Project Description

Provide free music education in Greek refugee camps to empower children, and create choirs and
orchestras mixing refugee, migrant and Greek youth to build a sense of community within the camps, Greek society, and Europe at large.

Anis

Anis, England
Anis, England

CHALLENGE:
Around 62,000 refugees, predominantly women and children, are stranded in overwhelmed Greek refugee camps.

SOLUTION:
Provide free music education in Greek refugee camps to empower children, and create choirs and orchestras mixing refugee, migrant and Greek youth to build a sense of community within the camps, Greek society, and Europe at large.

“The message is simple: no matter your religion, your nationality, or your color of skin, on stage we are all artists. These children are the future, and they are brilliant! What drives me during the day is their smiles. Each smile is a victory.”

About Anis
A French national of Tunisian and Danish origins living between London and Greece, Anis is no stranger to navigating a conflux of many cultures and identities. His background is equally eclectic: after graduating
from French universities — receiving a Diploma in Clarinet, Chamber Music & Music Theory as well as a Masters in Law and a Masters in Political Science in Bilingual English — he served as Deputy Cultural Attache at the French Embassy in the US, General Manager of the Maitrise de Radio France in Paris, and as Professor of Music and Politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Currently, he is Associate Project Manager at Askonas Holt, representing around 20 orchestras and choirs for international touring. This inspired him to co-found an innovative model of social integration through music. El Sistema Greece provides free music education for children in refugee camps and other vulnerable youth in the region. By learning music, these children are inspired to strive for a better future, while the music itself provides a platform for dialogue and togetherness across diverse communities. The activities in El Sistema Greece are led by Greek and foreign teachers, professional musicians and internationally-known artists, as well as refugee hires from the communities themselves.


SE Forum is partnering with Seeds of Peace on the 2018 GATHER Fellowship. GATHER is the social innovation arm of Seeds of Peace, investing in alumni and other changemakers who have the greatest potential to effect social, political, and economic change.

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