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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

October 23, 2014

Head of near-intact marble sphinx discovered at mysterious fourth century BC Greek tomb

Christie's Shanghai opens doors: New international art venue and offices in China

Exhibition of new work by John Baldessari opens at Marian Goodman Gallery

Nicholas Serota, director of the UK's Tate is number 1 in this year's edition of the ArtReview Power 100

Rare Abstract Avant-Garde paintings lead Sotheby's inaugural 20th Century Art: A Different Perspective Sale

Private collections featuring works by Warhol, Calder, Bertoia and more come to auction at Freeman's

Outstanding collection surveying the career of Pablo Picasso to be presented by Sotheby's

Rare and important Aztec deity highlights African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Auction at Bonhams

Guggenheim Helsinki Stage One Design Competition submissions revealed

A rare oil by last of the Pre-Raphaelites highlights 19th century European Paintings Auction

New Britain Museum of American Art Director Douglas Hyland to retire Autumn 2015

Quinn & Farmer to offer early Cy Twombly self-portrait at Oct. 25 Furniture, Art & Decorative Art Auction

Solo exhibition of Ursula von Rydingsvard's work opens at Galerie Lelong in New York

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts launches new program with exhibition by Simon Fujiwara

Andy Warhol's 'Flowers' leads $2.2 million Prints & Multiples Auction at Bonhams

In constant motion: Richard Serra's 'Waxing Arcs' on view at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

British Library portal gives teachers gateway to Arabic studies and new research on Gulf

Exhibition of works by Paul Winstanley and Luke Skiffington opens at Sobering Gallery

Works from leading private collections contribute to$12.5 million sale at Christie's Dubai

Solo exhibition of new work by Abelardo Morell opens at Edwynn Houk Gallery

'Genizot: Repositories of Memory', a poignant new installation opens at Royal Ontario Museum

Chris Fitzpatrick appointed new director at Kunstverein München

Davis Museum appoints new curators, Claire Whitner and Meredith Fluke

Exhibition of black and white photographs by Tina Barney opens at Janet Borden, Inc.

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3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

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