On the night of March 10, Sjöströmsalen, in Artisten met on the same stage with some brave musicians from two orchestras who shared a music stand to perform a traditional Afghan piece Bia ki beram ma Mazar, with arrangements by Kai Benjamin Jack. Musicians, most of Afghanistan, who raised the sound of their instruments against the barbarism that has lashed out against them.
This historic event in Gothenburg occurred thanks to the visit of the Zohra Orchestra, the first women’s orchestra in Afghanistan, formed by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast in 2015 within the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), winner of the Polar Music Prize 2018. 25 girls who are criticized and attacked for making music in a country with an interminable armed conflict, which between 1996 and 2001 banned music by the Taliban. She was accompanied by our students from the Dream Orchestra, many of them courageous Afghans who decided to escape the horror of the war and who, for a couple of days, felt at home with the Zohra girls.
More than 400 people enjoyed a concert that showed another face of the Persian country. It showed some brave young people who resist through music: they, Zohra, even with the first woman Afghan orchestra conductor; the Dream Orchestra, with students of more than 13 nationalities, who have learned the importance of supporting their music friends, of working for the common good of all. All together have decided to transform their lives through music.
Brave night that brought together all those who dare to believe in a nobler world.
We want to share with you some images and videos of the concert that had the support of the School of Music and Drama of the University of Gothenburg, Polar Music Prize, Betlehemskyrkan and Dutt CSR Consulting.