For thousands of years Jerusalem has stood for something greater than any other city in the history of civilization. Jerusalem is the centre of an unique energy, an age old tension that can be experienced as acute intensity or serene calm, depending on the moment. HOW believes in tolerance, equality and mutual respect. We are firm in the conviction that the path to peace is through creation, not destruction. Part of our work throughout the Centenary will be done in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
Music is a universal language. It can touch the soul of person on the deepest level. Music can communicate an ineffable unity that is at the heart of humanity. For harmony to truly prevail over war, we must all play our respective parts in tune, and on time. If it’s going to be anything, it’s going to be music.
The security of Jerusalem is crucial. Its stability is dependent on on civil relations between its neighbours, and the reciprocity of respect between the diverse communities that dwell there. Extremism is not a solution. Moderation must win over zealotry. The encouragement and acceptance of the others is imperative to people living safely.
Throughout the centenary of WWI, HOW will be running music programs for youth from diverse backgrounds in Jerusalem. We aim to facilitate coexistence through our unique education program that will bring together Arab and Israeli, Jew and Muslim, Secular and Religious. We aim to bridge these divides through acknowledgement of the vital importance of diversity as a path to harmony.
The Battle of Jerusalem during World War One lasted from November 17th- December 30th 1917. To mark the hundredth anniversary, for the last 6 weeks of 2017, HOW will be working in Jerusalem to promote peace through music.
Various concerts will be staged throughout the city with musicians from diverse backgrounds coming together to promote unity. The festival will culminate with mainstage performance on December 30th with major artists from the region and around the world uniting in music.
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"Harmony Over War succeeded in its goal of sharing a compelling and important story...Driven by the strength of its performers...The audience definitely enjoyed watching these two men moving towards something greater than they could have imagined... crowd-pleasing play with an important message for its audience" - Mooney on Theatre