Can Culture Bring People Together?

March 7, 2010 at 10:56 am 4 comments

Irish Aid - Bang The Drum (Africa Day 2009)
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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.

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The Closing Ceremony Videos from the session on Media representation

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Anna Lindh Forum: What I made of it | Stephen Spillane  |  March 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    […] Forum did change my outlook on art and music bringing people together, well the music bit anyway! (See the video from the […]

  • 2. Sim Aurile  |  August 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

    I think yes,Culture can bring people together but can also send people apart.Very good post.

  • 3. 18 and abused login  |  October 15, 2014 at 12:55 am

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    • 4. grishma  |  November 12, 2019 at 4:03 pm



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