BENEFITING: Heartbeat New Sound Foundation Inc
EVENT DATE: Jul 10, 2017
This summer, eight of Heartbeat’s Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians (ages 17-19) will travel to Berlin, Germany for a once-in-a-lifetime, eye-opening cultural exchange with Syrian refugees, German youth, activists, and artists. Engaging in an intensive intergroup dialogue and artistic co-creation, youth will explore the root causes of discrimination in their societies and will harness creative tools to promote respect for diversity and understanding between cultures.
HARNESSING THE POWER OF MUSIC FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
The Berlin exchange trip will create safe spaces for our youth musicians to develop a deeper understanding of forced migration. Through dialogue and musical collaboration, they will confront the daily realities and historical narratives of forced migration for Syrians, Jews, Palestinians, and other asylum seekers. Heartbeat’s Israeli and Palestinian musicians and Berlin’s locals (refugees, immigrants, and natives) —who might otherwise never meet each other—will come together as equals in their art. They will have the opportunity to explore their shared experiences and identities, create transformative connections, and bridge divides for the first time in their lives. Empowered by this experience, they will become agents of changes within their own lives and communities.
CREATING A JUST, PEACEFUL FUTURE
As a community of musicians and artivists, we seek to explore and envision a equitable, peaceful future around the world. Help us take the next step by supporting Heartbeat’s youth musicians as they embark on this life-changing journey. Any support you give will be truly appreciated.
The trip culminates the Heartbeat musicians’ yearlong process engaging in conversations and music-making centered around identity and displacement. Through this week-long trip to Berlin, Heartbeat musicians will open their eyes and ears to the challenges and possibilities that Berlin now faces with its massive influx of refugees from Syria elsewhere. During their week long visit to Berlin, Heartbeat musicians will:
- Connect with youth and adult artists, activists, and historians.
- Bare witness to the challenges that Berlin’s refugee, immigrant, and long-time resident populations face with integration.
- Explore issues of identity and nation formation as well as the power dynamics at play between majority and minority populations.
- Connect with historians and experts to better understand Germany’s history of Nazism and the East-West divide, as well as Germany’s current reality as a multicultural society.
- Participate in and lead storytelling and music-making workshops.
- Partake in tours to experience the stories of refugees.
- Perform the songs they’ve put their heart and souls into crafting this year at venues such as the Berliner Festival der Religionen, the Migration Hub, and a culminating performance and jam session at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
Heartbeat journeys to Berlin this summer with the hope of realizing our individual and collective power and ultimately affect how we make history and develop pluralistic communities based upon the values of empathy, equality, fairness, and dignity. Please help us make this transformative opportunity a reality.
With initial funding for this exchange coming from the Berlin based project, Europeans for Peace, of the Foundation for Remembrance, Responsibility and Future, we need your support to cover all of the trip’s expenses. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of food, lodging, staff stipends, and flights, and we need the help of our global Heartbeat family to get there.
Heartbeat’s traveling ensemble consists of eight youth musicians (ages 17-20) from Heartbeat: Jerusalem and Heartbeat: Haifa. All of the participants have participated in multiple years of Heartbeat programming, centered around weekly and bi-weekly integrated dialogue and music workshops, retreats, and performances.