On February 17, just before Russian military forces invaded Ukraine, Northern resonance
, the new Scandinavian string trio, had a gig at the International Winter Arts Festival in Sochi, on the Black Sea. We were a bit anxious but all embassies guaranteed there would be no trouble. And hopefully, the concert with the symphony orchestra at the Parade of Stars and World Premieres was a success.
The next stop for the band will be on March 18th at Eurofonik
in Nantes (France) – another première.
On the 24th, Wor
, the Belgian folk quintet, received a standing ovation at Le Nouveau Pavillon in Brittany.
Running events and concerts in the “New Normal” (pandemic, war, etc.) is bringing many questions to my mind. But music can play an important role by bringing people together to share what they hold in common.
These last days, many cultural organisations have issued important statements calling for peace and dialogue, and the solidarity ecosystem is waking up.
Our friends at the Hungarian Heritage House who hosted the European Folk Network last conference in November are very active. They ran many projects in Ukraine (see https://www.polyphonyproject.com/en)
and of course have many colleagues and relatives there too. I will go for supporting them.
I have heard that many countries are sending weapons and military equipment. I am of the idea that providing the civil society movement with a similar budget to support peace education, intercultural dialogue, and cultural cooperation could also make sense.
Something we can do!