El Sistema Global Campaign
Since 2007, Peace Boat has been working with the Venezuelan youth orchestra system known as "El Sistema," inviting young musicians onboard its ship and bringing musical instruments to Venezuela through Peace Boat's UPA project. So far, more than 50 young musicians have traveled with us, and we have delivered more than 300 musical instruments to the El Sistema program. During our visits to Venezuela, Peace Boat participants join cultural exchange programs with the young people of the orchestra, and learn about the achievements of this national music system and the social role that music plays for the youth of Venezuela. In light of the universality of music, and with the agreement of the El Sistema founder Maestro Abreu, the El Sistema Global Campaign was formed in 2012 to promote this music education program and its social reach in the countries visited by Peace Boat.

El Sistema, whose official name is the Simon Bolivar Music Foundation, is a national system of orchestras and choirs for young people. Founded in 1975 by Maestro José Antonio Abreu with the objective of systematizing music education and promoting unity through symphonic orchestras and choirs in Venezuela. El Sistema consists of a national network of learning centers called Núcleos. Members of the program develop their creativity and talent by working with teachers who offer lessons regardless of race or social class. This gives young Venezuelans the opportunity to grow up in a healthy manner. In 2012, El Sistema had more than 400,000 young people en 296 núcleos around the country.

For more information about El Sistema, please visit their page:
Simon Bolivar Music Foundation "El Sistema"

Recent Activities

During Peace Boat's 80th Global Voyage, seven young musicians from Venezuela traveled with a group of Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and other participants onboard from Yokohama, Japan to Kusadasi, Turkey. In the ports of countries along the way, they gave concerts and music presentations for peace, and distributed information about El Sistema.

Read the report about their time onboard here.

Previous activities

Please take a look at previous voyage reports related to El Sistema:

- El Sistema, The Language of Music, May 9, 2014
- Venezuelan Musicians Dazzle Onboard, Aug 18, 2013
- El Sistema: Music with a Mission, Jun 11, 2013
- Fukushima & Venezuela Music Youth Ambassadors, Aug 18, 2012