Can Culture Bring People Together?
Before I came to the Forum, I was concerned with the “obession” as I saw of NGO’s in the area of intercultural dilaogue on Art and Culture.
I come Ireland where Art and Culture are not something that everyday people relate to in ordinary language. So it was hard to reconcile in my head how bring people together for music or art will make people have a dialogue.
Part of this impression came from my own experience with the Anna Lindh Foundation training for the the Bloggers Network which involved exchanging ideas and life stories. But also I suppose the attitude among people towards the “Arts” which in some places is the domain of the elite.
Last night, though, I realised why there is a focus on Art and Culture. Have listened to Omar Faruk & Asikides I realised the importance of this area.
Last night there were people from 43 countries all dancing, clapping, foot-tapping to the same beat, made from musicians from across the Mediterranean. This shows that music can bring us together! It is what we have in common.
Music is something that connects us. It is something basic, it is something everyone enjoys, possible different types, but we can all stop and take time out and listen to it.
Maybe Art can do the same? But I still need to be fully convinced. But I am now more open to its possibility.