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Germany: 'Donovan and Friends' give live global concert webcast - Munich benefit for Transcendental Meditation in education
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24 January 2010
Legendary singer-songwriter Donovan gave a special benefit concert—'Donovan & Friends'—at the beautiful Cuvilliés Theater in Munich, Germany, 24 January 2010. He performed his hit songs and classics as well as new work, and also welcomed special guest German singer Claudia Koreck. The concert was also Donovan's first global world wide web performance—a historic musical event.
Benefit concert for Consciousness-Based Education
The sold-out concert—described as a 'social media for social activism' event—was held on behalf of Schule ohne Stress*—'Schools without Stress'—in Germany. The concert aimed to bring attention to the positive effects of the Transcendental Meditation Programme in education, including scientifically verified benefits for students' creativity, intelligence, brain functioning, academic performance, ADHD and other learning disorders, anxiety, and depression.
In April 2009, Donovan performed at the historic benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, which also featured Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other stars. The concert was a benefit supporting the David Lynch Foundation's initiative to teach one million school children worldwide the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
In 2007, Donovan and Dr David Lynch announced plans for a new university in Scotland—'Invincible Donovan University'—to offer Total Knowledge to raise every student to enlightenment and create invincibility in national consciousness.
Concert to streamed live on Internet
Donovan invited fans and the global online community to watch the 24 January concert live on the Internet. The performance was streamed live worldwide on Donovan's new website:
The concert was broadcast live Sunday, 24 January 2010, starting at 8:30 p.m. Central Europe TIme (1:30 p.m. US Central Time).
'Social Media meets Music'
Another unique feature of Sunday's concert: According to his website, the special event 'Donovan & Friends' was an invitation from Donovan to his friends not only in Munich, but in the social web. In addition, the whole concert was promoted, documented, and featured on many social media platforms, such as Facebook®, Twitter, and YouTube. The concert used only word-of-mouth and digital marketing. 'These activities are expanding the live event from the offline into the online world,' the website states.
Dr Donovan Leitch is also a green activist, and received a Doctor of Letters from the University of Hertfordshire, an honorary medal as 'Officer of Arts & Letters' by the French government, and was named BMI Icon in 2009.
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