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Music Beyond Barriers
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Music Beyond Barriers was created for many reasons, one reason is so that the Gypsy participants in Turkey will meet with other young people from other cultures, it is a good opportunity for them to break barriers because of the stigma that is attached to Gypsy cultures not only in Turkey but also in the UK. The UK participants will gain a further insight into disadvantaged minorities from other countries, we believe this will be a positive experience for both groups of participants and will hopefully reflect back on the Gypsy communities also in the UK. Both groups will gain new skills in the form of team work and communication. The two groups of young people will get together to play music, they need to overcome many barriers to work as a team together. They will also have the chance to work with professionals and gain new musical skills which they may never have thought possible before. The project will be completed with a final performance, they can be proud of. Other than music the two groups will be mixed together and divided up to do some film making, this is going to be done during their visits, but also before the groups meet. Using social network we there will be an interaction between all participants giving them a chance to introduce their own environment before they meet. When the groups visit each country they will have workshops on film making, learning about team work and getting to know other cultures. The Gypsy community will have the chance to see the concept of diversity in the UK and the legal framework. We hope they will become passionate advocates of their rights in their home country. UK participants will have an insight to a specific minority's way of life, and how this is portrayed in Turkey. The Gypsy participants will be able to visit educational institutes, e.g Cambridge University and Cambridge ethnic community forum. These environments may add to their personal motivation and help them decide if further education could be a path they can chose in the future. It is expected that the participants will have better chances for remaining in education, attending further training and finding paid employment as well as enriching their cultural, artistic and social experiences.
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