The video presentation of the Music and Resilience 2018-19 project is online: an overview of the activities we have done during the eighth year of the project. The activities took place in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon in collaboration with the local partner Beit Atfal Assumoud and thanks to the support of Taawon Lebanon. Video by Dario Gentili. https://youtu.be/zXta5blclU4
PM coordinator Deborah Parker is completing a 10-day visit to Assumoud and the centers where M&R is active, for follow-up, monitoring and planning meetings for 2020.
Unfortunately, the road closures caused by the civil demonstrations against political corruption have made travelling up North to Beddawi center impossible, but all other scheduled meetings, in Baalbek, Beirut and Saida were able to take place.
The project is “healthy and kicking”; it’s tendencies towards growth continue to challenge us to maintain quality and ensure sustainability.
On this last point, a very fruitful meeting was held with Welfare Association Lebanon, main sponsor of M&R, in which support for M&R was confirmed and preparations for a 3-year strategy plan (2020-2022) were discussed.
Here I am in Paris, to represent the Music & Resilience project at the 6th World Forum on Music organised by the International Music Council. The forum just wrapped up a couple of hours ago and I am quite overwhelmed by the massive amount of ideas & great vibes shared with kindred spirits from all around the world who share our same vision in music as a tool for social change!
we were showing a big poster explaining the M&R project (among the others who won, like us, the 5 Music Rights Award in the past) and I managed to set several hearts on fire about M&R, so we might expect some new volunteers soon! (and my own little heart was sent in flames as well a couple of times…)
Many thanks to all the friendly people from all the corners of the world who proved diversity and freedom are what makes us human deep inside. NO MUSIC NO LIFE!
Our Summer program in Lebanon with Beit Atfal Assumoud is underway, with a 3-day training in psycho-social music interventions, facilitated by Deborah Parker, which brings together music teachers and students from the M&R project in Saida, Beddawi and Baalbek, Al Kamanjati project Beirut, Rashedie Music project, and KG teachers from many centres. Thanks, as always to Welfare Association Lebanon for the essential financial support!
Our Community Music team arrives Saturday to begin the Summer worshops and Music Camp – stay with us for more news soon!
Prima Materia has just hosted a week-end of training for 3 music therapists, led by Deborah Parker (project coordinator), in order to standardize evaluation rating for the video-recorded data from the research project, investigating the efficacy of music therapy in improving the emotional and social functioning of Palestinian refugee children from Lebanon.
Together with Deborah, Alberto Balducci (Pistoia), Marco Lolli (Bologna) and Alessandra Meneghello (Thiene) will be responsable for the video evaluation, thus completing research data. All data will then be analysed by a statistics team from Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy London UK, prior to publishing, planned for 2020.
Our 2 weeks in the Assumoud Centre in Waevel refugee camp are over – many fruitful and enjoyable moments with the staff groups from Assumoud and Inaash association, and with the children … training, playing, singing, dancing …
the instruments collected in Italy are safely stowed in their cupboard, waiting for the Summer activities to continue…
thanks to everyone who contributed to this venture, and also to the carpenter Abu Rabir who mended Chiara’s guitar, which will go to the Saida Community Music programme.
Stay with us for news of the Summer Camp Final Concert at Tarablus tomorrow night!
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).
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!
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.