Can Music Foster Social Inclusion in Cities?
Earlier in July 2019, the Music Cities Network was invited by the Sound Diplomacy Berlin team to be part of a panel discussion on the topic, “fostering social inclusion in cities through music”, at the #wirbleibenmehr city-festival in Chemnitz, Germany.
Speaking on the topic of “fostering social inclusion in cities through music”, Sound Diplomacy’s Katja led a nuanced and thorough discussion with four regional music culture figureheads. Jonas Zipf (Jena Kultur), Jörg Braune (Bandbüro Chemnitz), Lena Ingwersen (Music Cities Network) and Tilmann Löser (Klänge der Hoffnung) joined Katja in discussing several practical methods of engaging and fostering social inclusion in civil society through the organisation of regular music-related events in their respective towns and regions. The hour-long panel discussion culminated with one overarching message: music unites and galvanises different communities in the city in ways that extend beyond the confines of gender, nationality or migration-status. As such, the #wirbleibenmehr city-festival in Chemnitz is a testament to this endeavour.
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