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Expert Meeting On Arts as a Tool for Social Integration
November 25, 2016  
Thursday, 9 February, 2017


Nieuwe Kazernelaan 2 – D 42

6711JC, Ede, the Netherlands

Thursday, Feb. 9, 14:00 / Friday, Feb. 10, 13:30

This two-day expert meeting is for professionals who use performing arts, arts education and community arts in (intercultural) integration projects, and professionals working in educational, governmental and funding institutions looking for inspirational new approaches to broad societal issues related to the integration of refugees and migrants.

In this two-day meeting, we will showcase a broad range of examples of the successful use of the performing arts, arts education and community arts in social integration processes in different European countries and contexts. We aim to facilitate the exchange of experiences for professionals, to strengthen existing networks and build new ones and to discuss practical approaches to sharing of resources and experiences.

  • Location: Akoesticum, Performing Arts Training Center (Ede, Netherlands)
  • Time: Thursday, Feb. 9, 14:00 / End Friday, Feb. 10, 13:30
  • Organization: Akoesticum Foundation and partners: Landesmusikakademie Nordrhein Westfalen (Heek), Musicians without Borders
  • Participants: 50 (max)
  • Speakers, Presenters: 9
  • Language: English


Thursday 9 February: focus on ‘good practices’: inspirational examples of successful cultural projects responding to the refugee situation in Europe and working for social integration through the arts. Projects presented will share their inspiration, limitations or challenges encountered, and insights for successful strategies.

Friday, 10 February: guests and speakers who will look at integration projects from an institutional perspective. We seek to understand the broader (European/ world) context, explore different methodologies, and hear from other stakeholders, such as funders and government, on issues of social integration and the dilemmas around (forced) migration in Europe.

Invited speakers: Laura Hassler, Founder and Director Musicians Without Borders. Eduard Nazarski, Directeur Amnesty International Netherlands. Invited presenters: Catching Cultures (Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht) – Amateur Dutch orchestras and bands create and organize performances in collaboration with refugee musicians. Stichting Vrolijkheid (Happiness Foundation) – Arts projects for children in Dutch Asylum Seekers Centers. Europa Cantat (Sing Me In) – European choral organization tools for the use of singing for social integration. Darren Abrahams (UK), co-founder of the School Bus Project, using the arts in mobile education projects for refugee children in the Jungle camp, Calais and elsewhere. Matthias Rietschel – Local project (German example) Integration refugee children and childeren from Essen Essen/Kray through music-projects. Crispijn Oomes – Dutch world music booking organization providing opportunities for performing refugee artists.


All program participants are invited to attend both days. There is a limit of 50 attendees including an overnight stay, meals and use of session rooms in Akoesticum. Participation is free of charge.

If you like to attend the Expert Meeting, please use this registration form before 30 Jan. 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Overnight stay

Check-in: Thursday 9th Feb before 13:30 hrs
Check-out: Friday 10th Feb before 10:00 hrs (luggage can be stored)

More information

If you have any questions regarding the registration or the meeting in general, please contact Angelique van Haeren at [email protected]

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