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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

August 31, 2014

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New Exhibition at the National Gallery of Art introduces Italian art from the Neoclassicism to Futurism

Sotheby's Hong Kong to offer heirlooms of Chinese art from the Hosokawa clan

Christie's Paris to present some of the most iconic works of the Empire period during the Biennale des Antiquaires

'Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire' on view at the Yale University Art Gallery

'On the Move: Storytelling in Contemporary Photography and Graphic Design' opens at the Stedelijk

Artists protest Israel-sponsored Brazil arts fair; Artists urge organizers to return around $40,000

Major digitization project at PEM's Phillips Library makes 250,000 records available to researchers worldwide

Sotheby's Hong Kong offers a rare opportunity to acquire the best Burgundies at auction

Wright announces 'Lawrence Laske: Design Studio and Collected Works' online-only auction

Historic and important works by Roy Lichtenstein and Diego Giacometti at Clars September 2014 auction

Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Harewood returns to The Marquee, Harewood House in Yorkshire 12-14 September

Giacometti, Calder, Lichtenstein to feature at Kaminski Sept 7th Twentieth Century, Modern Design Sale

Brisbane Festival starts on a high, 40 metres in the sky

Exhibition at Galeria Jaqueline Martins presents works by pioneers of ephemeral conceptual art in Brazil

Rachel Feinstein's Last Days of Folly to transform Madison Square Park

Independent artist collective, LOOSEgroup artists launches new show 'Are you Human' at Cob Gallery

The Museum of Biblical Art appoints new museum leadership

Underground lab glimpses 'soul' of the Sun

National Zoo opens American bison exhibit in honor of 125th anniversary

'Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User]' opens at Brown University's Bell Gallery

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