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!
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.
After our follow-up meetings in March for the Music Therapy and Comunity Music programmes of M&R, Prima Materia is in Lebanon for participation in Assumoud’s 10th Annual Conference on Mental Health, with a paper presented by Dario Gentili: ‘Shared Roots and Chosen Routes: Indentity and Community Care in the Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon’.
Other days were spent visiting the projects in the camp locations of Saida, Beirut and Beddawi, and in planning meetings with coordinators and donors for the project’s continuation, in particular for the Community Summer Camp to be held in August, supported by a team of 10 Prima Materia professionals, students and volonteers.
We were honoured to be able to present the results of M&R music therapy at the LPHA conference in Amman, 7-8 March 2016.
The conference brought medics and researchers from many countries together to discuss strategies for supporting the health of Palestinians living under permanent harassment and threat by the Israeli occupation in Palestine and the West Bank, in particular under the drastic siege conditions in Gaza, and as diaspora refugee communities without rights.
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“Music and Resilience”
Orientation for the 2nd year of International Cooperation
On Friday 9th January 2015 in the Town hall, Montespertoli, the guidelines for the 2nd year of Prima Materia’s project “Music and Resilience” were illustrated to the public, who were able to witness how international cooperation enriches the proponent communities as much, if not more than the ‘beneficiaries’.
Prima Materia promotes two public events in collaboration with partners in the project “Music and Resilience” – Region of Tuscany, Province of Florence, Municipality of Montespertoli, the Italo-Palestinian friendship Association and Assopace Palestina: Thursday, 8th January, Siena; Friday, 9th January, Montespertoli.
Music & Resilience – Seminars 8th, 9th Jan (PDF – ITA)
For the occasion Mr Mohamad Orabi will be the honoured guest of Prima Materia for 10 days in January 2015. Mr Orabi is supervisor for the music therapy team of NISCVT ‘Beit Atfal Assumoud’, the local partner of ‘Music and Resilience’. Continue reading