On January 18th, 2013, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy had the pleasure of hosting a special performance by youth musicians of Heartbeat. The band is based in Jerusalem, and unites young Israeli and Palestinians to build mutual understanding and deal with conflict through the power of music. Over the years, Heartbeat has developed a range of creative, non-violent tools to express themselves and become a voice for their communities.
The concert was a great success and the music was widely appreciated by everyone in attendance. The talented musicians shared their unique blend of Eastern and Western music in original songs calling for cooperation, understanding, and social change. The evening also featured a taste of their recent HOpera: The Borderline Remix. Although some of the songs were performed in Hebrew and Arabic, the linguistic barrier did not stop the audience from enjoying themselves, which only reinforced the idea that music is the common language of all mankind. Musicians have the power to deliver a message that can transcend cultures, and can break the chains that divide people around the world.
The ICD looks forward to organizing similar events in the future, as through such cultural exchanges, we can understand our shared humanity, build trust, and create harmony amidst diversity. As they say, music knows no boundaries.