On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death (1519-2019) and 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989-2019), with a focus on art and science for children, the non-profit foundation “Carano 4 Children” launched the flagship initiative « Leonardo 4 Children » with the following objectives:
- Stimulate the creativity and participation of European children and youth on art and science topics, inspired by the example of Leonardo da Vinci, to contribute to their balanced development and well-being;
- Support children in need – primarily in developing countries with focus on orphans or abandoned children – to develop their artistic and scientific skills and develop their personality, and help them to overcome post-traumatic stress;
- Create a cultural and solidarity link between children with higher and those with lower opportunities, such as between European children and children in developing countries outside Europe, showing that all children have similar potential to create and be “genius”.
With the support of UNESCO and under the high patronage of Her Majesty the Queen of Belgium, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Italian Embassy in Belgium, the French Embassy in Belgium, the Permanent Representation of Italy to the EU, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Tuscany, Lombardy and Center Val de Loire regions, this Leonardo 4 Children Concert is the flagship event of the non-profit initiative “Leonardo 4 Children”.
This event will allow raising funds for the music therapy program at Makani centers in Jordan that help Syrian refugee children as part of UNICEF’s Child Protection program.
The event will follow the European Education Summit held in Brussels on the same day. The programme includes: presentation of the UNICEF project supported, concert of classical music with the “viola organista” (Prof. Sławomir Zubrzycki), violin (Esther Abrami), piano and strings quartet, children’s choir of the European School of Brussels I, the fables of Leonardo de Vinci performed in classical music, and award ceremony to the winners of the European “Leonardo 4 Children” competitions.
These competitions ended in May 2019 and saw the extraordinary participation of 709 children and young people from 15 European countries: interpretation in comics illustrations of 12 fables of Leonardo da Vinci by children aged 6 to 12, interpretation of the same fables in music by young composers between the ages of 18 and 30 and integration of “Art & Science” by teenagers aged 13 to 18.
Director Stefano Cucci, orchestra Ennio Morricone;
“Viola organista” designed by Leonardo, played by prof. Sławomir Zubrzycki;
Violinist Esther Abrami;
Ensemble “Arietta: Jean-Michel Alexandre (1st violin), Elisabeth Detaille (2nd violin), Sigrid Keunen (alto), Bruno Ispiola (cello); Laurent Beekemans (piano);
European School Uccle Children’s Choir, director Pablo García;
Young violinist from Florence Leone Pini;
Young flute player from Loire Romane Guerber;
Soprano Sara Barakat;
Tenor Jeysson Estrella Diaz;
Presenters: Carmen Cutugno, Christian Galvez