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A Mexican Village Hosts an International Music Festival

by Felix Alanis, Naolinco International Music Festival The Naolinco International Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Música Naolinco) is an annual summer music festival that takes place in the municipality of Naolinco, Veracruz, Mexico. The motto of the festival roughly translates...
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Transition Time: A New Home for The WE

Editorial by Eric Booth and Tricia TunstallCo-founders, The World Ensemble It’s exhilarating to make something new. Anyone who’s ever started a “music for social change” program, or any kind of new program, or even any work of art or craft, knows that...
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EDITORIAL: The Transformative Power of Big

I have been lucky enough to attend the last three gatherings of the global Sistema’s biggest events—Side by Side by El Sistema Sweden, Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra, and the YOLA National Festival.  There is no getting around it—these are gigantically...
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A Bank of Musical Instruments To Transform Lives

I met Natalia García de Castro, Executive Director of the Siemens Colombia Foundation, one rainy morning in Bogota in March 2019. On that day, we began to work together to design innovative proposals in favor of children and young people who...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, July 2019

Young Africa Works: Focus on Kenyan Youth, by Linet Othieno (Kenya) Towards the end of May, Ghetto Classics had a performance at the UN Assembly. The theme was Innovation for Better Quality of Life in Cities and Communities.  This month we also had the...
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EDITORIAL: How to Change the World—That’s All

Why do some innovations make a lasting change in a field?  Think about Apple computers and iPhones.  Billy Beane’s 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball team that brought deep statistical analysis of players into the profession.  Venezuela’s El Sistema. Lasting change doesn’t...
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The Ambassadors’ Exchange, June 2019

Teaching as Learning, by Luara Baqueiro (Brazil) I started playing double bass by chance, and thanks to my years of study at NEOJIBA, I have hope for a better future through music.  I first felt this hope when I joined the...
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