Lord Menuhin created the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation in Brussels in 1991 as an international non profit making association, with the aim of establishing a number of projects whose purpose is to give a voice to the voiceless.
The international Yehudi Menuhin Foundation (pdf format)
The Foundation’s programmes
MUs-E® : art at school
The MUS-E® programme was devised by Yehudi Menuhin to stimulate the development of children and their harmonious integration into society by practicing music and arts in schools, thereby helping to prevent violence, racism and social exclusion from the youngest age. The development of the project in the various countries of Europe has been such that MUS-E® has now been structured in a network co-ordinated by the IYMF. In 2006, the MUS-E® programme exists in 15 European countries and involves more than 30.000 children and 600 artists in 300 primary schools.
Assembly of cultures of Europe (ACE) : a voice for unrepresented cultural groups
The ACE fosters the expression and representation of cultural groups in Europe through the creation of a platform via which these groups can express themselves at an European level. Over thirty groups have joined this project in Europe, including Gypsies, Armenians, Saami, Csangos, but also emerging minorities. Yehudi Menuhin’s wish was that all these cultural groups could have access to European authorities and be given the opportunity of being heard by European institutions.
Thematic concerts : uniting the voices of several cultures through music, singing and dancing
Since 1992, more than 10 concerts have been organised by the Foundation in Brussels. Alongside Stéphane Grappelli, Ravi Shankar, Marcel Marceau, Myriam Makeba, and many others, Yehudi Menuhin presented on stage the soul of a number of cultures with a magic that was his own.
As an example, in 2004 a concert named “Travelling Voices” took place at the Cirque Royal in Brussels , introduced by Hanna Schygulla.
Please check www.menuhin-foundation.com for details.
- Seminar EFMET with European networks: A culture 2000 project. EFMET (European Forum for music education and training) aims at taking stock of the different forms existing to teach music and proposing new ways for training music teachers or artists
- European Conference on diasporas and European Citizenship
- International art workshops on music, dancing, singing, …
- MUS-E International Exhibition “the world is my village”