Music will be at the forefront of promoting Arab-Israeli co-operation on Thursday May 31, when various international artists – including My Favorite Enemy and award-winning violinist Diana Yukawa – perform the ‘Global Music Concert’ at the Tivoli Concert Hall to launch ‘Six Days of Peace’.
Six Days of Peace is an Arab-Israeli initiative that aims to promote cultural co-operation between Arab and Israeli youths.
“For one night, we will not talk about politics but rather use the power of music to embrace our diversity,” wrote Gregory Rockson, the founder of Six Days of Peace, in an article for The Huffington Post.
“We will do something politicians have failed to do and that is bring people together. Will this solve all the problems in the region? No. But it will show us that what brings us together, our common humanity, is much greater than the things that seek to divide us.”
The concert will “serve as a platform on which various musical artists can spread the message of peace through music”, according to the Six Days of Peace website. The artists “have come together to use music to create a new vision for the Middle East”.
In a short video message, Pia Allerslev, Copenhagen’s deputy mayor for culture, encouraged people to attend the concert. She praised the initiative, calling it an opportunity to erase years of prejudice and conflict.
“My Favorite Enemy proves that music truly is a universal language” noted Middle East Program, another initiative devoted to promoting dialogue in the Middle East.
My Favorite Enemy formed in 2009 when songwriters and musicians from Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Norway, and the USA began working together. Their music “bridges the traditional musical influences of the Middle East with contemporary pop and rock songwriting and production”, according to the event listing on Tivoli’s website, and features lyrics in Arabic, Hebrew and English.
A reception with food prepared by chefs from Palestine, Israel, and Denmark will be held after the concert.
‘Six Days of Peace’ is being performed at Tivoli Concert Hall at 19:30 on Thursday May 31. Tickets cost 175-295 kroner and are available at www.billetlugen.dk, Fona stores and the Tivoli Box Office.