Music 4 Peace started to attend international attention by supporting events as the United Nation's "No Excuse Concert" in New York in 2004, relating to the Millennium Development Goals, supporting the world-beat group 1001 WAYS attending Asia's largest World Performing Arts Festival in Pakistan and celebrating Gandhi’s 100 years of Non-violence with Dr. Arun Gandhi, the grandson of the late Mahatma, at the Earthdance California 2006, as well as the presentation of 30 Days of Peace and The Gandhi Tour at the world’s largest music industry fair MIDEM 2007 Cannes / France. www.music4peace.com
Visit Gandhi Tour / Be the Change Tobias Huber has launched The Gandhi Tour with special guest Dr. Arun Gandhi (the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi) and the multimedia live act 1001 Ways at the 10th Earthdance Festival in California 2006, celebrating Gandhi's 100 Years of Non-violence Movement. Networking with peace related music events and cultural peace organizations globally, Music 4 Peace presented the 30 Days of Peace together with Dancing City Entertainment at the world s largest music industry fair, at the MIDEM 2007 Cannes/France. Tobias is as well a Producer as a Musician of the World Fusion Band 1001 Ways, who performed for the United Nation's "No Excuse Concert" in New York 2004. 1001 Ways attended Asia's largest "World performing Arts Festival" Pakistan 2003 and 2004 and a lot of other International Festivals around the globe. Born in a prestigious Swiss Musician Family (son of Klaus Huber, avant-garde composer) his teachers were Volker Biesenbender (Master-student of Sir Yehudi Menuhin), Mustapha Tettey Addy, Ali Akbar Khan, Zakir Hussein, the Bauls of Bengal and many others. Tobias Huber achieved several International Awards: Int. Music Festival Sanden Netherlands 1990, Int. Music Festival in Vevey Switzerland 1995, Indie-Tunes Song Contest Finalist 2006, top 40 US / Peace Song-writing Award 2006. Since his early years Tobias was inspired of Gandhi's Non-violence actions and worked with cultural peace projects since the 80's. "It's now more important then ever to unite for Peace!" The Gandhi Tour is a global music festival created with the intent to arise social change by uniting people through the Universal language of music. This global music event creates a platform for cultural dialogue relating to all cultures and religions inspired by the life of Mahatma Gandhi with the support of Dr. Arun Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson. The Gandhi tour will spread his Grandfathers prolific message of non-violence and multicultural understanding around the world threading the message of Gandhi through out each event. In addition to providing humanitarian support by forming partnerships with charitable organizations. The Gandhi tour combines the power of music, art and media to call for Peace with featured local artists and well known International stars around the globe. www.gandhi-tour.com
September 8th through the 11th will be the First Annual Clear Creek Festival for Peace and Freedom, a few miles southeast of Winslow Arizona. Four days of music, food, and art celebrating and bolstering peace and freedom for our planet.
Hello Dear Tobias
I had a venue ("Sangha") on the East Coast that featured Avant-Garde Music produced in partnership with Transparent Productions who brought musicians into a network of venues from their respective spots in the world, all continents. As you know this music is spontaneous and feeds and grows on the energy of the moment and life experience of the musicians..so one often felt the ocean waves combined with flourishes of flamenco or monotone drones of Tibetan prayers. Sometimes a flute would become the sound of a drum and a guitar, a saxophone.. and the two would tell sad stories of human anguish, then burst into cries and finish with lullabies......If you are looking for places in the Washington Area I can introduce your work to the Smithsonian Institution. The stage there handled much larger audiences, of course, than my small place. Your audience here would be approx 2,000....Another idea would be the Washington Capitol Mall area....where just recently a crowd of 1.2 million came out for the humorous "Restore Sanity" event....You can see that people need Art to melt away the illusory political disruptions to PEACE...As a current resident of this area, I am always ready to plan a great Peace Event here in DC.....
I have just returned from Geneva where the United Nations is preparing a conference to be held 20-24 April to look at current manifestations of racial discrimination and xenophobia. As a non-governmental organization in consultative status and active in human rights issues, the representatives of the Association of World Citizens participate in the preperations as well as in the conference.
In many parts of the world, there is an intensification of xenophobia - fear of the foreign- usually expressed as fear and rejection of the foreigner. We see propaganda against immigrants and the promotion of doctrines of cultural and religious superiority. Yet each situation is different. Thus, to prepare our contribution to the Conference, I would be glad to receive your experiences and analysis of the area where you live or know best concerning xenophobic currents and the rejection of cultrual diversity.
As things now stand, I think that I will stress three issues on which I have worked before, but I am open to other additions:
1) Migration. Migration for work is already an important world pattern and is likely to grow with the impact of the economic downturn. It is important to look at the ways that migrants are treated. The fear of migrants and their impact on society is an important factor in xenophobia.
2) Trafficking is an aspect and a particular form of the patterns of migration. There is a large underground economy linked to trafficking in persons. Trafficking is often treated as a police matter with little concern for the people so trafficked. Linked to the issue of trafficking is violence against women, especially women trafficked for the sex trade. While there are many forms of violence against women - often within the family - we can safely say that there is little trafficking of women for sexual purposes which is not associated with violence against women.
3) There is a need to strengthen the United Nations and regional institutions to deal with the consequences of migration and trafficking in persons.
I would be glad to receive your comments and suggestions at my personal email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your cooperation.
Rene Wadlow, Representative to the UN, Geneva, Association of World Citizens