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The first Tyre International Music Festival kicked off over the weekend with a series of performances that got the five-day event off to a lively start. Saturday's launch was organized by actor and cultural activist Kassem Istanbouli and took place at Istanbouli Theater and the performance space Cinema Hamra, an iconic cultural institution in Tyre that had been closed for 30 years prior to its restoration last year. The festival aims to gather musicians from around the world in the southern city and to promote young local musicians. The festival founder said that it aimed to revive cultural life in Tyre and the south. Artists participating in the festival told The Daily Star that Tyre is a city of civilization and culture and stressed that the two late Lebanese giants had helped shape Lebanon's international cultural identity through their music.The Tyre International Music Festival continues until March 11 with performances by musicians from Lebanon, Libya, Yemen, Palestine, Syria, Italy, The Netherlands, Ireland, Ghana and Cameroon.
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