Yo-Yo Ma: “I believe that culture is essential to our survival. It is how we invent, how we bring the new and the old together, how we can all imagine a better future.

“I used to say that culture needs a seat at the table, an equal part in our economic and political conversation. I now believe that it is the ground on which everything else is built. It is where the global and local, rural and urban, present and future confront one another.

“Culture turns the other into us, and it does this through trust, imagination, and empathy.”

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