United by Sound

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United by Sound is a Peacebuilding Program of the Home for Cooperation which uses music as a tool to build connections and foster empathy between the communities of Cyprus. Music is a powerful tool that can enable people to overcome preconceived ideas and prejudices and strengthen social bonds in societies divided and affected by the conflict.

The Program is committed to using the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities, and overcome the long-lasting effects of division. It envisions to inspire people across the divide to engage.

The main objectives of the program are to connect music professionals across the divide with viable opportunities locally and internationally; enhance the creative potential of communities’ music sectors by raising awareness of their works; foster the sharing of knowledge and transfer of skills among music sectors and professionals; facilitate the establishment of sustainable local structures capable of pursuing the aspirations of the program.

In carrying out these objectives H4C will, provide workshops and offer spaces to music professionals; discover new talent and strive to promote it to a wider audience; provide financial support for artists to perform locally; promote exchange and collaboration among musicians in all communities; and strive to create new audiences for musical works from those communities.

LIVE CONCERTS

The Program hosts performances by established and upcoming musicians from all over Cyprus at the Home for Cooperation. It has prompted venues around Cyprus to host musicians from both sides of the divide and has initiated beautiful collaborations. The Program is committed to supporting a new generation of emerging Cypriot artists that view their music and its innate excitement surrounding co-creation, as a response to the existing physical and mental barriers. The program’s overall motto can be summarized as “Cyprus is too small to have two separate music scenes”.

 

THE TIME IS RIPE

On the occasion of the Home for Cooperation’s 9th Anniversary in 2020, and the International Day of Music, the original song and video “The Time is Ripe” was released on the 21st of June. Amid the challenges of the year, the Island Seeds collective sprouted under the program United by Sound. Island Seeds is a collective of nearly 40 musicians from across the divide who joined forces from their homes in Cyprus, Germany, the UK, Greece, Canada, and the USA, to sing their invitation to the world that the time for ‘bringing our voices together’ is here. The song’s music and trilingual lyrics are an amalgamation that mirrors Cyprus’ present-day music culture: open-minded, eclectic, and not bound in purist agendas.

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