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    • CommentTimeMar 21st 2010

    8. Ring the Bells - Global
    Created for Search for Common Ground (SFCG), Ring the Bells is a duet between United States (US) musician Melissa Etheridge and Salman Ahmad, who is a Pakistani musician, founder of the band Junoon, United Nations (UN) Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, and co-founder of the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative. The song urges unity in the face of racial, cultural, and religious divides and offers a vision of hope. Produced by Participant Media, the music video is designed to entertain, inform, and move audiences to action.
    Contact: Susan Koscis

    9. Tjoon'in - 16 Days of Peace Taxi Campaign
    Tjoon'in is an audio CD produced by Gender Links and the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality designed to raise awareness of issues related to the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence amongst public taxi (minibus) drivers and commuters. The CD was produced in a participatory way through a series of workshops including transport stakeholders and survivors of gender violence. According to organisers, it was important that the CD be appealing to men, as they make up the majority of taxi drivers, owners, and taxi association heads. For this reason, men as partners feature strongly on the CD. The programme contains positive stories and role models for men as well as women, and encourages men and women to work together for gender justice.
    Contact: Deborah Walter OR Tonya Graham

    10. Angola Solta a Tua Voz! (Angola Lift Up Your Voice) - Angola
    Search for Common Ground (SFCG) developed a CD in advance of the parliamentary elections in September 2008 in Angola to spur people to get actively involved in the elections and to encourage a peaceful election process. The CD features songs with messages of peace and unity by popular Angolan musicians from diverse parts of the country. By fusing different styles from different parts of the country and fusing different generations of artists, the organisers hope that the message of unity, inclusion, and participation will carry over to the general population.
    Contact: Michael Jobbins OR Frances Fortune

    11. Restore Trust, Rebuild Bridges Initiative - Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Western Europe
    Early in 2009, the Anna Lindh Foundation for Dialogue between Cultures and its national networks joined with the United Nations (UN) Alliance of Civilizations to launch a region-wide initiative to respond to what they identified as "intercultural tensions and rise in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and racism fueled by the global economic crisis as well as by the conflict in the Middle East." The initiative led to actions in over 30 Euro-Mediterranean countries, one of which was a youth action for the promotion of peace and understanding in a local Bulgarian community with a mixed ethnic composition. It included a parade and a "Festival of Peace" for children and young people from different ethnic groups on the occasion of the International Day of Peace (September 21 2009). Turkish and Greek musicians performed together in a joint concert, and songs common to the 2 cultures were played in order to emphasise the similarities and the bonds between these cultures and their music.
    Contact: Andreu Claret

    12. Rolling Film Festival - Kosovo
    From October 19-21 2009, Balkan Sunflowers Kosova and Romawood Productions screened more than 20 films that highlight the life, culture, and history - as well as the rights and integration - of Roma in Kosovo and globally. Opening and closing events organised as part of the festival were designed to engage people in spirited cultural gatherings. For instance, the opening ceremony featured informal presentations and performances delivered by Roma musicians, a youth theatre group from Plemetina, and the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports. At the close of the festival, the band Besh O Drom from Budapest, Hungary, performed folk music from Eastern Europe and the Balkan peninsula, in addition to Roma and Klezmer music.
    Contact: Sami Mustafa OR OR
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