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Homelands, places of belonging in the magazine ENGAGE

What is more powerful than art as a driver for positive inclusion? The project Homelands, places of belonging led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is on the frontpage of the ENGAGE magazine by CERA, a magazine specially designed for young members, featuring reports on a selection of exciting projects and committed young people. In

Council of Europe Recommendation and the relevance of the projects carried out by IYMF

Information from the Council of Europe (CoE): Recommendation CM/Rec(2020)2 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the inclusion of the history of Roma and/or Travellers in school curricula and teaching materials On 1 July 2020 the Committee of Ministers at the 1380th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies adopted for the first time a recommendation

Art education against the coronavirus outbreak

In 1993, Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999) together with Werner Schmitt, director of the Bern Conservatory, and Marianne Poncelet  launched the MUS-E programme, anchoring active art experiences in education and promoting intercultural dialogue,. In alignment with The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child , MUS-E gives priority to investment in one of the basic


The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is committed to take on a more active role and therefore, strong of its experience and the richness of the MUS-E Network, we join the ENCATC Network. ENCATC is a European network on cultural management and policy bringing together over 138 educational, training and cultural centers in over 40 countries

Highlight on MUS-E Italy’s initiatives during and after the lockdown

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is responsible for the international coordination of the MUS-E Network. This includes promoting and sharing best practices and coomon tools and each month IYMF sheds light on national initiatives that are worth sharing at the international level. This articles focuses on MUS-E Italia Onlus and the initiatives they have set

IYMF at the Pietrasanta in Concerto 2020

We are very happy to be part and support the Pietrasanta Festival in this particular year for the music sector. We will present for an intimate and open air concert the amazing Alessandro Quarta together with IYMF orchestra in residence, the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, and musicians of MUS-E Italy. In order to have a taste

Altea Narici, young IYMF music ambassador, World Ocean Day song

Thanks to the great support of the Friends of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, IYMF launches the first experience of supporting a project of a young artist. Altea Narici participated in multidisciplinary artistic residency organized by IYMF and we have decided to help her achieve her own project that will boost her professional experience in

Homelands at the European level

The Homelands projet HOMELANDS, PLACES OF BELONGING is a community co-creation project for and by newcomer artists, led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its partners. Newcomer/refugee artists collaborate with partners from the socio-cultural sector and engage in a process of artistic co-creation with the local community. A colourful mix of projects will arise

A concert from home with Matthieu Saglio

After hundreds of concerts in more than 30 countries, the cello player and composer and artists ambassador of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, Matthieu Saglio presents a combination of classical tradition with sounds and rhythms brought from his encounters across the world. You can hear echoes from the Western cathedrals and souks of Maghreb, the

Our artists ambassadors – Cade l’oliva

Music is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient. Yehudi Menuhin   Well, let the music play! Our artists ambassadors, under the direction of Thierry Van Roy, offer their interpretation of "Cade l'oliva", a popular song transmitted orally and recorded by the ethnomusicologist and singer Caterina Bueno in her

News from MUS-E Germany

Now, like in other MUS-E® countries, schools across Germany are closed, which currently means a - hopefully - temporary break. MUS-E® Germany decided to support its artists in this difficult time as far as possible. The board of the association has therefore decided to continue paying their fees until further notice.   In keeping with

Message from Dr. L. Subramaniam, artist ambassador of IYMF

I find nothing more inspiring than the music making of my very great colleague Subramaniam. Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment Yehudi Menuhin Since its creation, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is continuously fuelled by amazing artists. We cannot insist more on the fact that the artists we work

Paper: Culture, the arts and well-being

While we are all confined and trying to cope under extreme circumstances the global population being more isolated than at any other time, it is also a time for reflection on our societies; on how we relate to our environments and economies. It is a challenging time that questions our sectors of activity and how

A few words from IYMF President

Crises teach us that there are always solutions to overcome them, but above all they are a life lesson. This unprecedented coronavirus crisis is forcing us to isolation, to interrogation, to questioning our value systems. It is a "freeze frame" where we must understand how we came to this point, and what needs to be

Women singing for peace

Today is the International Women's Day and we would like to pay tribute to those women, whoever and wherever they are, who stand against the terror and fight for their rights. The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has a long tradition of organizing concerts and stage productions delivering strong messages. Utopia or not, we still believe

MUS-E Portugal back in Leiria!

Yes! After nine years of absence, MUS-E is back to Leiria, a city located in the center of Portugal. With the support of the local Municipality, MUS-E is back in two schools: E.B.1 Marinheiros and E.B.1 Quinta do Alçada, both in the School Group of Marrazes, from January 2020 onwards. With two weekly sessions and

New Worlds Project with Altea Narici

Thanks to the great support of the Friends of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, IYMF launches the first experience of supporting a project of a young artist. Altea Narici participated in multidisciplinary artistic residency organized by IYMF and we have decided to help her achieve her own project that will boost her professional experience in

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation supports young emerging artists

Since its creation, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has been fuelled by continuous collaborations with international artists of very diverse cultures. It is one of its greatest strengths and anyone who has attended and seen one of its productions can testify. These precious artistic ties and relationships have encouraged the Foundation to build a network

Projects by MUS-E Belgium

Learn about some cool and interesting projects MUS-E Belgium has been working on recently!   Hotel Wiels Hotel Wiels is a project by MUS-E artists Hanna Ravnsborg and Maud Lefever in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Centre Wiels in Brussels. Students from the 5th and 6th grade of elementary school "The Puzzle" were given a

IYMF at the 20th anniversary of the “Plateforme mineurs en exil”

In November 2019, the Plateforme mineurs en exil celebrated its 20th anniversary. The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is and has been contributing to the inclusion of vulnerable groups in society and represent and encourage the expression of all the cultures present in Europe. We therefore joined the Plateforme mineurs en exil for its anniversary and

IYMF and the BCO at the Spanish Embassy in Belgium

The Spanish Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, in the context of the "Mediodias de la Embajada" and in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador Beatriz Larrotcha, supported the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation during a concert given by the Quartet of the Brussels Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra in residence at the Foundation, directed by Mario

Art brings people of all kinds together by MUS-E Hungary

Community building in Budapest Since the MUS-E program was launched in 1994 by Yehudi Menuhin, the targeted groups of the transcultural social-artistic programme were defined according to the “CAT model”, as Children, Artists and Teachers, those individuals that actually take part and benefit directly from the artistic workshops. As time went by, and different national

The real value of international dimension by MUS-E Hungary

We all Count and Arte por la Convivencia – International Meetings in Budapest Following the very successful and inspiring international meeting of the We All Count project on 30th September and 1st October, MUS-E Hungary welcomed another international team in Budapest coming from six countries, in the framework of the Arte por la Convivencia- Art

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

The Official Residence of the Spanish Embassy welcomes the Brussels Chamber Orchestra

"Los Mediodias de la Embajada" are a cycle of public diplomacy on science, art, and culture. On the 12th of December, they will host a presentation of European projects by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation at the Official Residence. The presentation will be followed by a concert offered by the IYMF orchestra in residence: the

The Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España celebrates its 20th anniversary!

On the special occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España, they publish a series of articles and interviews of people who mean or who have meant a lot to their Foundation. Enrique Baron, President of the Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España opens the series which also includes testimonies of artists and students

Inauguration of the Promenade Yehudi Menuhin in Paris

The city of Paris has voted the attribution of "Promenade Yehudi Menuhin" to the street between the UNESCO and the avenue de Suffren in the 7th arrondissement. The inauguration took place on Tuesday 1 October, in the Place de Fontenoy in front of the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, which he has brilliantly served. The date

IYMF partner of the Leonardo 4 Children concert

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

Video on MusiLib: Music for Children’s Multicultural Learning

The MUSILIB project offers an expanded multilingual and multicultural online library for children, developed as part of the previous successful MultiLib project (, containing 26 children’s stories translated into 6 European languages and 6 additional minority languages from each partner country. Follow-up project MUSILIB will provide new ideas, inspirations, methodology, and tools by using a

IYMF collaborates with the Plateforme mineurs en exil

The Platform Kinderen op de vlucht / Plate-forme Mineurs en exil is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For this occasion, they will organise on the 26 November  a day full of sharing and meetings as well as policy debates on the future opportunities and challenges for children in migration. But it would not be a

IYMF Residency – muse Salentine Festival (Alessano, Italy)

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is holding an expectional residency at the muse Salentine Festival edition 2019! With our orcherstra ambassador the Brussels Chamber Orchestra (BCO) directed by Mario Villuendas and our guest of honour, the Italian violonist Alessandro Quarta. For this special event, we also collaborate with musicians from MUS-E Italy: Davide Bonetti, Sebastiano

2019 Artistic Multidisciplinary Residency in Farnières (Music Up Close Network)

IYMF organizes international artistic residencies for young artists from diverse cultures. These creative laboratories encourage the exchange of knowledge, invite to explore and experiment new fields, open up new horizons, provide new skills and promote co-creation. From the 24th until the 30th of June 2019, IYMF held an artistic residency in the Domaine de Farnières

MUS-E Deutschland e.V: one of the most convincing social initiatives in Germany!

On June 3, 2019, the 15th startsocial e.V. competition took place in Berlin. Startsocial is a nationwide competition for the promotion of volunteer social commitment and awards 100 four-month consulting scholarships and 25 awards each year, including seven cash prizes, under the motto "Help for Helpers". MUS-E Deutschland e.V. was one of the top 25

IYMF contributes to the project FroMe2EU!

According to the European motto “united in diversity”, the project FromME2EU initiated by ALDA (Association of Local Democracy Agency) aims to provide opportunities for European citizens and Migrants’ communities to work together, in order to promote a new idea of a multicultural Europe. The idea is that every migrant should be considered as a citizen and every citizen

Journées Littéraires de Tapovan – 10,11,12 May 2019

The Open University Yoga & Ayurvéda directed by Kiran Vyas, member of the Board of the Foundation. Kiran Vyas, pioneer of Ayurveda in France and Europe and his team have been teaching Yoga and Ayurveda for more than 35 years. On the 10, 11 and 12 May 2019 the "Journées Littéraires" were taking place in

Yehudi Menuhin for Europe

Yehudi Menuhin was one of the greatest musicians of all time. But not only. From the concentration camps liberated in 1945 to the end of the siege of Sarajevo in 1996, Yehudi Menuhin never resolved to separate music from his political commitments and he was the author of impactful writings and speeches. More than ever,

Homelands, places of belonging: FINAL EVENT – 4 May 2019

On the 4th of May, we held the final event of the project Homelands, places of belonging celebrating and shedding a spotlight on 6 monhts of co-creation and fruitfult collaboration between 8 refugee-artists and partners from the socio-cultural sector of Brussels! This is just to get a taste of the event... Pictures by Kristof Claeys.

Music Up Close Network: CALL FOR APPLICATION 2019 IS OPEN!

OPEN ! Call for participation to the third edition of the artists ambassador’s residential session organized by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Belgium is now open! The theme of this session “Beyond our inner limits” aims to explore artistic domains that should be more familiar in the practice of the (orchestral) musician today, with

Homelands, places of belonging: Follow us on the Blog!

Homelands, places of belonging is a community co-creation project for and by refugee artists, led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its partners running from October 2018 until April 2019. For all the news on the project follow the blog! 

Multilib: discover the illustrated stories!

The IYMF was partner of the project Multilib (Erasmus +) offering a vibrant multicultural e-library with traditional and contemporary children’s stories in 12 different languages, including those of six cultural minorities in Europe. Several beautifully illustrated stories have been created in the e-book format and can be discovered right here!  

Pierre Rabhi “La Sobriété Heureuse” – 10 December 2018

On the 10th of December 2018, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation collaborated with Emergences asbl for the conference of Pierre Rabhi, a dear fiend to Yehudi Menuhin, on "La Sobriété Heureuse" at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). On this occasion, the orchestra in residence at IYMF - The Brussels Chamber Orchestra (BCO) - gave a

Diversity Makes Music – 21 November 2018

One of the highlights of the year 2018  was the “Diversity Makes Music” concert in Flagey – one of the most important cultural venues of Brussels – on 21 November 2018. Through this concert we wanted to address an contemporary issue dear to us all, namely the migration crisis. This unique concert was a dialogue