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UN Chamber Music Society Concert in Celebration of the English & Spanish Language Days
23 Apr 2021 -  On Friday, 23 April 2021, the UN Chamber Music Society of the United Nations Staff Recreation Council (UNCMS) will present a virtual concert in celebration of the English and Spanish Language Days at the United Nations, which will celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity, particularly through English and Spanish language and music. This day raises awareness among the UN Organization's staff, and the world in general, about the history, culture and use of English and Spanish as an official language. The choice of the day attends the anniversary of the death of the great genius of Spanish letters, Miguel de Cervantes. Coincidentally, the date of his death coincides with that of the most prestigious English playwright, William Shakespeare. Hence, both languages share the day.
Language Days at the United Nations were introduced to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages across the Organization. These days are also an opportunity to sensitize the United Nations community to the history, culture and use of each of these languages. On occasion English and Spanish Language Days at the United Nations, the UNCMS will feature Shakespeare sonnets about love and human solidarity, integrated with Spanish classical music. Founded in 2016, the UNCMS is dedicated to promoting the UN goals at large - through the universal language of music.
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