The Silk Road Cultural Belt


The Silk Road Cultural Belt is an initiative of the Callias Foundation, a non profit organisation based in Berlin. We aim to engage people from all over the world, for whom classical music is an important part of life, to become a source of inspiration to others by sharing their personal idea of silk in classical music, independently from aesthetic convictions in a specific cultural zone like East (Africa), West (Asia), North (Central Asia) or South (Europe) at the Conference of the Birds.

Our search for clear knowledge goes along with the professional curiosity of our first strategic partner, the musicians of the Silk Road Symphony Orchestra (SRSO). In their words: „We want to understand you, our international audiences and invite you, to become an active and conscious co-creator not only of the Silk Road Cultural Belt, but of our concerts in Berlin, along the Silk Road and beyond."

The SRSO believes that the Silk Road Cultural Belt provides a unique platform to share what each of us believes to be 'Silk' in classical music: basic human qualities as they are expressed in different forms of classical music.

We learn from #responsiblelisteners like you - around the world, along the Silk Road Cultural Belt and from the Conference of the Birds - what Silk in music means to you - by sharing one piece of music from your 'play-list' as a youtube-link, a video, or a mp3 file and leaving it in the belt for others.

This will allow us to compose together with you regardless of where you live a large mosaic of sources of inspiration.

In 2022 / 2023 our Curators will choose for the Berliner Dialogkonzerte one piece of music (Solo/Silk/Symphony) from the Silk Road Cultural Belt to create with your support new and exceptional programs.

As a reward for your source of inspiration Callias Foundation will mention your name in our program, website and press release. This way you can support the SRSO in it’s aim to create together with a virtual and real audience an active form of dialogue.

A heartfelt thank you to all the curious co-authors of the SRCB along the path from Miami, Tübingen or Kinshasa for your wonderful support also in 2021 to make this idea happen.

Hannah, a New York based music lover shared 'Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten' by Arvo Pärt as her personal source of inspiration and placed it in the northern part of China. We combined it with the 1st Violin Concerto by Sergej Prokofiev and Ludwig van Beethovens 7th Symphony in A-Major op. 92. 

On the 26th of April 2018 the SRSO performed 'Ramification' by Gyorgy Ligeti, 'Fantasia' 3 by Achim Burg and the 'Grosse Fuge' op. 133 by L.v. Beethoven at the Artist Weekend in Berlin.  

On the 2nd of June 2018 the Silk Road Symphony Orchestra & Barocksolisten performed at the NEUES MUSEUM in Berlin BWV4, 106 and BWV 12 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Barbara Schnitzler from Deutsches Theater read a fragment from the Bhagavadgita joining Steffen Lehbrink with a fragment from Homers Ilias and the Gilgamesh epos. 

On the 26/27/28th of April and 14/15/16 of June 2019 the Berliner Dialogkonzerte took place in the Parochialkirche in Berlin. Giovanni Palestrina's 'Missa in duplicibus minoribus I' in a dialogue with a fragment from the Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead. Sherif Elseify read in old Egyptian from the original sources with Torben Swane reading the German translation from Erik Hornung.

For the first time both international and Berlin based music lovers had the chance to join the #WhySilkHub in the Foyer of the Parochialkirche online and offline. 

The more people contribute their personal perception of Silk in classical music, the more inspiration we create together.



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