In 2015, more than 300,000 children and young people came to Germany as refugees. The end of this refugee movement is not in sight. Traumatized by war and migration, these children live in the cramped conditions of ghetto-like accommodation, in a conflict zone of different cultures, religions and political convictions. If we follow the slogan “Our children are our future”, then it makes sense to add “These children are our future too”. If we don’t manage to integrate them into our system emotionally, culturally, intellectually and with regards to language, a future of violence and crime awaits them, similar to the lives of South American street children, and we will be faced with the emergence of new social hot spots.
We need to prevent this from happening. But how? A pioneering approach promises success: Making music together and communicating in this language that everyone loves and understands. Inspired by the Venezuelan music project “El Sistema”, a group of musicians, paediatricians, music teachers and volunteers from Berlin and Potsdam founded a pilot project to promote the self-esteem and integration of these children through playing music and singing together. “These children arrive here and are dumbfounded. We help them to actively find their own voice”, says Pamela Rosenberg, former director of the foundation Berliner Philharmoniker and the project’s co-initiator. The children carry what they have learned into their families every day. Music becomes the connecting link between them and us.
The concert’s proceeds will benefit the association “MitMachMusik – Ein Weg zur Integration von Flüchtlingskindern e.V.”, which will present itself to the public at Musikfest Berlin 2016.