The Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is a wonderful idea. It’s a music festival meant to promote spiritual and religious understanding amongst faiths. It’s named after a Moroccan holy city and is still held there.
People fly in from all over the world to see performances of different styles. Sufi musicians perform with gospel performers, or to Afro-Rock artists and folk singers.
A pretty admirable thing. You can listen to the NPR broadcast here. The 2007 festival was a huge tribute to the Islamic poet Rumi, and I can only imagine what 2008 will bring.
At the same time as the festival, they organize what is called the Fes Encounters, which is a more sombre discussion amongst politicians and ideologues to break down these various barriers and solve some of the major problems.