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New Project: B-ME, Blending Melodies: Bridging Cultural Identities

October, 2022 

We are excited to announce the launch of the European Project B-ME: Blending Melodies: Bridging Cultural Identities. 

The B-ME project is implemented by Sistema Cyprus, El Sistema Greece and the Associação das Orquestras Sinfónicas Juveniles Sistema Portugal and is co-funded by the European Union. 

The project is pairing local composers with musicians from a refugee or migrant background to co-create original musical compositions that bridge the different cultural identities. These compositions will be performed by the partners’ youth orchestras and will be available for any other orchestras in the world. Through awareness raising concerts in the partners’ countries and beyond, B-ME is intended to highlight the value of cultural diversity.

Through this project we seek to offer the opportunity to musicians who have a refugee or migratory background to work with composers from their current community and co-create music compositions that bilaterally blend the sounds of their origins. Each pair will have the freedom in the creative process that will allow the composing partners to fully express their intimate music identity. The students of the partner organizations, who belong to these vulnerable groups will have the opportunities to learn through music workshops and later prepare to perform these compositions in concerts. By opening these concerts to the general public we give people the opportunity to see these children and these composer musicians from a different perspective and enable their understanding of other cultures through music. Finally, other composers and university students studying music and composition will have the opportunity to attend seminars focusing on the objective of promoting social equity through music. The results will be widely and orchestras in Europe and anywhere else in the world will be invited to perform these compositions in their own countries. The concerts of B-Me will be audio  and visually recorded, and widely shared through the partner’s social media, inspiring audiences for many years to come.  

Read more about this project here.

Music for Active Citizenship: open call for young music mentors

August, 2022 

Do you want to be a mentor to the most amazing youth orchestra? This is your chance!

We are proud to announce the open for young music mentors in the framework of the Erasmus+ project “Music for Active Citizenship: a Young Music Mentors Programme” in collaboration with El Sistema Greece.

Are you a musician between 14-35 years old wishing to become a mentor for younger music students? We are especially interested in musicians playing the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba and percussion. 

What will you gain?

As a Young Music Mentor you will be able to work closely with Sistema musicians, communicate effectively, analyse, propose ideas, take action, discover and realise your full potential as an active citizen in and out of the classroom. 

Join us and improve your skills and get ready for unforgettable music experiences!

How to apply

Apply until September 16th 2022 by sending your e-mail to info@sistemacyprus.com or by calling us at 99902552. You can introduce yourself, your music experience and mention which instrument you are playing.

The mentorship programme starts in October 2022 and ends in December 2022.

Read more about this project here.

Music for Active Citizenship: a Young Music Mentors Programme

January, 2022 

We are excited to announce the launch of MAC- Music for Active Citizenship: a Young Music Mentors Programme. 🎵

MAC is an Erasmus+ project implemented in Cyprus and Greece by the consortium partners Sistema Cyprus and El Sistema Greece. The project aims to offer opportunities for social and educational interactions between local Sistema music program students with a refugee or immigrant background and native students who study music. Based on the foundation of social music education, the project seeks to promote social equity and act towards social inclusion while educating for the appreciation of social diversity.

Read more about this project here.

Have you got any unused music instruments? Donate them to the children of Sistema Cyprus!

May, 2022 

As Sistema Cyprus prepares for the launch of its second orchestra in September 2022, it also collects musical instruments for the needs of the program. Help us offer to every child embarking upon their musical journey with Sistema Cyprus, their own musical instrument.

Instruments needed: 

Violins, Violas, Cellos, Double-basses, Flutes, Oboes, Clarinets, Bassoons, Trumpets, Trombones, French horns, Percussion instruments and even music Stands. 

For more information call 99902552.

Collection points:

Nicosia collection points

Sistema Cyprus Nicosia

Apollonos 40, 1010 Nicosia

Tel.: 99902552

Opening Hours:  Monday – Friday 09:00 – 18:00


Nicosia Youth Information Centre

Tompazi Street 14, 1055 Lykavitos

Tel.: 22877513,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 09:00 – 18:00


Larnaca collection points

Sistema Cyprus Larnaca

Phaneromenis 67, 6025 


For the Opening Hours contact: 99902552


Youth Makerspace Larnaka

Griva Digeni 1, 6030 (former house of the Prefect)

Tel.: 24201777,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 08:00 – 17:00

Limassol collection points

Limassol Youth Information Centre

Georgiou Gennadiou & Chatziloizi Michailidi 23, 3041 Limassol

Tel.: 25871471,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 – 15:00

Paphos collection points

Paphos Youth Information Centre

Apostolou Pavlou and Gladstonos Corner, 8046 Paphos

Tel.: 26306101,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 17:00


Ammochostos collection points

Ammochostos Youth Information Centre

Multipurpose Centre of the Municipality of Sotira

Ilia Tilaugi

5390 Sotira

Tel.: 23722292,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 16:00

Agros collection point

Agros Youth Information Centre

6 Stelios Chatzipetri Avenue, 4860 Agros

Tel.: 25874042,

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 13:00 – 18:00 and Saturday 09:30 – 14:30


March, 2022 

The socio-musical programme Sistema Cyprus is excited to announce the completion of a life-time dream and the beginning of a new chapter in its efforts to bring social change through music. The organisation is finally getting its own permanent home, just off Ledras Street, in the centre of old Nicosia.

Furthermore, the programme is expanding its activities with the operation of a second string and percussion orchestra in September 2022.

This dream will come true thanks to Mohari Hospitality, a global hospitality and real estate investment company that operates in Cyprus, Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States.

Mohari Hospitality recognized the positive impact that the programme has on young people of Cyprus. Thanks to their support Sistema Cyprus will have a permanent home, its own facilities and will be able to create a second orchestra.

Sistema Cyprus welcomes Mohari Hospitality to its family and is looking forward to a prosperous collaboration that will bring joy and smiles to many children!

Nikoletta Polydorou, Executive Director at Sistema Cyprus, said: “Sistema Cyprus needed a home, a place where children can feel that it’s theirs. The ‘Thank You’ is not for being our funder, but for believing in our dreams and making them possible. Mohari recognised exactly what Sistema and our children needed in order for them to develop and for the orchestra to grow. We are confident that Mohari Hospitality will be on our side and we are both excited and grateful to be on this journey together”.

Iosif Iosifides, Chief Operations Officer at Mohari Hospitality, said: “At Mohari Hospitality we are committed to supporting non-profit organisations in the communities that we operate in. We recognised the incredible work being done by Sistema Cyprus to support the young people of Cyprus through musical education and by creating an important sense of community. We are proud to support Sistema Cyprus and look forward to seeing even more children be given the opportunity to learn and grow through music.”

About Mohari Hospitality

Mohari Hospitality, founded in 2017 by entrepreneurial investor Mark Scheinberg, is a global investment company that engages in a broad range of real estate investment activities, with emphasis on luxury hospitality in prime urban and resort markets. Mohari Hospitality has operations in Cyprus, Canada, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States.

Mohari Hospitality seeks to protect the cultural heritage and natural environments of all areas related to its projects and is committed to identifying and contributing to philanthropic projects in each location where it does business.

Additional information can be found at moharihospitality.com

Kick-off meeting for MAC

February, 2022 
We are excited to announce the launch of our new project MAC – Music for Active Citizenship: a Young Music Mentors Programme. MAC is an Erasmus+ project implemented in Cyprus and Greece by the consortium partners El Sistema Greece and Sistema Cyprus.
The project aims to offer opportunities for social and educational interactions between local Sistema music program students with a refugee or immigrant background and native students who study music. Based on the foundation of social music education, the project seeks to promote social equity and act towards social inclusion while educating for the appreciation of social diversity.
Stay tuned for more!

Emotions, wishes and dreams: ‘The Lullaby Project’ , A digital concert- ode to parental love

June, 2021 

The Lullaby Project is presented for the first time to the public of Cyprus through an online concert dedicated to the greatest love on June 16th, 2021, at 7pm as a YouTube premiere. This is a partnership between the socio-musical program of Sistema Cyprus and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Through Sistema Cyprus’ YouTube channel, and under the direction of Santiago Ossa Alzate we will all have the opportunity to enjoy original lullabies composed by new parents for their babies in collaboration with professional musicians.

Since 2020, Sistema Cyprus has been one of the international partners of the Lullaby Project, a program of the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute (WMI), through which pregnant women and young parents work alongside professional musicians to compose personal lullabies for their babies. Participants can express their feelings, hopes and dreams, looking to the future with their child. The Lullaby Project supports maternal health, aids child development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child.

This is the first time the Lullaby Project has partnered with a Cypriot organization and, in its Cypriot version, embraces parents who are active in Sistema Cyprus, as well as parents who have recently arrived in Cyprus, including Caritas Cyprus beneficiaries.

In this first version of the Lullaby Project in Cyprus compositions of 3 composers will be presented; George Christofis in collaboration with Louise, Andreas Michalopoulos in collaboration with Dioh, and Georgia Christoforou in collaboration with Aurelie, but also those of 3 music students, Annita Konstantinou and Marios Kolonia (University of Nicosia) in collaboration with Sophie; and Mostafa Ismail (European University of Cyprus) in collaboration with Youssef.

Narration / dramaturgy by actress Christina Constantinou.

In New York, the Lullaby Project has embraced mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, shelters, schools, and prisons. The first Lullaby Project took place at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, New York, in December 2011. Since then, it has expanded to many parts of the United States and to various countries around the world.

Through the Lullaby Project, lullabies have been written in more than twenty different languages ​​and in a variety of musical genres, reflecting the different backgrounds of the participating families. More than 1,600 families have written unique lullabies for their children, many of which are available for listening and sharing at www.carnegiehall.org/lullabies.

When: Wednesday 16/06/21, 19:00

Where: You can watch the event live on Sistema Cyprus’s Facebook page @Sistema Cyprus and on its YouTube channel.

Concert Mega Sponsor: Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture, Cultural Services

Concert Sponsor: Cyprus Youth Board

Sponsors of the program: XM and EY

Supporters of the program: University of Nicosia, European University of Cyprus, Frederick University.

The concert is under the auspices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Cyprus.

Learn more about Sistema Cyprus by following the website www.sistemacyprus.com but also on social media on Facebook and Instagram.

Sistema Cyprus Succeeds in GlobalGiving’s Accelerator, Becomes Recognized Partner of GlobalGiving

April, 2021 

Sistema Cyprus is pleased to announce that they have graduated from the GlobalGiving Accelerator program, gaining entry into the GlobalGiving marketplace and becoming a recognized partner of GlobalGiving. As part of the Accelerator, Sistema Cyprus successfully raised $5,008 from 84 unique individual donors to support their project, “Help 200 children change their lives through music.”

“We’re thrilled to have Sistema Cyprus as part of our community. Sistema Cyprus has met our rigorous vetting standards for trust and community support, and we’re committed to providing tools, training, and support as they learn, grow and become more effective,” said Alix Guerrier, CEO of GlobalGiving. “GlobalGiving donors value the opportunity to support nonprofits like Sistema Cyprus, knowing that they’ll get regular updates about how their donations are put to work.”

“Sistema Cyprus is a social-music orchestra and choir program established in 2018, offering free music education to the children and young people of the small island of Cyprus, including migrants, refugees and children and young people with fewer opportunities. Sistema Cyprus ensures these groups are respected, recognized and included in society, focusing on the personal development of its participants focusing primarily on empowerment and helping them reach their full potential through music.”, said Myria Kkali, project leader at Sistema Cyprus.

“Visit our project, ‘Help 200 children change their lives through music’ to learn how even $11 can make a difference: http://goto.gg/51703“.


December, 2020 

SISTEMA CYPRUS BRING CARNEGIE HALL’S LULLABY PROJECT IN CYPRUS for a creative venture filled with parental love.

Pregnant women and new parents are paired with professional musicians to create personal lullabies for their babies.

The program supports maternal health, aids child development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child.

SISTEMA CYPRUS- One of 35 national and international partners of Carnegie Hall.

This season, Sistema Cyprus serves as an international partner for the Lullaby Project, a program of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), that pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists with the purpose to write personal lullabies for their babies. The participants are offered the creative opportunity to communicate feelings, hopes, and dreams, through the intimate medium of lullabies, as they look to the future with their children. The Lullaby Project supports maternal health, aids childhood development, and strengthens the bond between parent and child.

This is the first time that the Lullaby Project collaborates with a Cypriot organization, and, in its Cypriot manifestation, the project embraces parents who are active in Sistema Cyprus, as well as parents who are newcomers to Cyprus, including beneficiaries of Caritas Cyprus.

As their companions for this creative journey, the established and upcoming artists Yiorgos Christofi, Georgia Christoforou, Andreas Michalopoulos, Mostafa Ismail, Annita Constantinou and Marios Kolonias, work closely with the families for the composition of their personalized lullabies.

In New York City, the Lullaby Project reaches mothers in hospitals, homeless shelters, foster care centres, schools, and correctional facilities. The first Lullaby Project took place at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, New York in December 2011, and since then it has been adopted by various regions and countries. To this day, more than 1,600 families from around the world have written original lullabies for their children, many of which are available for listening and sharing at carnegiehall.org/lullabies. Lullabies have been written in more than 20 different languages and a wide range of musical styles, reflecting the diverse backgrounds of participating families.

Follow Sistema Cyprus’ social media platforms on Facebook and Instagram to experience the journey of Lullaby creation.




November, 2020

Her Majesty The Queen joined a video call this week with three winners of the Commonwealth Points of Light award, to celebrate their achievements and the importance of volunteers across the Commonwealth. The call included The Queen’s first ever virtual musical performance and virtual tour.

The Queen awards one volunteer from across the Commonwealth each week with a Commonwealth Points of Light award, in recognition of the difference they have made while volunteering in their local community. During the call Her Majesty thanked the volunteers, praising their work.

Her Majesty The Queen said: “Thank you all for taking part in this programme. I’m delighted to have heard your stories and I think it’s wonderful work that you’re all doing, and volunteering so much. Thank you very much.”

During the call, Her Majesty, Head of the Commonwealth, was introduced to three award winners from Trinidad and Tobago, Mozambique and Cyprus, who spoke of the impact of their initiatives in their local communities and beyond.
During The Queen’s first ever virtual musical performance, 45 children performed a piece of music in celebration of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh’s recent 73rd Wedding Anniversary.

The Sistema Cyprus Symphony Orchestra performed a never before heard piece – Modus Cyprius – due to be premiered to the public next week (composed by Cypriot composer Andreas Michalopoulos). 

Nikoletta Polydorou, a music teacher from Cyprus who received her award in August 2020, founded ‘Sistema Cyprus’ in 2018. The initiative transforms the lives of children and young people from challenged communities by providing free music education and instruments, and runs its own children’s orchestra and choir. The initiative also collaborates with three Cypriot Universities to provide academic scholarship opportunities, and now has their first student studying music at University.

Her Majesty also spoke to Len Peters from Trinidad and Tobago, who received the first ever Commonwealth Points of Light award in February 2018 in recognition of his community driven conservation organisation – the Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association. Over 30 years, Len’s educational work in local communities and regular patrols of local beaches has transformed entire communities, with Trinidad and Tobago now home to one of the densest leatherback sea turtle  nesting sites in the world. Len’s work also appeared on BBC’s ‘Blue Planet 2’ with Sir David Attenborough.

Len Peters said; “Here you have a young boy from a turtle eating family wanting to make a difference…at night we would walk the beach back and forth protecting the turtles…to try to convince people that it was the right thing to do. What we didn’t know, that 30 years later that effort…would see Trinidad being recognised as one of the most important nesting sites for the leatherback seas turtles in the world.”

The Queen then spoke to Ruy Santos from Mozambique who received the Commonwealth Points of Light award in July this year. Ruy founded Makobo in 2009, a collaborative working space to promote nutrition, education and youth employment, of which Her Majesty had her first virtual tour.

The space includes a Soup Kitchen, which during the pandemic fed 6,000 people daily, including lunchboxes to support local school children. In response to Covid-19, the organisation also began working with 15 local dressmakers, producing over 6,000 masks for underprivileged communities, hospitals and charity workers.

Ruy Santos said; “We are trying to replicate the lunchbox initiative and…kitchen all over the country to feed one million children by the end of 2025. But it’s more than food, we want to promote more opportunities for young people and especially women to reduce the high rates of malnutrition and illiteracy in Mozambique that effects 80% of our population.” During the call, Ruy presented Her Majesty her first gift of a facemask – one of Makobo’s handmade facemasks “from Mozambique with love”.

Footage Copyright: Buckingham Palace.

Στρατηγική Συνεργασία Πανεπιστημίου Frederick και Sistema Cyprus

November, 2020

Σε υπογραφή Μνημονίου Συνεργασίας προχώρησαν το Πανεπιστήμιο Frederick και η Sistema Cyprus με στόχο την ανάπτυξη των μεταξύ τους σχέσεων σε θέματα κοινού ενδιαφέροντος. Το Μνημόνιο υπέγραψαν η κα Νατάσσα Φρειδερίκου, Πρόεδρος του Συμβουλίου του Πανεπιστημίου Frederick και η Δρ. Νικολέττα Πολυδώρου, Εκτελεστική Διευθύντρια του Sistema Cyprus. Παρούσα στη συνάντηση ήταν και η Δρ. Μύρια Κκάλη (συνιδρύτρια του  Sistema Cyprus).

Το Sistema είναι ένας μη κερδοσκοπικός οργανισμός που στοχεύει στην παροχή δωρεάν μουσικής εκπαίδευσης σε παιδιά και νέους μέσω της συμμετοχής σε ορχήστρες και χορωδίες. Ο οργανισμός στοχεύει επίσης στην προώθηση του σεβασμού και της αναγνώρισης ευάλωτων πληθυσμιακών ομάδων.

Τα δύο συμβαλλόμενα μέρη, θα συνεργαστούν για τον σχεδιασμό και τη σύνταξη προτάσεων, καθώς επίσης και για την εφαρμογή ευκαιριών επαγγελματικής ανάπτυξης, εκπαιδευτικών σεμιναρίων, διαδραστικών εργαστηρίων και ερευνητικών έργων που θα ωφελήσουν την αποστολή κάθε οργανισμού. 

Επιπρόσθετα, οι φοιτητές του Πανεπιστημίου θα μπορούν να έχουν εμπλοκή στις δράσεις του Sistema, προκειμένου να διεξάγουν έρευνα στο πλαίσιο των μαθημάτων τους, ή και να πραγματοποιούν την πρακτική τους άσκηση. Οι μαθητές του Sistema, θα μπορούν να υποβάλουν αίτηση για εισδοχή στο Πανεπιστήμιο Frederick και να διεκδικούν υποτροφίες σύμφωνα με τα διαθέσιμα σχέδια. Τέλος, το Πανεπιστήμιο θα στηρίζει ποικιλοτρόπως τις ενέργειες και τις δραστηριότητες του Sistema Cyprus.

Κατά την υπογραφή του Μνημονίου, η κα Νατάσσα Φρειδερίκου, δήλωσε: «Είμαστε ιδιαίτερα χαρούμενοι που υπογράφουμε το σημερινό Μνημόνιο Συνεργασίας. Η φιλοσοφία και οι αξίες που μας χαρακτηρίζουν ως Πανεπιστήμιο ταυτίζονται απόλυτα με αυτές του Sistema Cyprus. Είμαι σίγουρη πως οι σημερινές υπογραφές σηματοδοτούν την αρχή μιας όμορφης και καρποφόρας συνεργασίας».

Η Δρ. Νικολέττα Πολυδώρου, αναφερόμενη στη στρατηγική αυτή συνεργασία, σημείωσε «Ένας από τους στόχους μας ως Sistema Cyprus είναι να δίνουμε την ευκαιρία στα παιδιά να ονειρεύονται. Μέσα από αυτή τη συνεργασία, το Πανεπιστήμιο Frederick συνδράμει ουσιαστικά στο επόμενο βήμα που είναι τα παιδιά να μπορούν να πραγματοποιήσουν τα όνειρά τους. Είμαι βέβαιη πως μέσα από αυτή τη συνεργασία, τόσο το παιδιά να μπορούν να πραγματοποιήσουν τα όνειρά τους. Είμαι βέβαιη πως μέσα από αυτή τη συνεργασία, τόσο τα παιδιά του Sistema Cyprus όσο και οι φοιτητές του Πανεπιστημίου Frederick θα αποκτήσουν εμπειρίες ζωής που θα τους καθιστούν εν δυνάμει ενεργούς πολίτες στην κοινωνία».

XM sings to be Major Sponsor for Sistema Cyprus Larnaca Nucleo

October, 2020

We are excited to be seeing our team of young musicians becoming stronger, and proud to be witnessing our Larnaca nucleo growing further with the addition of lessons for wind instruments. Key for this heart-(and ear-)warming development has been our major sponsor for Larnaca, XM Trading Point Holdings Ltd. We extend our gratitude, our young musicians’ smiles, and many melodies and harmonics to the company for helping us in making this happen! 

Sistema Cyprus: Hope Lives On!

September, 2020

The amphitheatre of Skali Aglantzias echoed in rhythms of love hope and solidarity!

With the hopeful message ‘Hope Lives on’, Sistema Cyprus returned with another concert which was held on Saturday 19th September 18:00 at Skali Amphitheatre in Aglantzia.

In a sold-out amphitheatre, taking care of all the measures of social distancing and measures regarding the safety and health protocol, the Orchestra and Choir of Sistema Cyprus Nicosia and Larnaka performed under the artistic direction of Santiago Ossa Alzate and Loukia Lazarou

The amphitheatre echoed with the most delightful music played by the incredible skills of the young musicians of Sistema Cyprus, the whole experience conveyed messages of love, joy, hope and solidarity to the audience. Something much needed for the difficult times we live in!

The night was also special for the group of Larnaca which performed with their cajons for the last time, thus saying goodbye to the set of percussions, in order to welcome their new wind instruments, thus creating their own wind orchestra.

Surprises were not missing from the unique concert of Sistema Cyprus ‘Hope Lives on’, as young Louis with his baton took the chance to direct the string orchestra of Sistema Cyprus and fired the enthusiasm of the audience with his talent and sauciness!

Gold Sponsor: Cultural Services of the Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth

Supporters: Larnaca Cultural Foundation, Nicosia Municipality, Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Center and Intercity Buses

Media Sponsor: RIK

Photos: Yiannos Christou

A Royal award for our Executive Director

August, 2020

On Friday the 21st of August, 2020, the Executive Director and co-founder of Sistema Cyprus, our very own Nikoletta Polydorou was honoured by Her Majesty Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II. 

Her Majesty the Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, has recognized Nikoletta, representing Cyprus, as the 153rd Commonwealth Points of Light recipient in honour of her exceptional voluntary service supporting marginalized children and young people through music education and the work of Sistema Cyprus. 

Thank you to the UK in Cyprus – British High Commission Nicosia for hosting us today for a day we will never forget! So proud!

Photo credits: Leda Ayiomamiti

Read more about the award here: https://www.pointsoflight.gov.uk/sistema-cyprus/


August, 2020

We are proud to announce the signing of an Interinstitutional Agreement of Cooperation between Sistema Cyprus and El Sistema. José Antonio Abreu founded El Sistema in 1975 to help Venezuelan kids learn to play musical instruments and be part of an orchestra. Because of his vision, programmes have been established around the world, following the principles of El Sistema, engaging millions of children. 

As Sistema Cyprus, we are so honoured to be given the opportunity to learn from the organisation which has brought about a global social music revolution.  This collaboration will include actions such as an exchange programme between artistic directors and teaching artists, academic training, workshops and masterclasses. 

During an online meeting, the agreement was signed by Nikoletta Polydorou, Executive Director of Sistema Cyprus, Eduardo Méndez, Executive Director of El Sistema and Eduardo Martuet, Artistic Director of MISO. 

Learn more about the values of El Sistema in this Ted Price Talk, by Maestro Abreu himself:

Sistema Cyprus participates in Side by Side: Digital

June, 2020
In mid-June 2020, children and young people from all over the world gathered in Gothenburg to play in orchestra, sing in choir, create and develop together. Through music, we build bridges between people, cultures and continents.
The International orchestra and choir camp Side by Side by El Sistema is a part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary which we, together with children and young people from around the world, are celebrating with lots of joy and creativity all the way to the Jubilee Year 2021, and far beyond.
Due to the corona pandemic the 2020 camp was transformed to Side by Side: Digital, with online participants from 30 countries. The Final Festival Concert was a live streamed meeting point for both participants and audience. Sistema Cyprus represented Cyprus in this unique event.
Here you can experience the Festival Concert, a wonderful music manifestation of hope and community 🙏

Kids Guernica Mural, for Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day 2020

June, 2020
Visual Voices and Sistema Cyprus created a beautiful #KidsGuernica Mural that was sent to Japan for the #HiroshimaPeaceMemorial Day 2020. Making all of this possible was the generous support from the #EmbassyofJapaninCyprus through the donation of painting materials.
The annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day will take place on August 6, 2020 with a global broadcast from the Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch. The memorial will commemorate 75 years since the atomic bomb was dropped.
Heart of Peace ひろしま, a Japanese NPO, has organized a series of events from around the world that share messages for peace through art and music. They have asked Visual Voices, a non-profit organization focused on international arts-based peacebuilding, to take part in the presentation and to contribute directly through the painting of a Kids Guernica mural with youth in Cyprus. Kids Guernica paintings are on canvases as large as Picasso’s original Guernica. It is a global art project with children from around the world expressing the spirit of peace. The mural will be curated alongside other international artworks sent to Hiroshima in solidarity and for a more peaceful future.
The mural was painted by youth participating in #SistemaCyprus. Two of the Sistema youth collaborated in creating the design and the painting event was a great success. Visual Voices was overjoyed at the opportunity to work with kids from Sistema Cyprus for making such a beautiful mural with such a positive message!
The mural has now been packed and shipped to Hiroshima for the memorial on August 6, 2020. A big thank you to Sergio Vaccaro for the portrait photos and to Elia Neophytou for her artistic guidance!


"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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