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Fighting Terror with Music

Karim Wasfi
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Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2016
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XVII
Date: 21/09/2016

“I took a decision to beat terror, intimidation, brainwash, monopoly, through beauty, refinement, civilization and dialogue. From 9 families attending my concert in 2008, today I have 1,200 which the capacity of the major concert hall in Baghdad.” In this inspiring talk, Karim Wasfi shares his personal story of the use of music in Iraq to help overcome death and to defeat terror and hate. Karim is the Director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra.

Geneva Peace Talks 2016. Recorded at the United Nations Office at Geneva on 21 September 2016.
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Karim Wasfi

Chief conductor & Director-Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra

Karim is the Chief conductor and Director of the Iraqi Symphony Orchestra. During his distinguished career as a musician, Karim has promoted creativity to convey powerful messages about peace. Founder of the “Peace through Arts’’, Karim teaches music to youth and orphans from different backgrounds to promote reconciliation. He also initiated the first female conductors’ class in the Middle East. Recently, Karim drew the attention of international media for his courageous acts of playing cello on blast sites of terrorist attacks. This response to violence has become a campaign called Music for Peace, aiming at rebuilding connections among his fellow citizens to resist violence.

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