AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS
Peacebuilding and music organization, Musicians Without Borders team up with award-winning Dutch cartoonist, Tjeerd Royaards, to create a cartoon that illustrates the power of music for World Music Day (June 21st).
Focused on the strength that music has to connect communities, the ‘War Divides, Music Connects’ cartoon ties together the Musicians Without Borders’ mission, ‘to use the power of music to bridge divides, connect communities and heal the wounds of war.’
Most recently known for his work ‘Good Migrant, Bad Migrant’, Tjeerd is the Editor-in-Chief of the Cartoon Movement as well as a member of Cartooning for Peace.
“Music and visuals have the power to evoke an immediate emotional response. For me, both are at the heart of what it means to be human. I’ve tried to visualize the power of music to connect people, no matter where they are, and no matter what they’ve been through.” says Tjeerd.
With a growing number of programs around the world, Musicians Without Borders is the world’s pioneer in using music for peacebuilding and social change. Musicians Without Borders are currently active in Kosovo, Palestine, Greece, Northern Ireland, Germany, Rwanda, Uganda, El Salvador, Italy, and the Netherlands.
About World Wide Music Day
Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day, began in Paris as an initiative to make music free and accessible to anyone and is now celebrated in 700 cities all over the world.