles the II

It actually has a very complex government set-up but one that was made to end its civil war, which ideally allows for demographic representation for all the communities living in the country.