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A Commonwealth and National Focus
Convening the Constituency of the Commonwealth
2.2 Billion Commonwealth Citizens and 53 Commonwealth Governments
'The Commonwealth makes the world safe for diversity' – Nelson Mandela
Launched at Marlborough House in November 2014 Commonwealth Community Heritage is a Commonwealth and National focus initiative, which is an annual, on-going and recurring, initiative which takes as its starting point a National Focus Day of each of the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
The aim of Commonwealth Community Heritage is to give an ever-expanding international visibility to, and focus on, what is being achieved by Commonwealth citizens, communities and organisations through social enterprise and innovation, in each Commonwealth country generally, and also specifically, in the 4 areas of:
1. Politics - Diplomacy
2. Business - Enterprise
3. Education - Academia
4. Music - Creative Arts and Media
This national focus and international visibility within a Commonwealth context is delivered through Commonwealth Community Heritage live-streamed National Focus Events and Workshops, virtual Pan-Commonwealth engagement and website display.
CYO’s Commonwealth Cities of Culture 2018 - 2019
In April 2018, at a special event in London, on the eve of the Biennial Meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government, to mark the end of the period of the Hon Prime Minster Joseph Muscat as the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (2015 – 2018), the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir (CYO) launched an exciting new national focus initiative:
CYO’s Commonwealth Cities of Culture.
This new initiative is an additional element which is now added to the CYO’s annual 10-month recurring series of events and workshops, which are held throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.
The CYO’s cultural journey of workshops and national focus events around the Commonwealth follows the same itinerary each year - which is the route taken by the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games 2014.
Every year, in October, the CYO’s cultural journey of Commonwealth workshops and national focus events start in Asia and then travels through the Pacific region, across the African continent, the Caribbean, the Americas and with the annual itinerary concluding, in July, in Europe.
The first season, 2018/2019, of CYO’s Commonwealth Cities of Culture will start with the capital of each of the Commonwealth Nations.