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The power of music

Katarzyna Łukasiewicz | Greece

Kids have fun while waiting for their classes in the multicultural neighborhood of Kypseli in Athens. The organization aims to integrate refugees with Greek youth and children from migrant communities and spreads music in Athens by providing daily musical activities in various neighborhoods and refugee camps.

The story of El Sistema began in 1975 in Venezuela's capital, Caracas, where economist and visionary maestro José Antonio Abreu organized an orchestra rehearsal for young people coming from communities at risk. 11 youths came on the first day, and a month later – 75. After four months the ensemble gave its first public concert. Thereafter, the official “El Sistema” was established – a community music program with numerous so-called "núcleos". These structures where free music education is offered were gradually opened in all states of Venezuela. For Abreu, an orchestra represented the structure of a functioning society with a common goal that can be achieved only when all members work together. The Venezuelan project has inspired more than 380 similar music social actions and initiatives in more than seventy countries with more than one million children learning classical music. One of the places where El Sistema is a great platform for dialogue and togetherness across diverse communities with music used as a tool for social inclusion is Greece.

Katarzyna Łukasiewicz is a polish photographer, anthropologist, culture animator, and educator. Her projects have a documentary approach. She's interested in human and socio-cultural environments and often uses anthropology in her research. She graduated from Polish National Film School in Łódź, Polish Culture Institute and Pedagogy Faculty at Warsaw University.

El Sistema Greece 

+ 48 500 697 953

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