Salvador de Bahia
Now I am focussing on the learning from the gathered crowd of 42 international travellers who all share a curiosity and passion for the world of community music. 5 continents of experience gather in the morning in a formal set up room with white table cloths in rows facing a screen where a series of presenters will each have 20 minutes to share their research and thoughts. Hmmmmmm!
The Brazilian hosts from the University welcome us and the proceedings of the Community Music Activity Commission begin. Themes begin to emerge - leadership, belonging, creativity, authenticity, spirituality, formal, informal and non formal learning.
We hear an amazing gem of a story : a Chinese migrant who embraced the 'music serteneja' of Brazil and learnt the songs in such a way as to be able convince a minister that he was as Brazilian as she was and was given a visa to stay - forever. The development of a community conservatoire in Palestine (is that like the Hothouse I wonder) and then a series of presentations that unpicked traditional forms of Capoera, Samba and Maracatu - their social context and the mestres that inspire musical, social and community learning. In between all of this I talk with old friends Phil Mullen and Lee Higgins and reconnect with Joel Barbosa from here in Salvador.