The young generations in Sweden and Russia have a vision…
Saturday the 18th of March became a historical day. The project Voices of Peace had its biggest Skype-session, where the song United was performed together with the pupils from school no 44 in Irkutsk, Russia. The Voices of Peace consists of a group of adolescents in Visby, Sweden.
In Sweden the choir, parents and friends were waiting, and exactly at 9.30 AM the characteristic dialing tone from Irkutsk was heard for a few seconds, and then we had a perfect connection. Irkutsk is situated far away in Siberia, Russia.
Then a voice said “Hello hello, Visby Gotland Sweden. How are you doing? Irkutsk here...” At the same time the participants in Sweden and Russia could see each other on a screen.
We saw the interior from the classroom in Irkutsk, where a group of Russian adolescents, under the direction of Sergei Baykov, were dressed in Russian and Siberian national costumes.
During one hour both sides performed their local music and traditions. It was lot of laughter and we could note that the project “The Reaching Hands” had been completed, and from this time a bond for future peaceful relations was established between our countries.
The young generations in Sweden and Russia have a vision.
They are now reaching for each other's hands,
united in singing together - Singing for peace.
United in singing, makes them friends forever.
Singing friends will never fight each other.
They will fight together – Fight for peace.
We must put our faith in the new generation,
and enable for them to fulfill their vision.
Peace on Earth.