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Music Bridge is a multi-year collaborative project to create sustainable community music programs within Northern Ireland’s divided communities.

Background

Music Bridge employs the expertise of Musicians without Borders in partnership with Culturlann Uí Chanáin, a pioneer in bringing a multi-ethnic approach to the exploration of arts and culture in the city of Derry-Londonderry.

This collaborative project trains community music professionals, local musicians and community organizations in using music to contribute to reconciliation and bridge building across the divides that history has created in Northern Ireland.

Music Bridge

The goal of Music Bridge is to create sustainable community music programs contributing to reconciliation, community building and healing for people throughout Derry-Londonderry.

We lead music workshop leadership training for community workers and musicians interested in developing meaningful projects in their communities with a focus on children and youth from fragile environments.

Our trainees have been able to organize and implement creative music activities within both single and mixed identity communities with the aim of strengthening their self-identity, creating common goals while learning more about what connects us rather than what separates us. The trainees use their acquired variety of musical skills to further their understanding of positive group leadership, principles of nonviolence and emotional self-awareness. Ultimately, the project aims to establish successful working models of community music programs that can gradually be implemented throughout Northern Ireland.

 

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A small piece of the story of Musicians without Borders’ work can be told through numbers; the number of people participating in programs, the number of activities that have taken place, the number of organizations around the world with which we work. Of course, each of these numbers represents a story in itself, of the music made by people in a moment of their lives.

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An interview with Amanda Koser-Gillespie, our trainer and music coach for our Music Bridge program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin (Northern Ireland).

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Our project partner, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, will run a series of workshops for community professionals in the coming months, based on our longer-form community music training program – Music Bridge – in Northern Ireland.

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Today our trainees ran the final community event as part of our 2016-2017 Music Bridge training program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. Almost 100 children participated in a 2.5 hours event “The Sounds of Seasons”!

Thank you St Eugene’s Primary School, Model Primary School and Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir.

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

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This is the final week of our 2016-2017 Music Bridge training program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. This year, our trainees introduced their skills as music workshop leaders within a range of communities across Northern Ireland and abroad, working with prisoners, women’s groups, refugees and asylum seekers, schools and community groups.

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

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As we prepare for the final week of training for our 2016-2017 Music Bridge program, we are taking stock of how our trainees have been developing as community music workshop leaders over the course of the year.

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April 11, 2017
April 11, 2017

Last week, our trainees came together again in Northern Ireland to exchange and deepen their skills as community music workshop leaders.

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We’re in Northern Ireland this week to continue training community music workshop leaders in our Music Bridge project. We’re joined by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast who wish learn more about our work as part of their multi-year study ‘Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation.’

Learn more: https://www.musicianswithoutborders.org/2017/03/sounding-conflict-research-study/

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Today our trainees ran the final community event as part of our 2016-2017 Music Bridge training program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. Almost 100 children participated in a 2.5 hours event “The Sounds of Seasons”!

Thank you St Eugene’s Primary School, Model Primary School and Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir.

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

read more ›
•• Topics Music Bridge Photo Albums

This is the final week of our 2016-2017 Music Bridge training program in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin. This year, our trainees introduced their skills as music workshop leaders within a range of communities across Northern Ireland and abroad, working with prisoners, women’s groups, refugees and asylum seekers, schools and community groups.

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

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•• Topics Music Bridge Photo Albums

We’re in Northern Ireland this week to continue training community music workshop leaders in our Music Bridge project. We’re joined by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast who wish learn more about our work as part of their multi-year study ‘Sounding Conflict: From Resistance to Reconciliation.’

Learn more: https://www.musicianswithoutborders.org/2017/03/sounding-conflict-research-study/

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This was the second week of training in our Northern Ireland project this year. We are training musicians and community workers to become community music leaders.

Today, 26 children enjoyed 2 hours of creative music workshops run by our trainees. They danced, sang, wrote songs, built instruments from junk, and performed in front of their friends!

This program is in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

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We’re back to Northern Ireland training musicians and community workers to become community music leaders.

The project aims to address the consequences of the N.Ireland conflict, reaching out to communities affected by years of hostilities and mistrust. Through music we bridge divides and create empathic connections that help to rebuild a more resilient and peaceful society.

This program is in partnership with Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin.

#MusicConnects http://mwb.ngo

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November 13, 2016
November 13, 2016

We’ve begun year three of our project in Northern Ireland this week, training local musicians to run workshops for children with a focus on inclusivity, community building and creative music making.

Learn more about the Music Bridge program: mwb.to/musicbridge

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September 19, 2016
September 19, 2016

This week is the final training of the second year of the Music Bridge program. To date, we’ve trained over 30 community music leaders, reaching thousands of children and youth living in divided cities across Northern Ireland through music workshops.

Registration is now available for the new training season: http://culturlann-doire.ie/an-tacadamh-ceoil/music-bridge/

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We’re back at Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin this week, training local musicians to become music workshop leaders, reaching communities across Northern Ireland. This week, our trainees will work with two groups of students from the NW Academy of English and Model Primary School, putting their workshop skills to good practice!

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