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The debate on "culture and development" emphasizes the role of arts and culture in bringing people together.The new development agenda 2030 stresses on the power of cultural diversity in development mainstreaming culture into the sustainable development goals.Every December, the historical churches of Beirut become a place to enjoy the concerts of Beirut Chants, the festival of classic, sacred and ethnic music. The Festival was established in 2008 to strengthen the contribution of arts and culture in spreading a message of peace, hope and tolerance among people from different backgrounds by providing a platform for local and international performers and orchestras. Beirut Chants is viewed as a tribute to every individual, artist, creator and innovator instrumental in promoting positive change by celebrating diversity and self-expression through arts and culture.The impressive work, of the founder of Beirut Chants Festival, Micheline Abi Samra, was recognized by his holiness Pope Francis.Nine years and Beirut is still chanting peace and tolerance and presenting a story of hope.
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