Israeli Folksongs as Cultural Diplomacy
Cultural diplomacy has emerged as a powerful tool for fostering mutual understanding, peace, and dialogue among nations. Music possesses the unique ability to evoke emotions, tell stories, and express the essence of a culture. As a universal language, it holds the power to communicate shared experiences and foster empathy among people from different backgrounds. The 19th Conference of “Who am I?” An Israeli Song exemplified this by showcasing the diverse tapestry of Israeli music and its profound influence on the nation’s identity.
The event, sponsored by the Dangoor Centre, initiated and organized by the Department of Music at the Faculty of Humanities in Bar Ilan University, in collaboration with Galei-Zahal IDF radio station, exemplifies the potential of music as a medium for cultural exchange and diplomacy. The two days event, driven by the principles of cultural diplomacy, showcased the profound impact of music in facilitating dialogue and strengthening cross-cultural connections. It was a vibrant celebration of Israeli music, bringing together people who share a passion for the power of art and culture in promoting harmony among nations.
The Dangoor Centre has long been committed to promoting cultural diplomacy initiatives that foster dialogue and understanding. Under the visionary leadership of Dr. Talila Eliram, the 19th Conference of “Who am I?” An Israeli Song stands as a remarkable example of how music can facilitate meaningful conversations and build bridges between diverse communities. This annual conference is more than just a celebration of Israeli music; it is a testament to the power of art and culture in creating meaningful connections.
The 19th Conference of “Who am I?” An Israeli Song was an eagerly awaited event that brought together over 800 people, including composers, singers, researchers, and music enthusiasts, who shared a common passion for music. Throughout the conference, participants were treated to a rich tapestry of lectures, discussions, and musical performances that showcased the profound global impact of Israeli music on society, past, and present. By hosting composers, singers, and researchers from various backgrounds, the event embraced diversity and inclusivity, further enriching the experience for all attendees.
One of the highlights of the conference was the heartwarming recognition of Thelma Aliagon-Rose, a revered creator and contributor to Israeli music. The prestigious lifetime achievement award bestowed upon her by the President of Bar Ilan University, Prof. Arie Zaban, celebrated her unparalleled contributions to the world of music. Thelma’s work exemplifies the power of music to transcend boundaries and create lasting connections between cultures. Her artistic vision has inspired generations, and her recognition at this event serves as a reminder of the profound impact that artists can have on promoting dialogue and understanding.