YOUSOUND Zine 3: Illustrating Everyday Life at El Sistema Greece

Alix Didier Sarrouy, Beatriz Machado

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YouSound is a social science research project that studies symphonic music education organizations centred on the inclusion of minor migrants and refugees in Europe.

We have chosen two organizations in different countries to serve as case studies: the Dream Orchestra in Sweden, and El Sistema Greece. In 2022 and 2023, we are visiting both countries, applying ethnographic methods to better grasp the complexity of interactions between multicultural human beings in these music
education contexts. The first two YouSound Zines were a result of visits to the Dream Orchestra in Gothenburg, Sweden. The next two editions cover the El Sistema Greece program in Athens. The ethnographic illustrator, Beatriz Machado, and I spent a month and a half following the music education work that is being done with minor migrants, refugees and Greeks.

El Sistema Greece, founded in 2016, was conceived as an artistic educational tool, contributing to the education and social inclusion of migrant youth in Greece. The program has been working intensively in several of Athens’ refugee camps, as well
as in schools in some of its most multicultural neighbourhoods. Please visit their website,, for more information.

Beatriz Machado applies her illustration skills to capture some of the actions, movements, pedagogical tools and emotions occurring daily in these particular music education spheres. The illustrations are accompanied by her own words, creating a graphic diary of what was lived collectively by students, teachers, parents and administrators at El Sistema Greece. We thank them for the moments we shared and hope you enjoy discovering these drawings and thoughts!
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLisba
PublisherINET-md, NOVA.FCSH
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Migrations
  • Refugees
  • Music
  • Education
  • Ethnographic drawings
  • Dream Orchestra
  • Sweden
  • Inclusion


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