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EU brings classical music for the first time to the Tighina Fortress

Jul 24, 2017

Photo: Victor Pictor/UNDP Moldova

La, La Play tour of the Moldova National Youth Orchestra reached Tighina fortress. For the first time, classical music, played by artists from both banks of the Nistru River, was performed in the famous fortress built in the XV century, nowadays -  a popular touristic attraction. The event was possible thanks to the European Union’s support, as part of the Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, implemented by the UNDP.

Fans of classical music from the right and left bank of the Nistru River, as well as foreign tourists, came to the Tighina Fortress to enjoy the songs of famous composers: the Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven, Eugen Doga's waltz "My sweet tender beast", "The Hungarian Dance No. 5" by Johannes Brahms or songs of the composer Anton Rubinstein, born in Ribnita, the left bank of the Nistru River.

"Such events as today's serve to promote both the common cultural heritage as well as the exquisite tourist attractions including monuments, as this amazing fortress is. We hope that this concert is a beginning of new partnerships between the both banks of the Nistru River. I am glad to ensure you that the EU is and will be supporting the initiatives bringing the communities closer in the spirit of confidence and cooperation", mentioned Aneil Singh, Head of Cooperation to the EU Delegation in the Republic of Moldova.  

"This event is more than just a joint performance – this is a real cultural bridge, and I’m sure people want to see more of, and we will be happy to support. I am glad that in their efforts to achieve this objective, the musicians asked for the support of the EU-funded Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme, implemented by UNDP.  This is what we are doing together with our strategic partner –the European Union – we engage people living on both banks of the Nistru River in joint initiatives, so that they have the possibility to make their lives better”, said Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative.

“Since the foundation of the Orchestra in 2011, we strive to make classical music accessible to all. I am happy that we have performed this concert together with musicians from the Tiraspol Palace of Culture. We had a very good partnership”, said Adriano Marian, Moldova National Youth Orchestra’s conductor. La, La Play tour has the purpose to play classic music in places where it has never been performed, highlighting important social topics.

The Tighina event was attended by hundreds of visitors, including tourists. They enjoyed the concert, had a tour of the fortress and tasted traditional food. “This is an amazing event in an amazing place. I’d love to return here”, noted a German tourist.

The inhabitants of Tighina town say that would welcome organization of similar events, as the fortress is a unique historical place and one should make full use of its potential.

The European Union funded Support to Confidence Building Measures Programme implemented by UNDP contributes to enhancing confidence between people living on both banks of the Nistru River by involving the representatives of local authorities, business environment, and civil society in joint projects of business development and social infrastructure improvement.

Contact information

Irina Perciun, Communication and Media Relations Officer, Tel: +373 69 120 234; e-mail: irina.perciun@undp.org