Service for new music in Lower Saxony
The Welcome Board is a joint initiative of Musikland Niedersachsen gGmbH and the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony with the aim to support refugee and migrant musicians. We want to create spaces for meeting and a sustainable opening in two directions: On the one hand, we are committed to opening our institutions to music and people from other regions of the world. On the other hand, we want to make the music landscape of Lower Saxony more tangible to newcomers and show them ways to participate and sustainably integrate into the Lower Saxon cultural and social life. In doing so, we want to make an active contribution to the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity. Our aim is to equally support the music cultures in their specific qualities, diversities and particularities and let them interact with one another.
As part of the Welcome Board, we ask the following: Which new music has recently come to Lower Saxony? Which music are you listening to? Which music are you playing and on which instruments? Who are the people that work in the field of music as a profession?
In a direct exchange, we want to find out the concrete needs and also obstacles that people working in the field of music have in order to give targeted advice and connect them with one another and offer practical support, such as looking for instruments or rehearsal spaces.
Together with partners of the music scene in Lower Saxony, who support our work, we want to enable the social participation of people with refugee experience or migration history and help them integrate successfully and sustainable into Musikland Niedersachsen.
Are you interested?
The Welcome Board is a service and coordination centre. The project will only be successful if we have numerous partners. We are reaching out to institutions, associations and, of course, refugees: Do you know of refugees working in the field of music? Are you yourself a refugee and looking to connect with and/or support the music scene of Lower Saxony? As an institution or association, can you imagine including refugees working in the field of music in your work and/or give them a platform?
Please contact us!
Project coordinator of Welcome Board
Hedwigstr. 13, 30159 Hannover
T. 0511/642 792 01
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- Do you know refugee or migrant musicians, event organisers, cultural journalists or festival organisers?
- Are you a refugee who wishes to connect with and support the music scene of Lower Saxony?
- As an institution or association, can you imagine including refugees working in the field of music in your work and/or offer them a platform?
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Theresa Etzold is currently studying music in a master’s programme to become a music teacher at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media Hannover (HMTMH). Her enthusiasm for diverse cultures is reflected in the numerous projects, commitments and trips she made around the world. As an artistic manager, choir director and member of an ensemble, she has musical as well as intercultural competences.
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Desi Markova left her homeland Bulgaria almost 2 years ago and started her first international challenge. She began her master´s degree in „Media and Music“ at the University of Music, Drama and Media in Hanover. The focuses of her studies – music journalism and music PR led her to the project oft he intercultural organization Kargah „Welt in Hannover“ (World in Hanover). In „Welt in Hannover“ she worked as journalist and editorial assistant on a voluntary basis in the fields of culture and music. During her internship at radio leinehertz 106.5 she was involved in numerous projects with international- and refugee artists. From the middle of August she will support the welcome board team.
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Since she can remember music plays a major role in Kira’s life. In her schooldays she learned several instruments, played in different bands and studied composition for two semesters at the Academy of Music in Kassel. After her A-levels she spent a year in Namibia and worked with a choir. At the moment she is studying Cultural and Educational Science with a focus on music in Lüneburg, dealing with topics like the role of music in politics or women in music. Along the way she supervises music workshops for children, spends time at building instruments and works as a referent for the topics global learning and intercultural communication.