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Hommage à la liberté: Montreal concert honours global struggle for gender equality

Hommage à la liberté: Montreal concert honours global struggle for gender equality

Over 600 people gathered at the Salle Pierre Mercure in Montreal on the evening of June 13th for a moving program of choral and instrumental music, narration and storytelling. The concert, titled Hommage à la Liberté [Hommage to Freedom], was a collaborative contribution to the global #OurStoryisOne campaign that honours the struggle of Iranian women for gender equality and marks the anniversary of the ten Baha’i women who, forty-one years ago were tragically executed by Iranian authorities in the city of Shiraz, Iran for refusing to renounce their faith. The event brought together forty-three professional and amateur musicians, singers, and actors from diverse backgrounds to interpret the themes of unity in diversity, gender equality and freedom of expression at the heart of the campaign. The concert was accompanied by an art exhibition held in the same venue which featured pieces from local artists exploring similar themes.