In collaboration with Musicians without Borders and Sounds of Palestine, Cello Biennale invited cellist and community-worker Fabienne van Eck and eight children from Palestinian refugee camps to attend this year’s Biennale. They’ll be performing with the Hello Cello Orchestra in the Grote Zaal on Saturday, 20 October at 15.30. Musicians without Borders also works with the Armonia Cuscatleca youth orchestra from El Salvador, a project established in the heart of anarea ravaged by gang warfare. Cello Biennale also invited project initiator Pablo Mendez Granadino and six children from El Salvador to play with the Hello Cello Orchestra as well.

If you’d like to find out more about Fabienne van Eck’s work and Musicians without Borders, please come to ‘Let’s Talk: The Power of Music’ in Bimhuis on Sunday, 21 October at 15.30.

In Musicians without Borders’ own words, it is their mission to bridge divides, connect communities, and heal the wounds of war using the power of music. The children receive positive, artistic experiences and get the opportunity to develop their own creativity and social skills. Projects are run by local music teachers and other volunteers. Approximately four thousand children participate in the various programmes organized throughout Palestine every year. For more information, please visit the Musicians without Borders website at www.musicianswithoutborders.org.

By providing weekly music lessons to children, Sounds of Palestine strives to bring about longlasting social change. Hundreds of children from the Aida, al-Azzeh and Dheisheh refugee camps in and around Bethlehem learn to appreciate and even play music themselves. Several days a week, they receive lessons in music theory, they learn how to play an instrument in groups and in an orchestra, they dance, and they sing in a choir. Currently, 100 nurseryschoolaged children attend workshops and 135 older children attend the afterschool education programme. For more information, please visit the Sounds of Palestine website at www.soundsofpalestine.org.