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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe that music has a positive effect. It can enhance the sense of togetherness, it can calm us in times of fear and anxiety and it can remind us that there are better times to come.

The situation for most people is very serious and uncertain. Our entire ecosystem is threatened, our festival family, our venues as well as our collaborators and artists. We simply do not know what will happen and how long the lockdown will last. But we know that millions are staying at home.

That is why we have asked festival bookers around the world to share their top 20 songs with us.

Enter the map and you can listen to bands that have played at the festivals in the past or simply inspiring music that means the world to the festivals right now.


Oslo World is one of Europe’s leading venue festivals, presenting a global outlook on today’s music scene, with a special focus on music from Africa, Latin-America, Asia and the Middle East. In 2020, the festival will run from October 27 – November 1 for the 27th consecutive year.

The festival is happening in 25 venues around Oslo and presents music, talks, dance performances, artexhibitions and an extensive seminarprogram.

Oslo World has also grown beyond its own borders. In addition to the annual festival in the Norwegian capital, Oslo World is responsible for a number of events throughout the year. Since 2013, the festival has been the funding partner and strongly involved in organizing the festival Beirut & Beyond in Lebanon, tours under the same name in Europe and promoting the independent scene from the MENA region in Norway. From 2014 Oslo World has created “Our neighborhood” festivals in asylum centers across the country – where refugees and local communities meet and share music, culture and food. For the past 22 years Oslo World has been responsible for Barnas Verdensdager, our childrens festival, which is arranged in 18 cities in Norway in addition to Oslo. Oslo World does tour activities, seminars and concerts throughout the year.