Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

The United Nations World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better. In 2009, when the Open Hands Initiative was founded, we wanted to create innovative platforms for ordinary citizens from across the … Continue reading Celebrating Cultural Diversity, Dialogue, and Development

Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

In 2010, the Open Hands Initiative facilitated a music exchange in Syria. Brian Unger, an American music producer, collaborated with local Syrian musicians, creating over 10 songs that are now available¬†for your enjoyment. This exchange was meant to expose the beautiful sounds of Syrian culture to the Western world as well as boost the local … Continue reading Music Exchange in Syria, Facilitated by The Open Hands Initiative

Part 1: An American Music Producer in Damascus

The below guest blog post is authored by Brian Unger, an American musician and music producer who led the 2010 Music Exchange Program in Damascus, Syria.¬† This is the first of a series of posts by Mr. Unger that explores his experience in Syria. As the 757 touched down on the runway in Syria, the … Continue reading Part 1: An American Music Producer in Damascus