The world premiere of the project "Musical gratitude to medical workers (with the support of WHO and UNESCO)" will take place in Ukraine
The world premiere of the project "Musical gratitude to medical workers (with the support of WHO and UNESCO)" will take place in Ukraine.

The world premiere of the international project "Musical gratitude to medical workers (with the support of WHO and UNESCO)" will take place in Ukraine. It will bring together composers and performers from different countries.

As the author of the project, UNESCO Artist for Peace Herman Makarenko, noted, that performers will present music from all continents, there will be several world premieres of Ukrainian and foreign composers, participation of UNESCO Artists from different countries, a combination of online and offline formats.

"We strive to express gratitude to medical workers all over the world for their courage and dedication, to emphasize solidarity in overcoming the global challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic," said H.Makarenko. He specified that the project would be held under the patronage of UNESCO, with the support of WHO and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

UNESCO Assistant Director-general Eduard Firmin Matoko stressed that the audiovisual content created within the project will become part of the global "ResiliArt" movement launched by UNESCO.

Rehearsals have already begun, and the concert-presentation of the international project will take place in September - the audience will be filled with Ukrainian medical workers. The resulting audiovisual product will be posted on online platforms for free access; medical workers around the world will be able to watch it.

The program will feature several pieces from each continent. The world premiere of "The Road of Hope" hymn by the French composer Pierre Sebaoun, will take place, created for the sculpture of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, French sculptor Hedva Ser. The project will also demonstrate a fundamentally new format - online and offline collaborations, which responds to the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Turkish composer UNESCO Artist for Peace Kudsi Ergüner will perform in real-time the instrumental part, which will be shown online on a big screen in the concert hall, at the same time he will be accompanied by the Kyiv Classic Orchestra. It is symbolic that the musicians will simultaneously perform this composition, being in different countries. Another example of intercultural dialogue will be the premiere of the musical piece "Africa forever" by the Ukrainian composer Artem Roshchenko, written using the musical folklore of the peoples of Central Africa and the pygmies.

This is not the first creative collaboration of UNESCO Artists for peace from different countries, which received a new impetus during the pandemic. The author of the project, H.Makarenko, hopes that such a global synergy of musicians and vocalists, a multi-genre musical program, where the folk and modern compositions coexist comfortably along with classics and jazz, will contribute to cultural diversity, disseminate and develop intercultural dialogue, ideas of humanism.

Partners of the event: Ministry of Health of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Directorate-General for Rendering Services to Diplomatic Missions (GDIP), National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine, Association of Chief Physicians of Ukraine, Institute "ECOGINTOX", Ukrainian Federation of Professional Medical Associations, the Honorable Council of «the Order of St. Panteleimon», International organization of Social Justice, AMC Media.

Media partners: Retro FM, Ivona,, Marie Claire.