Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, recently embraced the People of Tomorrow, saying “let’s work as one towards dignity for all.” This message was engraved on a wooden board and mounted as part of One World Project, the 600m long bridge at the recreational domain De Schorre, designed by Arne Quinze. The permanent bridge is also a piece of art within the Tomorrowland venue. The meeting occurred in Brussels, Belgium with Michiel and Manu Beers, the founder-brothers of Tomorrowland, which is possibly the world’s most popular festival held annually in Belgium, Brazil and the USA. The international festival franchise also brings music fans together to celebrate unity. In the US, TomorrowWorld occurs each September on 8,000 acres of rolling hills and forestland outside Atlanta, GA. The American event alone last year brought together 160,000 people together onsite, with a live-stream that apparently received more viewers than any entertainment event in the US (23M).
At Tomorrowland in Belgium, the newly launched Tomorrowland Brazil and TomorrowWorld in the US, all nationalities are represented and a striking resemblance to a meeting of the United Nations occurs in landscapes that create a colourful, magical world where Peace, Love, Unity and Respect take centre stage. The “People of Tomorrow” all speak the same language: friendship. The thousands of flags attest to their pride in their origins. What they all have in common is an enthusiasm for meeting people from other cultures, experiencing an unforgettable weekend and forging lifelong friendships.
Tomorrowland/TomorrowWorld and the United Nations share these values and want to pass on positive messages to the youth of the world.
Ban Ki-Moon: “Young people today are growing up in a world full of change. Tomorrowland demonstrates that it's possible: tens of thousands of people coming together in peace and respect for one another to share a weekend. 210,000 messages from all over the world have been incorporated into the One World bridge and we are pleased that our message can be one of them. Let’s work as one towards dignity for all, a message for the People of Tomorrow and for all young people in the world.”
Michiel Beers: “In the past 10 years, we have built a magical world in which everyone comes together in a spirit of positivity. Tomorrowland has become the world's most international event and welcomes more different nationalities than the Olympic Games. We are now organising three “global gatherings” per year: one in Belgium, one in the USA and one in Brazil.”
Manu Beers: “When we decided to design the bridge in honour of the 10th anniversary of the festival in collaboration with the province of Antwerp and Arne Quinze, as a permanent symbol of the annual gathering, we felt it was important for the entire world to be able to take part. The One World bridge now displays 210,000 positive messages from everyone from our neighbours in Boom, Belgium to faraway friends in Australia. We are very honoured to receive the contribution from the Secretary-General of the United Nations and we intend to continue to spread this message for many years to come.”
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