Using Music as a Tool to Bring Culturally Diverse Communities Together

Since February this year S4A and our friends GemArts have been running music workshops for our 11-17 year olds in the West End of Newcastle at Newcastle Apostolic Church and in the East End of Newcastle at Walker Technology College.

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Musicians from the Sage have been bringing out the children’s vocal, instrumental and DJ-ing talents and are helping them progress into further training over the year to put together a performance!

GemArts came to us after being successful with the Youth Music Fund as they knew the children & young people in our learning hubs would jump at the chance to be a part of this opportunity. The aim of the project was to develop the skills of local music leaders to meet the demands of culturally diverse communities, as well as using music as a creative intervention to address issues around community cohesion and social integration.

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Over 18 months, GemArts are able to provide us with high quality music making opportunities to the culturally diverse communities in which S4A works. We are now in the middle of the sessions which are proving to be a success! So far the group of 10 musical youths have been testing the waters. The sessions have been full of instrument playing and singing, including group singing covering song and producing original songs! And we still have to look forward to a performance that all will be involved in at the end of the project.

Please contact Adenike Afolabi on 07817484943 or Caroline Afolabi 07930469198 for more details.

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