Community Music Project for Social Inclusion
El Sistema Greece is a community music project that since 2016 provides free music education to children and young people in Greece. All children —no matter their origin, nationality, or religion— are not only inspired to strive for a better future, but thanks to music, they are given a platform for dialogue and togetherness across diverse communities.
Greece welcomes thousands of refugees and migrants when at the same time is struggling to recover from an economic crisis.
Thousands of children, left in limbo lacking inspiration and dreams. The ultimate goal of El Sistema Greece is to promote the social inclusion and development of children in Greek society and build a new musical and human community with children from different horizons, whether they are refugees, migrants or Greeks. The social project El Sistema Greece works hard to provide them with a sense of purpose, offering choir and orchestral instrument classes to children and youth from different backgrounds in order to enrich their lives and promote social mobility. Music is a universal language which can be a powerful tool for social inclusion. Musical education has been proven to be an incredibly effective medium for achieving long term social change for both the children involved, and their families, worldwide.
Our educational approach builds on effective methods from Venezuela’s social action program El Sistema, adapted in over 60 countries and recognized as a tool for youth crime prevention by UNICEF. El Sistema Greece’s model strives to educate through inspirational, regular learning, integrate by bringing children and communities together and communicate through ambitious artistically rewarding performances that increase visibility and encourage better systemic support.
Over 2,500 children and youth between the ages of 3 and 26 have had access to El Sistema tuition since 2016.
We combine learning and artistic excellence. On stage, the children are treated as true artists. They challenge external perceptions and demonstrate their great potential to add value as part of a community.
Active Musicians-True Artists
Young musicians of El Sistema Greece participated in performances at Odeon of Herodes Atticus for the Hellenic Festival and made regular appearances at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) for events such as the Christmas concert with the Simón Bolívar Trumpet Ensemble, the Lullaby Project (in collaboration with Carnegie Hall), and In War & Peace with Joyce DiDonato. Our students also performed at the Megaron–Athens Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Institut Français d’Athènes etc.