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Cultural Diplomacy, Latin America, Music and Cultural Diplomacy

A model of Cultural Diplomacy through music: El Sistema.

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By Maria Teresita Ordaz Apolinar

Conceived as a model that seeks to incorporate children and underprivileged youth in the musical world, El Sistema has today worldwide recognition thanks to its achievements in promoting social change by providing opportunities for those without family or economic support to start a musical career.

In the words of its founder, the Maestro José Antonio Abreu, “The youth orchestra system of Venezuela represents not only an artistic triumph, but also a deep emotional tune between the public of the most advanced nations in the world and Latin American musical youth expressed in Venezuela, bringing a message of music, energy, vitality, enthusiasm and strength “.

Today, over 25 countries have joined this effort, encouraging and emulating the values ​​pursued by El Sistema (Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, England, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, The Dominican Republic, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay within the participating countries).

This cooperation between nations through the universal language of music has built bridges that otherwise would be virtually nonexistent. In the United States, for example, one of the nations were the diplomatic relations with Venezuela are currently on stand-by, can be found one of the biggest and more important Nucleos (” programs and centers that teach children to play music, believe in themselves and reach for their dreams “), from which the work with like-minded networks, institutions and countries that wish to implement the Sistema’s vision and values are coordinated.

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