Through a series of workshops and a collaborative concert, they will share their resources and expertise in order to give young people an experience of art as a universal language which transcends barriers caused by race, religion or sex.
The workshops include: dance (pop-rock, hip-hop and musical style), singing & drama, body percussion, street percussion and theatrical percussion.
In addition to high class training in the area the workshops help young people to name and face challenges that they experience today. The global nature of Gen Verde’s work and its international membership offers the richness of cultural diversity and a vision of hope and peace based on practical experience rather than theory.
The Youth Ministry of the Diocese of Westminster sees this event as a “performing arts retreat”, providing opportunities both for artistic creativity and for a spiritual experience.
“Music has always played an important role in my life. Particularly in my spiritual life, I often have been touched by a piece of music or a song. So, I welcomed the opportunity of touring with Gen Verde for a year as a great opportunity.”
Mil Zomack and her violin toured with Gen Verde for 12 months a few years ago and she gave us a behind-the-scenes view:
“Music has always played an important role in my life. Particularly in my spiritual life, I often have been touched by a piece of music or a song. So, I welcomed the opportunity of touring with Gen Verde for a year as a great opportunity. I met the group in Luxembourg and we continued touring in Germany, Austria, Italy and later on in Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Macao. After the first excitement of travelling and performing ebbed down, what remained were two overwhelming impressions.
“Firstly, it’s hard work! Every three days we set up and rigged up a new concert hall, performed and de-rigged; so that’s a 19 hour working day.
“Secondly, it’s worth it! In whatever country we performed, with the most varied audiences in regards to age, culture, religion… the feedback was always the same: People were touched by ‘a presence’, a joy, a hope. For many, the concert had been an encounter with God. I think the main reason for this is the continuous strive of all members of the group to live mutual love 24/7. So then, Jesus’ promise becomes a reality: ‘For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.’ (Matthew 18:20). And his presence is what convinces more than musical style or anything else.
“This experience of ‘It’s worth it!’ continues to inspire me in my daily life, be it in my job as a German teacher or in my Focolare community in Welwyn Garden City. The main ‘job’ is the same as before: to keep this presence of Jesus among us alive so that people who meet us can be touched by an atmosphere of joy and unity: the unity that Jesus prayed for when he asked ‘Father, that all may be one’ (John 17:21).
“I am really looking forward to the coming of Gen Verde to the UK and my hope is that many people will be touched by God’s presence whether they have a religious belief or not. So, hopefully many young people will take up this chance not only to work with a professional music group but to have an unforgettable and maybe life-changing experience.”
For more information, contact Mil Zomack at: 07733 232896 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org