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Daniel Pearl Music Day to be held this Saturday

The China Post news staff--The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) has announced it will co-sponsor the 2012 Daniel Pearl Day of Music, a free outdoor concert that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Taipei Hakka Cultural Park.

The concert commemorates the life of Daniel Pearl, who died tragically in 2002 at the hands of terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan, while serving as the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal.

Every year, concerts are held around the world to commemorate his life. Pearl's family and friends came together to work toward a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation, which organizes the annual Daniel Pearl World Music Day. The mission of the foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications, according to the AIT.

  Since its beginning in 2002, the music days have grown internationally to include more than 6,700 performances in 111 countries, harnessing the power of music to spread a message of tolerance, hope and humanity, the AIT said.

The Taipei event will include 16 live performances by local and foreign musicians on two outdoor stages. The groups span a wide range of genres, including rock, blues, folk, reggae and jazz.

Visit www.facebook.com/danielpearl and www.danielpearl.org for more information.

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