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World Culture Open in New York City
NEW YORK.- World Culture Open (WCO) is both an organization and a biennial people-centered "cultural Olympics", the first of which takes place this September with awards, competitions, demonstrations, concerts, galas , youth conference, seminars and other events open to all. The World Culture Open 2004 begins in New York City from September 8 to 10, then continues in Korea from September 11 to 19 in Seoul (South), Pyongyang (North), and Panmunjom (in the area that currently separates North and South). This twelve day event is designed to celebrate, explore and share the diversity of the world’s cultures and the unique contribution each makes to achieving harmony and peace. The combined participants in all locations include traditional dancers and musicians from every region of the world; ministers of culture from both developed and developing nations; practitioners of holistic wellbeing who encompass mind, body and spirit; and, non-governmental organizations devoted to humanitarian service.

 

The highlight of the New York City portion of the World Culture Open 2004 is the WCO Awards Ceremony that takes place in Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall on September 9. Three individuals or groups will be honored for excellence in the creative arts, holistic wellbeing and humanitarian service, each further distinguished by having used these endeavors to make a tangible contribution to building a world of peace and harmony within their communities, their nations or beyond. The evening will feature traditional music, dance and movement from around the world, along with a number of special guests.

 

The WCO Diversity Festival in New York City is a three day event from September 8 to 10. On the first day, the performers in the WCO Awards Ceremony will give evening Community Concerts hosted by a local community, cultural or ethnic organization--each performing group paired with a local organization of different ethnic or regional origins, or a different artistic style.

 

On September 9 and 10, the WCO Diversity Festival becomes an open air Global Village in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center--created by a wide range of cultural, ethnic, holistic and community organizations from the Manhattan area. Five tented pavilions representing the regions of the world will each have a daylong program of performances, demonstrations, workshops and displays designed for the public to experience firsthand the cultural traditions from the region--how people express themselves through the arts, how they achieve holistic balance, health and wellbeing, and how they reach out to help others through humanitarian service. Each pavilion will also have food and crafts for sale from the region. On the permanent outdoor stage in Damrosch Park a day-long schedule of performers will include the groups who will be performing for the Awards Ceremony.

 

On September 10 at the United Nations, distinguished representatives from the UN, government, academia, the arts, holistic wellbeing and humanitarian service will join UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a WCO Seminar. Participants will explore the future of World Culture Open and the role of culture as a tool for shaping a future that is peaceful, harmonious and balanced--for individuals, societies and between societies. With the same agenda and some overlap of attendees, a WCO Culture Ministers Luncheon takes place the same day, with culture ministers coming from every region of the world.

 

Participating organizations in the World Culture Open 2004 include UNESCO, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA); Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); World Conference of Religions for Peace (WCRP); New York Open Center; Center for the Study of Global Issues at the University of Georgia; and the International Center for Transcultural Education at the University of Maryland.




Today's News

September 20, 2014

Exhibition in Jerusalem presents the oldest known manuscript of Jewish prayers

Major, rare exhibition opens at the Bruce Museum, displayed in multiple galleries

Extraordinary exhibition of works from the Museo Reina Sofia opens in Florence

British Museum exhibition explores a pivotal 50 year period that transformed China

Brussels chocolate museum, featuring a Willy Wonka-style factory, opens to sweeten senses

Madison Square Park Conservancy's Mad. Sq.Art. presents sculpture exhibition by Tony Cragg

New Works: Paintings by Carole Bayer Sager on view at William Turner Gallery

Rarely loaned Victorian sculptures come to Yale Center for British Art for major exhibition

Mind-bending Escher exhibition at the Currier Museum of Art reveals impossible realities

'What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present' opens at the RISD Museum

'Sigmund Freud and the Play on the Burden of Representation' opens at the 21er Haus

Robin Rhode's debut exhibition in Hong Kong on view at Lehmann Maupin

Improbable Possibilities: Solo show of British-Iraqi artist Athier opens at Ayyam Gallery London

Exhibition of photographs by Brazilian photographer Valdir Cruz opens at Throckmorton Fine Art

'How Far How Near - The World' opens at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam

Baltimore Museum of Art outpost brings the museum to the neighborhood

Video installation by art collective Soda_Jerk on view at the National Museum for Women in the Arts

abc art berlin contemporary opens with 111 participating galleries and 115 individual positions

Amsterdam Drawing 2014: An art fair focused on artworks on paper

Gallery 223 opens an exhibition of new work by artist Tom Leamon

First large-scale solo exhibition in Paris by Camille Henrot opens at Bétonsalon: Center for art and research

New York Public Library appoints Carrie Welch as Chief External Relations Officer

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