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Venezuelan music system is used in Sweden to integrate immigrants

Venezuelan music system is used in Sweden to integrate immigrants

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on November 17, 2014

The System from Venezuela, a social combating poverty through music education project has been replicated in over 40 countries including Sweden, which applies it in order to integrate into society children and youth that have settled in the Nordic country.

During a bilateral meeting called Side by Side which was held today at the theater Konserthuset Gothenburg between Caracas Youth Symphony (SJC) and a group of 150 children and young Swedish musicians who are part of the System of Sweden, those boys could also join on stage and share emotions, reported the news agency EFE.

"Here in Gothenburg have come people around the world who speak lots of different languages and there are lots of cultures, they do not understand and then work with the system here," told to reporters Camila Sarner, President of the Sistema in Sweden.

Sarner explained that there are problems of "integration" in Sweden between different cultures living in the territory and for some years Sweden has attempted to apply various cultural projects in order to achieve a approach between all "without actually achieving a solution."

"Then came Gustavo Dudamel (Venezuelan conductor laureate) and said, 'We have to bring the orchestra to the suburb, to the people who live outside the city," and so the band left the house to meet people and there started the project, "she added. Today, says the manager of the system in Sweden, children from different cultures voluntarily approach the seat of social-musical project.

"Everybody is welcome ... there they feel part of society," she said and informed that already 1,600 children and youth enrolled in the Swedish project works since 2010 and started with only 64 young students.

 "We have many children who had never entered a music school here if not for the system," said Sarner.

During the concert, which was attended by the creator of the system, the Prince of Asturias Awarded José Antonio Abreu, boys and young musicians from Venezuela and Sweden shared the stage and performed Venezuelan and European parts.

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