A crucial step on the way to a more cohesive and inclusive European society, are first hand meetings with marginalised groups, who lack a broad integration into our societies. Often the youth hear about marginalised groups as migrants, refugees and disabled people in the news, but don´t get the chance to meet and exchange with them in depth.
Our project “Musical Storytelling” will respond to this voiced need. The project will offer a protected and comfortable setting for discussing and learning about diversity and inclusion through the universal language, music.
In the next two years, more than 100 young people from different corners of Europe will participate in six Youth Exchanges in different countries.
“Musical Storytelling” is co-funded by Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
The Ecole de musique de l’Union Grand-Duc Adolphe (UGDA Music School) organises numerous extracurricular activities on local, regional, national, European and international level such as training and development workshops for children and young adults. It organises also bilateral and multilateral exchanges in collaboration with other cultural and youth organisations and is focusing on expanding the presence of the contemporary repertoire in its competitions as well as the cooperation of emerging musicians with young composers.
The Lithuanian non-profit organisation Natų knygynas has a long tradition in national and international educational events for children and young adults. Among the current and upcoming events for youth is the anti-piracy project. It raises awareness for the protection of music copyrights through seminars in the major Lithuanian music schools.
The organisation Zdruzenie na gragjani MUZICKI I BALETSKI PEDAGOZI Skopje enable musicians with fewer opportunities from North Macedonia which include minority groups and young musicians from poor families to participate in European level musical events (concerts, workshops, seminars, masterclasses), make contacts, develop new skills and training in order to boost their professional careers.
A 1: Musical Storytelling (First edition)
The first activity of the project took place in Munich (Germany) from 21st to 31st August. EMCY cooperated with the workshop leader Waseem Radwan, the largely renowned organisation “Bellevue di Monaco”, a culture and living center for refugees and “Refugio Munich”, an advisory and treatment center specialized on young refugees. The musicians and the refugees, supported by experts specialised in youth work and music developed a final performance that can be watched here.
The project combined art and music with social learning objectives, illustrating the real value and benefits of a multicultural Europe. Non-formal learning methods included: personal intercultural exchange and peer learning, local visits, country presentations, interactive learning activities, self-exploration, group works, role plays, games and many more.
The project has been possible thanks to the: BK Kids Foundation, Bezirksausschuss Westpark-Sendling and Bezirksausschuss Ludwigsvorstadt-Isarvorstadt.
More information about the project here.
The second activity of the project will take place in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxembourg). UGDA Music School will cooperate with the Caritas Luxembourg.
The focus of the activity will be on exchange on different music, art and performance styles by the different participants, peer-learning, playing music together, teamwork to create a stage performance, including different formats and presentation styles, e.g. classical music practice with hip-hop, beat boxing and rap, according to the skills and input of the young participants. Musical presentations are planned at the end of the exchange in various locations: musical animation in the pedestrian zone in Esch-sur-Alzette, musical animation in Luxembourg City and at the Youth hostel in Esch-sur-Alzette