Riccardo Muti, Helga Rabl-Stadler, Anna Netrebko, Shirin Neshat, Francesco Meli, Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi
Salzburg donates €50,000 towards music education for Syrian refugees12:23, 7th August 2017
The Salzburg Festival is donating €50,000 to facilitate musical education for Syrian refugee children in Jordan over the next two years.
The Festival is donating the net profit of the ticket sales for the dress rehearsal of Aida, conducted by Riccardo Muti and directed by Shirin Neshat, and starring Anna Netrebko and Francisco Meli, to the Middle East Children’s Institute (MECI).
A longtime patron of the Festival has matched this amount, and the resulting €100,000 will enable 6,000 Syrian refugee children to receive music education as part of the MECI programme over the next two years.
MECI provides young people aged between six and 14 years with learning and support opportunities, life skills, and child protection services, as well as access to trauma therapists and self-development activities.
Helga Rabl-Stadler, president of the Salzburg Festival, explains: ‘It is important to us not to forget those who need our help urgently over the enjoyment of the Festival. Thanks to the artists who forgo salary, and thanks to the customers who bought the tickets for the dress rehearsal, we can donate a substantial amount to MECI, an approved relief organisation.’
‘We are very happy to be able to extend our educational offers to the very important sphere of music,’ said MECI founder Lola Grace and board members Angelika Svoboda and Ida Metzger-Niaghi. ‘Syrian refugee children in Jordan thus get another important building block to strengthen their confidence and self-expression.’