Sistema Cyprus

Sistema Cyprus is an El Sistema inspired program which aims to provide all children and young people with free music education through orchestras and choirs. The second aim is to promote respect and recognition of vulnerable population groups from the society. Sistema Cyprus operates in the area of Faneromeni in Nicosia, in the “Home of Hope” (Hope for Children CRC Policy Centre) and in the area of Faneromeni in Larnaca, providing more than 200 children and young people with free instruments and lessons.

Find out more abour our actions so far through our Annual Reports. 



Sistema Cyprus is a proud member of Sistema Europe. Founded in 2012, Sistema Europe is a network for all European Sistema and Sistema-inspired organisations and individuals aspiring to carry out activities true to the principles of Venezuela’s El Sistema.

Sistema Europe envisages children and young people from every section of European society reach their full potential. And, as part of the international Sistema movement, Sistema Europe assists the continent’s Sistema and Sistema-inspired programmes in positively transforming the lives of children, young people and their families in communities from every section of society through the practice of orchestral and ensemble music-making.

To find out more about Sistema Europe, its members, principles and recent events, visit the Sistema Europe website .


  • El Sistema is a social action music programme that was founded in Venezuela in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu.
  • The programme in Venezuela offers musical ensemble participation from an early age according to a set of clear principles, which focus on intensive and joyful music making as a vehicle for social development. El Sistema particularly looks to offer opportunities for the disadvantaged and is based in local nucleo centres, and is thus a manifesation of, and rooted in, each local community.


  • The backbone of El Sistema training is participation in classical orchestral ensembles. However, choral singing, folk music, jazz and special needs programmes are all also featured and this diversity of ensembles and musical genres is of great importance.
  • Teaching sessions in Venezuela take place in the community nucleo three to four hours a day, six days a week. Students also get to take part in retreats and intensive workshops.
  • Participation is free for all students.
  • El Sistema Venezuela currently has dozens of orchestras and over 700,000 students, with plans to expand to 1,000,000.


”I would teach children music, physics and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning”


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    "Let us reveal to our children the beauty of music, and music shall reveal to our children the beauty of life" - José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El SIstema 

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