Daniel Barenboim gemeinsam mit dem West-Eastern Divan Orchestra ©Monika Rittershaus

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

In 1999 Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said organised the West-Eastern Divan as a workshop for Israeli, Palestinian and other Arab musicians. They gathered in Weimar, a place where the humanistic ideals of the Enlightenment had been overshadowed by the Holocaust, hoping to replace ignorance with education, knowledge and understanding and to work towards a better future by humanising people. Playing music together enabled bridges to be built across deep political and ideological divides. This one-off experimental event led to the formation of the legendary West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this season.

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