To donate, in support of our 2022 M&R Summer Camp in lebanon - thank you! PM has just held the Orientation week-end for the Italian team who will support the 2022 M&R Summer Camp, which will take place during the first 2 weeks in August, involving over 100 children and students from the Palestinian camp communities. The final concert will be in Baalbek on Saturday 13th August. rehearsing repertoire for the Summer Camp We need help with the airfares for our team of 10 teachers and students. Any donations would be greatly appreciated - every little helps! Please send this [...]
On 10-11 November 2021, we were invited to present our projects in Madrid, during the 6th Conference organized by AEOS (the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras) under the title: "AVANTI: a future full of music!" Our representative, Deborah Parker, participated in a round table on the theme: "Education, Diversity and Transformation", contributing to the discussion with documentation and reflections from our work in Lebanon and from the MARS online resources. The video documentation of Deborah's presentation is available HERE.
We are delighted to present the preview of the peer-reviewed article, "Adjusting the Pitch" written by key members of the M&R project team, Deborah Parker, Dario Gentili, Henry Brown and Alberto Balducci, which has been accepted by the international journal Voices, for publication in July 2021. Structured as an ethnographic exploration of action learning, the article narrates and analyses the project's developments and transformations during its first 8 years, considering both its successes and challenges. "Voices" are given to the Palestinian, Italian and Lebanese children, students, teachers and healthcare professionals involved, through both their words within the text and the [...]
Assumoud Kindergarten teachers in music training with PM, July 2018 In August we received a further, generous donation from our friends in Sherborne (Dorset), UK, through the Cheap Street Methodist Church committee, to help us to continue "Music and Resilience". Our warmest thanks to everyone who contributed. 4 Prima Materia professionals are planning the next visit to Lebanon in mid October, combining follow-up, evaluation and 2019 planning meetings with specific actions: music therapy coordinator Deborah Parker will be presenting a paper at the NISCVT Annual Mental Health Conference, 19-20 October 2018 at the American University Beirut; vocal [...]
In 2018 M&R completes its 7th year of continuous support and action for the development of music resources as a protection factor for the young generations of the Palestinian and other refugee communities in Lebanon. The prime actors of the project, Prima Materia and NISCVT, are supported by a large circle of associates, friends, donors, volunteers and sponsors, without which the project could not happen, and to which we express our sincere thanks. In particular, our thanks go to the main sponsor of the project - 'Taawon' Lebanon (Welfare Assocation) – and also to Ulaia ArteSud (Rome) through funds made [...]
We invite you to take a look at the beautiful photo reportage of the activities of project Music And Resilience in summer 2016. The photos are courtesy of our great friend Francesco Sonetti, who followed most of the actions of the project with his loyal camera! To see the photo album, follow this link.
A small window on the extensive Summer Music program now taking place in the refugee camps of Beddawi, Wavel and in Saida, involving around 60 Palestinian and Syrian children and adolescents. This year the team of 16 music teachers, facilitators and students comes from Italy, France, Spain and UK, including trainees from our Erasmus Plus project MARS. Many more photos and stories are available here. A special thank-you to our friends and sponsors who have donated funds and instruments from all over Europe and beyond - your contribution is essential and you are all with us in mind and heart. [...]
We have just received a generous donation from Cheap Street Church, Sherborne, Dorset (UK). THANK YOU to the Church council, congregation and community for supporting M&R; we look forward to coming to present the project locally. Anyone else who would like to support M&R can do so via our crowd-funding campaign.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of our "Serata Palestinese" on 18th March; a highly enjoyable evening with presentation conference, a delicious Arabic supper, and lots of music. Funds raised will go towards covering the live costs of this year's project actions, the next of which starts next week: a 10-day Community Music workshop in Beddawi and Saida refugee camps, led by Prima Materia and supported by MARS training students from Italy, Spain and UK.
Here is the full report of our actions in 2016: we invite you to read what we were able to achieve in the Music Therapy and Community Music programs, and how much it meant for some of the children involved: mr-full-report-for-sponsors-and-donors-nov-2016 Thank you, as always, to our many sponsors and donors, who enable us to continue this work; institutional funding is harder and harder to find, and we rely on the initiative of well-wishers in their continued support. You can donate via our crowd-funding campaign - thank you!