Side by Side by El Sistema The largest youth music camp in the world!

Welcome to Side by Side, an international music camp for you about 6-23 years old who loves to sing in a choir or play in an orchestra. Through music, we build bridges between people, cultures and continents.

17-21 June 2023 is the 10th anniversary of the international music camp Side by Side! During some intense summer days, children and young people from around the world gather in Gothenburg to play in an orchestra and sing in a choir.

The camp is part of the official anniversary celebration for Gothenburg 400 years/2023 and offers several concerts for the public, including the large Festival Concert in Scandinavium.

Exciting conductors, musicians and educators lead workshops and rehearsals during Side by Side and the concerts are played side by side with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony and the Gothenburg Symphony Vocal Ensemble.

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Apply 2023

Apply to participate in this summer’s Side by Side 17-21 June 2023! All children and young people between the ages of 6 and 23 who are interested in music are welcome to the camp.

  • Application period 1: 9 Nov-13 Dec
  • Application period 2: 14 Dec-8 Feb
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Johan Andersson Duraffourd

Project leader/Producer


Watch Side by Side 2022: Closing Concert

The music camp Side by Side by El Sistema concludes with a classical concert where the camp’s most advanced participants show off their skills side by side with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Watch the concert from summer 2022 on our digital concert hall GSOplay.

Watch on GSOplay

Children and youth from all over the world

During the Side by Side-camp children and young people from around the world get together to play in orchestra, sing in choir, create and develop. Since 2016, Göteborgs Symfoniker AB has been the main organiser of Side by Side in close collaboration with the El Sistema Sweden Foundation.

Through music, we build bridges between people, cultures and continents.

Participants rehearse and spend time together during the camp, and they get to meet exciting artists and performers who take charge of workshops and rehearsals. Together they inspire each other, develop their talents and acquire new skills and knowledge. Parents and family members are also welcome to participate.

All participants in the camp gather in a magnificent concert together with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony and singers from the Vocal Ensemble, who are also mentors for the participants.

“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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Develop your musicality with us

Musicians from Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, professional educators and singers inspire you in the Concert Hall - guaranteed energy injections for children and youth where you get to know even more people who love music.

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