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Music Diplomacy

Music is a powerful medium through which individuals, communities, and nations can express themselves. Whilst the role of music as a force for social cohesion can be seen to have emerged together with the earliest musical forms, the use of music to promote political, diplomatic, or societal objectives can be seen to have come to prominence during the Cold War.

The IRAN RAC aims to yield deep, but actionable, insights into the ways all peoples can live together more sustainably and explores the benefits governments, business and citizen stand to gain by proactively looking for ways to engage and dialogue with concerned citizens. IRAN RAC will contribute to recognizing the need for action, create an imperative towards greater resilience, and motivate change and concrete action towards a better future for everyone in IRAN. The Global Understanding Summit focus will be on developing strategies for targeted local projects with a global reach. There are three elements to this: research, education, and information. Research will bring scientists together to understand the global impacts of everyday local activities related to culture, society, economy, and nature.

Music is a powerful medium through which individuals, communities, and nations can express themselves. Whilst the role of music as a force for social cohesion can be seen to have emerged together with the earliest musical forms, the use of music to promote political, diplomatic, or societal objectives can be seen to have come to prominence during the Cold War.


During this period Iranian top musicians, has tried to introduce Persian Music to reflect the values and strengthen bi-lateral relations between communities and nations by providing a neutral common ground.

At times, the messages conveyed by musicians are also reflections of general developments across society as a whole. When this is the case, songs can capture the entire mood of a nation and bring together people from diverse backgrounds. For example, the Scorpion's song "Winds of Change" captured the hope felt by Germans, living in both the East and West, following the fall of the Berlin Wall. In South Africa, civil rights activist Miriam Makeba used her music to campaign across the world against the apartheid regime.

Program Aims:

In recognition of the power of music as illustrated above, Global Understanding Initiative (UNESCO Chair Programme) Regional Action Center has created the program "Center for Music Diplomacy". It seeks to pursue the following aims:

  • To explore the historical role of music as a form of cultural diplomacy during history
  • To promote the use of music for social cohesion and development.

Program Activity

The activity of the "Center for Music Diplomacy" program consists of the following three fields:

Research and Education

The Music as Cultural Diplomacy program works to raise awareness of the use of music for peace building and societal transformation, and supports all research and education that shares these aims.

Composing fusion songs with peace and friendship theme The "Music as Cultural Diplomacy" program holds regular academic lectures, panel discussions, and conferences on themes related to the program goals. These events feature expert speakers from music, politics, diplomacy, civil society, and academia, ensuring an interdisciplinary analysis of the issues under discussion.

Concerts and Musical Performances

It will host regular performances by renowned musicians who, through their work, have made a meaningful contribution to strengthening intercultural relations. Such musical events will include a keynote speech bythe artist(s) on their experiences as a musical ambassador.

4th Iran Music Ceremony (Salnava) sponosered and supported by UNGUI 

 

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