“Religions and Sustainable Development Goals”: a cultural event, 6 March 2019


of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Cultural event "Religions and  Sustainable Development Goals"

Paul VI Hall, Thursday 7 March at 6.30 p.m


Card. Turkson: Music and art for the integral development of the person

A cultural event "Religions and Sustainable Development Goals", promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, will be held on Thursday, March 7 in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican. The evening, which will begin at 6.30 p.m., will see internationally renowned musical artists from different parts of the world and belonging to different religions performing on stage. Presenter of the event, will be Benedetta Rinaldi, host of Unomattina, RAI1.

"Music and art", said Card. Peter K.A. Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development that promotes the event "are an extraordinary vehicle of building spirit and integral development of the person: many of the artists invited for this evening will be with us to show it with their performances, but even more with their stories and their lives". Bruno-Marie Duffé, Secretary of the same Dicastery, added: "People of our time need, through religions, but also through every aspect of life that elevates the spirit, a new cultural paradigm to be inspired".

The following will perform on the stage of the Sala Nervi:  "Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela"; the quintet Progetto Davka; the dancers Kledi Kadiu, Federica Angelozzi and Sabatino D'Eustacchio; the Tunisian lutenist Marwan Samer; the Japanese classical musicians Hiroko Sato and Naho Yokoyama; the baritone Alessio Lent Escobar.

The concert, open to the public, is held as part of the conference "Religions and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): listening to the cry of the earth and of the poor" (March 7-9, Aula Nuova del Sinodo), organized in collaboration with Confcommercio, Enel Spa, Snam Spa who are committed in their respective market sectors in activities related to sustainability and human development.

Notes on the artists:

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Also known as "El Sistema", the orchestra was founded in Venezuela in the seventies by José Antonio Abreu as a project of recovery of poor young people and the margins of society, to give everyone a new opportunity for dignity and human development. The orchestra made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 2007 and collaborated with great conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Gustavo Dudamel. The "El Sistema" project has also extended to other countries, such as the United States, Spain and India.

Davka Project

Born from an idea of Maurizio Di Veroli, it is an Italian ensemble which today includes Luana Mariani (piano), Sabrina Vignolini (clarinet), Chiara Rossini (drums), and Alessandro Cerri (trumpet), that performs to spread the knowledge of Jewish culture in a perspective of comparison and dialogue through music. The group works in Italy and Europe and in 2018 was engaged in the realization of a show on the theme of the protection of the planet, aimed at highlighting how the Jewish tradition, already in the Bible, addresses this issue.

Marwan Samer

Musician, teacher of lute and Arabic singing. Born in 1983, he graduated in Musicology and was part of Eugenio Bennato's Taranta Power project. He has performed alongside artists of the calibre of Alpha Blondi in Brussels (Sfinks Festival), Milagro Acustico, Tosca and Enrico Ruggeri. He has played on international tours and concerts.

Hiroko Sato

Born in Tokyo, internationally renowned pianist, she now works as a professional collaborator both in Italy and abroad with soloists, for festivals, theaters and international singing competitions, including the "Vissi d'Arte", the "Giacomo Lauri Volpi", and the Abruzzo International .After studying at the University "Tamagawa Gakuen" and the "Conservatorio Daito" in Tokyo, she moved to Italy, in Rome, where she perfected her solo repertoire. She currently teaches at the AIDA Academy.

Naho Yokoyama

Soprano, born in Japan in 1979, was trained at the University of Art in Nagoya where she studied singing. She also studied conducting afterwards. Since 2010 she has been dividing her time between Japan and Rome, where she specialized in opera singing with maestro Gioacchino Gitto. She has performed in important theatres and prestigious international cultural institutions.

Alessio Qualesima Escobar

He joined the "Pueri Cantores" of the choir of the "Cappella Musicale Pontificia Sistina" directed by Mons. Domenico Bartolucci at a very young age, and then specialized also at the Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia in Rome. In 2012 he won the prestigious International Gold Medal "Maison des Artistes". He has performed in some of the most famous theaters and concert halls in the world as the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo, the Teatro Antico in Taormina.

Kledi Kadiu

Born in Albania in 1974, he graduated from the National Academy of Dance in 1992. He held solo roles at the Tirana Opera House. In 1993 he moved to Italy and since 1997 he has been first dancer in programs known to the general public such as "Buona Domenica", "C'è posta per te" and "Amici". In 2004 he founded Kledi Dance and in the same year he won the "Gino Tani" Award as artist of the year. In 2010 he won the Aqui Dance Award, in 2013 the King Manfredi for Dance and in 2014 the European Personality Award 2014.

Federica Angelozzi and Sabatino D'Eustacchio

Dancers and choreographers, they have worked in many Italian theaters and abroad, and in successful television broadcasts, such as "Amici". They are the founders of the Centro di Arte e Danza "B dance project", where in recent years they have refined their expressive language.


For more information about tickets, please contact the secretariat of the event, by writing to: eventosdgs2019@gmail.com .


06 March 2019