Music with a mission to help

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.”
Plato

Musicians have always been – and still are, even more so – migrants. They have to travel all over the world to earn their living. They often live in countries other than their own, they speak many languages, they cross borders almost every day. But they have a home.

When we heard about the project of El Sistema Greece, we immediately thought: this is our chance as musicians to help. In Greece, still thousands of refugees live in camps under extremely poor conditions. Many of them are traumatized, particularely the children, and many children are orphans or have lost contact with their families. El Sistema Greece was launched to face the challenges of this situation.

Similar to the originalEl Sistema idea, which was born in Venzuela in 1975 to bring musical education to children living in slums or under critical social and economical conditions, El Sistema Greece offers musical education to refugee children. It encourages musical activity, it brings concerts and it empowers cultural diversity by exchanging musical traditions. Integration is supported by combining musical and language education, teaming up with Greek musical and pedagogical institutions.

“These days in Greece working for “El Sistema” have filled my heart with hope that music can unite people, create a new generation that believe in a world without prejudices, a world full of love, beauty and happiness” Daniela Nuzzoli

What we want to do

We believe that il pomo d’oro, a typical group of ‘musical migrants’ with many different nationalities, is a perfect ambassador of the el sistema idea, and we see it as our heartfelt responsibility to help with what we know best: music. We contribute to El Sistema Greece as a group by giving concerts and workshops and as individuals by providing instrumental lessons and tutoring.

Where

We started with concerts and workshops in the camps of Athens in February 2017 and March 2017 and will return on a monthly basis.

What can you do?

You can help us with our engagement in Greece by financing our travel expenses, and paying for the material necessary for our educational programs, as well as for instruments. Our musicians work for free. All activities are documented on our website and on social media.

Support

Events

  • 26/ February
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Impact Hub Athens

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  • 28/ February
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Skaramagas Camp

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  • 11/ March
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

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  • 09/ April
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

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  • 30/ April
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Impact Hub Athens

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  • 01/ May
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Skaramagas & Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

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  • 10/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

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  • 11/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

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  • 26/ February
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Impact Hub Athens

  • Educational activities at Impact Hub Athens.

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  • 28/ February
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Skaramagas Camp

  • First workshop in the Skaramagkas camp with young talented syrian and afghani refugee children.

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  • 11/ March
    Athens, Educational Activities for El Sistema Greece

    Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

  • Encouraging and energetic music session with refugee children with El Sistema Greece at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens.

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  • 09/ April
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

  • 30/ April
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Impact Hub Athens

  • 01/ May
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Skaramagas & Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

  • 10/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

  • 11/ June
    Athens, El Sistema Greece

    Athens & Skaramagas

Discover more

03.04.2017

Our experiences in Greece

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12.03.2017

Fundraising Appeal

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01.11.2016

Alfia Bakieva: My story

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01.11.2016

We join El Sistema Greece

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