Music4Rom is an international project that involves seven European countries: Belgium, France, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom. In Slovakia, it has been implemented by ETP in 2014 and 2015. The aim of the project is to support Roma cultural values to build intercultural bridges and achieve social inclusion and education of children via music. The project outcomes have involved creating a library of Roma music, songs and musicians and designing innovative methodology, which is going to be available online for all pedagogues at the end of the project. Other activities involve organizing public events at both local and European levels. Within the Project, ETP has developed a methodology for creating musical instruments from recycled materials and children attending the Community Centre in Stará Ľubovňa – Podsadek have created a sample collection.

The Community Centres in Rankovce and Stará Ľubovňa – Podsadek have participated in this Project, together with the Art School on Exnárova Street in Košice.

In October, sixteen Roma and non-Roma adepts for music studies from Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Italy, together with their teachers, met in Paris at a week-long Master Class led by a famous and multi-skilled Portuguese-French musician Jorge Chamine, who frequently performs Roma songs. Other teachers at the Master Class included renowned European artists. The students´ role was to acquire new knowledge and artistic skills and share them after returning to their home country. Between February and May of 2015, four students from the Art School in Košice and their teachers engaged in cooperation with young musicians from Rankovce and Stará Ľubovňa, working on common concerts.

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