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06.09.2018 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

« Not by force but by Art » international movement launched in Philippines

All performers gathered on stage for the finale. ©Art Speaks for Peace

23 May 2018 marked the launching of the “Art speaks for Peace” Festival-Forum under the patronage of UNESCO in the framework of the International Week for Artistic Education and the 70th anniversary of the International Theatre Institute.

This event is the culmination of Ms Cecile Guidote-Alvarez’ work as Director of Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble, UNESCO Artist for Peace, Founder of Philippines Educational Theatre Association (PETA) and President of the Philippine Center of the International Theatre Institute.

Having taken place in the capital city of Manila, this event aimed at launching an international movement for peace carried by the moto “Not by force but by Art” thus considering art and culture as major component of the peacekeeping process.

The Forum brought together participants from all over the world who signed the Manila Declaration stating that art is a universal language and transcends differences of race and nationality in order to prevent armed conflict.

The signatories of this Declaration include ambassadors, parliamentarians, educators, as well as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Ivonne A-Baki and UNESCO Artist for Peace Ali Mahdi Nouri.

This initiative was praised by UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay in her message for this occasion: “This event will showcase the dynamic possibilities of art mediation and cultural understanding for promoting reconciliation, unification and rehabilitation, in close alignment with UNESCO’s mission is to build peace in the minds of men and women”.

With regard to the cultural festival, it was held at the Tanghalang Yaman Lahi Theater of Emilio Aguinaldo College offering a variety of unique performances such as the following UNESCO Artists for peace: the Korean singer Sumi Jo, the musical ensemble Earthsavers DREAMS and the German ensemble Die Brenz Band.

The Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble with its Director Cecile Guidote-Alvarez, was appointed UNESCO Artist for peace in 2003 for its work in the social integration of differently abled, out of school and indigeneous youth.




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