The Unifying Concert in Amsterdam, broadcast across 4 continents, featured top artists from conflict areas sending the world a message of peace.
MasterPeace, the award-winning peace movement, celebrated the International Day of Peace with 55 events in 45 countries, including many in conflict areas. At the heart of MasterPeace Celebrations, a mesmerizing concert taking place in Amsterdam bringing top artists from conflict areas performing on one stage. From Moscow to Los Angeles, from Mexico City via Istanbul to Kabul, MasterPeace stages all over the world offered local artists an opportunity to bridge divides and bring thousands of people together to mark a historic celebration of peace. In a world first, the Unifying Concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam featured artists from countries currently engaged in armed conflict. By boldly appearing on one stage, these artists showcased what connects them: diversity, dialogue, and, the MasterPeace motto, “Music above fighting.”
MasterPeace co-founder and Art Director Ilco van Der Linde: “I am really happy that so many amazing brave artists agreed to come together to demonstrate that sustainable solutions can only come by stopping armed conflicts. The two hour-long MasterPeace in Concert will be remembered as an exciting journey of hope, strength, opportunity and musical inspiration for all.”
In a world first, MasterPeace in Concert Amsterdam will feature many of the artists who will be stepping onto the Ziggo Dome stage performing for the first time with musicians from a country or group with whom there is or has been ‘armed’ conflict.
A star-studded line up of artists representing 14 conflict areas will join Syrian music icon, Assala Nasri who received the MasterPeace’s ‘Peace Ambassadorship’ award presented to her by MasterPeace co-founder Ilco Van Der Linde and the winner of ‘Women in the Media Award’, author and MasterPeace board member Petra Stienen in a press conference held on Thursday 18th September, as MasterPeace has chosen her as the International Artist Ambassador to the Middle East. All performances will be accompanied by the world’s largest Pop and Jazz orchestra, the Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra, lead by renowned music director Jules Buckley (UK).
MasterPeace Co-founder and CEO Mohamed Helmy adds, “We have been building up for this moment for the past four years. We started MasterPeace Peace Day celebrations in only two countries; it is amazing to see now thousands of active peace-builders in 45 countries! So we decided to call all our active peace-builders Nelson, named after Mr. Nelson Mandela and our goal to recruit many new Nelsons in the coming years”.Read more about the campaign
The concert also featured performances from Grammy Nominated American soul and gospel star Oleta Adams (Here we are), BBC World Music winner Senegal’s legendary singer and bandleader Baaba Maal (a MasterPeace ambassador), and the acclaimed Dutch singer/songwriter and humanitarian Van Velzen. Maal expressed his excitement to be part of the event saying, “I have always promoted peace through music. I am grateful for the chance to appear on a world stage committed to peace and use the power of music to spread my message” MasterPeace has declared 2014 the year in which the movement reaches a new apex, crowning four years of peace building efforts with a yearly celebration of the UN’s International Day of Peace.
All MasterPeace in Concert Locations
and selected MasterPeace in Concert flagship events.
The main event and our unifying edition of all concerts around the world will be held in the Ziggo Dome.Read more
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Rest of the World
Kabul, Esteqlal Concert Hall
Mar del Plata, Torreón del Monje
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Mostar, Spanish Square
Yaounde, INJS– Rte de L’Université
Banjul, Carnival from Westfield junction to Buffer-zone
Tbilisi, Rustaveli Avenue
Cape Coast, London Bridge
Conakry, Kissosso Commune de Matoto
Reykjavik, Peace event for people in Gaza
Calcutta, Ramkrishna Mission Narendrapur
Monrovia, subject to cancellation due to Ebola outbreak crisis
Bitola, Peace Seminar @MasterPeace Office
Durlesti, In front of House of Culture
Marrakesh City Hivernage, Avenue Hassan
Yangon, Main streets, Peace Walk
Kathmandu, Episode Nepali Tara Show dedicated to MP
Tagum City, Trade Center Pavilion
The Republic of Dagestan
Subject to cancellation due to Ebola outbreak crisis
Freetown, Subject to cancellation due to Ebola outbreak crisis
Khartoum, Khartoum Green Yard
Tunis, Seminar at Tunis University & Peace March at the14 January Street
Monastir, Monastir City Centre
Winchester, Peace Jam—Rotary Club
L.A, CalArts ( closed event)
Sanaa, The Basement Cultural Centre