Songs of Endurance and Inclusion
Celebrating cultural diversity through music and songs, using the platform of Eurovision 2023.
Total Spirit grant
March 2023 – July 2023
The Young Foundation
Songs of Endurance and Inclusion seeks to explore how Eurovision can be used to celebrate the contribution of refugees and migrants and bring diverse communities together through local events. In the run up to the Eurovision final on 13 May, The Young Foundation is working with existing music groups and choirs, communities and local services in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to create a series of ‘open houses’ for people to connect. This will culminate in a shared music event at East London’s famous Toynbee Hall, the Grade II listed building and charity which works with local communities to tackle unfairness and ensure everyone has an equal chance to thrive.
The project, which is part of Spirit of 2012’s Moments to Connect programme is being delivered in five stages:
- Mapping and engagement of local communities and existing community groups;
- A national campaign to encourage people to share traditional and popular songs and music from different cultures;
- A series of open house activities in Tower Hamlets;
- A gala performance to coincide with Eurovision at Toynbee Hall;
- Dissemination of insights generated by the project to help other groups plan and deliver community connection programmes.
Songs of Endurance and Inclusion is a test-and-learn project, which will seek to answer the following questions:
- Is song and music-making a mechanism to bring together the community, and can any social connections / benefits of this be retained?
- Can Eurovision (as a national event) be utilised as a reason to host related local community events that bring together a diverse community?
- Can we do this in a way that is community-led and that could be easily replicated by others?
- Generate insight into how music and song can build social connection between a diverse community.
- Explore the potential of an international event such as Eurovision to roll out local community events.
- Improve the wellbeing of the people who participate in the projects.
- Create a blueprint for future event organisers and funders.