When music invades public spaces

Published on Monday, 8 May 2017

“I love to play because I feel free. I never thought I’d be able to do something so nice”

– Gabriel Lima, member of the Tapera das Artes group, which is part of the Symphony of Tomorrow Platform

Admiring the sea from the Englishmen’s Bridge (Ponte dos Ingleses), one of the capital of Ceará’s main landmarks, Sabrina did a retrospective of her still-short biography:

“I joined the band from Chiquita Braga Music School a year ago and, in addition to learning how to play an instrument, I learned to have discipline, willpower and experienced many different things. This place where I’m performing today is very different from where I live. There’s the sea, beautiful buildings... I never imagined I’d ever play at such a place”

– Sara Emyle, musician

Last week, during the Chords of Tomorrow Festival, music invaded bus terminals, sidewalks, beaches, parks and markets in nine Brazilian cities in the states of Ceará, Rio Grande do Sul and Goiás. Those who left home to go to work, do some shopping or to study could find themselves face to face with a choir, a string quartet or even a full orchestra. The festival transformed everyday sceneries, promoting Brazilian popular music and brining orchestral pieces to the wider public.

Neither the strong sun nor the rain that insisted on falling on some concerts diminished the musicians’ enthusiasm. Over 130 performances and 1,000 artists took part in the event. A large part of the musicians belongs to groups that integrate the Symphony of Tomorrow Platform, a network supported by Enel that promotes artistic education as a powerful tool for social transformation. Twelve-year-old Maria Eduarda sang with the choir that closed the event in Fortaleza and was emotional about the opportunity:

“I am passionate about music. We rehearsed a lot until the day of the festival performance. It is very gratifying to see people stop to listen to us”

– Maria Eduarda, member of the Children’s Choir of the Beatriz and Lauro Fiuza Institute

In its first edition, the Chords of Tomorrow Festival promoted the democratisation of access to culture and the artistic talent of children and teenagers from several Brazilian communities.