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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

May 28, 2015

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SANAA selected to design landmark new building for Art Gallery of New South Wales

Christie's to offer important works by Tissot, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Millais

Morris Everett's vast 196,000+ collection of vintage movie posters and other ephemera to be auctioned

Margaret Crane's prototype for first home pregnancy test, the Predictor, appears at auction

Hermann Historica reports excellent results in its sale from all fields of history and military history

Career-spanning exhibition of Balthus's paintings, drawings, and photographs opens at Gagosian

New sculptures in bronze, wood and stone by Tony Cragg on view at Lisson Gallery Milan

Matthew Barton Ltd. announces Decorative Works of Art Auction on 2 June

Korean artist Park Seo-Bo opens exhibition at Galerie Perrotin in New York

Unique Lincoln banner breezes past record, sells for $106,250 at Heritage Auctions

Ex Christie's International Director of Asian Art, Hugo Weihe, joins Saffronart as CEO

Survivor of Holy Roman Imperial luxury for sale at Bonhams

Highest ever successful online bid at Bonhams as Porsche 962 sells for £1.5 million

New series of sculptures and paintings by artist Sam Moyer on view at Galerie Rodolphe Janssen

SuicideGirls' Missy Suicide makes statement about Richard Prince's controversial art show

Space memorabilia brings $610,000 in Dallas auction

Currier Museum of Art announces hiring of Contemporary Arts Curator

New York 'Mad Men' exhibition extends to September 6

15 life-sized horse sculptures by Deborah Butterfield on view at Denver Botanic Gardens

Exhibition at Bertrand Delacroix Gallery presents men and women wearing colorful Mexican wrestling masks

Retrospective tells the story of one of Italy's greatest contemporary photographers

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3.- New Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education appointed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

4.- Chrysler Museum mourns passing of Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Amy Brandt

5.- How Iraqi friar Najeeb Michaeel saved ancient Christian manuscripts from Islamic State

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7.- Sotheby's to offer the first painting to be sold from Cornelius Gurlitt's trove of art

8.- Descendants of art collector Peggy Guggenheim go head to head in a French appeals court

9.- Vandalized statues from parks, gardens and public spaces restored at Argentine 'hospital'

10.- Unique 17th century portrait by British artist Mary Beale discovered at McMaster Museum of Art

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