We Insist! Social Inclusion through Creative Music

The activity "We Insist! Social Inclusion through Creative Music" aims to provide music professionals with skills/competences/know-how to work with communities and with refugees and involve them in activities to promote the intercultural/interfaith dialogue, the understanding of cultural diversity and social inclusion and create international cooperation among them.

The activity started on 21-24 Sept 2017 in Ljubljana (Slovenia) during the European Jazz Conference and continued with a two-days seminar organised in Pantin (France) in the framework of the Banlieues Bleues Festival, that included the beginning of a research on the experience of working with communities among EJN members and other organisations to create a report of good examples available to all music professionals. The two meetings were organised with the most committed organisations to share best practices in this field. During the second year, "We Insist! Social inclusion through Creative Music" continued at the European Jazz Conference in Lisbon to sum up the work done so far and prepare for the next steps. A survey among members and non member professionals was launched to collect projects and ideas and its outcomes presented at the 2nd seminar in Pantin (FR) where 10 successful examples of community projects were presented and shared among the 25 attendees from 8 different countries. Three additional seminars were organised in Birmingham in 2020 (right before the pandemic) in Barcelona in 2022, and in Saint-Denis in 2023, involving new EJN members committed to social inclusion work. For these last two seminars the content was prepared by Francois Matarasso, an eminent researcher and author on the topic. Please find below the reports of all the Social Inclusion seminars that took place so far:

The full report of the Pantin Seminar of 2018 is available here
The full report of the Pantin Seminar of 2019 is avalable here
The full report of the Birmingham Seminar of 2020 is available here
The full report of the Barcelona Seminar of 2022 is available here
The full report of the Saint-Denis Seminar of 2023
is avaialbe here