Special event
Music and art: how cultures speak to the present day

Saturday 25 November 2017,
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

Organised with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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How do cultures carry the past into the present? Music is vividly brought to life each time it is performed, but don’t all cultural artefacts share a similar potential to communicate – if only we can make them speak?

In this discussion, a panel of speakers will trace the different journeys music and art take. Is there an analogy between the rhythmic pattern of a Bach Gloria and African drumming? Are the temple sculptures of the Parthenon intended to move the viewer in the way sacred music does?

The wider debate will look at the shifting meanings of culture. How is the European tradition changing as the centres of world power evolve? Globalisation has increased our knowledge of other cultures, bringing conflict but also new possibilities for compassion, understanding and peace.

The panel includes:

  • Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum
  • Daniel Kühnel, Artistic Director of the Festival
  • Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God and other works
  • Ian Jenkins, Senior Curator in the Department of Greece and Rome
  • Maya Youssef, Syrian musician

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