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70 Years German Commission for UNESCO

On August 25th 2021, the German Commission for UNESCO will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a ceremony at the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn.

Panel discussion and live music

Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto, holder of the UNESCO Chair "Transcultural Music Studies", and his colleague Mitra Behpoori will represent the Chair at the ceremony and will be part of the panel discussion "Intangible Cultural Heritage – Music and the Performing Arts as a Subject for Research and Teaching at German Universities".

During the ceremony, the duo Delgosha (Persian: what goes to the heart), founded in 2014, will perform with the tar and oud player Mitra Behpoori. She will be accompanied by the young Iranian percussionist Kimia Bani, who recently received the Tamburi Mundi Festivals 2021 sponsorship award in Freiburg. In addition to pieces from the traditional Dastgah repertoire of Iranian music, her programme also includes her own compositions and improvisations. Kimia Bani, who studied dramaturgy as well as performing arts in Iran, has been living in Germany since 2018 and is an active musician, poet and teaches percussion, including the Iranian frame drum Daf, at the Conservatory of Turkish Music Berlin. The PhD student Mitra Behpoori works as a research associate at the UNESCO Chair "Transcultural Music Studies" at the joint Department of Musicology of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena.

German Commission for UNESCO

The German Commission for UNESCO is an intermediary organisation of the foreign cultural and educational policy of the Federal Republic of Germany. It acts as a link between the state and civil society and as a national liaison office in all areas of UNESCO's work. Its main areas of work are the promotion of quality and equitable education as well as the protection, preservation and sustainable development of cultural and natural heritage.

The closed event will be livestreamed online from 3 p.m. on August 25th. 

More about the German Commission for UNESCO: https://www.unesco.de

Mitra Behpoori on the tar | Foto: Ralf Bittner
Kimia Bani on the daf | Foto: Ellen Schmauss

Live Concerts "Caravan Orchestra & Choir"

Caravan Orchestra & Choir | Photo: shendel copitman

On tour in August 2021

The "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" can be experienced live at four different locations in Central Germany.

* August 5th, 7:30 p.m., Schlosshof des Eisenacher Stadtschlosses: https://yiddishsummer.eu/de/haupt/events/konzerte/alle-konzerte.html?eventid=184

* August 6th, 7:30 p.m., Sommertheater am e-werk Weimar: https://yiddishsummer.eu/main/events/concerts/concert.html?eventid=187

* August 7th, 7 p.m., Sparkassenbühne der BUGA, Petersberg Erfurt: https://yiddishsummer.eu/.../caravan-orchestra-und-choir...

* August 8th, 8 p.m., Marktplatz Leipzig: https://yiddishsummer.eu/.../caravan-und-klezmatics...

Students from Israel and Weimar have been rehearsing intensively for the last few weeks, now it's time to go on stage. The project "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" is jointly organised by the Other Music Academy / Yiddish Summer Weimar in cooperation with our Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the University of Haifa (Israel).

The project is funded by the Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and Digital Society (TMWWDG) as part of the research project "Applied Musicology - Jewish and Arabic Music" at the UNESCO Chair "Transcultural Music Studies" (TMS).

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Caravan Orchestra & Choir 2021

Caravan Orchestra | Photo: Yulia Kabakova

Registration until June 28th 2021

Yiddish, Ottoman and Arabic music are the focus of the artistic-scientific project seminar "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" in this summer semester. If you are interested, please register online by June 28th 2021: caravanorchestra.eu/caravan-application

The project "Caravan Orchestra & Choir" is jointly organised by the Other Music Academy / Yiddish Summer Weimar in cooperation with our University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar and the University of Haifa (Israel). The project orchestra will rehearse in Weimar from July 27th to August 9th 2021. You can look forward to a lot of exchange with the group of students from Haifa and several live concerts in Central Germany. On August 7th, the Caravan Orchestra & Choir is scheduled to perform on the main stage of the BUGA in Erfurt.

More information about Caravan: www.caravanorchestra.eu

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Kick-off event of the 5th Intangible Cultural Heritage Selection Round

Live on April 19th 2021

The digital kick-off event of the 5th Intangible Cultural Heritage Selection Round presents the National Register and explains how the application process works in Thuringia.

Monday, April 19th 2021
4 pm to 5:30 pm
youtu.be/5tYHJpgxJc8

Join us online! Learn more about UNESCO and "Living Cultures". You can ask your questions via chat during the event. Registration is not required.

Programme:

  • Greetings by State Secretary Beer (Thuringian State Chancellery), Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto (UNESCO Chair "Transcultural Music Studies"), Dr. Juliane Stückrad (Intangible Cultural Heritage Advisory Service).
  • Talk with Prof. Dr. Christoph Wulf, Vice-President of the German UNESCO Commission
  • Talk with the sponsoring groups of the Christmas tree ornament Lauscha
  • Information on the 5th selection procedure, Intangible Cultural Heritage Office (German Commission for UNESCO)


The Federal Register of Intangible Cultural Heritage provides examples of cultural expressions that are cultivated and passed on in Germany. A prerequisite for recognition as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO is the vitality of cultural practice. Individuals or groups actively practise these, pass on their knowledge from generation to generation and enable the creative further development of their skills and knowledge.

The event is organised by the Folklore Advisory and Documentation Centre for Thuringia in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair on Transcultural Music Studies.

:::To the flyer::: (in German)

UNESCO extends cooperation with TMS

Dona Nicinha | Photographer: Jan Kreyßig

It would be a good reason to celebrate, but let's be patient in times of pandemic.

Since 2016, the professorship „Transcultural Music Studies“ (TMS) has been the first and so far only music-related UNESCO chair worldwide. The award has now been extended for another four years by the General Secretariat of UNESCO in Paris. Previously, the teaching and research activities of the UNESCO Chair were subjected to an independent review and positively evaluated.

There are only 13 UNESCO Chairs at German universities, one in Weimar and another in Jena.

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