President Duque presented the Colombian Flag to musicians of the Filarmónica Joven who are on tour in Europe


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March 14, 2019

The President of the Republic, Iván Duque, presented the National Pavilion this Wednesday to the one hundred musicians of the Filarmónica Joven who travel to Europe in a tour of presentations.

"If we bring music to the children of our country, and we get more children to have a violin and not a rifle, we are really able to consolidate a country with peace and harmony," said the President when he received the young performers at the Casa de Nariño.

He pointed out that for Colombians "to see the Filarmónica Joven of our country arrive in Europe, in this very important circuit, is a reason for pride and admiration".

And he said to the young musicians: "Each one of you, when you have your instrument, I want you to receive today's message: we are 48 million Colombians applauding you and telling you; thank you for doing the best for this country, thank you for holding Colombia's name high.

He said he believes deeply in culture and added that this area is his obsession every day, for which the government has to be characterized by promoting creative industries.

He reiterated that "culture does not have a political color, culture is neither left nor right, nor does it have a partisan color. Culture is something that must unite us, and we must all do what we can to make it great," he said.

In presenting the Pavilion and a badge to each musician, President Duque said he felt as proud as when in the same hall he has dismissed the Olympic delegations or awarded the great Colombian sportsmen.

"You represent the best of our country. And when I say 'the best', I mean talent, I mean desire, I mean capacity, I mean charisma, emotion, the ability to transmit beyond the sonority of an instrument," he said.

The representatives of La Joven, as the orchestra is known, will perform in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, conducted by the outstanding Colombian maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada.

The musicians, aged between 16 and 24 and coming from all regions of Colombia, will offer a series of concerts from March 21 to 31.

The President of the Republic, Iván Duque, presented the National Pavilion this Wednesday to the one hundred musicians of the Filarmónica Joven who travel to Europe in a tour of presentations.

"If we bring music to the children of our country, and we get more children to have a violin and not a rifle, we are really able to consolidate a country with peace and harmony," said the President when he received the young performers at the Casa de Nariño.

He pointed out that for Colombians "to see the Filarmónica Joven of our country arrive in Europe, in this very important circuit, is a reason for pride and admiration".

And he said to the young musicians: "Each one of you, when you have your instrument, I want you to receive today's message: we are 48 million Colombians applauding you and telling you; thank you for doing the best for this country, thank you for holding Colombia's name high.

He said he believes deeply in culture and added that this area is his obsession every day, for which the government has to be characterized by promoting creative industries.

He reiterated that "culture does not have a political color, culture is neither left nor right, nor does it have a partisan color. Culture is something that must unite us, and we must all do what we can to make it great," he said.

In presenting the Pavilion and a badge to each musician, President Duque said he felt as proud as when in the same hall he has dismissed the Olympic delegations or awarded the great Colombian sportsmen.

"You represent the best of our country. And when I say 'the best', I mean talent, I mean desire, I mean capacity, I mean charisma, emotion, the ability to transmit beyond the sonority of an instrument," he said.

The representatives of La Joven, as the orchestra is known, will perform in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, conducted by the outstanding Colombian maestro Andrés Orozco Estrada.

The musicians, aged between 16 and 24 and coming from all regions of Colombia, will offer a series of concerts from March 21 to 31.