Rumi Forum's blog on Hizmet, Fethullah Gulen, peacebuilding, education and interfaith efforts.
Saturday, May 7, 2016
IFLC: Promoting Intercultural Dialogue
Luis Gonzalez Nihao Mundo Dominican Republic
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, there are institutions linked to
"Hizmet" or "volunteer movement" better known as "Gulen Movement", by
the name of the person who inspired it, Fethullah Gulen, Turkey. It
is an educational, intercultural and interfaith movement,
transnational, with a presence in almost every country in the world.
institutions in the Dominican Republic, are the "Horizon Foundation"
and "Galaxy International School," which unofficially represent Turkey. Mr.
Tayfun Tuna that is at the forefront of these institutions, invited us
to participate in one of the most significant activities in which
institutions related to Gulen Movement are involved. I mean
the "International Festival of Language & Culture" which began
performing in 2003 with the purpose of bringing children around the
world through poetry, folklore, song and dance, organizing a festival on
behalf solidarity and cooperation.
the beginning, the festival took place in Turkish local audiences,
nationally, but quickly the great reception among the population and the
resounding success in the country, resulted in global expansion.
International Language and Culture Festival is a pioneer in the
exaltation of cultural and linguistic exchange as an engine for creating
cross-border ties of friendship.
respect, understanding and friendship are the values pursued through
this Festival, and its promotion and acquisition from an early age,
using music, dance and poetry as channels to convey this message. This
year, just produced the 14th edition of the festival entitled
"Beautiful Colors of the World", in Washington DC USA, on Thursday,
April 28, at 630pm in the majestic Hall of the Constitution. In
that we had the honor to participate and intoxicates observing both the
rich cultural diversity of our world, as the extraordinary talent of
young students from 26 countries who displayed their culture through
poetry traditions, singing and dancing in a expression of friendship and
hope for the future.
Friday April 29, we participate in a version of the Festival, a little
more solemn and formal, in the lounge (ECOSOC) Economic and Social
Council of the United Nations (UN) in New York, where the message was
reiterated by the same young players.
addition to the same "Gulen Movement", we could identify as organizers
of these events to institutions such as the "Peace Islands Institute",
which has offices in the famous Fifth Avenue in New York.
institution, also linked to the "Gulen Movement" which was our hostess,
coordinator of the agenda exhausted in Washington, New York and New
Jersey, was the "Nilufer Jamaica Foundation", based in Kingston, whose
Director, Eyup Ensar Ozturk, as all who have Dr. Fethullah Gulen, as a
guide, is characterized by service to others.
We hope this message will continue to multiply on the planet and that we achieve world peace in diversity.Education
and opportunity for cultural exchanges with young people is an
excellent way, because I congratulate the organizers and promoters.