Earlier this spring, 53 students from Sistema NB Centres in Richibucto and Elsipogtog First Nation lent their voices to a special international Peace Project called “Love People”. The project brought together children from El Sistema-inspired programs from around the world, all singing the inspired words of this anthem for peace composed by Ismar Poric, artistic director of Suprerar Srebrenica, a Sistema-inspired program in Bosnia.
“Music can be used as a very powerful ‘tool’ to send out a message of solidarity, peace and tolerance worldwide,” says Porcic. “As much as it sounds like a cliché, children are the future of this world, and their message will be honest and pure. I aspire to have the video reach a wide audience with its positive message. “
Considered a global leader for its El Sistema-inspired programming, Sistema NB was asked to represent Canada in the international project. In total, thousands of children from 13 countries, including Afghanistan, New Zealand, Spain, Venezuela, Palestine and Japan, participated.
“What a remarkable experience for us to be part of this wonderful project and its hopeful message,” says Swan Serna, Sistema NB Centre Director for Richibucto and Elsipogtog. “We are the only Canadian group to participate, and our young people were thrilled to perform this song.”
Videos of the children singing “Love People” were filmed worldwide this spring, and then edited into an inspiring five-minute film.