Merlijn Twaalfhoven is a Dutch composer working in conflict areas, unconventional locations, and concert halls. His projects explore the richness of cultural diversity and human interaction, often engaging musicians of contrasting styles, local traditions, or children in large events. He collaborates with artists, scientists, diplomats, and other idealists in new and creative ways. This results in a unique blend of sophisticated music and rough, unpolished sounds. Striving for a world without boundaries between art and society, his goal is to revive the creative and artistic potential in everyone in order to create new meaningful connections and understanding between people. He received a UNESCO award and collaborates with the Kronos Quartet and the New York Philharmonic. Last year, he initiated “The Turn Club” – a new place for artists and other creative professionals that seek larger societal impact and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN.