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André de Quadros
What do you do?
Artistic Director of Common Ground Voices (CGV), an international choir project consisting of equal groups of Arabs, Israelis, and Swedes
What inspires you?
The common ground of music unites and acts as a tool for fruitful dialogue based on creativity, compassion, and respect.
What are you proud of?
In Jerusalem, we are confronted with ethnic, religious, political, and socio-economic diversity, segregation, and fragmentation. Over a five-day residency in March 2018, the singers were able to converse about the conflict, realizing the importance and platform of CGV. The Swedish singers functioned as artistic and project partners by being able to mediate conversations. Several of the Israeli and Palestinian participants testified that CGV gave them the opportunity, for the first time, to have a fruitful dialogue with the other party, based on mutual respect.
What are your goals?
Common Ground Voices aims to form a circle of understanding in a world of differences between human beings.
Do you have any advice for your fellow artists?
Peace-building and conflict resolution takes patience.
How does The Field help you?
The Field assisted in raising money for the travel, accommodation, and food costs for the singers; providing the resources to make the 2018 March residency in Jerusalem possible.
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