How You Helped Changed Tunisian Students' Lives in 2011
Cultures in Harmony Deputy Director Kimball Gallagher has been to Tunisia twice since their revolution, and to Egypt once since theirs, in order to plan our projects in those countries in 2012. We helped
send young Tunisian musicians Senda and Amani to the New York Summer Music Festival in summer 2011. As part of our ongoing effort to raise the profile of CiH, I lectured about Cultures in Harmony’s work in Tunisia, Egypt, and Pakistan on the campus of the British Parliament and at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin.
The heart-warming impact of Kimball’s trips is best expressed by a young Tunisian composer, who wrote to Kimball: “But the moment I played that piece for you, my life changed, that was the first time I feel that someone at least considered and gave value to what I’m doing.” Read the rest of this young man’s letter here.
On January 8, 2012, Kimball and Tunisian violinist Nidhal Jebali will collaborate in a program presented by the Kennedy Center at their Terrace Theatre in Washington! I met Nidhal on Cultures in Harmony’s first project (Tunisia 2005) and urged him to pursue his dream of continuing violin; he now studies at Indiana University. Kimball and Nidhal will play compositions by the Hon. Jaloul Ayed, the Tunisian Minister of Finance. They will also share stories of their experiences in Tunisia during Cultures in Harmony projects. The concert commemorates the one-year anniversary of the Tunisian revolution and will be webcast; follow CiH on Twitter to stay informed about
this exciting event!
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