WHAT IS BANUEV?
Banuev - Buenos Aires por una Nueva Evangelización, in other words,
Buenos Aires for a New Evangelisation - is a Community whose objective
is to spread worldwide the Beauty of God. He who created us, who loves
us, and who has saved us. We use the pedagogy of Jesus in order to
create a new evangelisation; we do this through art, in all its forms.
We have established the following aims and strategies in order to spread
to others this Beauty:
· To create a means of expression, interaction and prayer for Christian
· To bring together Christian artists in order to work towards a New
· To give, of ourselves, in a way that provides community services for
the Church such as promoting and organizing courses, seminars, artistic
gatherings, events and shows, as well as, artistic retreats,
publications and finally the creation of jobs in the area of graphic
design and editing.
· To encourage the development of Christian art, in a youthful
environment as a "real world" instrument of evangelisation.
· To bring Christian artistic expressionism to those suffering poverty
The spirituality of Banuev is defined as a style or form of expression
in which each of its activities celebrates the Joy of Jesus Resurrected.
A LITTLE HISTORY
BANUEV was formed in 1991 in a meeting of young members of
"Pastoral Juvenil". There slogan being "No apaguen el
fuego del Espíritu Santo" (Don't extinguish the flame of the Holy
Spirit). In order to work effectively within the real world of the youth
of Buenos Aires they studied the framework of the teachings of the
Church, the core themes of the new evangelisation promoted by His
Holiness John Paul II: Saintliness, Fellowship and Mission. These
dedicated young people drew up a plan of action, which addressed the
needs of the young evangelists, as well as, the need for solidarity with
those most needy. The first concrete action was to create an event that
would promote in Argentina Catholic art, in the field of music. The aim
was to bring together, at the same time, similar shows from different
parts of the country.
The first MultiFestival of BANUEV took place on the 23rd of October
1992, in the River plate stadium. This was to benefit the indigenous
people of Jujuy and Neuquén. In 1993 it took place in the theatre La
Salle and benefited the First Argentine Home for Victims of Aids
(Hospital Muñez) this was carried out by "Voluntarios de María
del Movimiento Apostólico de Schoenstatt", In 1994, the
MultiFestival was held in the Obras stadium and was to benefit homes
that provided shelter for street children. In 1995, the MultiFestival
was held in the auditorium "San José" and benefited "Cáritas"
Buenos Aires, In 1996 the theme was "The culture of life",
this was in order to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the MultiFestival.
Little by little BANUEV was gaining more and more fame. In 1996, 1997,
1998 and 1999 there began to be included other artistic disciplines, in
additional to the music. They held seminars for spiritual and artistic
training, artistic retreats etc. all as part of the MultiFestival.
THE BANUEV MULIFESTIVAL OF 2000
The MultiFestival, since 1992, has brought together thousands of young
people from the capital, as well as other parts of Argentina. They
gather to carry the message of Jesus to other young people by thinking
within the context of our society and by passing on the values one
should follow in life. The MultiFestival is attended by a variety of
groups and soloists from all over the world and from diverse musical
backgrounds: rock, pop, reggae, fusion, urban, gospel, folk etc. All of
whom transmit, through their music, the Evangelistic message and
motivate solidarity with our most needy brothers and sisters.
The diverse disciplines of art come together in the annual event, called
MultiFestival; music, theatre, chorus and the plastic arts all form a
part. Also, there is held, year long, training seminars, retreats,
concerts, chorus presentations, "Taizé" prayer meetings, etc.
BANUEV links together the diverse expressions of Catholic art that has
arisen from various parts of the country by promoting and supporting
festivals, and the production of CDs and cassettes (this association has
produced the CDs from each annual MultiFestival, the CD "COMLA 6 América
con Cristo Sal de la Tierra", produced recently in Paraná, the
cassette "Infancia Misionera", the cassette "Congreso
Misionero Nacional", and coming soon the CD "BANUEV canta TAIZÉ".)
as well as samplings and videos, of an eclectic group of artists from a
variety of Movements and Associations.
THE 5th NATIONAL GATHERING OF CATHOLIC ARTISTS
During these years of "gatherings" the foundations of the
movement have been firmly laid, so that today it continues building
brick by brick. This work was reflected in the 1st National Assembly of
Catholic Artists. The core of this movement is that we are all
participants, free from official standing and positions, brought
together, sharing the same work, difficulties and hopes. We share the
same feelings of brother and sister hood that brings us together in the
name of Our Father.
For this reason we have devised once more another national gathering, so
that we can be together again. People from Argentina and the rest of the
world brought together to learn about one another, to give thanks to God
for all our brothers and sisters, where ever they are in the world,
whatever they maybe doing, and with the certainty that the Glory belongs
to Him who created us.
The main objective of these "gatherings" is to exchange
experiences, which come from a diversity of places, so that bonds may be
created, both spiritual and artistic, in order that we may share
experiences from many different perspectives.