'The World Music Conference (WMC) is delighted to have the wonderful support from UK National Commission for UNESCO for the 5th Annual World Music Conference 2021.'
‘’The UK National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to support this year’s World Music Conference and its important mission to promote the positive impact of music on the lives of young people. We warmly commend all the participants in building conversations about the influence of music on mental health and its powerful potential to communicate these ideas’’.Karen Merkel, Non-Executive Director for Communication & Information, UK National Commission for UNESCO
Message from Academy and Grammy Award Winning Composer, Musician and Educator - Dr A.R. Rahman, in support of the World Music Conference.
Enabling children to grow into self-aware, self-confident, skilful, and enterprising adults has always been a high ambition of great teachers and a challenge for all involved in education. During the last century in particular, music teachers and mentors have realised their uniquely advantageous position to unlock imaginations, guide youthful spirits and encourage future generations to explore self-expression, developing their talents and techniques, sharing their inspirations and creations, and growing in artistry and humanity. Yet alongside these golden opportunities are too many stories of the disturbed, abused and even abandoned children, each of which is deeply regrettable. As the last two years have caused the world to search for new means to communicate effectively, there has sadly also been an increase in the estrangement of the young through the very technology which can otherwise be the means to guide, teach and elevate their young lives. We all now are in need of revitalisation of our efforts to nurture the young, refreshment of our ambitions for them, and re-thinking of our policies and processes.
This Conference is one of many initiatives, each of them essential in the 21st century: its purpose and remit are equally high in ambition. It is now equally vital that practitioners can join online to share and discuss, to plan and propose how we can safeguard and enhance the development of the next generation, and how these formative adults can in turn rebuild the standards of social interaction which are evermore necessary on our evermore widely globalised planet.
His Excellency Dr Shashank Vikram, IFS, Chief Patron, World Music Conference
His Excellency Mr.Amish Tripati, Minister (Culture), Indian High Commission, UK & Director, Nehru Centre,
Councillor Muhammed Afzal,Lord Mayor of Birmingham and Patron, British Carnatic Choir
Mr.Andy Street, CBE, Combined Mayor of West Midlands
Mr.John Crabtree, OBE, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of West Midlands
Professor Peter Francis, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Birmingham City University
Dr Chithra Ramakrishnan,FRSA, FRAS, Founder and Curator, World Music Conference 2021 (Virtual)
WORLD MUSIC CONFERENCE THEME MUSIC
“I send my best wishes to the organisers of the third world music conference. It is events like this that bring us together irrespective of our differences and which provide a platform for us to celebrate the sheer diversity, in terms of world music, that plays an important role in our daily life."
“Music is a powerful language, that connects us all, irrespective of where we come from. I’m delighted to hear about the world music conference, an ideal opportunity, I feel, to applaud the talents in our diverse communities, but also a chance to remember the departed iconic music legends, whose legendary contributions shall forever remain in memory.