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Homelands at the European level

The Homelands projet

HOMELANDS, PLACES OF BELONGING is a community co-creation project for and by newcomer artists, led by the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and its partners.

Newcomer/refugee artists collaborate with partners from the socio-cultural sector and engage in a process of artistic co-creation with the local community. A colourful mix of projects will arise in the 3 regions with the notion of “HOMELANDS” as a common thread: an artistic research on what it means to feel at home, to belong to a place, a city or a community.

The Homelands project promotes social inclusion by creating a sustainable dialogue between Belgian citizens and newcomers/refugees through one of the most powerful tools of each culture: ART.

Throughout the project, the artists and their partners will receive intensive training and advice from the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation’s Artist Ambassadors and experts.

Our mission: to give newcomer/refugee artists the opportunity to take their place as artists in society, to co-create and share their knowledge with the host community and to become the intercultural mediators of tomorrow.

The project is aimed at a much wider audience than the artists directly involved in the project, and reaches out to very diverse groups in society, including newcomers, refugees and young people with an immigrant background. In this way, we hope to foster a sense of empowerment and belonging for these artists and create a tangible benefit for the community.

“Homelands, places of belonging” is a long-term project that will be implemented over several editions.

CAPACITARTE

CAPACITARTE is a training project for professionals in the artistic-pedagogical world that allows them to extend and develop their skills in non-formal methodologies active from art, creativity and culture.

The priorities of the project are:

Extending and developing the competencies of educators

Detecting successful educational actions at European level in terms of equity, diversity and inclusion, and training for the creation of a practical methodology, based on successful actions, which will be effective for its subsequent application in teachers, management teams and AMPAS of schools with a growing complexity and diversity of their classrooms.

CAPACITARTE is an Erasmus+project led by the Fundación Yehudi Menuhin España.

COLLABORATION

Homelands is spreading outside Belgium and it’s only just beginning.

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, as partner of the CAPACITARTE project, has suggested to share the best practices and experiences of Homelands, places of belonging at the European level. In September, Timur Magomedgadzhiev (artist of the Homelands project) will act as trainer in the CAPACITARTE project in Madrid for the first training session. He will be accompanied by  Sergio Roberto Gratteri (Homelands artistic director) who will present the Homelands methodolody. 

In addition, CAPACITARTE also shed light on the work done by the Homelands artists during the confinement period and especially on the video made by  Leandro Ramírez and his partner Jerome Mardaga.

A concert from home with Matthieu Saglio

After hundreds of concerts in more than 30 countries, the cello player and composer and artists ambassador of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, Matthieu Saglio presents a combination of classical tradition with sounds and rhythms brought from his encounters across the world. You can hear echoes from the Western cathedrals and souks of Maghreb, the Latin-American tango and the Iberian flamenco with his new album “El camino de los vientos”.

On the 12 May 2020, Matthieu Saglio gave a unique performance from home exclusively for the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation which was broadcasted on both YouTube and Facebook

MATTHIEU SAGLIO SOLO

Concert from home

Recorded for International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Valencia, Spain

www.matsag.com

Tracklist:

IMPRO NOCTURNE

BOLERO TRISTE

METIT

L’APPEL DU MUEZZIN

CUANDO LA TORMENTA PASE [inspired by a poem from Alexis Valdés: ‘Esperanza’]

Matthieu Saglio, “the cello with a thousand accents”, is artist ambassador of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Our artists ambassadors – Cade l’oliva

Music is a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient.

Yehudi Menuhin

 

Well, let the music play! Our artists ambassadors, under the direction of Thierry Van Roy, offer their interpretation of “Cade l’oliva”, a popular song transmitted orally and recorded by the ethnomusicologist and singer Caterina Bueno in her album “La Brunetta – Canzoni, rispetti e stornelli Toscani” . A song of love and life during the confinement period and a way for us to keep supporting our artists! 

News from MUS-E Germany

Now, like in other MUS-E® countries, schools across Germany are closed, which currently means a – hopefully – temporary break. MUS-E® Germany decided to support its artists in this difficult time as far as possible. The board of the association has therefore decided to continue paying their fees until further notice.

 

In keeping with the motto “Keep the arts alive!” we show solidarity, because only together can we master this crisis and preserve our diverse cultural landscape. For this reason, MUS-E® Germany has set up a solidarity fund to continue honoring its artists so long as we can afford it and state programs are ready to pay for them.

 

As we all know MUS-E® as an artistic-educational program is essentially based on the effects of the physical encounter between children and charismatic artists. In view of the current situation, our artistic projects cannot be carried out on site in the classes. In order to give the pupils access to low-threshold cultural offerings, especially in this difficult time, the creativity of our MUS-E® artists like in other MUS-E® countries have come up with something very special: Instead of going to school, some of them now come directly (digitally) to the family’s home! These online projects include visual arts, painting and percussions. We are looking forward to the further ideas of our esteemed artists! We also enjoyed all shared contributions from MUS-E® partners in Europe. We felt the cooperation and mutual support.

 

We also would like to introduce our new team for MUS-E® Germany to you today. As we reported in the last newsletter, Kerstin Weinberger resigned from her role as managing director in order to concentrate fully on her flourishing area of ​​responsibility in Mannheim. We are very thankful for her initiative as managing director. As MUS-E® Germany has to grow because of the size of the country and to come into a better financial balance, the board of MUS-E® Germany used this decision as an opportunity to create a completely new organizational chart with the new managing director Tom Neßmann, who is currently studying at the University of Management in Mannheim. The board is still led by Werner Schmitt, who will also take on important organizational and team-building tasks during the transition period. Kateryna Poltavets, who has already worked successfully with Kerstin Weinberger, will assist Tom Neßmann. Jutta Obrowski is responsible for the national program management and cooperation in the international MUS-E® network. Maximilian Braun is still responsible for editing and member support. We look forward to future productive cooperation.

 

Finally, great news from Saxony-Anhalt: We are pleased that we will start our first school in the Eastern part of Germany in August. With the “Bach city” of Köthen, MUS-E® Germany is gaining a historic location of great cultural and currently also socio-political importance. We are full of anticipation for the fruits of this new collaboration and can hardly wait for the start of the new school year in Köthen.

Message from Dr. L. Subramaniam, artist ambassador of IYMF

I find nothing more inspiring than the music making of my very great colleague Subramaniam. Each time I listen to him, I am carried away in wonderment

Yehudi Menuhin

Since its creation, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is continuously fuelled by amazing artists. We cannot insist more on the fact that the artists we work with are our greatest strenght. Our strength to continue our activities, to continue to surprise, create, innovate, share, and promote the values that Yehudi Menuhin campaigned for. Faced with the situation we are all living due to covid-19, arts and culture are obviously not spared and what a touching message we receive from a very great virtuoso, artist ambassador of the Foundation that we wish to share.

L. Subramaniam, India’s violin icon, “The Paganini of Indian Classical music”, “the God of Indian Violin” is the serenity of an Indian musician combined with the magnetism of a western star. Constantly propelled from Singapore to Paris, from Delhi to Los Angeles, he has conquered every audience with the elegance and virtuosity of his style.

His career as a childhood prodigy brought him into contact with the greatest musicians and he soon imposed himself as a master of the violin. At a very young age, he was honoured with the title “Violin Chakravarthy” (emperor of the violin). No other musician can boast of such diverse repertoire and collaborations, or even such mind-boggling techniques. Till date, Dr. Subramaniam has produced, performed, collaborated, conducted and close to two hundred recordings.

Dr. L. Subramaniam is the only musician who has performed and recorded South Indian Classical Music, Western Classical Music, both Orchestral and non-Orchestral, and also composed for and conducted major orchestras, scored for films, collaborated with a wide range of some of the greatest musicians, from different genres of music including jazz, occidental, jugalbandis with North Indian musicians, world music and global fusion. He has established himself as a force that is strongly Indian, but universal in nature and approach.

His insatiable musical curiosity made short shrift of all kinds of technique, of all types of form (he has composed for several western classical orchestras and ballets) and of all new experiences (he was a musical advisor to Peter Brook about the sound concepts for his “Mahabharata”). He has composed music for a select few films, including “Salaam Bombay” and “Mississippi Masala” and was the featured soloist for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Little Buddha” and “Cotton Mary” of Merchant – Ivory Productions. This total receptivity towards the world, this polymorphous talent, this technical mastery all however find their truest experience in the service of Karnatic music, the tradition he has inherited from his Father and Guru, Professor V. Lakshminarayana. Dr. L. Subramaniam’s parents Prof. V. Lakshminaryana and V. Seethalakshmi were the driving force behind their son and the reason he chose a life in music.

Passionate about music, Subramaniam was also dedicated to science. He studied medicine, finishing his MBBS at Madras Medical College and registered as a General Practitioner. Subsequently he did his Master’s Degree in Western Classical Music in California and he finally decided to dedicate his life to music. From then on, his artistic activity was to spread in many directions. No one else is as qualified as Dr. L. Subramaniam to experiment with new concepts and different ideas because of his stable foundation in Karnatic Classical, Western Music, Orchestration and rhythm. He is the creator of the Global Music concept.

Attracted by his unusual musical phrasing, several western musicians wanted to play with him. He willingly lent himself to these exchanges, which represented for him a no-man’s land, allowing him to explore the field of improvisation. In this atmosphere of live exchanges, the musical differences and similarities became obvious to him and from then on they organised themselves brilliantly. Since 1973, Subramaniam has made historic collaborations and recordings with people like Yehudi Menuhin, Stephane Grappelli, Stevie Wonder, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Ruggiero Ricci, Arve Tellefsen, Herbie Hancock, Joe Sample, Stanley Clarke, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Jean Luc Ponty, Earl Klugh, Larry Coryell, Corky Siegel, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham and Maynard Ferguson.

Today, he is the founder/director of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, the biggest global music festival in India, in which this spirit of encounter, which he has always enjoyed, is strongly expressed. The Festival has brought some of the greatest artists from around the globe together on one stage. It is held annually, primarily in India, but has also been held in different parts of the world.  He is also the founder of the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts (SAPA), a global institute in Bangalore that imparts a high level of music education to students from all over the world.

Not only is he the most outstanding Indian Classical Violinist, but also an exceptional composer who has established himself as the foremost Indian composer in the realm of orchestral composition. In 1983, he crossed other frontiers, that of western classical tradition. “The Double Concerto for violin and flute” combines western scales and micro intervals. “Spring – Rhapsody” is a homage to Bach and Baroque music. Over the years he has written and created works for the world’s greatest orchestras The New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Zubin Mehta (“Fantasy on Vedic Chants”), the Swiss Romande Orchestra (“Turbulence”); The Kirov Ballet (“Shanti Priya”) The Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (“The Concerto for Two Violins”); The Berlin Opera (Global Symphony), the live concert of which was broadcast simultaneously over 28 nations for millions of people. His latest orchestral composition is entitled ‘Astral Symphony’ for full symphony orchestra and soloists from different musical traditions, once again emphasizing the concept of Global Fusion.

His compositions have also been used in various stage presentations by leading ballet companies, including the Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company and the Alvin Ailey Company.  To increase understanding of the concepts of South Indian Classical Music, he has released a four-CD set, called “An Anthology of South Indian Music” and written an authoritative book “Euphony”, which was co-authored with his late wife Vijayashree Subramaniam.

His album titled ‘Global Fusion’ was a critically acclaimed milestone and features artists from five continents including one of the most popular and successful singers in the film industry, Kavita Krishnamurti (whom Dr. Subramaniam married in November 1999), and his daughter Bindu Subramaniam.  Dr. Subramaniam regularly performs with his son, violinist Ambi Subramaniam.

He has received several awards and honours, including the coveted Padma Bhushan and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for “The Most Creative Artist” from the President of India. He has been awarded the “Nada Chakravarti” (Emperor of Sound) from H.H Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swami-ji. In recognition of his contribution to the World of Music, he has been conferred with Honorary Doctorates (D Litt.) by Bangalore University, University of Madras and Sheffield University.

In October 2013, he brought out the first volume of the SaPa Baby book, co-written with his daughter Bindu Subramaniam, designed to teach Indian classical music to young children.

This living legend’s concerts are truly marvelous landmarks, which are a real inspiration to the audience. The album, “Conversations” and his orchestral composition “Fantasy on Vedic Chants” have become milestones and serves as a reference and guide for any composer exploring the concept of fusion. One can hardly believe that such technique and emotive playing can exist.

Dr. L. Subramaniam, Stéphane Grappeli, Yehudi Menuhin

Paper: Culture, the arts and well-being

While we are all confined and trying to cope under extreme circumstances the global population being more isolated than at any other time, it is also a time for reflection on our societies; on how we relate to our environments and economies. It is a challenging time that questions our sectors of activity and how we can contribute to societal development in new contexts; what lessons can we take from the challenges and what will emerge? In times of crisis, there is a tendency to look for means of resilience from the technological, scientific and economic sectors. The role of arts and culture, however, has become a source of inquiry. Culture is a connective tissue and the collective crisis we are facing proves the fundamental role that culture plays in building resilient, fair and healthy societies.

 

Today we see on social media increasing trending hashtags such as #CultureTogether, #cultureathome and #culturekeepsmesane revealing that of all the necessities we now feel so keenly aware of, the arts and their contribution to our wellbeing is evident and, in some ways, central to coronavirus confinement for those of us locked in at home. For some of course, there are more pressing needs. But momentary joys, even in dire circumstances, often come through the arts and collective expression. We find comfort in images of people singing and playing music on their balconies, virtual gallery and museum tours, free concerts and live sessions of our favourite musicians, etc. We also witness an increased availability and access to digital culture and artistic contents in this challenging time. Art can set you free, but not only.

 

IYMF has worked in the field of culture, the arts and resilience while implementing its activities in the field of intercultural dialogue and social inclusion through the arts. The value of arts engagement on a number of aspects is underpinning all its projects and should become a central part in the development of its strategy. The META project (Minorities Education Through the Arts) that IYMF coordinated also focused on the development of a framework and research dealing with arts and resilience (https://www.meta-project.eu/images/Competences-framework.pdf). As defined by Merriam-Webster, resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from stress. In today’s world turmoil, being able to withstand the related shocks and stresses for both individuals and societies is more important than ever. The arts can help build resilience.

 

Moreover, over the past two decades, there has been a major increase in research into the effects of arts on well-being and health. The World Health Organization has published a report on the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well being (2019) gathering 3000 studies that identified a major role for the arts in the prevention of ill health, the promotion of health and management of illness across the lifespan. The increasing number of research comes along with developments in practice and policy activities in different countries around Europe. For example, in the United Kingdom joint publications between Arts Council England and the National Health Service have been produced since 2007, the Department of Culture, Media and Sport has included health within the new Culture White Paper; and All-Party Parliamentary Group report Creative Health has made a series of political recommendations to the UK Government and other bodies. In Finland, the Government adopted a policy programme for health promotion in 2007 that focused on enhancing the contribution of art and culture to health and well-being. In Ireland, Arts Council Ireland and the Health Service Executive have been collaborating since the late 1990s, producing policy and strategy documents on the potential collaboration between the arts and health sectors. In Norway, the Government has instituted a public health law and a cultural law, with both emphasizing the importance of arts in health promotion and care. In Sweden, the Swedish Parliament has started a Society for Culture and Health and a Cultural Politics Commission, etc.

 

Nevertheless, those developments have been focusing on individual countries and aiming to change and influence policy at national levels. Today more than ever, we need a stronger Europe, long-lasting and long-term developments, more exchange of good practice, cross-country programmes and European interdisciplinary structures and mechanisms.

 

Policy recommendations

 

  • Share knowledge and good practices and promote collaboration and dissemination of arts interventions in their context to promote health and inform policy
  • Acknowledge the growing evidence base for the role of the arts in improving health and well-being
  • Support research in the arts and health
  • Ensure that cultural diverse forms of arts are availbale and accessible to a range of different groups across the life-course
  • Encourage cultural organizations to make wellbeing an integral part of their strategy
  • Promote the value of arts engagement
  • Develop interventions that encourage arts engagement to support healthy lifestyles
  • Strengthen structures and provide cross-funding initiatives in the area of participatory arts, health and well-being

A few words from IYMF President

Crises teach us that there are always solutions to overcome them, but above all they are a life lesson. This unprecedented coronavirus crisis is forcing us to isolation, to interrogation, to questioning our value systems. It is a “freeze frame” where we must understand how we came to this point, and what needs to be created, invented, transformed, so that sooner or later we will not be confronted again with the same causes that will inevitably provoke the same crises, or amplify them.

In this context, artists have an important role to play, particularly as awakeners of consciousness, and also as soul healers. Through their art and their connection to the most subtle energies that surround us and that they grasp through music, song, dance, … they contribute to awakening the sense of beauty and the meaning of life in each of us, especially in the hearts of children, who are more receptive to this type of energy. They help to keep us awake, to warn us of any drift that would jeopardize the fragile balance of our planet. By making us vibrate, they help to keep us alive. Life, which is precisely what we all need, and of which we probably neglected the ephemeral side.

After this crisis, we will need artists to show us how to live again, more in line with our consciences. We will need the artists to heal our souls wounded by sadness, fear, anger… energies that will weaken our immune system even more if we are not careful. This is why it is fundamental that the work of our artists be valued, and that as soon as possible they have the means to work again in schools, in concert halls, in the most diverse places where everyone can be nourished with their positive and constructive vibrations in order to develop all together more humanity, solidarity and sharing.

This crisis will pass, but let us hope that it will open us to new dimensions and new possibilities, where art will be at the centre of our concerns and our needs, like a living and invigorating food, transmitting joy and love, the best antidote to fear and selfishness.

Coen Teulings
President of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation

Women singing for peace

Today is the International Women’s Day and we would like to pay tribute to those women, whoever and wherever they are, who stand against the terror and fight for their rights.

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has a long tradition of organizing concerts and stage productions delivering strong messages. Utopia or not, we still believe that music remains an extraordinary and essential vector for harmony and tolerance between populations and people. We leverage our strenghts to bring together musicians and artists from very different cultures, backgrounds and horizons. That’s when unexpected and magical outcomes often appear.

The productions of concerts allow for an extraordinary experience of the arts but stir reflection about one’s own perspective and wider meanings. 

Hence the concert “Voices for Peace” at the Cirque Royal in Brussels in 1997 featuring seven women from areas of the world in which poverty or oppression were facts of life. Seven women who sang for peace and gave a beautiful lesson of humanity and dignity, accompanied by the traditional instruments of their culture.

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation invited seven singers from all over the world to come and sing peace at the Cirque Royal. The choice of performers and their originis was no coincidence since the omnipresent message of this evening was to pay tribute to these women, whoever they are, who oppose terror.

It might seem a little utopian – voices as beautiful as they are were never able to silence weapons – but when the moving Algerian Houria Aïchi began to sing the sound of the flute and bendir, you did not have to be an expert in international politics to feel the pain of an entire peaple.

The bubbling gypsy Esperanza Fernandez, the Tibetan Mantras of Yang Du Tso, the Israeli-Yemeni singer and crusader for cultural harmony Noa, the spokesperson for millions of Amerindians Luzmila Carpio, the legendary Iranian singer Marzieh, and Miriam Makeba, a symbol of the struggle against the apartheid irradiated the Cirque Royal.

For the final, the seven singers all united under Yehudi Menhin’s direction and delivered a powerful message for peace.

They are the first voices that we listen to, we, the newborn children. We have heard them before, when our live was under preparation, and maybe the reason we are trying so hard to meet them is because we want to hear them better

Yehudi Menuhin

MUS-E Portugal back in Leiria!

Yes! After nine years of absence, MUS-E is back to Leiria, a city located in the center of Portugal. With the support of the local Municipality, MUS-E is back in two schools: E.B.1 Marinheiros and E.B.1 Quinta do Alçada, both in the School Group of Marrazes, from January 2020 onwards.

With two weekly sessions and five artists doing Music, Dance, and Theatre, they are working with 14 classes. They are multicultural classes, due to ethnic diversity and immigration. The teaching community is focused and enthusiastic about MUS-E, we wish MUS-E Leira all the success!

MUS-E Portugal is coordinated by the Associação Yehudi Menuhin Portugal and has the objectives of developing the artistic areas in primary public schools, sensitising children for the enjoyment of art and promoting their access to diversified forms of expression and communication. Privileging pedagogy based on cooperation, on individual responsibility, on respect of differences and on valorisation of the artistic contributions of every culture, MUS-E Portugal aims to contribute to the prevention of violence, racism and educational and social exclusion.

 

In Portugal, the regular sessions of MUS-E are integrated in the curriculum activities of the schools, and tend to occupy, during the whole school year, 10% of the total amount of curriculum time (three 45 minutes sessions, per week, in each class). These sessions consider the cultural diversity of each school population and are distributed by three main areas: Musical Expression; Movement and Dance and Dramatic Expression.

 

MUS-E Portugal also promotes very diversified initiatives in the schools and areas where the MUS-E is implanted as the organisation and participation in several events in schools and communities, the realisation of activities involving interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work, the realisation of sessions involving parents and children all together, the realisation of artistic and pedagogic workshops for teachers and other members of the school staff. In order to allow the share of experiences and the training of artistic animators, MUS-E Portugal organises, each year, the National Encounter of Artists and Animators of MUS-E.

 

In 2019/2020, MUS-E Portugal operate, in six schools, allocated in four different regions, Évora, Leiria, Lisboa and Oeiras.

New Worlds Project with Altea Narici

Thanks to the great support of the Friends of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, IYMF launches the first experience of supporting a project of a young artist. Altea Narici participated in multidisciplinary artistic residency organized by IYMF and we have decided to help her achieve her own project that will boost her professional experience in the music sector. 

Altea Narici

Altea is 24, she was born in Italy and she likes to be referred to as an artist, traveller-performer and community engager. She holds a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master Diploma in Cello from the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Altea has been playing in orchestras and ensembles for most of her life. Altea sings, plays and composes while traveling and solo performing. Her music is inspired by traditional songs and by the natural environment, and she collaborates with researchers in a joint project of marine science outreach. She loves to discover music and stories from different cultures as a source of inspiration for her own work. She was recently invited for her first solo residencies at the Celacanto Cultural Centre in Puglia (Italy) and at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in Oregon (USA).

New Worlds Project

Following the invitation to be Artist in residence by the Sikta Centre for Art and Ecology in the USA, Altea imagined to expand and deepen this experience and research to more native cultures, traditional music, storytelling and arts, as well as to explore natural environments, reflect about border-crossing social themes and engage with local communities in Canada and Mexico. She will offer one community event per month (performances, workshops, talks or other forms of encounters) and focus on creativity and artistic expression with people of all ages in different settings (schools, healthcare institutions, cultural centers) and on the connection with the natural environments explored through art. During this journey, she will act as young artist ambassador of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation and strive to tell the story and share the values of the Foundation, which has done a lot for her artistic and personal development supporting her growth and widening her perspectives.

How will it boost her work and career?

The research and interaction with local communities and stunning natural environments are at the core of her work of composition and creation of her first Album. It will allow her to define more precisely her own style and approach to invention and bring her skills and work to a new level of complexity. The interaction with artists from the Sikta Centre residency and local artists and communities across West Canada and Mexico will offer her different perspectives on artistic, traditional and community approaches.

Stay tuned to follow the rest of her adventure!

The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation supports young emerging artists

Since its creation, the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has been fuelled by continuous collaborations with international artists of very diverse cultures. It is one of its greatest strengths and anyone who has attended and seen one of its productions can testify. These precious artistic ties and relationships have encouraged the Foundation to build a network of artist ambassadors who carry and embody the values of Yehudi Menuhin, which are still very much needed today. Yet the IYMF artists community is bigger than that! Indeed, IYMF has also developed itself as an excellent training provider for young artists, most notably through the organization of unique residencies and masterclasses. These residencies are designed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and good practices between artists and enable the co-creation of new works. While strengthening its network of artist ambassadors, IYMF leverages its strength to support those talented young artists who are the bearers of our values and the intercultural mediators of tomorrow.

IYMF is dedicated to support original projects developed by these artists and therefore to participate to the development of their professional careers.

This would not be possible without the great support of the Friends of the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation.

IYMF launches the first experience by supporting Altea Narici, a young artist who participated in multidisciplinary artistic residency organized by IYMF.

Stay tuned to follow the rest of her adventure!

Projects by MUS-E Belgium

Learn about some cool and interesting projects MUS-E Belgium has been working on recently!

 

Hotel Wiels

Hotel Wiels is a project by MUS-E artists Hanna Ravnsborg and Maud Lefever in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Centre Wiels in Brussels. Students from the 5th and 6th grade of elementary school “The Puzzle” were given a model of the Gabriel Kuri exhibition as a gift. They were inspired to reflect about their own utopian hotel. It resulted in the beautiful model of Hotel Wiels with a cinema, a swimming pool and above all lots of space for people and art.

Identity Affairs

 

Identity Affairs is a project in which visual artist Elias Ghekiere and thirteen young people from a reception class for foreign-language newcomers (OKAN) in Hasselt went in search of their individuality, imagination and creativity. Their exhibition shows the work process and the creations. Identity Affairs was aimed at discovering the possibilities of materials, as a possibility of (non-verbal) expression. As an invitation to meet …

Gids off – Guide off

 

In Gids Off – Guide Off pupils of the OKAN class at VTI Kortrijk explore the history of the different swimming pools of the city. They could hardly believe the oldest pool opened as early as in 1867. All their research will result in an art exhibition and a tour guide on Heritage Day in April 2020. This event is held annually and invites everybody to interact with cultural heritage in his or her own daily environment in a contemporary, qualitative and meaningful manner. MUS-E Belgium is a partner since 2016.

IYMF at the 20th anniversary of the “Plateforme mineurs en exil”

In November 2019, the Plateforme mineurs en exil celebrated its 20th anniversary. The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation is and has been contributing to the inclusion of vulnerable groups in society and represent and encourage the expression of all the cultures present in Europe. We therefore joined the Plateforme mineurs en exil for its anniversary and participated with their members and partner organisations to policy debates on the future opportunities and challenges for children in migration. Of course, an anniversary cannot be celebrated without music. We therefore involved in the event Hussein Rassim (musician of our project “Homelands, places of belonging”) and Juliette Lacroix for a musical journey from the East to the West.

IYMF and the BCO at the Spanish Embassy in Belgium

Art brings people of all kinds together by MUS-E Hungary

Community building in Budapest

Since the MUS-E program was launched in 1994 by Yehudi Menuhin, the targeted groups of the transcultural social-artistic programme were defined according to the “CAT model”, as Children, Artists and Teachers, those individuals that actually take part and benefit directly from the artistic workshops. As time went by, and different national and international projects were born and implemented, we had to realise that the primary agent of socialization, namely the family cannot be excluded from our approach, if we do want to create long-lasting results in the improvement of well-being, and equal opportunities for vulnerable children.

The idea of thinking in the scope of communities is not revolutionary in social work, but to implement it with the help of the MUS-E programme is new and faces many challenges. First of all, we have to realise that parents many times show a lack of interest in the school-life of their children, and it is very hard to attract them and convince them to participate. We had to think and act together with school directors, teachers and artists, gaining inspirations from the best practices of other relevant programs, about what activities could gain their attention and willingness to participate. When we started to work in a school in the socialist type neighbourhood of Budapest in 2018, and our office also moved there, for the first time in our operation we could start dreaming about an own community place, where in the future we can organise family events, workshops and also summer camps for children. We spent one year to build closer, tight and trustful relation with the school, and this autumn we already organised our international meeting of WAC project in a way, that international participants left their creative footprint in the shape of a community painting for the children, that we further developed with parents and children in an open-afternoon joyful session in November. For our biggest surprise, all the targeted 25 kids could enjoy the presence of their parents and siblings. Our aim, for which we want to build a fundraising campaign in 2020, is to co-create the space itself – that is in ruins now – with families, including hand-painted walls using the community paintings, a workshop-room and a renovated child-friendly open-air courtyard. We want create opportunities where families can gain new ideas and real experiences about how to spend time together in a meaningful, free and creative way, and to increase the opportunity that a real and helping community can be formed also in our age and in city-settlements.