“Let’s work as one towards dignity for all”: this is the message inscribed by United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon on a board meant for the “One World” bridge built by artist Arne Quinze in De Schorre, the site of the annual Tomorrowland Festival. The board was unveiled in front of Ban Ki-moon and of brothers Manu and Michiel Beers, the founders of the festival, in Brussels on Wednesday. Ban Ki-moon admitted to being “moved” by this event, and declared that the Tomorrowland festival reflects several values dear to the United Nations: dignity, respect, diversity, and solidarity. He hopes people reading his message will think of the work being accomplished by the United Nations. “The festival, as well as the bridge, shows how important creative thinking is when people want to build a safer, more prosperous, and more durable world. Within 2 months approximately 200,000 people from all over the world will be united by music once again,” he said, highlighting the fact that youths are the key element in the fight for dignity for all.
As for Manu and Michiel Beers, they qualified the event as an “important step” in the history of the festival. Ban Ki-moon’s board will be set in the centre of the bridge, explained Manu Beers.
“When we launched Tomorrowland in 2005, we never dreamed we would accomplish so much,” added Michiel Beers. “We wanted to create a fantasy world. And now, the festival has become a sort of mini-UN, or an Olympic game where everyone wins the gold medal. Seeing so many people in Boom is surreal.”The “One World’ bridge was built for the 10th anniversary of the festival last year, and symbolises the Tomorrowland generation, according to the Beers brothers. “A strong and positive message,” adds Michiel Beers. “What really makes this festival unique are the people who take part in it.”