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In April 2024, we gladly accepted to co-sponsor another exquisite initiative of the World Human Forum, the filming of Joyce DiDonato’s “EDEN” project in Ancient Olympia. World-renowned opera singer, Joyce DiDonato, has brought the unique project, "EDEN" to the historic grounds of Ancient Olympia for three-days of filming on April 6-8, 2024.

“EDEN” will be filmed for the first time, after having previously been performed in 40 countries worldwide, from Carnegie Hall to the Scala in Milan. The film is scheduled to be released worldwide in July at the occasion of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

"EDEN" is more than just a concert; it is a transcendent experience that speaks to the urgent need for environmental stewardship. It has captivated audiences in concert halls worldwide, merging the timeless beauty of baroque & classical music with a call to action for the protection of our planet's precious ecosystems.

Staging this momentous event just a few days before the Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia holds profound significance. As the birthplace of the Olympic Games, this emblematic site embodies the timeless values of friendship, excellence, and respect. In this historic location, DiDonato and her team join forces with the World Human Forum to pay homage to the spirit of Olympism while underscoring the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.

DiDonato is accompanied by the exhilarating orchestra Il Pomo d'Oro, featuring musicians from all around the world, conveying a message of hope as well as responsibility. In the Ancient Olympia production, filmed by acclaimed director Olivier Simonnet, she has invited three children’s choirs, the Greek National Opera Children’s Choir, Choeurs ECLATS from France and the intercultural youth choir El Sistema Greece. In a historic moment, they unite to perform together the Olympic hymn trilingually sung in Greek, French and English. This symbolic gesture embodies the spirit of unity and collaboration that lies at the heart of the Olympic ideals.

The film “EDEN in Ancient Olympia” is an initiative of the World Human Forum, produced by World Human Forum, ZDF/ARTE, Megaron the Athens Concert Hall, and UNITEL.

It’s worth noting that Joyce DiDonato will return to Ancient Olympia on the 16th of April to sing the Olympic Hymn in the Olympic Flame Lighting Ceremony for Paris 2024.


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