Co-chairman Ban Appointed as Honorable Chairman of the Special Music & Art Festival

The Special Music & Art Festival 2018 organized by Special Olympics Korea kicked off on August 7th in Korea, attracting 130 artists from all over the world, who have developmental disabilities. The Ban Ki-moon Centre’s Co-chair Ban Ki-moon was appointed as Honorable Chairman of the festival.

At the inaugural ceremony, Honorable Chairman Ban said that he sees how valuable it is to give help where it is needed through the festival and that he will deeply ponder what to do in order to make the festival accessible so that many more artists with developmental disabilities can participate.

The festival aims

  • to make an international hub of cultural exchange between musicians with developmental disabilities;
  • to bring confidence to performers by providing them with music lessons;
  • to encourage and support participants from developing countries so that the spirit of Special Olympics can be spread out;
  • to bring up mutual understandings between the participants with and without disabilities.

This year, the 5-day festival consists of music lessons, mini-Special Olympics, and various forms of concerts, including an open-stage concert for anyone who wants to perform.


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