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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

November 30, 2015

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Forger claims Da Vinci masterpiece "La Bella Principessa" is supermarket checkout girl

Stedelijk Museum opens Isa Genzken's first major retrospective in the Netherlands

Calder stabiles among Post War and Contemporary Art highlights at Leslie Hindman

British artist Anish Kapoor exhibits three painted reliefs created at the Rijksmuseum

Sotheby's New York to offer an extraordinary collection of 18th- & 19th-century paintings

Eli Wilner & Company loaned 18 frames to Christie's Auction House for their American Paintings Auction

Exhibition of early paintings by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian opens at David Zwirner

Exhibition explores how animals considered exotic by the Georgians and early Victorians were depicted

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction offers works by César, Dubuffet, Riopelle, Zao Wou-Ki, Soulages

Antiquities Coalition initiative supports Egypt's museums in securing priceless patrimony

Franco-Swiss artist Valérie Favre's first exhibition in France since 2009 opens in Strasbourg

Exhibition of new paintings by Puerto Rican artist Angel Otero on view at Lehmann Maupin

Ennesima: An exhibition of seven exhibitions on Italian art opens at Triennale di Milano

Nominees announced for The Vincent Award 2016

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki reveals new directions in contemporary New Zealand painting

Exhibition of works by Sebastian Lloyd Rees on view at mother's tankstation

Major survey of artist Nari Ward open at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Profiles in History to offer the largest selection of master fantasy artist Frank Frazetta's drawings

December sale spans Le Brun attributed "Red Sea" to rouge Hermès to rare Tiffany

Bloomberg New Contemporaries opens at ICA, London

Galerie Perrotin opens second exhibition dedicated to the late Korean artist Chung Chang-Sup

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1.- First solo exhibition by the American artist Mickalene Thomas in Belgium opens at Galerie Nathalie Obadia

2.- Israel accidentally finds ancient mosaic that served as pavement for a courtyard in a villa

3.- The address of Johannes Vermeer's the Little Street discovered by Rijksmuseum curator

4.- The nine lives of Russia's Hermitage cats that root out unwanted guests: Rodents

5.- Robbers make off with masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto from museum in Verona

6.- 17th century letters at Museum of Communication reveal refugees 'sense of loss'

7.- New museum dedicated to the artist Mu Xin opens in Zhejiang Province, China

8.- Who are the most prolific art collectors in the US today?

9.- Rubens House brings newly discovered study for a portrait by Van Dyck to Antwerp

10.- "The Nude in the XX and XXI century" curated by Jane Neal opens at Sotheby's S/2 London

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