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IYMF annual concert: Spain in concert, December 14th 2023

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, highlighted Spain’s unique musical richness in the framework of the closing event of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran from 1st July to 31 December 2023.

Great soloists of different nationalities from the Brussels Chamber Orchestra came together in a performance of universal music and accompanied the prestigious Spanish cellist, Asier Polo, considered one of the most important cellists of his generation.

The programme was centred on Tomás Bretón (la Gran Jota de la Dolores), Manuel de Falla (Suite popular española), Isaac Albéniz (Cádiz), Arturo Márquez (Danzón N°2) and culminated with a brilliant interpretation of Variations on a Rococo Theme composed by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, interpreted by Asier Polo in a masterful and very moving way.

The concert took place in the prestigious Protestant Church of Brussels Museum and gather proeminent guests from both the Spanish Embassy and the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. This very special event was supported by private sponsors such as Iberdrola, Unesda, Banque Delen, Finnova and Spanish Chamber of Commerce, as well as by Belgian public authorities.

After the concert, a reception took place in the Palace of Charles de Lorraine, a spectacular place nearby the Chapel, property of the National Library.

The audience was really moved by this outstanding musical performance which ended the year in a spectacular way and which we will remember with deep admiration. Indeed “Music is a therapy, a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient” as would have said our dear Maestro Menuhin.

 

Marianne Poncelet, IYMF Executive Vice-President

 

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“Transforming education through the arts” roundtable at the European Parliament.

The 30th-anniversary roundtable of the MUS-E® Programme, hosted by MEP Javier Moreno Sánchez, on 6 December 2023 marked three decades of impactful artistic education fostering well-being and social inclusion.  

Organised by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF) in collaboration with Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España (FYME), this event, co-funded by the European Union, celebrated the visionary efforts of Yehudi Menuhin to integrate arts into education, promoting accessibility for all.  

The MUS-E® Programme, created by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and developed by 12 organisations across Europe and beyond, has evolved into an international initiative empowering artists, teachers, and children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, nurturing creativity and well-being. 

 The event, hosted by MEP Javier Moreno Sánchez and moderated Marianne Poncelet, Executive Vice-President of IYMF, featured esteemed speakers from European Institutions, the Permanent Representation of Spain, IYMF, and MUS-E: 

  • Enrique Barón Crespo, President, Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España (FYME) and Honorary President, International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF),  
  • Ibán García del Blanco, MEP, CULT Committee,  
  • Marcos Ros Sempere, MEP, CULT Committee,  
  • José Ángel Piña Sánchez, Education Attaché, Permanent Representation of Spain to the European Union,  
  • Anna-Maria Giannopoulou, Deputy Head of Unit – Schools and Multilingualism, DG EAC, European Commission,  
  • Leonor Cambournac, International MUS-E Council Chair and MUS-E Portugal National Coordinator, Associação Yehudi Menuhin Portugal (AYMP)  

Read more in the pdf version of the report here.

Advocacy roundtable in Evora, Portugal: Art in education to empower society, May 26th 2023

 

On Friday 26 May 2023, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF) in partnership with Associação Yehudi Menuhin Portugal, Évora University and Évora City Council organised the Roundtable “Art in Education to Empower Society”.

The event, taking place at Évora University, brought together relevant stakeholders to discuss and advocate for the power of art education for social inclusion with the participation of distinguished speakers from the Portuguese political, social and academic panorama and from the International Council of the MUS-E® programme created by the IYMF. Around 50 people attended the event, the audience included international and Portuguese artists, and local teachers, school directors, and NGOs.

The Roundtable

Marianne Poncelet, IYMF Executive Vice-President, and moderator of the event, opened the roundtable by presenting the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, the ARTEFORA 2023 project, and introducing the speakers:

-Ana Telles, Director of the School of Arts at the University of Évora,

-Werner Schmitt, IYMF Vice-President,

-Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, President of AYMP Board and Member of IYMF Board,

-Paula Mota Garcia, Team Coordinator Évora 2027 European Capital of Culture,

-Tom Goris, MUS-E Belgium National Coordinator,

-Andor Timar, MUS-E Hungary President.

The importance of Music in Human Development - from STEM to STEAM – the involvement of policymakers

Ana Telles, Director of the School of Arts at the University of Évora, focused her introductory speech on the importance of music in the development of the human being. She highlighted three different spheres in which music shows its impact: individual, social, and general wellbeing. Ana Telles emphasised that music can help to foster several competencies, among which cultural awareness, creativity, and critical thinking, and that nowadays the arts’ positive impact on the human being and his body is corroborated by many scientific researches[1]


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Participating in the arts creates paths to healthy aging. National Institute on Aging. (2019).

https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/participating-arts-creates-paths-healthy-aging#:~:text=Research%20on%20music%2C%20theater%2C%20dance,stress%20and%20increased%20social%20interaction.

Haider, S; Patrício, L.; Freitas, A. et al. (2022). Co-creation on Active Aging Challenges in Portugal. White Paper. Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthineers.

https://dspace.uevora.pt/rdpc/bitstream/10174/32749/1/Siemens-Healthineers_ITT_White_paper_co-creation-on-Active-Aging-Challenges-in-Portugal.pdf.

Lewandowska, K. & Węziak-Białowolska, D. (2022). The impact of theatre on social competencies: a meta-analytic evaluation, Arts & Health, DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2022.2130947.

McMahon, K.; Clark, I.; Stensæth, K.; Wosch, T.; Miller, H.; Bukowska, A. & Baker, F. (2022). A qualitative systematic review of the experiences of sharing music for people living with dementia and their family care partners: the thread of connection, Arts & Health, DOI: 10.1080/17533015.2022.2128381.

“Research has shown that art has a positive impact on the human being and his body"

The originality of the MUS-E® concept

Werner Schmitt, IYMF Vice-President, illustrated the origin of the MUS-E® programme stemming out of a discussion between Yehudi Menuhin and Director-General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, in Paris in 1992. He highlighted the originality of Yehudi Menuhin’s philosophy, resulting from broadening the concept of music education developed by the Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967) to include all creative arts spanning all cultures. Today MUS-E associations of 12 countries have built up a wealth of experience in implementing on a regular basis the activities of artists mostly in primary school curriculums, working particularly with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This year marks the 30-year anniversary of the MUS-E® programme: everyone is welcome to attend the celebrations in Gstaad on 26th August.

Towards an Innovative and Humanist Model of Education

Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, President of AYMP Board and Member of IYMF Board, former Minister of Education of Portugal, discussed the recommendations on policies towards an innovative and humanist model of education, following the path of Helena Vaz da Silva, who was President of the Centro Nacional de Cultura (National Culture Centre – CNC) in Lisbon and Member of the European Parliament and established MUS-E in Portugal. He emphasised, on one hand, the importance of education for all, as a means of societal empowerment, and on the other hand, the difficulty of mobilising decision makers on this matter. He continued by stating that education should go hand in hand with the understating of art and concluding that the role of artists and of citizens is of extreme importance, as art in education is a significant element for freedom, equality, solidarity, partnership, cooperation, democracy, and responsibility.  

“Art in education is a significant element for freedom, equality, solidarity, partnership, cooperation, democracy, and responsibility”

Évora 2027: empowering local communities through the Arts

Paula Mota Garcia, Team Coordinator of Évora 2027 European Capital of Culture, presented the project of Évora 2027, based on the poetic and philosophical concept of “Vagar”. Here, the word from the Alentejo region, means awareness and full understanding of the right tempo and space, respecting the new position of the human being which is always in connection with the universe. Paula Mota Garcia highlighted the transformative power of art in connecting people with nature and the universe, promoting human rights and the right to the city and therefore the power of collectivity in Évora and Alentejo region, where inclusion and democracy are two important principles. She presented the work of Évora 2027 as an investigation, raising new questions and answers, emphasising the need to engage local communities in this process. Local communities, and local stakeholders, are invited to be co-creators here and “Vagar” becomes a principle for a more peaceful coexistence with all that is around us, including the other.

“Local communities are co-creators here”

The example of MUS-E Belgium

Tom Goris, MUS-E Belgium National Coordinator shared examples from MUS-E Belgium activities developed in Wallonia and Flanders since 2000. He highlighted the diverse projects carried out, ranging from social inclusion to language and creativity, emphasising the importance of a bottom-up approach, and the humanist nature of the project, working on the participants’ emotional intelligence. As an independent art organisation of artists with critical views and creative souls, MUS-E Belgium brought the reality of Belgium. The MUS-E programme is currently being implemented in 12 countries and in each of them there are different layers (social, educational,…).

 

“The importance of working with a bottom-up approach”

Following the speakers’ speeches, also the audience, mainly composed of artists, teachers, school directors, and NGOs, took part in the discussion. Participants in the room intervened on the personal interpretation of the concept of “Vagar”, perceiving also as a moment of joy and pleasure of being together, on the role of art and artist in education and critical thinking, sharing experiences and practical examples on the power of the art in society. 

In her follow-up, Ana Telles emphasised the potential and power of art, on societal topics such as inclusion and climate change as art can change mentality. She underlined the importance of a change of paradigm, from STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and the importance of creative process and interlearning. She recommended to involve the policymakers in the creative process and seize the actions!

“Let’s involve the policymakers in the creative process and seize the actions!”

Conclusions

Andor Timar, MUS-E Hungary President, wrapped up the discussion based on the examples explored during the roundtable: the MUS-E programme and its international experience of 30 years and Évora 2027 European Capital of Culture. According to Andor Timar, the speeches mark the transition period for a big change, a new chapter starting. The purpose of this era could be the connection with the universe and peaceful coexistence. He emphasised that art is a proper tool to enhance and foster democracy, solidarity, freedom, responsibility, and consciousness and that art and artist can be very helpful to see and reflect on what we are living within the society, being creative, critical, and culturally aware. Policymakers should be involved in the creative process and today we should seize the moment to build tomorrow.

To conclude the event, IYMF Executive Vice-President, Marianne Poncelet, thanked the panellists and the audience for the enriching exchange and discussion and invited all to the networking drinks.

 

Recommendations

The recommendations can be summarised as following:

-Encourage policies towards an innovative and humanist model of education and emphasise the importance of the role of art and of artists in societal development: art and artists can contribute to a more inclusive, democratic and free society;

-Increase funding and support for arts and arts education programmes in order to allocate more resources for all;

-Recognise the role of art in fostering competencies such as creativity, critical thinking, cultural awareness, and emotional intelligence;

-Integrate arts in the curricula: education system should prioritise the integration of arts in the curriculum, changing the paradigm from STEM to STEAM;

-Support continual research on the impact of arts and arts in education on human well-being: research on the impact is essential to provide evidence-based support of its inclusion in policies;

-Ensure lifelong practices in arts: promoting lifelong learning in the arts can ensure that individuals continue to benefit from arts education beyond their formal schooling years;

-Support grassroot co-creation initiatives and bottom-up approaches for local communities,

-Encourage interaction, dialogue and collaborations among stakeholders in the field of art in education and involve the policymakers in the creative processes.

From left to right, the roundtable participants: Paula Mota Garcia, Ana Telles, Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins, Werner Schmitt, Marianne Poncelet, Andor Timar, Tom Goris.

 

Sharing reflection moments after the roundtable with a networking drink.

Programmes

Media Press Review

The event was featured in local newspapers and local authorities web pages:

Diario do sul, 21/07/2023: https://diariodosul.pt/2023/07/21/escola-da-cruz-da-picada-acolheu-parceiros-internacionais-do-programa-mus-e-2/?fbclid=IwAR23fvMcLAKGqTEkmLWyb44VxjW04eQibtjRmUCt887ruDtPGtZqn5kImhk

Radio campanario, 31/05/2023: https://www.radiocampanario.com/ultimas/regional/evora-acolheu-encontro-transnacional-do-projeto-erasmus-educarte

City Council, 31/05/2023: https://www.cm-evora.pt/evora-acolheu-encontro-transnacional-do-projeto-erasmus-educarte/

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Contacts

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marianne.poncelet@menuhin-foundation.com

Bianca Rubino, Project Manager

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30th anniversary of MUS-E ® programme

2023 marks the 30th anniversary year of the creation of the MUS-E® Programme, which took place in Saanen, Switzerland, where Yehudi Menuhin, together with IYMF Executive Vice-President Marianne Poncelet and IYMF Vice-President Werner Schmitt, conceived this programme in 1993.

To celebrate this anniversary, MUS-E® delegates and the IYMF reunited during three days in Saanen, Switzerland, from August 25th to 27th.

The first day was consecrated to folk dance workshops: MUS-E® delegates learned Swiss folk dances with professional folk dance teacher Andreas Wirth, as well as Portuguese folk dances with Margarida Moura. Josemar Duarte, Vice-President of MUS-E® Brasil, showed participants some of his capoeira skills during an introduction to capoeira.

 

On August 26th, MUS-E® delegates and the IYMF team went to discover the Menuhin Philosopher’s trail, a beautiful scenic path in nature, with inspirational quotes at each stop. Representatives took this opportunity to talk about their MUS-E® programme, and some showcased some artistic presentations: for instance, Patrice Wichers, an artist from MUS-E® Belgium, sang a song, choir master Giorgio Guiot from MUS-E® Italy transformed participants into a choir, and Ruben Gonzalez from MUS-E Germany also made them use their singing skills with a game of tunes.

In the afternoon, guests reunited in the Saanen church for a festive event. The opening act was a group of young folk dancers, followed by speeches from IYMF President Coen Teulings, IYMF Executive Vice-President Marianne Poncelet, Vice-President Werner Schmitt, and Alexa Ritter, President of MUS-E Liechtenstein as moderator.

The event was punctuated by musical moments with Gilles Apap, Mookie Menuhin, and Jeremy Menuhin, who also gave a very moving speech about his father, Lord Menuhin.

In the evening, the IYMF team and MUS-E® delegates were able to enjoy a beautiful concert by the Israeli philharmonic orchestra at the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad.

On the final day, participants listened to an interesting presentation by choir master Giorgio Guiot about the importance of music in MUS-E ® Network and assisted to a creative music workshop given by musician Alexandre Cellier, whose particular talent is to create instruments made of everyday objects and to transform life in a continuous musical expression.

 

We thank all of those who have crossed paths with us the past 30 years and who have made the MUS-E® Programme possible. Together, we will continue to advocate for social inclusion through the arts for many years! 

All photos of the event and workshops are available here (1,2,3), ©Katerina Kiper. A live stream of the event is available here, © Gerald Hahnefeld and Marc Schneider.

 

U-CREATE: Social inclusion through the arts

1.The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Since its setting-up in 1992 in Brussels, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (IYMF) has used the creative arts (music, singing, dance, visual arts, etc.) as a tool for meetings among world cultures and has produced high-level multicultural concerts presenting stage concepts merging classical and world music in an innovative way.  

 

The IYMF has also established an informal artistic education network in Europe since 1993 entitled the MUS-E programme (900 artists from all disciplines and all cultures working in over 540 primary schools and reaching over 55,000 children a year through their art, in collaboration with 4500 teachers). The aim of this programme is to foster social inclusion of all children through the practice of the arts at school. In 2022, the programme exists in 10 countries of Europe: Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland as well as in Israel and Brazil.  

 

The Foundation’s artistic, educational and cultural actions are unique in their development and are mutually enriched by daily practice from artists in schools, their multicultural experiences, the on-stage celebrations of the richness of cultures and reflections on cultural diversity together with reflections on the protection of these cultures and the enhancement of their value, especially at a time when the principle of diversity and the acceptance of multiple identities seem to create a new, favourable environment for the cultures that make up the European mosaic.  

 

These actions make it possible to manage an ever increasing multiculturalism on a daily basis in Europe and contribute to integrating young people and developing their multiple identities. 

 

The IYMF brings together artists, children, teachers, project leaders, partners and cultural experts who share the vision and ethics of the great humanist violinist Yehudi Menuhin (“we live in a period of time when change is required for survival. Growing controversy and confrontation must be abandoned in favour of complementarity, solidarity and reciprocity”). 

 

Since several years now, the Foundation is also active in the field of social inclusion of refugees and migrants through inclusive projects such the HOMELANDS project or the INSIDE project which take place in the several regions of Belgium. The latest EU project we launched with enormous success is entitled “UCREATE.”  What is all about? 

2. The U-Create project

UCREATE is a Creative Europe funded project, in which four European artistic organisations based in four countries, namely International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Belgium, Big Sur in Italy, HANGAR in Portugal and MUS-E Hungary have joined their forces to launch a training programme based on co-creation and dedicated to the inclusion of young artists from cultural minorities and migrant backgrounds.  

Through this project, creation is shared! Co-creation is at the centre of this project, and the arts are used as a powerful lever for creating social bonds between individuals. In each country, one artistic discipline has been in the spotlight: music in Belgium, cinema, photography and performing arts in Italy, art education in Hungary and visual arts in Portugal. Our main objective has been to involve local European communities with young newcomers around a common artistic project. Sharing experiences, creating and achieving something together are the solutions UCREATE is implementing for the social integration of newcomers in Europe, setting the premises of a feeling of belonging.  

In addition to proposing solutions for the inclusion of audiences, UCREATE is indeed a training programme for young artists, a research around co-creation, and an artistic research of the multiple facets of what Europe is today and how we foresee its future in four European countries.  

The highest priority of UCREATE is capacity building, developing skills through training and education transnationally. The second priority, intrinsically linked to the first, is facilitating intercultural dialogue and social integration training through co-creation, increasing newcomers’ participation in European cultural and societal life. 

While in the last decades many efforts have been done on how to engage new audiences in the passive “consumption” of art, today we see a strong focus on involving audiences in a more active and participatory way. This is not only because of the desire to find new approaches to attract new audiences but also because of the understanding of the importance of active participation in the art for our own personal development and, therefore, its beneficial impact on society as a whole.  

 

Artistic co-creation is a new, innovative model that goes even further. Within co-creation, participants do not just participate in what already exists, but they become decision-makers within the artistic process, design and implementation. Principles of artistic co-creation can also effectively be applied to many other sectors of our lives, thus contributing to innovation and creativity not just in the field of culture, but also promoting innovative spill over on other sectors. 

Through the last two years of activities of UCreate, we have learned a lot and gathered many positive experiences that we would like to share and multiply in future in order to create a meeting place, a place for dialogue and a laboratory for critical reflection on the role and meaning of art and the growing need to have more innovative approaches to participation in culture, regardless of background and artistic experience.  

The synthesis of these best practices has been gathered in an interesting document entitled « U-CREATE GUIDELINES » available in English, which aims to inspire practitioners in the field of social inclusion through the arts, in the specific context of migration.  

3. U-Create final event

The U-Create project culminated with a final event of two days in December 2022. The first day the event took place in Brussels at the Instituto di Cultura italiana in partnership with ENCATC and gathered all partners involved in the project as well as members of ENCATC at the occasion of their “Happy Hours”. A presentation of the project was done by the partners and culminated with the solo interpretation of cellist Matthieu Saglio, Ambassador artist of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.  

The second day the event took place in Yvoir, within the asylum Centre for migrants and started with a participative workshop on percussions for children led by the artist ambassador of the IYMF, Antonino Talamo. In the afternoon, a concert took place within the Centre and gather a large audience of residents and social workers. The musicians who participated in the concert were cellist Matthieu Saglio, percussionist Antonino Talamo and five young classical musicians from String for Talent, an association with whom we work for this special occasion.  

4. For further information

2022 International MUS-E Festival

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation presents the second International MUS-E Festival ! The festival will once again happen online and  broadcasted on www.concertwithyou.com.

From December 5 to December 20,  MUS-E organisations from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Liechtenstein and Belgium will present what MUS-E children and artists have been up to. 

This festival is a way to promote all social initiatives and artistic creations that happen within the MUS-E network, support MUS-E artists in sharing their work and raise awareness about all MUS-E network activities and missions. 

MUS-E IN A NUTSHELL

Through practicing arts, MUS-E helps children, artists and teachers thrive together in school, so they can become ambassadors and active members of a more balanced, equitable and inclusive society. 

MUS-E is aimed at primary schools, mainly in Europe, which are faced with the challenge of educating a growing multicultural group of children, many of whom come from migrant or disadvantaged families and are at risk of social exclusion or other societal problems. In the presence of teachers, professional artists actively involved in MUS-E introduce and share various art forms (singing, dancing, music, movement, theatre, visual arts and multimedia, etc.). Through this collective work, the MUS-E programme encourages dialogue and conviviality, while awakening children’s sense of creativity, empathy and resilience. MUS-E is active in 12 countries around the world including: Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Brazil, Israël, Cyprus, Kosovo and Lichtenstein. Spain (250) & Italy (157) have the largest number of school and institutions while Cyprus (2) and Kosovo (5) concentrate the smallest number.  

PROGRAMME

December 5: Switzerland
December 7: Germany
December 9: Spain
December 12: Portugal
December 14: Liechtenstein
December 16: Belgium
December 20: Italy

5th European Education Summit

On December 1st, the 5th European Education Summit took place in Brussels, organised by the European Commission, with the participation of Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture and youth. 

Discussed topics were the following:  

-Closer together through innovation 

-Every child matters: pathways to school success 

-Empowered in the digital era 

-Education for climate 

-Shaping the future 

-Future-proofing education. 

IYMF Executive Vice-President Marianne Poncelet was present during this very interesting event and came back from it with much insight on those diverse topics.
For more information about the summit, visit the website.

Princess of Asturias Awards

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has nominated flamenco dancer Maria Pagés for the Fundacion Princesa de Asturias 2022 Prize in Spain. This nomination was accepted together with that of the singer Carmen Linares.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards, which are presented annually in Oviedo, the capital of the Principality, in a solemn academic ceremony attended by the King and Queen of Spain, Reina Sofía and Princesses Leonor and Sofía. Princess Leonor presented the prizes of her Foundation to the winners who have distinguished themselves in the fields of the arts, social sciences, communication and humanity, concord, international cooperation, scientific and technical research, sport and literature.

Each laureate was then announced and seated on either side of the royal dais. This year’s winners of the Princess of Asturias Award 2022 were Carmen Linares and Maria Pagés, who won the Arts Award for “modernising and adapting the essence of flamenco in the contemporary world, elevating it even further to the category of universal art”. The two artists then performed a magnificent duet combining song and dance in the most traditional flamenco interpretation on the stage of the Campoamor Theatre. See a video from the performance here.  

In 1997, Yehudi Menuhin and Mstislav Rostropovich won the Concord Prize in the same prestigious setting and collected it together on stage. 

 

Douce France concert.

Back in June, the international Yehudi Menuhin foundation organized a concert to celebrate French presidency of the European Council, sponsored by Loterie Nationale Loterij and Bruxelles-Capitale.

The concert took place in Wolubilis hall, with fantastic musicians playing a various repertoire of well-known and loved french music, with some original content too.

Thanks to musicians from Brussels Chamber Orchestra, O. Cresens, G. Apap, G. Viseur, V. Sokolov,  M. Aya Omac, O. Cresens , O. Sroubkova, M. Preda, MicroMega le Verbivore, and M. Dorcena,  the public was transported by their music for a few hours.

You can watch the videos, filmed and edited by Miam Miam Creative Lab on our YouTube channel.

 

IYMF presents “Al di là di Noi”

On the 9th of December 2019 at the Théâtre de l’Hôtel Plaza in Brussels, the IYMF presented its gala concert “Al di là di Noi”.

Since its creation in 1992 in Brussels, IYMF has used artistic expressions as a tool for bringing together the cultures of the world and has produced a European brand of high-level multicultural concerts, presenting unique stage concepts that combine different artistic forms in an innovative way. Since 1993, it has also established an informal arts education network in Europe called the MUS-E programme (600 artists from all disciplines and cultures working in more than 400 primary schools and reaching more than 30,000 children each year through their art) with the aim of encouraging the social inclusion of children from all cultures through the practice of art in all its forms.

 

These artistic, educational and cultural activities are unique in their development and are mutually enriched by the daily practice of artists in schools, their multicultural experience, the celebration on stage of the richness of cultures, and the reflection on cultural diversity that goes hand in hand with a reflection on the protection of these cultures and their enhancement.

In this spirit, on Monday 9 December 2019 in Brussels, our Foundation presented an original concert entitled “AL DI LA DI NOI” (beyond us), whose purpose is to illustrate on stage how the most elaborate classical music can open up to world music and create an inspiring exchange for musicians and the public, while highlighting the richness of each culture, thanks to the encounter of classical musicians and musicians from the Italian popular tradition. The concert included works by composers that Yehudi Menuhin particularly appreciated, such as Johann Sebastian Bach. It also opened up to the world of jazz that our Maestro had approached thanks to his friendship with Stéphane Grappelli, or to the seductive universe of Astor Piazzolla, reinterpreted by the violinist and guest of honour Alessandro Quarta. The concert was preceded by a reception and a dinner.

As part of this concert, IYMF partnered with Outhere Music and MUS-E Italia and received sponsorship from the Italian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium. The event was attended by high representatives of the European institutions and other international personalities.