5月9日14:30開場15:00開演

"Music is a common language that does not need translation." "A soul speaks to another soul in music." Bach left these words and music has been handed down to our age through many people.

In 2015 the UN proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the world. The word was not so familiar to many people, and there have not been many opportunities for people to come to know their activities. However, this is a very important thought for our society. It sounds like a call that we should take action for a better future in the modern society filled with new things and information that are produced one after another.

In Japan as well, the idea of sustainable development has gradually been drawing attention. The fact that classical music has been handed down for hundreds of years is really along with this thinking.

We have attempted various things pursuing what music can do in society together with Martha Argerich. What we most value is to foster "minds." Many of you must feel human emotion and connections with others have been weakened along with the rapid development of mechanization and information technologies.

Of course we cannot solve these social issues only with music. As you know, we had Hitler who leaned art and loved Wagner.
However, the essence of music pursued by Beethoven celebrating 250th anniversary of his birth in 2020 and Bach has never changed, and music has shed light more, become stronger, and deeply moved people's hearts.
We need more than before the thought of love for humanity and solidarity advocated by Beethoven who sympathized with the poetry of Schiller.
Like racism that was surfaced with the COVIS-19 pandemic, human beings has repeated same mistakes in any era.

Martha Argerich wishes that you feel the wonderfulness of connecting with society and people through the Music Festival.
Martha and many other musicians have conveyed the charm of music in a convincing manner. Encouraged by their persuasion, I have a strong desire to share the essence of the arts and music with you and pass it down to the future.

"Soul to soul" and Beethoven's "dedication to the sacred arts and behavior that makes others happy" - we wish to come closer to them.

Ito Kyoko
General Producer, MUSIC FESTIVAL Argerich's Meeting Point



SDGs is an abbreviation of Sustainable Development Goals. They were adopted as the common goals to be pursued around the world by 2030 at the UN summit meeting in September 2015. Efforts are being made around the world aiming to achieve seventeen goals to realize sustainable development. Argerich Arts Foundation wishes to provide opportunities to think of the importance of the "people" that realize SDGs through the Beppu Argerich Music Festival and Pinocchio Concerts.



3. Good Health and Well-being
We hold small concerts at hospitals, commercial facilities, banks, the airport, stations, etc. for the people who cannot come to concerts as one of the ways for music to contribute to society.

4. Quality Education
We hold Pinocchio Concerts inside and outside Oita Prefecture (school concerts and free concerts for children). So far, we have held 137 concerts with 44,190 attendants. Through music and talks, these concerts aim to realize a society where all people can live peacefully with rich spirits.

5. Gender Equality
Gender equality is more realized in the music sphere than in other fields. In our Music Festival, artists, operational volunteers, and chevaliers at information centers are actively working with a sense of fulfillment regardless of gender.

10. Reduced Inequalities
The Music Festival has received 157 artists from 22 countries, continuing exchanges with a global common language of music beyond races and religions. We have held Japan-Korea Cultural Exchange Special Concerts to continue friendship exchanges with Korea.

11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
By holding music festivals centering at Beppu City in Oita Prefecture, a regional town, we promote education, international exchanges, liaison with industries (we produced wine from a vine planted by Argerich in cooperation with a brewery in the prefecture hoping for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake), tourism (generating approximately 115,000 tourists to the Prefecture in the past 21 music festivals) to vitalize the region, contributing to local creation. The Music Festival is operated in cooperation with volunteers of a wide range of age including students from various Asian countries (Japan, China, Vietnam, India, etc.) and elderly people, creating the connection between people and rich cultural environment.

16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institution
Ms. Argerich always bears in mind the belief in tolerance and solidarity, the importance of the arts that do not stand noble and aloof but exist alongside people. She touches upon this point in her Pinocchio Concerts. She has also chosen such themes for the past Music Festivals as Peace, International exchanges, Future, etc. focusing on the cultivation of people who can realize these concepts.

Special Cooperation
Oita Bank
Cooperation
Nippon Life Insurance Company
Kawano Neurosugical Hospital
Canon
Konpiragu
iichiko
Assisting organization
JAL