Rhythm creates order and community

Refugee Youth Service has generously offered Expressive Arts Refuge space to run workshops in their school for 12- to 18-year-olds in Calais Jungle refugee camp, France. We’ll see what they are already offering youth refugees, then tailor our singing, body music and games to complement it.

Refugee youth in Calais Jungle come from Middle Eastern and African cultures, some rich, others poor in musical and rhythmic traditions. Rhythm bonds a group, brings pleasure to the ears and heart, organizes one’s neurological system, and makes chores musical.

Watch how this community integrates rhythm into daily life:

Author: earefuge

I direct EAR (Expressive Arts Refuge) whose work focuses on refugee youth in France and Greece. At home in Oakland, California, I direct World Harmony Chorus and World Harmony Ensemble.

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