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Barrios Orquestados

Music and Binter as the common threads of culture

Barrios Orquestados is a social and educational project with artistic aims which creates orchestras and choirs in those peripheral neighbourhoods where culture arrives in a dormant state or sometimes not at all. Its objective is the democratisation of culture through training children, young people and their families in music.

Binter collaborates with this initiative that was born in 2005 from the hand of its current director, José Brito, with the aim of bringing culture through music to all sectors of society and especially to those who are least served.

The orchestras of Barrios Orquestados comprise stringed instruments (violins, violas, cellos and double basses) and woodwind instruments (flutes, clarinets, alto and tenor saxophones). The small orchestra in each neighbourhood is joined by the students´ choir and the choir of family members. The result is orchestras and choirs in which the members and the community reinforce their values and fraternise, acquiring both personal and collective commitments.

Today, Barrios Orquestados is present in a dozen neighbourhoods in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, providing this training free of charge in educational centres.

Close-up of a young girl playing the violin
A group of children play stringed instruments at a concert.
Close-up of a teenage girl in a violin performance
A teacher gives violin lessons to his pupils