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Music in Me opens four music centres for Palestine refugee children

On the 7th of July, to the rhythm of traditional Arab Music, the Ramallah Children's Music Centre in ein el-Tal Camp was inaugurated

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Opening Children Music Center in Khan Dannoun Camp

On April the 8th, the Ariha Children Music Center is inaugurated in Khan Dannoun refugee camp. This is Music in Me's fifth Music Centre for refugee children in Syria

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Children Music Centres for Palestinian refugee children and orphans

Locations:

1. Ein el Tal Camp – Aleppo
2. Nairab Camp – Aleppo
3. Yarmouk Camp – Damascus
4. Khan Dannoun Camp – Damascus
5. SOS Village – Qodsaya
6. Homs Camp – Homs
7. Latakia Camp – Latakia

Children from the Nimreen Children Music Centre in Yarmouk

In 2004, Music in Me established the Nimreen Children’s Music Center providing music education for 40 talented children in a school run by UNRWA in the Palestinian refugee camp Yarmouk, near Damascus. It turned out to be a great success: the children, who have grown up in a deprived environment, have reached after three years of tuition a high level of playing and are performing in Syria and other countries. In camp Yarmouk, more children have enrolled in the Nimreen Music Center.

This successful pilot project is extended to other refugee camps in Syria, creating a network throughout the country. In cooperation with UNRWA and the Solhi el Wadi Institute of Music the project is duplicated to other UNRWA schools in other refugee camps. Music in Me and Solhi el Wadi also started providing instruments and lessons for orphans living in SOS Village Qodsaya.

In the upcoming years Music in Me aims to provide music education at all UNRWA schools in Syria.

 

Choirs for lraqi refugee children

Locations:

1. Sayyideh Zeinab
2. Jaramana (Al-Baath)
3. Qudsaya
4. Massaken Barzeh

In Syria about 1,2 million Iraqis are living in harsh conditions. There is an approximate population of 300.000 Iraqi children in Iraq. Last year, the UNHCR organized a choir project with refugee children from Iraq, of whom many did not have the chance to exercise a cultural activity. This choir brought them together, relieved some of their trauma and took out some of their daily stress.

With support of Music in Me, the choral program will be continued and extended. Four choirs will bring together unprivileged children from Iraq, regardless of their religion or their ethnicity and will reinforce their feeling of belonging to one project, one choir, all together.

One choir will be established in Jaramana, about 10 kilometres southeast from Damascus. The town has many Christian and Druze inhabitants, so it’s a favorite destination for Iraqi Assyrians fleeing their unstable country. UNICEF provided a child- friendly space in the UNHCR community centers, where the children can sing in peace.

The second choir will be established in Sayyideh Zeinab, a poor suburb, south from Damascus. In the community center in Qudsaya, a suburb in the west of Damascus, another choir will be established. One choir will be established in Masaken Barzeh in the North of Damascus.

 

Supporting the Dar al Assad opera

The Dar al Assad is a beautiful opera building in Damascus, equipped for professional opera productions. But it could only run properly with a professionally skilled staff. Hitherto, appropriate training opportunities has been lacking in Syria. In 2005, three project modules were developed through consultations between Dar al Assad, Music in Me and Volksoper Wien:

- The training of the technical staff
- The enabling of Dar al Assad to mount its own opera production and
- The institutional reform to strengthen Dar al Assad’s legal, organizational and financial structures.

In the autumn of 2005, the project commenced with an internship for Dar al Assad’s Technical and Artistic Director at the Volksoper Wien. In 2006 through 2007, nine staff members from Dar al Assad received technical and management training, also at the Volksoper in Wien. In 2007, Dar al Assad became semi-independent from the Syrian Government. This meant the legal structure had been changed in order to give Dar al Assad the indispensable organizational and financial structures to mount its own productions.

This resulted in a co-production with the National Opera in Lyon of the opera La Tragedie du Carmen of Marius Constant. The performance was in February 2008 when Damascus was the Cultural Capital of the Arab World.

A new internship program organized with the Volksoper in Vienne, is envisaged for 2009.