The Egyptian Committee for Justice and Peace is completing its efforts to deal with various manifestations of ugliness and various forms of violence through art.
The competition targets primary and preparatorystudents in 53schools and educational institutions from different governorates in Egypt.
Dreams of Peace and Tolerance … or Dreams of Future Work : The drawings varied in their expression between public and private.
Father Bruno Musaro, the Ambassador of the Vatican State in Cairo, attended the awards ceremony. His honour paid tribute to the event and to the audience.
Fifteen SJA students won out of the 44 who participated in the competition.
In a world full of conflicts, the organizers of the festival are well aware of the role they play, and every year they plant new seeds of peace in that promising young land.
It is a project under the patronage of Mr. Thierry Petit, an Orchestra French violinist at the Montpellier National Orchestra. The idea of the project is an initiative to bring together six countries, six music groups, six composers and a large number of pupils from the Mediterranean schools on the production of cross-cultural music.
From France to Spain, then to Tunisia and Greece, through Lebanon and to Egypt, each country took on the task of carrying out part of the joint work. Therefore, symphony orchestra and a school from each country were chosen as authorized partners of the project. The children wrote, sang, and recorded lyrics, each in their own language.
A choir was chosen by the Institute of Saint Jeanne Antide led by Mireille Banoub, to represent Egypt in this new experiment.
On March 31, 2017, a musical concert was held in the theater of our institute. The preparatory and secondary students sang the musical poems of the six countries, written in different languages. The Alexandrian ladies learnt Spanish and Greek, in order to get the job well done!
The peculiarity of this kind of concert is the possibility of watching the foreign singers and listening to their voices at the same time as our choir through a giant screen display. The experiment was a great success, clearly seen on the faces of the audience.
The travelling contrabass is a great adventure to strengthen the bonds of friendship among peoples from different countries !
For the second year, the Egyptian Committee for Peace and Justice organized an art competition in the Republic under the title “Draw peace with your hands.”
This year the participation of the Institute in the competition has increased. About 60 pupils from primary and preparatorydepartments presented exquisite paintings in oil, gouache and pencil. Eleven pupils won 200 pounds and certificates of appreciation were distributed to all participants.
A book that contained all the works of the participants was published which had a great effect on enhancing the pupils who didn’t win the competition this year.
Art is the means used to express ideas and consolidate the concepts, so the real success of the contest was not only in the distribution of prizes to the talented but also it was in spreading the culture of peace, which we all need in our communities by such young creative students.