El Sistema – An Idea Spreading throughout the World
Music as a means to change society. This vision of
José Antonio Abreu stood at the beginning of the initiative El Sistema. And
this vision has become reality. More than two million children have profited
from El Sistema in Venezuela since its founding; currently almost 400,000
children, mainly from disadvantaged social strata, are learning an instrument
and making music in the country’s ensembles and orchestras, gaining a new
perspective on life. In the meantime, the movement has spread around the world.
More than one hundred similar projects all over the world have taken
inspiration from this great philosophy, believing passionately in the power of
music. We share this passion and are convinced that El Sistema at the Salzburg
Festival will contribute to strengthening existing initiatives – like superar –
and providing new impulses for the realisation of similar projects in other
countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.
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