Friday, 5 December 2008

On the little BIG Screen...

One of the interesting yet sad facts about Walthamstow is that it's the only London borough with out a cinema. OH well that's just another thing that we've had to grow accustomed to but we're still hopeful that one day we will have a cinema and fingers crossed it won't be a multiplex! The former Coronet is a gorgeous cinema decorated in absolute Art Deco splendour but it's crumbling away...left to rot like all the great things in this culturally starved part of town!
BUT there is a little light that shines and both the Mc Guffin Society and the Hornbeam Centre against all odds manage to screen a few gems in their make shift cinemas.
Join the good people of the Hornbeam on the 9th of December for a screening of a fantastic documentary which appropriately is about the struggles of young disadvantaged people...

To Play and To Struggle -- the captivating story of the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System

9 December, 7.00-9pm at the Hornbeam Centre, 458 Hoe Street, London , E17 9AH

Of the youth orchestras Sir Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, has said “There is no more important work being done in music than what is being done in Venezuela ".

An extraordinary music project in Venezuela is transforming the lives of the nation’s poorest children using music to tackle the social problems of a country where 60% of the population live below the poverty line. By offering free instruments and tuition to 275,000 children through a network of after-school centres all over the country, the Venezuelan Youth Orchestra System has kept thousands of children away from the drugs, alcohol and gang-related violence of the streets. This orchestra system has produced some of the most renowned musicians in the world. But most importantly, it has tackled social exclusion whilst exposing children of all ages, races, and social classes to the wonders of music for ever changing their relationship with arts and their communities.

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