Parallel Versing (A Music Bridge to Sri Lanka)
Parallel Versing is a project using music to change the life trajectory of children whose quality of life has been impacted by the legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland & Sri Lanka. The project uses music and video production as a tool for diversity & global education. The children record all the audio and videos themselves and very little post production is added to keep the original spirit and energy of the project. Through the process, young people exchange handmade gifts, letters and information about their own cultures. Participants don’t physically travel to each other’s country.
The project started in 2013 designed and delivered by the organisations Beyond Skin and The Music Project (Sri Lanka) with a start-up investment from the Esufally Family Foundation. 2014-2017 investments from Arts Council NI, Arts & Business, Belfast Harbour, Local Councils and IBIS Belfast Hotel assisted the growth of the project..
The Music Project provides a music education for children of rural Sri Lanka aiming to build orchestral communities between the children of the north & south, thereby providing a platform of reconciliation through music
Themes within the project: Community Relations - Diversity, Equality & Global Education – Citizenship – Music Composition & Video Production skills – Self-Confidence & Aspiration – Language & Communication skills.
How it works: Workshops are facilitated at your school or centre by the Beyond Skin team over a designed lesson plan to suit the school’s curriculum or group’s capacity and resources. Throughout the workshop, connections will be made with schools in Sri Lanka through digital media, internet, music & art. Final music productions will be hosted online visually.
Beyond Skin’s partners in Sri Lanka (The Music Project) are facilitating workshops with children in Sri Lanka and both organisations are the conduit to exchange information, audio, visual and art productions between all the schools.
Why should your schools or group get involved?
The world is changing fast due to globalisation, environmental impacts and technology advances; and children today need to be equipped not to just survive but thrive in this diverse world.
The legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland has presented many challenges and sharing these with people who have faced similar challenges but within a very different cultural context can present opportunities for growth and learning. Social media & the internet in some ways does provide a door to a wider world, but this project brings a realness to connecting with our global neighbours in the comfort of your own school or youth club. Combined with the innovative, creative element of this project as children produce music with each other 5,000 miles apart, the classroom becomes an exciting global shared learning space that both children & teachers will enjoy immensely.