Ever since Polyphony Education was established, I have dreamt of the moment in which Polyphony would be ready to produce a festival of liturgical music in Nazareth. I envisioned a festival that contributes meaningfully to the overall artistic and cultural scene in Israel, and that advances Polyphony’s mission by utilizing the unique religious and historical significance of the city of Nazareth. The success of the first festival assured us that music can connect people, brings cultures closer together, and gives us the tools as a society to cope with our differences. It also increased our commitment and motivation to make sure this festival continues for many years to come.
The Second Liturgical Festival has additional importance as a result of the health crisis the entire world is experiencing. It demonstrates our ability to preserve and continue to develop artistic and cultural endeavours despite all the challenges confronting us. Now more than ever, it is important to advance and preserve the culture in our lives, the humanity within us, and openness towards each other. As part of our efforts to develop the festival as a platform for inter-cultural, inter-faith interaction and discourse, we have taken pains to sure the festival program would express the diversity in Israeli society and demonstrate how this diversity is an advantage and a strength rather than a cause for division.
Music in times of crisis can bridge the cultural divide and grant society the hope and resilience to cope with all challenges.