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Recognizing music as an expression of humanity's most profound aspirations and as a way to transcend borders of all kinds--linguistic, national, cultural, ideological, racial and religious--the 2002 World Festival of Sacred Music - Los Angeles is the result of an outpouring of interest and enthusiasm from community partners and artists who participated in 1999's World Festival of Sacred Music--The Americas initiated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Broadly defining "sacred" to encompass a wide range of musical forms, this intercultural, interfaith, interethnic collaborative effort is founded on the belief that sacred music has the ability to bring forth shared human values on which humanity's future depends: peace, understanding and respect for all living things. The World Festival of Sacred Music is not a commercial venture, nor does it promote or endorse any political or religious agenda. Rather, the festival provides a rare opportunity for people to come together to share cultural traditions; to contemplate the spiritual, ethical and ecological questions of our times; and to investigate issues of tolerance and diversity within our complex, urban environment.
The World Festival of Sacred Music is a sixteen-day celebration of the rich sacred music traditions of the people of Los Angeles, with more than fifty musical events produced in venues ranging from the city's major stages to intimate places of worship. A largely volunteer effort, based on the intention to utilize the arts festival model to build genuine community cooperation and understanding, World Festival of Sacred Music is produced by UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (CIP), EarthWays Foundation, and the Foundation for World Arts.
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