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A Venezuelan orchestra that has been dedicated to reintegrating marginalized children from poor neighborhoods through classical music for 33 years, wins the 2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.
The old and well-known network of children's and youth orchestras of Venezuela, which has 180 groups made up of more than 250 thousand musicians, managed to win over 27 other candidates from 15 countries, including two Catalan representatives: the Palau de la Música and Ferran Adria.
Initiatives like this one, highly praised by the Award jury, should serve to demonstrate that music is a universal art and should be available to everyone. Venezuelan children's orchestras have managed to create musical networks to combat social exclusion.
They formed groups of the deaf, street children and young prisoners. They have had the ability to remove pistols from children's hands and give them violins and other instruments. They transformed and integrated the lives of many unassisted minors in this country. Consequently, more than 400 thousand children, between the ages of 2 and 25, have benefited from the program.
They managed to garner great applause on stages around the world, thanks to the good results of their work. Children adapt Caribbean rhythms to classical music instruments. A job and a project worthy of receiving all the awards.
Patro Gabaldon. Copywriter
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