Cyprus Mail

Music ‘a metaphor for cooperation and harmony’

George Vassiliou can be seen (third from left) with Mehmet Ali Talat beside him at the Pharos recital

FORMER President George Vassiliou and former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat were among those who attended a violin and piano recital with Johannes Fleischmann and Philippe Raskin on Tuesday night.

The recital was co-hosted by the Pharos Arts Foundation in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy.

According to the foundation, the concert was attended by important personalities from all communities on the island, and included Vasilliou and Talat.

In his opening remarks president of Pharos, Garo Keheyan, spoke of the vital need for the arts and culture to be funded and supported if Cyprus is to develop a healthy, mature and cultured society.

Keheyan said the financial crisis being witnessed today was largely the result of societies investing in material wealth instead of cultural wealth, “of idolising financial profit over a richness of spirit”.

He said that music in particular was among the essential ways people could connect “with the mystery and majesty of human life and what it means to be a human being”.

Keheyan said music was also a metaphor for cooperation and harmony between people, “that our imagination shaped reality and it was high time that we have the courage, intelligence and goodwill to re-imagine a new future for Cyprus”.

The Ambassador of Austria Karl Mueller in his remarks praised the Pharos Arts Foundation for its pioneering work and said that the cultural horizon in Cyprus would not be the same without Pharos.

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