Working with children of Bethlehem
The NBE extended a planned tour to Jordan to visit the West Bank, working with MwB and local partner Holy Land Trust to bring a musical celebration to the children and youth of Bethlehem.
MwB and the NBE
The Netherlands Wind Ensemble and Musicians without Borders have worked together for more than 6 years. In post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina, the NBE worked with MwB to support the winds department of the Music Academy in Sarajevo, offering master classes, workshops and performances. NBE musicians created Winds of Change, an interethnic wind ensemble for talented young Bosnian musicians, and then invited them to perform in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
In Bethlehem, the NBE will perform with talented young Palestinian musicians. Children from Silwan will join the NBE musicians with tablah’s (traditional Arabic percussion instrument), cello’s and an electrical guitar. The rap group Palestine Street from Dheisheh refugee camp will perform two of their songs and Khaldoun from al-Azzeh refugee camp will sing Bint al-Shalabia, accompanied by the NBE and the Hakaya Band.
For the children, the NBE will give workshops and a musical presentation in Ghirass Cultural Center.
MwB’s partner Holy Land Trust is organizing the whirlwind tour.