"Music for Moria" - Community music Movement
Fotos: Life Eliyahu
MusicForMoria is a Community Music movement that uses music to raise awareness about the catastrophic conditions for people seeking refuge at the European borders and invite citizens to become politically engaged through their own music or through financial support.
We are a group of music therapists, musicians and other passionate individuals that feel the urge to do something about the living conditions of thousands of people in the Mediterranean regions and even more important, stay active till things will change. We want to raise awareness about the fact that this so-called crisis is a crisis of humanity. Where political stakeholders forget about the most important fact, the right of having a safe place to call home.
To find out how to join the movement, please visit:
Teacher Training for "connect by music" in Thermopolis/greece
In February 2020 I was in Thermopolis, to give a training for the music teachers of Connect by Music. The training was about topics like:
Community Music therapy in Bochum/Germany
Since summer 2019 we are also offering Musictherapy at the NGO Medizinischen Flüchtlingshilfe Bochum e.V.
It is taking place every second week at the project (D)ein Raum, which is offering a way to support community-Building through creative activities.
musictherapy project in the refugee camps of lesbos/greece
In February 2018 I went with a team of music therapists to the greek Island Lesbos to start a musictherapy project in the refugee camps there.
The Organizations name is Connect by music and there was offered music activities for Children, unaccompanied minors, young adults and Womengroups. We were active in two different camps. The project is still running and at the moment there are still two of my colleagues active.
Music of hope-community music project IN Dortmund
Since March 2018 there is a weekly music activity in the NGO called Train of Hope e.V. Dortmund. Its an organisation on a voluntary basis that was founded in 2015 when a lot of Trains arrived in Dortmund with syrian refugees.
It is only funded by donations. A lot of Volunteers are also refugees.
Our project is called Music of Hope and there is the possibility to learn an instrument or join the Band of that is performing regularly.
TRANSCULTURAL community MUSIC ACTIVITY IN BIELEFELD/germany
Since autumn 2017 we have a music activity on a regular basis at the refugee camp in Bielefeld/Germany.
The idea is to bring together locals and refugees through a music activity.
As a non-verbal way of communication music is a medium that opens a lot of possibilities to get into contact, get to know each others cultural background and reduce prejudice.
The activity takes place in the communal room of the refugee camp and is supported by Kultur3Eck Bi-Ost
INTERACTIVE MUSIC NIGHT WITH "CONNECTING HANDS" IN ENSCHEDE
This project was a cooperation between Concordia, students from ArtEZ conservatory and Connecting Hands, a group of volunteers from the University of Twente that is in charge of events focused on helping asylum seekers.
The aim of the event was to connect people and different cultures by using music as a non-verbal medium of communication. Playing music together can stimulate integration and decrease prejudices.Together with conservatory students Anna Lesterhuis, Ronja Kapitza and Lore Smits we played different genres of music.
At the end everyone had the chance to participate by singing, dancing or playing an instrument on stage.
MUSIC ACTICITY AT ASYLUM SEEKERS CENTER ALMELO/Netherlands
This was an initiative by the stichting vrolijkheid which is a multicultural, not-for-profit network of artists, play writers, actors, musicians and volunteers who invest their passion in children and teenagers that stay in asylum-seekers centers. It is an independent organization supported by individuals and private funding.
Our Goal with the young people from the asylum-seekers centre in Almelo was to activate them and to support interacting. Through music-making we aime to get them out of isolation and give them a opportunity to enjoy.
It is a regular activity on a weekly basis, accessable for young people between 12 and 18 years old but alos for volunteers and people that work at the centre. The music-activity is something where participants get the cance to connect to each other, to people outside the centre and to relax and leave all worries behind them for some moments.
It asks a lot of flexibility, creativity and also ways to handle conflicts.
COMMUNITY-BASED MUSIC THERAPY AT BADI ASHA SCHOOL IN varanasi/INDIA
Between September and December 2016 I did an Internship at Learn for Life Project in the context of a community-based music therapy project. The Learn for Life Project is a certified non-profit society, who runs the Badi Asha (Big Hope) school and women empowerment project in Varanasi. In a city and a country, where caste and religious affiliation still are too often the starting points of violent pogroms (mostly against the Muslim minority), the members of the project are happy and proud to be able to provide teachers and children from all castes and religions.
I was working individually with those kids who have learning difficulties as well as in group sessions with the classes.
During my 4 month stay I offered music as empowerment and to show them how to use music as a resource in life. I used music to develop social skills, personal strengths and identity. The idea behind the project was to offer music to the kids as a medium and an opportunity to gain control and power in life. By making music together one can get to know him/herself better and form his/ her identity which can help the development of communities and values.