“Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds“
On 19 May 2016 the British Museum in London has opened the exhibition “Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds”, featuring finds from the underwater archaeological expeditions conducted off the coast of Egypt by Franck Goddio and his team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM). It is the first exhibition of underwater archaeology ever mounted by the British Museum.
SUPERAR was founded in 2009 in Vienna as a social inclusion project. Enjoy the new Image Video and discover what SUPERAR is today and what it has achieved in only a few years.
KINDERS, the new documentary produced by the Viennese brothers Arash and Arman Riahi, which was presented at the DIAGONALE Film Festival, won the audience award of the Kleine Zeitung!
At the beginning of April, the founder and head of the Papageno Project in Chile, Christian Boesch, proudly unveiled the first violin manufactured in the project’s violin workshop, where five Chileans are currently being trained as professional violin-makers.
Remarkable concert at the newest location of Superar Suisse
“Social change with the help of music” – with this guiding principle, the Hilti Foundation supports 10 projects across the globe. By engaging in music as part of a choir or an orchestra, children from socially deprived groups learn what it means to be part of a community. They discover their own talents, learn that it requires commitment and determination to get on in life and at the same time also improve their self-confidence, social competence and their performance at school.
The annual report 2015 is available!
The Marketing Trophy is the most prestigious award in Swiss marketing and honors creative ideas and successful marketing projects. The award is handed out annually as part of the Swiss Marketing Day activities. Five companies received a Marketing Trophy award on March 7, 2016, including two young companies: Bookbridge, in the Nonprofit Organization category, and SwissShrimp AG which received a special award.
Hilti Great Britain and the Hilti Foundation are grateful for the successful cooperation with Bookbridge and are also happy for the success enjoyed by Carsten Rübsaamen.
New publication by the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology
9 September 2015 – Oxford University's Centre for Maritime Archaeology (OCMA) has published a new book on Thonis- Heracleion and the archaeology in the Canopic region in Egypt. The volume "Thonis-Heracleion in Context", edited by Damian Robinson and Franck Goddio, presents 16 papers that explore the port-city from the Late through the Ptolemaic Periods and place it within the wider context of the economic and religious life of the northwestern Nile Delta in the first millennium BC.
Franck Goddio and the Hilti Foundation present the latest discoveries from Egypt.
Osiris – Egypt's sunken mysteries
In the presence of the President of the French Republic, François Hollande, and representatives of the Egyptian authorities the exhibition, „OSIRIS – Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries“ was recently inaugurated at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris. 3,000 guests attended, admiring the latest results of Franck Goddio’s underwater archaeological research over the past ten years. The exhibition focuses on the „Osiris cult“, one of the most important ceremonies in ancient Egypt, which has been celebrated in the country for many centuries.
Fascinating exhibition featuring latest underwater archaeological discoveries on display in Paris
28 May 2015 - A landmark exhibition of over 250 artefacts, many of them never shown outside Egypt, will open its doors in Paris at the Arab World Institute on September 8th 2015.
Social inclusion through music is the goal of SUPERAR, a project founded in 2010 in Vienna by the Vienna Concert House, the Vienna Boys Choir and the aid group Caritas Vienna, and supported by the Hilti Foundation in Austria and Switzerland.
Musicians from more than ten different countries got together in Vienna in the HARMONIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to rehearse for their "Great Day".
The annual report 2014 is available!
By Tricia Tunstall
With an impressing anniversary program El Sistema celebrated its 40th birthday in February. American writer Tricia Tunstall was on site – here is her report about an extraordinary concert experience.
Saving lives in an inflatable operating room
Medical emergencies in areas beset by crises often call for immediate surgical intervention. Thanks to a newly-developed system the Médecins Sans Frontières organization (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) can now set up a functioning emergency surgery station in only a few days.
Caritas and Superar create a cultural meeting point as well as employment facilities for long-term unemployed in Object 19 of the Alte Ankerbrotfabrik.
Claudio Abbado memorial concert
The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, led by Gustavo Dudamel, toured the Middle East at the end of January for the first time, holding concerts in Muscat and Abu Dhabi. The tour began, however, with concerts in the Salle Pleyel and in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
In recent years the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has focused its stated purpose of protecting and conserving Mozart's cultural legacy on looking outwardly. As a result the Foundation has increasingly dedicated itself to addressing children, adolescents and young people. The central subjects here are the youth education program known as "Klangkarton", the Mozart Children's Orchestra, founded in 2013, the development of new concert formats and communication concepts, and the further development of Mozart Week as an international platform.
Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich provide instruction in Santa Cruz.
A master class took place in June with the German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and the English violinist Nicola Benedetti, founder of El Sistema Scotland, as part of the Hilti Foundation's cooperation with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bolivia project. Both musicians, who have been linked for years through their joint appearances in chamber orchestras, selected nothing less than Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor – a significant challenge for the orchestra and its young director Miguel Salazar Hidalgo.
The TV documentary "Egypt's Sunken City / A Legend Is Revealed" shows the rediscovery of the ancient city of Thonis-Heracleion that submerged more than a 1,000 years ago, on Saturday, 11 May, at 8.15 pm on Arte.
Every year in February, "El Sistema" commemorates its inception by holding celebratory concerts. This unique music school and orchestral movement celebrated its existence with an extensive series of concerts in Caracas as well as numerous activities in the music schools throughout the country.
The members of the Columbian Academia Filarmónica de Medellín (AFMED) gave an impressive performance at their first concert in 2013. This event marked the conclusion of an intensive week of rehearsal with visiting professor Roberto Gonzàles-Monjas.
In June, a dream came true for the 138 kids of the „Big Noise Orchestra": for the first time the ensemble, which was founded after the model of the Venezuelan musical education program "El Sistema", performed on stage together with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Against the breathtaking backdrop of Scotland's Stirling Castle and 8000 visitors the intercultural music ensemble opened the London Festival, the Olympic Games' musical framework program. Star conductor Gustavo Dudamel himself held the baton and described the concert as "an Olympic fireworks and symbol for the positive power of music".
The Build Change organization is active in the sustainable reconstruction of buildings and houses that have been destroyed in earthquakes. In May CEO Elizabeth Hausler reported on the current status of the project in Indonesia and Haiti.
The Hilti Foundation has expanded its cooperation agreement with Ashoka, its partner organization in the area of affordable housing, by an additional three years. A business model has been developed, together with local community organizations, country developers and banking institutions, that provides low-income population segments the possibility to acquire inexpensive housing or to improve existing residential housing. The defined targets (number of new and renovated properties) are reviewed annually and form the basis for the cooperation undertaken in India, Brazil and Columbia.
Simpa Networks, a social enterprise, has developed a business concept that makes it possible for needy families in India to purchase a solar system which provides them with a safe, inexpensive and sustainable source of energy.
Thanks to the simple financing model, allowing for flexible payment on a prepaid basis - similar to that used in mobile phone subscriptions - several thousand households in India will be outfitted with solar systems. To finance the planned growth activities the company is looking for additional investors. The Hilti Foundation has supported the project since its inception and has a seat on the company's board of directors, represented by Hilti Foundation consultant Bruno Walt.
Social change through music
The land surrounding the Cape of Good Hope is not known as an opera lover's paradise. Nonetheless, there are many young people in the area who regularly belt our arias from Mozart and Verdi.
The interest in opera can be traced back to the country's highly developed choral tradition. Whether big or small, almost everyone sings in a choir and singing is almost as popular as soccer.
“Doctors Without Borders” and “@fire”
One of the six focal points that Hilti Foundation is committed to is "disaster relief."
Since the outset of 2012, Hilti Foundation has counted among its cooperative partners both "Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)" as well as "@fire – International Disaster Response Germany" as two additional globally recognized relief organizations.
The Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) was founded in 2009 by Gustavo Dudamel, the conductor of international renown and ambassador for the Venezuelan music school movement El Sistema. Similar to the Venezuelan model, American children and youths with disadvantaged social backgrounds are provided with instruments at no charge. In addition to musical training, they are also given an opportunity to be positively engaged, integrated into an association and they can also aspire to a profession in music.
On October 6, 2011 Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel has been named Gramophone's Artist of the Year, in Gramophone's only publicly-voted award.
On October 12, 2011, together with family members and friends, countless representatives from the political scene, various companies and from society, including President of the Austrian Vorarlberg Parliament, Dr. Bernadette Mennel and representatives of the Department of Information Technology (IT) at Hilti Corporation celebrated the official enrollment of the ten new START scholarship holders. The climax of the event in the WIFI Dornbirn, Austria, to which more than 140 guests were invited, was the awarding of the enrollment certificates by founder of the Piz Buin Foundation and initiator of START-Vorarlberg, Bill Dearstyne.
On September 18, 2011, "Physicians for Human Rights-Israel" has received this year's Parents Circle's 2011 Reconciliation Award to honor the organization's exceptional contribution towards the reconciliation and mutual understanding between Israelis and Palestinians.
With more than two million inhabitants, Barranquilla and Soledad make up Colombia's fourth largest conurbation. Some 25 percent of the population are subject to abject poverty. Most of the slum dwellers live in confined spaces and their houses often lack sanitary facilities, drinking water and electricity.
Almost two years after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, many people still live under disastrous conditions. Reconstruction proceeds slowly. More than a million people still have to rely on temporary housing.
Construction technician with the Housing for All initiative in Fortaleza, Brazil
In July 2011 the Hilti Foundation met with Cicero Chaves inFortaleza,Brazil, a city of almost 2.5 million people in the country's northeast. Between February 2010 and May 2011, he worked as a construction technician with the Housing for All initiative. Together with three other colleagues he advised and supported some 434 families and business owners on renovation projects. In this interview he talks of his work and the experiences he made.
The START initiative is a scholarship scheme for talented immigrant youth affording access to higher education and providing support up to the high school diploma. InGermanyandVienna, this scheme has been in successful operation for several years, and in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg, START has granted ten scholarships per year since 2009.
Project Visits in Latin America
In June, Egbert Appel, Managing Director of the Hilti Foundation, Bruno Walt, Project Manager of the Hilti Foundation, and representatives of the Foundation's partner organization Ashoka teamed up to visit the Housing for All projects in Latin America.