» Japanese violinist Eijin Nimura participates in the event “Symphony 2030” at the UNESCO Headquarters
21.11.2019 - Goodwill Ambassadors

Japanese violinist Eijin Nimura participates in the event “Symphony 2030” at the UNESCO Headquarters

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On 13 November, UNESCO Artist for Peace Eijin Nimura took part in an event on Cultural and Arts Education for Inclusion: “Symphony 2030”, held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. On this occasion, he performed a violin solo and participated in a panel alongside other artists and experts.

This event aimed to showcase, through the ministers, educators and experts, as well as those of artists, how we can help individuals gain confidence, understand the world better and embrace peace and solidarity through creative arts education. The event was held in the margins of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference, bringing together the majority of the Organisation’s Member States. It was supported by the Andrea Bocelli Foundation (ABF), on the occasion of the joint launch with UNESCO of the "Voices of the World", a musical education programme which plans to scale up psychosocial support to children and youth through music education, starting in Mali.

ABF first established the “Voices of Haiti” project in 2016 by introducing music education in 30 schools. Out of a group of 12,000 students enrolled in schools, ABF selected 60 of the most talented boys and girls to form the first “Voices of Haiti” choir. The result is a multi-year training project that provides the opportunity for these students to grow and think creatively. As a result of their efforts, the young singers performed before the United Nations General Assembly (2016).

On the other hand, in Italy, ABF worked to introduce best practices in music education as a part of the official curriculum for schools constructed by the Foundation following the 2016 Central Italy earthquake.

Maestro Andrea Bocelli, Founder of ABF, was invited as quest of honour and opened the session by singing Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" in front of delegates from across the world.

Following this, a panel brought together prominent artists, educators and policy-makers, including Stefano Aversa, Chairperson of the ABF and Japanese violinist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Eijin Nimura. The panel explored the importance and role of creative arts education in promoting inclusion and psychosocial support. 

The panel also touched upon the role of philanthropy in promoting inclusion and self-belief. Eijin Nimura took the opportunity to discuss his work over the years, in using music to uplift communities affected by crisis and disaster, as well as those that are marginalized. This included playing at Sarajevo in the aftermath of the war in 1996, and then in his capacity as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, organizing master classes for young students in Fukushima who had suffered from the March 2011 earthquake. He also evoked performing for victims of earthquake in Italy in 2016 and finished by declaring his devotion to performing for humanitarian causes. Eijin Nimura then performed “Siciliana from Sonata for Violin Solo”, by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Once again, Eijin Nimura demonstrated that music can contribute to the uplifting of people’s lives in the most difficult of circumstances. As a UNESCO Artist for Peace, he remains an unwavering advocate of the Organization’s mission and actions.  

 




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