Council of St Julien La Geneste
We are also in contact with other cultural organizations that are engaged in the local community, such as Cascina Montebi in Trisobbio, Italy, and Théâtre municipal d’Autun, France.
Democracy requires participation and a living discussion. With 12 classical musicians and a performing artist we travel to small communities around Europe to perform concerts and to feed this discussion. Through a website, created together with social scientists, debate and information about the project's themes will be accessible for all as a reference and foundation for policy.
Saint Julien la Geneste, France
Discussion is important for a democracy. With the scaling of Europe, the voices of smaller communities are challenged. Concerts have the quality of bringing people together, but at the same time will be a place for discussion about relevant European topics.
We can help small communities that run the risk of getting lost on the radar of a bigger Europe to stay visible and feel heard. A year from now, we will have reached 20 communities in 6 countries, bringing them culture of an international level and connecting their voices to the rest of the world.
With 12 young, classically trained musicians we form a regular orchestra. For 2 or 3 projects each year, we invite an artist from another field to join us in the creation and performance of a show based on a socially relevant theme connected to Europe. To distinguish and research these themes, we team up with social scientists, who also provide support in the development of a web platform where the whole process will be documented. This website will provide a forum for further debate.
As young musicians we celebrate the opportunities of open borders, shared values and European interactions. Traveling and performing everywhere, our most memorable performances were in small towns, where we had the opportunity to really talk to people and share ideas, as well as music.
3 levels of target groups are important for this project;
-Audiences in small or rural communities throughout Europe that can be overlooked
-Policy makers and social scientists seeking to connect with difficult to reach communities
-Young European performing artists looking to make a difference
We are happy to receive all kinds of feedback on our idea, both on the ideas behind it and the practical implications. Information about how to implement a social discussion within a artistic project, ideas where to preform our concerts and substantive comments are all more than welcome.