"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced" - James Baldwin
Tuesday 10 November 2020
Klub 27 at Mostar's Pavarotti Music Centre
The Pavarotti Centre in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina, opened in 1997 after the bloody wars in the former Yugoslavia. The objective was to try to bring a divided people together through music. So I was I very happy to see that the PMC has had a facelift and opened a new social area at the front of the building –
Klub 27. I am honoured that my Bob Marley quote greets
visitors as they come in the door.
A brief aside. I helped smuggle in a Marley photo/music exhibition into Mostar in 1995 in the war because, as he says, “When music hits you, you feel no pain”. Twenty five years
later, that remains true of this centre, of the people who work here
and the young people who take part in its actvities. Good luck
to Klub 27. I will be there as soon as I can. Rock on. And here's the link to Marley's "One Love".
Centre allowed the healing power of music to enter this community.
The young were particularly affected by the war and, from the day the
PMC opened its doors, they flooded in. Some of them used music to
escape their darkest memories. They would tell me that only when they
played, or heard music, could they escape their nightmares. Children
and young people were brought together to make and listen to music:
to sing, to beat drums, to strum guitars, to act and react together