XX. International Day of Peace

Tolosa | 17.09.2022

Analyzing and valuing the relationship between art and youth with peace

The General Assembly of the United Nations established September 21 as the International Day of Peace, which is why UNESCO celebrates a day that brings together education and public awareness initiatives on peace related issues. Euskal Herria has been the venue for the twentieth edition, in collaboration with the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, the City Council of Tolosa and TOPIC.

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Participating choirs
Medellin, Colombia
Coro de Cámara Cecilia Espinosa

Founded in 1984 by its current director, Cecilia Espinosa Arango, it is a group of mixed voices that perform religious and secular works of various genres and styles, by new creators and renowned composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. It is a benchmark in Colombia, where its groups are school-choirs forming a large number of musicians.

Internacia Esperanto-Koruso

Choir founded in 1980 by singers from all continents. Its objective is to share the pleasure of singing in international Esperanto, a language created in 1887 out of the need for international understanding to achieve peace. The current director is the Bulgarian teacher Zdravka Boytchéva and she has an international repertoire that spans all eras.

Madrid Youth Choir

It is one of the reference youth choirs in Spain, which has achieved the greatest European projection. Created in 2014, under the direction of Juan Pablo de Juan, it is made up of 80 components. In his list of winners he has national and international awards, among others, the highest award at the XXII. Grand National Prize for Choral Singing in July 2022.

Basque Country
Basque Country Youth Choir

Created by the Confederation of Choirs of the Basque Country in 2016, it brings together the best young voices in the Basque Country. It has 40 members of very high vocal qualities, under the direction of Elisenda Carrasco and César Marañón. In his list of winners, the absolute award of the 2021 Tolosa International Choral Contest stands out.

Roundtable participants
María Angélica Bueno Cipagauta

Political scientist from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. She is an expert in the development of public policy strategies in reconciliation, peace, transitional justice and conflict resolution. She has been Coordinator of the Coexistence Objective of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition of Colombia, and Coordinator of the public policy team at the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace- OACP, among others.

Linda Le Nepveu

Graduated in Economics and International Economic Law, she has worked as a legal advisor in labor law and researcher of Luxembourg, French and European jurisprudence. She has coordinated and organized all the events organized of the World Congress of Esperanto, held in Montréal (Canada).

Amanda Aguirre

Graduated in International Relations and Translation and Intercultural Communication from the European University of Madrid. She works as a trilingual translator specializing in international relations. She has worked, among others, for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Spain in the management of data from International Organizations.

Davide Grosso

Five music rights activist with an academic background in ethnomusicology, he has carried out extensive field research in Indonesia about music and society and worked in journalism and media.
He joined the International Music Council in 2013 where he is in charge of project management and communication. Among others assignments, he coordinates the International Rostrum of Composers and curates the edition of the Music World News.
Since 2020 he is the chair of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee, representing a network of more than 400 NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO.
Outside the office he composes electronic music for a contemporary puppet theatre company and writes about music and politics for various magazines and blogs.

Ainhoa Gomez

Ainhoa Gomez Izagirre, a young woman from Tolosa graduated in law from the UPV/EHU, specializing in Governance and Human Rights. She collaborated in the Museum of Memory and Human Rights of Santiago de Chile in the Department of Education. Currently, she works as a Peace and Coexistence technician at the Euskadi Youth Council (EGK).

Clément Peretjatko

Clément Peretjatko, Director and Puppeteer, graduated from the ESNAM of Charleville-Mézières (Higher National School of Puppet Arts), also has training in theater and cinema at the University of Rennes 2 and in the administration of international cultural exchanges in the Lyon IEP (Institute of Political Studies). He has worked in fifteen countries on artistic cooperation projects, the aim of which is to bring together the arts of poetry and puppetry, combining research with creation. He defends an approach to puppetry as art, as a sociological approach tool and as a response to any oppressive system. Within UNIMA, he has been an elected councilor for France since 2016. He coordinated the “ResiliArt” project together with UNESCO before joining the executive committee in 2021.

Download the scores of the song for Peace

Download song and scores

The renowned Basque composer Josu Elberdin (www.elberdin.com) has composed the choral work entitled 'Zatoz' for this occasion, and will be released on 17th September.

Relive the Day of peace

You can see the round table 'Peace, art and youth' and the concert offered by four international choirs in its entirety.