Over the Border Music Diversity Festival 2020

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Under the patronage of Mayor Ashok Sridharan and in partnership with UNCCD

In 2020 the Festival marks its fifth year amidst many events in Beethoven's hometown, marking the 250th anniversary of the great composer whose musical genius made him a true global citizen, humanist and visionary.

This year's festival will present eight concerts between 20 and 30 March, featuring musical cross-border commuters from Senegalese percussionist and Burkinabe hip-hop singer to a famous Sephardic music star, with Brazilian Kizomba, Dutch blues/soul, Chile/Peruvian Cumbia and Congolese Funk in between.

Today, a commitment to integration, better understanding among nations and combating intolerance are more relevant than ever. The idea that many people who grow up in different cultures and move between countries can feel at home in each one is still far from being universally accepted. The city of Bonn that hosts many international, non-governmental and development organizations provides an ideal venue for the global music event that promotes cultural diversity.

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