Music for integration

Sharing experience & inspiration

16 November 9:00–17:00
Kulturkvarteret Kristianstad, Kanalgatan 30

Breakfast & registration, drop-in 9:00-10:00


Location: Kulturkvarteret Kristianstads’s foyer/Café & Bistro

9:00–10:00 Drop-in, coffee/tea and sandwich

Early morning session 10:00-11:00

10:00 Welcome to Kulturkvarteret! 

Short introduction by Anna-Carin Fogelqvist, Project Manager at UNGA Musik i Syd Development Centre and Annika Johansson, Head of Musik i Syd’s Young Audiences Department.

Content: short introduction
On stage: Anna-Carin Fogelqvist, Annika Johansson
Location: Lilla salen

Musikerambassadörerna i projektet Bro bro breja, Allan Skrobe och Åsa Håkansson, med gitarr och fiol på trappan i Palladiums guldfoajé
Bro bro breja-ambassadörerna Allan Skrobe och Åsa Håkansson Foto: Kennet Ruona

10:10 Bro bro breja – building bridges within and outside an institution

Why isn’t there more live music at camps and other venues for migrants? During 2017, within the development project Bro bro breja, UNGA Musik i Syd’s has provided music activities for unaccompanied minors and newly arrived families in Kristianstad and Hässleholm. Allan Skrobe and Åsa Håkansson were contracted at an early stage of the project as musicians and ambassadors. The project can be seen as a first step for an institution to learn more about our time’s crucial issues: cultural diversity, multilingualism, intercultural meetings and integration.

Content: talk with live music
On stage: Allan Skrobe, Åsa Håkansson with participants from Bro bro breja
Location: Lilla salen

10:25 Songlines – opening doors to the Swedish music and culture scene

Can we through live music inspire hope in young refugees and help teenagers with immigrant background to enter Sweden’s young culture scene? Hear National Coordinator Julia Sandwall and Project Manager Mohammad Jawshani tell us more about the project Songlines and its focus on multilateral collaboration, social networking and visiting activities. Since January 2017 several Swedish regional music institutions are working with Songlines, which is run by the umbrella organisation Jeunesses Musicales Sweden. This summer, they got major media coverage when the 2017 Polar Prize winner Sting suddenly decided to donate 1 million to the project.


Content: talk with live music
On stage: Julia Sandwall, Mohammad Jawshani 
Location: Lilla salen

10:40 El Sistema Kristianstad – The first steps and beyond

Fredrik Ohlin, developer at the municipal music school of Kristianstad, and his team at Centralskolan – one of Kristianstad’s two El Sistema schools of the city – will tell us more about El Sistema Kristianstad. What are their aims and visions? How do they proceed? And how do they conceive the future? These are some of the questions that will be raised. The talk includes a performance with El Sistema pupils.

Content: talk with live music
On stage: Fredrik Ohlin, Åsa Klinthage Andersson (trombone), Per Nord (percussion) and Göran Olsson (trumpet) with El Sistema pupils from Centralskolan
Location: Lilla salen

Late morning session 11:00–12:00 (new location: Stora salen)

11:05  The Baghdad Sessions

The Baghdad Sessions is the name of a music collective and concert series mainly given at Moriska Paviljongen in Malmö, but also, now and then, outside of town. Furthermore, it may be seen as an integration project where immigrant musicians meet established Swedish musicians to share knowledge, play together and mutually gather a mixed audience. The core content is provided by the band Mazguf Ensemble and various guest artists mostly playing Arabic and other oriental music. Pär Moberg is the initiator of the project, here replaced by Allan Skrobe who will give us a short introduction of the concept itself and with three Baghdad Sessions regulars play some musical examples.

Content: live act and presentation
On stage: Tina Quartey, Allan Skrobe, Omar Mofleh, Nabil Kassis
Location: Stora salen

11:20 Norms within concerts for young audiences

Since 2016, as part of an on-going evaluation, three productions produced by UNGA Musik i Syd, have been reviewed and critically analysed by the researchers Ylva Holmberg and Camilla Löf from Malmö University. What norms appear within concerts for young audiences? In what way do the musicians and the children integrate? How do the musicians argue about their performance? The three productions are Trumattack! (Drum attack), Resor över vatten (Travels overseas) and Rep & Randigt (Ropes & Stripes). Ylva Holmberg and Camilla Löf present a brief summary of the results from talks with musicians, children and educators. 

Content: talk
On stage: Ylva Holmberg, Camilla Löf
Location: Stora salen

Foto: Kennet Ruona

11:45–12:00 Drum Attack – including new musicians

In the development project and production Drum Attack, efforts have been made to find new musicians highly skilled but previously unknown to UNGA Musik i Syd. Norm criticism was used as a tool, that is: the musicians were chosen not only for their skills but also their different origins and musical backgrounds. Gender distribution was consciously looked at and ensured in the selection. Since 2016, 12 percussionists, including Daf player Saba Zolfaghari, who commute from Iran to Sweden, and Darbuka player Omar Mofleh, who came to Sweden from Syria over the Mediterranean 2015, have given over 250 concerts in the Skåne region.

Content: Live act and presentation
On stage: Anna-Carin Fogelqvist, Tina Quartey, Omar Mofleh, Anna-Karin Henrell, Salwan Ibrahim Khodajer, Emil Sjunnesson, Saba Zolfaghari, Malin Hilding, Fernando Massino, Andrea Ek Frisk
Location: Stora salen

Lunch  12:00-13:00

A vegetarian and KRAV-labelled buffet for 120 SEK is served at the Café & Bistro of Kulturkvarteret. NB: there are a limited number of places. Lunch at Kulturkvarteret? Book it in advance via the registration form and pay on arrival. If lunch in town is preferred, there are a large number of other lunch restaurants located a few minutes away.

Early afternoon session 13:00-15:00

13:00 Integration & Culture Production – This Side Story and the Southern Community

Southern Community Theatre is a new venue in Malmö where cultural production is used as a tool to boost self-esteem and strengthen togetherness among the city’s youth. Its aim is to create solidarity across boundaries of culture, class and generations. An example from this summer is the rapidly produced music theatre This Side Story – a new story about Malmö or what Malmö could be – inspired by the classic West Side Story. Project Managers Mikael Olsson Al Safandi and Loloat Hassan will tell us more about this and other music and youth-driven activities in Malmö.

Content: talk
On stage: Mikael Olsson Al Safandi, Loloat Hassan
Location: Lilla salen

13:15 El Sistema Sweden Dream Orchestra (engelska)

In April 2016, Ron Davis Alvarez, artistic leader of El Sistema Sweden, started the Dream Orchestra with a handful young boys from a refugee-accommodation south of Gothenburg. Three times a week he went to them to learn how to play the violin. After a month the Orchestra consisted of 15 children from different accomodations. In June they participated in the big international music-camp, Side by Side by El Sistema, arranged by El Sistema and the Gothenburg Symphony Orcehstra, GSO. The Dream Orchestra, with young boys and girls from Afghanistan, Syria, Albania and Somalia, met 1 400 other children from around ten other nations. Four months later they held their first official concert, on the UN Day, 24th of October 2016. What happened next? Ron Davis Alvarez, artistic leader of El Sistema Sweden, will tell you more.

Content: talk in English
On Stage: Ron Davis Alvarez
Location: Lilla salen

13:40 About El Sistema Malmö

In March 2013, Malmö Kulturskola (Culture School) joined the El Sistema movement by starting as a long-term fund financed program at the schools of Holma and Kroksbäck in the southern part of the city. Today, there are four El Sistema schools in Malmö. For three years, researcher Eva Sæther has followed the initiative as an external observer. First she looked at El Sistema as an opportunity to develop music education at schools, then how El Sistema affects children’s learning capacities in general and finally how El Sistema influenced the families. Eva herself will tell you more about her research on El Sistema Malmö, about her observations and conclusions.

Content: talk
On Stage: Eva Sæther
Location: Lilla salen

13:55 Shake it with MusikA

UNGA Musik i Syd’s app MusikA is designed for preschool children and their adults. Not only does it provide an efficient way to reach out to this specific target group, every year it is updated with educational material linked to specific music programs. The app was released in 2015, in 2016 and 2017 it got new design and new features, among them the SPRÅKA button that preschool teachers themselves refer to as an integration tool. 

Vad: information and afternoon gymnastics
Medverkande: Anna-Carin Fogelqvist, Little A from MusikA – the app.
Plats: Lilla salen

Foto: David Möller

14:05 Sousou & Maher

Extract from a concert with the world-renowned and award-winning musicians Sousou and Maher Cissoko, who are currently touring with UNGA Musik i Syd. Here young audiences take part of stories about cultural differences and xenophobia; about leaving home and family with expectations of succeeding abroad, about vulnerability and poverty, but moreover about the strength to believe in oneself, daring to love and go beyond all prejudices and fears. 

Content: Live act
On Stage: Sousou & Maher Cissoko
Location: Lilla salen

Foto: Firas Mukarker

14:20 Folk music as integration tool? Spektakel at Kubikskolan in Helsingborg

Kubikskolan in Helsingborg was founded in 2000 and have currently 450 pupils from grade F to 9. The majority of he pupils come from other countries, at the primary and middle school as much as 95 percent. Last spring, UNGA Musik i Syd’s folk music project Skånska Spektakel integrated the school. Every Thursday in five weeks, pupils and teachers met the two folk musicians, Ninni and Laif Carr, in various music and dance activities. The sixth visit resulted in a big performance for all family and friends. How did this work at multicultural Kubikskolan? Ninni Carr, musician and methodology teacher in folk music, and the teachers from Kubikskolan’s primary and middle school, Anna-Lena Norlin and Josefin Jönsson, share their experiences.

Content: talk with live music
On Stage: Ninni Carr, Josefin Jönsson, Anna-Lena Norlin
Location: Lilla salen

“Fika”, coffee/tea and cake 14:35–15:00

Late afternoon session 15:00–17:00 (new location Stora salen)

15:00 Meet a researcher: Including music with Ulf Jederlund

How can one use music in language development and inclusion? Ulf Jederlund has worked with music within special education and treatment-oriented programs for twenty years. He educates and tutor within music, creativity and language development and works with group supervision for work teams in preschool / school. Here he discusses the possibilities of music based on the concept of participation and gives some concrete examples. 

Content: public lecture
On Stage: Ulf Jederlund
Location: Stora salen

15:30 The world’s smallest cultural house

What can you do as a solitary creative? The world’s smallest culture house was invented by the storyteller, artist and folklorist Malin Skinnar, when she bought a camper and decided to leave home for a mobile digital platform. Here, she explores the world far away from home and creates stories for social media and youtube . The camper has become her office and studio as well as a cultural centre open to all and characterized by different ethnicities, languages ​​and cultural expressions at www.vä

Content: talk
On stage or via live stream: Malin Skinnar
Location: Stora salen 

Öppen scen och AW i Lilla salen

15:45 Open Stage for more music and voices

45 minutes open stage combined with a Swedish “After Work” for conference participants and specially invited guests who want to sing, play, comment, add, revise something based on the content of this conference. Apply through Kulturkvarteret’s Café and Bistro will be open for more until the conference final program at 16:30.


Content: Open Stage
On Stage: announced during the day
Location: Lilla salen 


16:30 Public’s Choice – Navid Modiri

Meet Navid Modiri, born in Iran, raised in Gothenburg and now living in Malmö. He’s been on stage since the age of 16, worked for Swedish radio and television and made hundreds of performances both as speaker and musician. Here we let him round off our day, in both roles, as well as with his newly published book Hej Syster (Hello Sister), where based on his own life talks about Sweden today – about integration, escape and exclusion – but also about the power that the language has to bring people together. 

Content: Talk with live music
On Stage: Navid Modiri
Location: Lilla salen