Sistema Cyprus

Sistema Cyprus is a social-music orchestra and choir programme established in 2018. Sistema Cyprus offers music education to the children and young people of Cyprus, including migrants, refugees and children and young people with fewer opportunities, and ensures that these groups are respected, recognised, and included in the society.

Sistema Cyprus is inspired by the El Sistema social action music programme that was first founded in Venezuela in 1975. Through the formation of orchestras and choirs, El Sistema acts as a superb model, reaching children and young people to many of the world’s challenging neighbourhoods. El Sistema and other El Sistema inspired programs, like ours, offer free classical music education that gives children and youth with fewer opportunities all over the world the opportunity for personal development. Sistema Cyprus is focused on the personal development of its participants focusing primarily on empowerment and helping them in reaching their full potential.



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 JosĂ© 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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