Bearing Witness to: The Voices of Afghanistan – The Art of Music

About the Event

With the new administration by the Taliban in Afghanistan, will there be any future for music and art in Afghanistan?

The Bearing Witness series from the Rotary Peace Fellowship Alumni Association’s Asia & Oceania group humanises issues through first hand stories.

In collaboration with Rotary Fellowship for Global Development, Rotary Action Group for Refugees, Forced Displacement and Migration, and Christian Action Hong Kong, join us and hear from youth and music professionals who have been serving in Afghanistan about their experiences, opinions and expectation.

Can music play a peacebuilding role in Afghanistan? Will there be any future for talented female musicians under the new administration?

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Jennifer Moberg Pforte is the Operations and Programme Manager at the Centre for Refugees. She has worked extensively in post-conflict and developing societies on cultural development and forced migration issues, and in the private sector in international education management. Ms. Pforte successfully founded and ran Hong Kong’s first Suzuki music school for over 10 years before transitioning into Education in Emergencies and refugee work in Afghanistan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and most recently Pakistan, where she worked with the Red Cross Movement to establish the Pakistan Red Crescent Society’s migration department and Migration Task Force. She has published research on migration and displacement trends in Pakistan, and holds an MA in International Development and a BA in Music Performance.

The Program Manager for Catholic Charities of Dallas’ Brady Senior Center, Ms. Korevaar has also guided several non-profit arts groups serving as the President of Camerata Winds Inc (2005-2012) and Development Director for the Dallas Chamber Symphony (2015-2019). A professional clarinetist, Robin has performed with the Colorado, Dallas, Fort Worth, and New Orleans Symphonies and the Dallas Opera. Her engagements abroad include performances with the Amare Consort Festival (Netherlands), Music Center Japan (Tokyo/Ashiya), and at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), which students she continues to mentor after visiting as a guest artist/instructor for their 2014 Winter Academy. Ms. Korevaar successfully helped students from Kabul and Palestine continue their music education at Interlochen Arts Academy and Brevard Music Center, and continues to mentor a number of Afghan youth from musical and non-musical backgrounds, both independently and through the cultural music exchange program Teach to Learn.

Zarifa Adiba, an Afghan music student who is currently in Kyrgyzstan will be also be joining with the sharing.