"Music for Peace" Project (2)

Two young Russian musicians, Maria Nemtsova (piano) and Vitaly Vatulya (saxophone) have founded and lead the Music for Peace Programme.

The concerts and master classes presented new and exciting challenges to the artists to perform in a variety of settings, whilst sharing their knowledge and talents with young, aspiring musicians.

“Music for Peace” is a charitable musical project, and its mission is to benefit young musicians who live in today’s conflict zones. The “Music for Peace” Project used the convening power of music as a vehicle to maximize the benefits of international and cross-cultural contacts between youth and young adult populations. Through music, MfP aimed to bring individuals from all backgrounds and social statuses together into a relaxed and natural environment.

Promotion of intangible cultural heritage, intercultural and interreligious dialogue among the peoples and encouraging cultural pluralism at all levels as key to further mutual understanding is one of the strategic priorities of UNESCO. Considering that the existing international conventions, recommendations and resolutions concerning cultural and natural property demonstrate the importance, for all the peoples of the world, the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization meeting in Paris from 17 October to 21 November 1972, at its seventeenth session have decided that this question should be made the subject of an international Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.

Safeguarding cultural heritage as a shared resource for dialogue and sustainable development, fostering creative diversity, countering ignorance and intolerance, strengthening intercultural competences: all play a determinant role for intercultural dialogue.

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