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Yangon: Notes beyond fear, art and beauty go online

“Notes beyond fear / Notes beyond fear” is the initiative launched by the Italian Embassy in Yangon to continue to promote the values of art and beauty at the basis of our common identity, in the only way that is now possible: online. Musicians, composers, actors and singers who have already performed in Myanmar in the last year and a half, or who would have done so in the near future (if their concerts had not been postponed sine die) are recording short performances from home, accompanied by the invitation to stay home and not to lose hope.

“It is a way for our artists to travel anyway, despite the quarantine – comments Ambassador Alessandra Schiavo – to overcome the borders, despite the isolation and the constant and progressive suspension of international connections. A way to show vitality, to ourselves and to others, in a period of crisis. A small gesture to be close to those who are forced to stay home, and to underline that even from home you can be useful to society. In summary, an antidote against bewilderment and fear; a way to be in solidarity with those who fear or suffer for their loved ones”.

Francesco and Stefano Parrino, a violinist and a flutist, have overseen the project and made the first video with an original transcription for violin and flute of “Va, pensiero” from Giuseppe Verdi’s “Nabucco”. So far on the Facebook page of the Embassy in Yangon (Italian Embassy in Yangon) you can see the 19 contributions published so far ranging from classical music to opera, from jazz to literary pieces. There are also the contributions of the winners of the Ibla Grand Prize 2019, who were unable to perform on March 12th and 13th in Yangon due to the suspension of public events. This initiative is in line with the wider initiative of the Farnesina “#WeAreItaly – #StaytunedonIT” to show that even in the time of isolation Italy continues to export beauty and humanity.