EXPERIENCE JOY AND RESPECT IN MUSIC BEYOND MUSIC – UNITING CULTURES
WHY BEYOND CULTURE In our globalized world mutual understanding is the only way to peaceful coexistence. We believe that it is important to preserve and strengthen ethnic identities and encourage cross- cultural exchange. A strong sense of identity and self-esteem allow young people to live together in respect and peace.
OUR MISSION We enable projects for immigrants and local children/young people that promote intercultural understanding through music. We invite children and young people of various cultural backgrounds to experience together integration, dialogue, joy and respect in music workshops and concerts.
Several workshops with Christian Fotsch and the children are held in the SEESCHAU during the year. Encounters between musicians and teachers of Albania, Macedonia, Turkey, Hungary are always a creative and joyous event and also a preparation for the up-coming concerts and the Gipsy-Festival as the highlight.
Greek music, Persian-oriental dances and a music-group from Rajasthan with the 11-year old star-singer Anurag Hussain were essential parts of the festival and emphasized the character of the festival by meeting with many different cultures.
Many integration projects from Christian Fotsch are taking place throughout Switzerland every year. For example here in Grenchen with 100 children from over 40 different cultures and various religions, age 8-10. Children BEYOND and its songs are reinterpreted with joy and from the heart through children and teachers from all over the world.