Part of the proceeds from the concert of the laVERDI Junior Symphony Orchestra contributed to supporting “Paintings against hate”, a project dedicated to the children of Sri Lanka.

This project is promoted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan within the Master’s Degree programme on “Relations of aid in contexts of national and international vulnerability and poverty”, in collaboration with the Associazione Francesco Realmonte Onlus, with the support of the Unhate Foundation and of the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d'Art.

“Paintings against hate” supports the overcoming of hate and prejudices created by the civil war between the Tamil and Sinhalese ethnic groups and the acceptance of their cultural differences through artistic and creative ateliers of drawing. The beneficiaries of the project are Tamil and Sinhalese children and youth aged 5 to 14, hosted in the “Arunothayam Hostel” of Trincomalee and in the “School for life” of Weligama, who need psychological support to overcome the trauma of civil war, tsunami and displacement.

The laVERDI Junior Symphony Orchestra was founded in 2007 to engage young musicians between 9 and 17. Under the direction of Maestro Pilar Bravo, the orchestra performed music by Tchaikovsky, Handel, Berlin, Britten and Rutter.