On June 17–21, 2023, for the tenth year in a row, it's time for the international music camp Side by Side!
During a few intense summer days, children and young people gather from all around the world in Gothenburg to play in orchestras or sing in choirs. Exciting conductors, musicians and teachers lead workshops and rehearsals during Side by Side and the camp ends in a magnificent concert together with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble ! In 2020 and 2021 there was a digital version of the camp on a platform called the Digi Site.
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra has been the main organizer for the international music camp Side by Side El Sistema Sweden since 2016. As a flag ship for the Swedish National Orchestra´s Children and youth activities, the camp is an important international meeting place for children and youths!
The camp is supported by the City of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland. And operates in close collaboration with the foundation El Sistema Sweden as well as the Gothenburg Schools of the Arts, El Sistema is inspired by the unique model of social inclusion through music that was developed in Venezuela in 1975 and founded by J A Abreau. With the vision that all children in Sweden should be given the opportunity for positive development through musical practice in a choir or orchestra, the foundation works to spread and develop El Sistema in Sweden.
The Gothenburg Schools of the Arts are cultural meeting places for children and young people. Every week, thousands of young participants meet to create experiences together and lay the foundation for a meaningful future for the rest of their lives. Through education, The Gothenburg Schools of the Arts contribute to creative meetings with musical, social and human development in focus, to stimulate children and young people to claim their place in an equal and sustainable Gothenburg.
Side by Side by El Sistema plays an important part in preparing for Gothenburg´s 400-year jubilar. Together with children and young people from around the world, we celebrate with an abundance of joy and creativity for years to come. Our goal is that when Gothenburg turns 400, Side by Side by El Sistema will be a world leading music camp for children from all over the world. The jubilee initiative puts Gothenburg on the world map as a place where children and young people can meet through music and build solidarity and confidence for the future. With music as our force, we counteract segregation and build bridges between people, cultures and continents.
WITH SUPPORT OF
IN COLLABORATION WITH
Copyright Stiftelsen El Sistema Sverige
& Göteborgs Symfoniker 2018
Swedish org no 556313-1027
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