08.04.2009 -

Music to unlock the Path of Dialogue. A UNESCO Initiative Towards Peace

UNESCO-BRESCE Media Advisory (Venice) 6/4/2009 : Renowned musicians from 12 countries, representing 4 different religions will perform together with UNESCO Artists for Peace Ino Mirkovic (violinist) and Boris Trajanov (baritone) in the UNESCO Concert for Peace: Music for Dialogue and Reconciliation, on 20 April 2009 at 8 pm at the Theatre La Fenice in Venice, Italy.

By answering an appeal launched by UNESCO, this concert will highlight that music knows no cultural or geographical barriers. It is an occasion to re-launch music as a powerful communication tool to encourage inter-cultural dialogue. Music can be a useful means of unlocking and opening the path towards reconciliation.

Music has the potential to rise above destruction and rebuild societies and individuals. Music opens the doors towards learning about diverse cultural traditions; it enables artists to work together and to pave the way towards common understanding. As reported by Mrs. Francoise Riviere, Assistant Director General for Culture of UNESCO, during the Symposium "Intercultural Dialogue through Music" held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 26 November 2007, "...music is a tool of intangible heritage, an expression of plurality and diversity of cultures ... music enables cultures, in spite of their diversity to communicate."

UNESCO can play a major role in encouraging cultural dialogue between citizens and government leaders/decision makers. It can foster intercultural exchange by integrating music on all social dimensions through education.

For Italian media - This concert is under the patronage of the Comune di Venezia (Assessorato delle Politiche Culturali) and promoted by Radio Italia. The Italian tenor Giuliano Terranova will perform "La gelida manina" from La Boheme.

For SEE media - This concert is supported by the Government of the FYR of Macedonia, organizers of the 1st Ohrid World Conference on inter-religious dialogue held in 2008.

Performances by the Sveta Zlata Meglenska Choir and Boris Trajanov known for his involvement in social issues, will contribute to spreading UNESCO's appeal for intercultural dialogue. The media is invited to attend the press conference scheduled on Monday 20 April 2009 at 11 am, at UNESCO Office in Venice, Palazzo Zorzi (4930 Castello, Venice) in the presence of Engelbert Ruoss, Director UNESCO-BRESCE, of the two world-acclaimed UNESCO Artists for Peace and the actress, Ms Claudia Cardinale, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Master of Ceremony of this concert. Minister of Culture of the FYR of Macedonia and Minister of Culture of the Republic of Montenegro have also confirmed their presence to the press conference and concert.

Media accreditation will be required for this event. Please submit your request for accreditation by email: r.santesso(at)unesco.org, no later than 15 April 2009. Accreditation will permit access to the press conference at Palazzo Zorzi, the photo session at the Theatre La Fenice (6:30 pm) prior to the concert, the concert and the reception to be held afterwards.

Additional details about the Concert and the biographies of the performers, are available at: http://www.unesco.org/venice/concertforpeace2009

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