Assisi Pax Mundi: International Festival of Sacred Franciscan Music to Assisi
Musicians in “dialog” in spiritual locations
Franciscan Music protagonist of an international event. From 15 to 18 October 2015 Assisi will host the second edition of Assisi Pax Mundi. This morning, in the press room of the Sacro Convento of Assisi, a press conference took place to present the international event aimed at encouraging dialogue through music.
The festival will take place from 15-18 October 2015, with concerts performed at different moments of the day in the Franciscan places of Assisi and thereabouts. The highlight of the festival will be the final concert with the participation of all the groups registered. The event will conclude with a solemn Eucharistic celebration in the Upper Basilica of St. Francis and the execution of the Canticle of the Creatures by p. Domenico Stella, with the participation of all the choirs and instrumental groups.
The event was presented during the press conference by Father Antonio Tofanelli, Father Giuseppe Magrino and Father Maurizio Verde, in the name of the four Franciscan families.
Father Antonio Tofanelli: “What stimulated us when we decided to do this second edition is the will to have people meet to dialogue. Dialogue leads to peace, and even music is a means for dialogue. At a time when walls are being built and borders are difficult to cross, we have to work on people’s consciences. This festival, in its second edition, must look towards the infinite to make the different cultures of the participants known even in the future. This is why Assisi Pax Mundi has no prizes for the best exhibitions, but simply a cultural exchange and dialogue through the spirit of Assisi”.
Father Giuseppe Magrino: “The Franciscan families of Assisi have divided the various tasks in organising the event. Dialogue must not only be among musicians, but also with the town. We are pleased to have requested and obtained the sponsorship of the Pontificium Consilium de Cultura thanks to the interest paid by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. The event will conclude with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in the Upper Basilica. We’ve decided to invite a different Umbrian Bishop every year. For this edition we will host Giuseppe Piemontese”.
Father Maurizio Verde: “Francis was like us, namely a man of today enveloped by darkness. A man who asked God for help. Still today, the prayer ‘enlighten the darkness of my heart’ is common to so many realities in the world we live in. This year the theme of light and of enlightening the heart seemed like the right path to follow for this second edition”.
Serena Morosi, city councillor for culture of the Municipality of Assisi also intervened at the conference: “In a period dominated by television talent shows, Assisi again demonstrates how to host a variety of cultures and to enrich Franciscan teaching with events like Assisi Pax Mundi. Our reality is shown to be different than the others”.
St. Francis prayed in song. His words have reached us loud and clear.
Approximate program of the second edition
The numbers from the 1st edition
4 Days of Music
9 Franciscan places involved in hosting the concerts (the Basilicas of St. Francis, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, the Basilica of Saint Clare, the Cathedral of San Rufino, the churches of Santa Maria Maggiore, San Pietro, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Santo Stefano)
16 Choirs participating
The first edition of Assisi Pax Mundi was a great success. The International Franciscan Sacred Music Festival took place from 16-19 October, following the festivities of St. Francis, at the Assisi Franciscan sites. The event was promoted and organised by the Franciscan Families in collaboration with the Chapel Choir of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis.
A great success of music and prayer. All the concerts organised had a large attendance, churches always full and much more. All the groups who participated at this first edition were enthusiastic about the experience and about the organisation of the event. An event which brought music of Franciscan inspiration to the centre of attention. This way music was not only the star, but also the vehicle for a meeting, dialogue and exchange.