The entertainment industry has come together over the last month to host and be a part of fundraisers to support those affected by the Beirut explosions on August 4. Electronic Labor Day (ELD) and Beatport ReConnect are no exception. ELD, Beatport, and a host of international artists from the electronic music community are joining forces today, September 13, to present “For Beirut.”
The initiative is an electronic music fundraiser with over international 100 artists, including headliners Andhim, Amelie Lens, Blond:ish, Carl Cox, Danny Howard, Dennis Ferrer, Derrick May, Kölsch, Luciano, Pete Tong, Roger Sanchez, Skream, Umek, and many more.
The 12-hour event will begin at 01:58pm EEST, Beirut time on Sunday, starting with a minute of silence to honor the many lives lost and those that have been injured or impacted by the explosions. The fundraiser will be live-streamed for free, however, any donations are highly encouraged to support the organizations working on the ground in Beirut. All funds that are raised from the event will be distributed between three of the initiatives that have been leading the relief efforts in Beirut: the Beirut Emergency Fund, Impact Lebanon, and Bebw’shebbek.
Bebw’shebbek was founded by close friends Mariana Wehbe and Nancy Gabriel, who were both deeply affected by the explosion last month. Their mission is dedicated to much of the infrastructure that has been damaged by the explosion, focusing on the re-building of doors and windows of homes that have been impacted by the blast. With the help of over 200 volunteers, the initiative aims to restore homes “as closely as possible to how they looked before the explosion”. Since its inception, Bebw’shebbek has committed its cause to over 500 homes, setting a goal of restoring windows and doors from 150 homes each month until it reaches its 3000 home objective.