Kulturtanken - Arts for Young Audiences is currently working with long-term music projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Today, we contribute in and work with some 20 music projects in five countries; China, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Palestine.
The overall goal in all our international projects is to give children and young people the opportunity to experience arts in all forms in schools and local communities. We believe that children are the most important audience in the world!
Kulturtanken has a comprehensive history and experience in international cooperation within arts and music. Concerts Norway worked for more than 20 years in the field of multicultural music collaboration through partners on all continents.
Kulturtanken believes that art makes a difference – for all, and especially for children and young people, all over the world. Our goal, both in Norway and abroad, is to provide all children with a variety of arts of high quality. This is what Kulturtanken believes in, or to quote the wise words of Mr. Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:
“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play."
Facts and numbers from our international projects:
In cooperation with Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts in India, Kulturtanken provides free music education every week to 1300 students from underprivileged families.
More than 300 school concerts are presented on an annual basis to Palestinian children and young people on the West Bank, in cooperation with the local culture organization Sabreen.
In 2015, more than 17 000 students in South Africa experienced school concerts in their schoolyard in cooperation with Concerts South Africa, http://www.concertssa.co.za/.
Each year, approximately 100 school programmes are presented through our partner Spic Macay, which presents Indian classical music to 20 000 children annually.
In Sri Lanka, our local partner Sevalanka presents its own children’s festival, with Tamil, Singhalese and Muslim children. This is part of a broad national peace building project.
Children’s Palaces in China are part of our cooperation, which includes school concerts and festivals. There is a deep involvement of the schools’ students in this programme.