Arts for All – Exploring the assets of art-based educational projects with El Sistema

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We are delighted to invite you to a conversation with organisation members of El Sistema and El Sistema inspired initiatives, on how arts-based activities, in this case music education, can support education in local communities worldwide and can have positive impact on the children, their families and the whole community, especially those living in adversity.

The session will take place on 24 January at 18:30 CET, on the International Day of Education. 

More about El Sistema
El Sistema is an exemplary social action music programme that was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu. The programmez in Venezuela and around the world offer musical ensemble participation from an early age according to a set of clear principles, which focus on intensive and joyful music making as a vehicle for social development. El Sistema particularly looks to offer opportunities for the disadvantaged and is based in local nucleo centres, and is thus a manifestation of, and rooted in, each local community.

“In its essence, the orchestra and the choir are much more than artistic structures. They are examples and schools of social life, because to sing and to play together means to intimately coexist toward perfection and excellence, following a strict discipline of organization and coordination in order to seek the harmonic interdependence of voices and instruments. That’s how they build a spirit of solidarity and fraternity among them, develop their self-esteem and foster the ethical and aesthetical values related to the music in all its senses. This is why music is immensely important in the awakening of sensibility, in the forging of values and in the training of youngsters to teach other kids”  Maestro José Antonio Abreu

This forms part of the Arts for Education track at #LearningPlanet Festival, an 8-day celebration of learning to take care of oneself, others and the planet, between 22-29 January. The Arts for Education track will host a dedicated program of performances, interviews, documentaries shedding light on how artists help change the narrative around education and contribute to building better futures for us and the planet. 

Managing Director of Community Arts Network (CAN) and Founder of El Sistema Greece
Co-founder, International Teaching Artist Collaborative (ITAC)
Music consultant, Caritas organization and Madrasati initiative
Artistic Director, Superar in BiH
Impact architect & Curator, Community Arts Network
Artistic Director, El Sistema, Greece
Director, Management Office of Orchestras and Choirs, El Sistema Venezuela
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