In 2014, it will have been exactly 100 years ago that Europe and the larger part of the world plunged into a war that would have far-reaching and irreversible consequences for the entire planet. Old structures and power blocks were destroyed, new states rose, the old world from before 1914 had permanently come to an end.
Thirty-nine national and international choirs have accepted the invitation sent out by Flanders Festival Brussels to participate in a homage to peace. More than 1000 professional and non-professional singers from countries that were involved in the First World War a hundred years ago are now standing side by side. In doing so, Flanders Festival Brussels affirms the role of art in general and singing together in particular as the universal glue that keeps us together.
17 foreign and 22 Belgian choirs will meet between 3 and 9 November 2014. They will forge friendships, discover our country and explore each other’s singing traditions during 17 joint concerts in 17 Flemish municipalities. A week of meeting and singing together will be awarded with an unforgettable final concert on 9 November during which all 1300 singers together with the Brussels Philharmonic will present new work from Krzysztof Penderecki: a inspired plea for peace in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Koekelberg Basilica).
Herman van Rompuy, president of the European Council, is patron of the project.