8th Edition|Concert of Three Cultures|Joven Ensemble Interreligioso Español (JOIRE)|Madrid|05.02.22
Starting from 2014, every year Arco Forum in partnership with a dozen of other institutions has been organising a series of Concerts of Three Cultures in the framework of the World Interfaith Harmony Week, declared as such by the United Nations in 2010. These concerts have been held in a number of cities throughout Spain like Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Getafe and Alicante. The concerts include performances by groups representing Christian, Muslim and Jewish cultures. The Concert of Three Cultures is an approach to three Abrahamic religions, i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam, through a universal language, the music. By organising this event Arco Forum wants to contribute to the promotion of values like respect, tolerance and dialogue through the creation of ties between different cultures and communities, facilitating their mutual recognition and offering three different visions of the sound art throughout History. This idea facilitates knowledge and contributes to the approach of a large audience to the three religious traditions through the interpretation of Christian, Muslim and Jewish-Sephardic musical styles in an environment of mutual respect, fraternity and collaboration. On Saturday, February 5th 2022, Arco Forum organised the 8th Edition of the Concert of Three Cultures in the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great as part of the activities scheduled to celebrate the World Interfaith Harmony Week. The concert, that can be watched entirely clicking here (Youtube Channel of JOIRE - Joven Ensemble Interreligioso Español), was organised in collaboration with several institutions and initiatives: Foro Abraham, the Spanish Federation of UNESCO Associations and Clubs (Federación Española de Centros y Clubes UNESCO (FECU)), the Delegation of Interfaith Relations of the Archdiocese of Madrid (Delegación de Relaciones Interconfesionales de la Archidiócesis de Madrid), and the European CommUnity Project. The concert was performed by the Spanish Youth Interfaith Ensemble (Joven Ensemble Interreligioso Español - JOIRE), a formation that emerged by the initiative of Arco Forum within the framework of the European CommUnity project, co-financed by the European Commission. These young artists are not only an interfaith music group, but also a coexistence project in which they exchange ideas and experiences; JOIRE represents a way to broaden their personal and cultural horizons and enrich themselves, not only as musicians, but also as human beings. The event began with a warm welcome from Father Pedro González, Commissioner of the Holy Land and host from the Royal Basilica of Saint Francis the Great, who actively promoted this gathering. Afterwards, the Executive Director of the Association Arco Forum, Temir Naziri, addressed a few words of introduction to the audience gathered in the Basilica (nearly 500 people), explaining about the importance of World Interfaith Harmony Week and International Day of Human Fraternity and the concept of Concert of Three Cultures to the broad audience. He also presented Julio Maroto, the conductor and Musical Director of JOIRE. On that special evening, JOIRE accompanied us on a journey through the music of the three most important monotheistic religions in History. The musical programme of the concert was divided into different blocks, each one containing a Muslim, Christian and Jewish musical piece, generating a musical and cultural harmony between the three Abrahamic religions. This report presents a summary of the event, including photographs, publications and a detailed description of the concert (uploaded).