The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has joined the Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble in initiating the use of culture, art, and music in promoting peace in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble is organizing a concert entitled ‘Art Speak for Peace’ in Manila, Philippines on April 20 t0 23.
According to Cecile Alvarez, director of Earthsavers DREAM Ensemble, the performers will be coming from claimnant countries of the West Philippine – South China Sea, which include Philippines, China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Japan.
They will also be joined by artists from North Korea and South Korea.
“Ang dali ng musika. Hindi kailangan alam mo yung lengwahe para mag-kapit bisig kayo doon.” Alvarez explained during DZRH’s Makabagong Bayanihan.
Alvarez further added that the concert is to show respect in the countries’ various traditions and bring together beliefs regarding peace and the preservation of bodies of water.
“Ang maganda ay may dala-dala silang sariling pananaw tungkol sa ganitong issue.” Alvarez further added. “Pagsasamahin namin inter-cultural, inter-faith, kasama pa ang mga may kapansana, katutubo, para buuin ang isang liturgy.”
Alvarez further added that the event will make the public understand the United Nations’ Convention on the Law of the Sea and the sustainable development goals of the global organization, through a radio drama series in DZRH.
United Nations Information Center (UNIC) also has shown support to the initiative of the UNESCO-Earthsavers DREAM Ensemble to use art in order to lower the ‘decible’ of the dispute in the West Philippine – South China Sea.