Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council, the official message for Dance Day 2021

by Cherciu Lavinia
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“80 years ago, Europe around 1941: a great part of Europe is occupied, curfew is imposed, radio is forbidden, sometimes no electricity. Families stay long evening hours at home with nothing to do, under conditions leading to depression and nervous breakdown – they get desperate.

Grandparents come to the rescue – their memories go back to the time when people could produce their own enjoyment, when they did not depend on TV, on dining out, going to the cinema or attending events. They had active, not passive entertainment. Younger ones had lost the ability to take pleasure in relating stories, telling jokes, singing and dancing at home in good company.

The aged people became the soul of the party singing the old songs, dancing the dances and taking the whole family with them, plus the neighbors. This is how the half-forgotten songs and dances jumped one generation and survived, producing after the War a revival of folk dancing.

As dance professionals, think of your role in the present situation of pandemic, lockdown and curfew. People need you now and will need you after this crisis. You produce a vaccine against the virus of the soul: you know how to make people dance. You hear the call, answer it!”

Alkis Raftis, President of the International Dance Council (CID) UNESCO, Paris

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With his second edition of “Ballerinas in Red” project, Ballet Magazine Romania invites you to join the celebration of International Dance Day together with International Theater Institute and International Dance Council on April 29.


International Theatre Institute ITI

International Theatre Institute ITI was created on the initiative of the first UNESCO Director General, in 1948, just after the Second World War, and at the beginning of the Cold War, when the Iron Curtain divided the East and the West.

The aim of the founders of ITI was to build an organization that was aligned with UNESCO’s goals on culture, education and the arts, and which would focus its endeavours on improving the status of all members of the performing arts professions.

They envisaged an organization that created platforms for international exchange and for engagement in the education of the performing arts, for beginners and professionals alike, as well as using the performing arts for mutual understanding and peace.

International Dance Council CID

Established in 1982 and promoted by the International Dance Council CID at UNESCO, Dance Day is celebrated in every country of the world by many millions of dancers, professional as well as amateur

The International Dance Council  CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world. It is a non-governmental organization founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.

Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in over 170 countries. CID cooperates with national and local governments, international organizations and institutions. CID is official partner of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

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