At Drill Surgeries, one of the things we embrace the most is the arts and the creative characteristics these can bring into the personality of all of us. Either through music, theatre, dancing, painting magic... any discipline contributes to building character and thinking outside the box, a crucial factor when building a startup but also when growing as a person.
This encouragement to support the arts and to welcome these into the lives of more and more people, be it as a performer or as mere spectators, comes from the love of Founder, Moises Barbera Ramos, for the theatre and his previous experience as a professional magician where he got to meet the best artists and perform all across Europe for almost a decade, winning the National Championship of Magic in 2017, the 3rd youngest magician to win it ever.
A few years ago, when this initiative to contribute to building the marvellous YOKO ONO LENNON centre started, Moises Barbera Ramos was already on the radar of the University of Liverpool as a successful and involved student (having won a robotics award in China for the University or making exponential entrepreneurial moves before any programme of support was even started). It is then when the University of Liverpool, picking up on all of this and the work as an artist Moises still tried to carry out during the weekends travelling to theatres abroad, that they decided to reach out.
In an article, they said:
For the best part of the last decade, Moises has also been heavily involved in the theatrical arts where he has worked as a professional magician, performing around Europe to more than 8,000 spectators. Moises’ performances have received international praise and awards and he still dedicates some of his spare time to performing in theatres. It has now been a while since his last performance and his spare time and non-spare time are all dedicated to building Drill Surgeries and its technology, but we can still see him flashing his magic skills at networking events to make the whole experience a bit more memorable.
His love for arts and constant collaboration and involvement with the University of Liverpool got Moises Barbera Ramos a dedicated Plaque at the main auditorium, The Tung Auditorium, located at the heart of the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre and seating 400 with space for a 70-piece orchestra.
“It is a true honour to have my name engraved in this remarkable auditorium for students and professionals to learn and share the love for arts. In life, not everything is reduced to books, equations and politics, even though some of these are in itself an art; at the end of the day we are humans, we feel and have emotions, and when these emotions can be crafted and exalted through means as simple as a music instrument, a poem, a performance… we are then contributing to humanity”.
The quote reads: "NEVER GIVE IN"
Words win battles and these are not an exception, remembering history:
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
So, remember to never give in when you are following a passion you truly believe in, that's the only way to challenge the status quo and make this world just a little bit better.