In mid-June, children and young people from all over the world gather in Gothenburg to play in orchestra, sing in choir, create and develop together. Through music, we build bridges between people, cultures and continents. Join us you too!

The International orchestra and choir camp Side by Side by El Sistema is a part of Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary which we, together with children and young people from around the world, are celebrating with lots of joy and creativity all the way to the Jubilee Year 2021, and far beyond.

Due to current world events, and in accordance with the recommendations from Swedish authorities, we have decided to remake this year’s Side by Side camp. Instead of gathering all participants here in Gothenburg, we’re now planning a fully digital music camp, Side by Side: Digital.

It has long been our ambition to create a digital platform for Side by Side, with inspiring content and exciting interaction around the camp – now we take the opportunity to realize these plans. Keep an eye on and Side by Side’s social media for information about the coming digital camp and new possibilities to see our participants perform, for example the live broadcasted Festival Concert.

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Keep an eye on for updates about Side by Side: Digital.

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Children and young people from all over the world

During Side by Side by El Sistema in Gothenburg children and young people from all over the world meet for to play in an orchestra, sing in chorus, to create and develop. The participants rehearse, socialize and creates a grand finale concert playing together with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony, who also are mentors for the adepts.

During workshops and rehearsals they meet exciting performers and artists. They inspire each other, develop together and gain new skills. Parents and families are also welcome to participate.

From 2016 the Gothenburg Symphony is the main organizer of Side by Side by El Sistema in close collaboration with the El Sistema Foundation Sweden. El Sistema is a program created in 1975 by economist and musician José Antonio Abreu in Venezuela with the vision that music can develop and create positive social change in a child’s life.

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Bridges between people, cultures and continents

With a shared passion for music Side by Side by El Sistema builds bridges between people, cultures and continents.

“These kids have matured by three years in one week,’ said one of the teachers as we walked through Gothenburg. That really is the best description of the effect that the trip to Sweden has had on this group of young musicians from In Harmony Telford and Sistema in Norwich.”

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