Category Archives: Community Music Programme

News and informations about our group activities.

Community Music Spring Workshop 2018

A week of Community Music workshops just ended for the team of Prima Materia in Lebanon, with the support of Taawon – Welfare Organisation.

The team spent three days in the refugee camp of Beddawi (Tripoli, in the north of Lebanon) and three days in Sidon (south Lebanon) to start an intensive preparation of the forthcoming summer camp in June. Continue reading

2018 action planning meetings

Meeting with Wavel coordinator Aziza (17 Feb 2018)

 

Pm coordinator Deborah Parker is in Lebanon this week for meetings with ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’, our local partner, and  Welfare Association, the principal sponsor of the music programmes; and field visits to the centres where this year’s actions will take place – with our old friends in Beddawi and Saida, and with a new project just starting up in Wavel camp, Baalbek (North-East Lebanon).

 

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Meeting with Welfare, Assumoud Director Kassem Aina, and music coordinators (19 Feb 2018)

 

PM’s next visit will be in April, when music director Henry Brown will lead a team of 5 Community Music operators, to run the preparatory workshops for this Summer’s Music Camps Saida and Beddawi.

 

 

Please support our young Palestinian musician friends and Beit Atfal Assumoud, who is taking care of them!

Thank you.

 

M&R Annual Report 2017

We are happy to publish the Full Report of our activities and progress in Music and Resilience for the period September 2016-October 2017. It has been a busy year with many challenges, but also a lot of satisfaction.

M&R Full Report 2017

Warm thanks to  all the organizations who have contributed:

  • our local partner in Lebanon ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’;
  • Welfare Association Lebanon;
  • Ulaia Artesud Rome Italy;
  • the staff and student team from MARS, EU funded Erasmus Plus project;
  • the School of Music Therapy, Assisi Italy;
  • Municipality of Montespertoli Italy;
  • Cheap Street Methodist Church community, Sherborne UK;

and special thanks to our many friends and sponsors. All your help and support is highly appreciated!

It’s all happening now!

A small window on the extensive Summer Music program now taking place in the refugee camps of Beddawi, Wavel and in Saida, involving around 60 Palestinian and Syrian children and adolescents. This year the team of 16 music teachers, facilitators and students comes from Italy, France, Spain and UK, including trainees from our Erasmus Plus project MARS.

Many more photos and stories are available here.

A special thank-you to our friends and sponsors who have donated funds and instruments from all over Europe and beyond – your contribution is essential and you are all with us in mind and heart.

Our crowd funding is still active for any other supporters to join the M&R club!

 

Preparing the Summer Music Camps in Lebanon

The PM M&R and MARS teams and supporters are getting ready for the July Summer Music Camps with Assumoud, to be held in the Beddawi  and Saida centres, involving children in the Community Music groups, with a residential course for 30 children in the mountains, before the final concert in Saida on 15th July.

A new workshop will be offered in Wavel Camp, Baalbek, where there has been no music activity, and there are no instruments …

… so we are making them! Here are some photos of preparations for one of the the xylophone kits, which will be assembled on the 1st workshop day.

You can contribute to the project by supporting us through our crowd funding campaign – THANK YOU!

Fund raising evening for M&R

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our “Serata Palestinese” on 18th March; a highly enjoyable evening with presentation conference, a delicious Arabic supper, and lots of music.

Funds raised will go towards covering the live costs of  this year’s project actions, the next of which starts next week: a 10-day Community Music workshop in Beddawi and Saida refugee camps, led by Prima Materia and supported by MARS training students from Italy, Spain and UK.

 

Planning for April …

Beddawi Community Music group at work, Friday 3rd March 2017.

This week PM has completed follow-up visits to Beddawi and Saida Community Music groups, for detailed planning of the April workshops, when a team of 6 musicians from Italy, Spain and UK (including 4 students from the Erasmus Plus MARS project) will work with children and trainers for 8 days, in preparation for the Summer program.

Follow-up was also provided for the Music Therapy research project; data collection is planned during 2017, prior to analysis and presentation in 2018.

Report M&R 2016

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Here is the full report of our actions in 2016: we invite you to read what we were able to achieve in the Music Therapy and Community Music programs, and how much it meant for some of the children involved: mr-full-report-for-sponsors-and-donors-nov-2016

Thank you, as always, to our many sponsors and donors, who enable us to continue this work; institutional funding is harder and harder to find, and we rely on the initiative of well-wishers in their continued support.

You can donate via our crowd-funding campaign – thank you!