"When music speaks, everybody understands". The tagline for the new EMMA (or Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) for Peace is a simple but powerful mantra. Music, it suggests, can succeed where language simply can’t. It can excite, thrill, console and comfort without the need for words, and it has the ultimate ability to unite disparate and often opposing communities. EMMA’s aim, according to its founder, a young Italian called Paolo Petrocelli, is to have a ‘positive impact’ on young people throughout the religiously and politically diverse Middle East and Mediterranean regions through, according to its website, "a network of music institutions, universities and philanthropic foundations brought together in the shared interest of music and the promotion of peace". EMMA for Peace was launched at the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
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EMMA for Peace at the 13th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates from EMMA for Peace on Vimeo.