The Rythem Street
A children workshop (age 5-10)
Workshop organized and run by Marwan Abado

Number of participents: 20 - 25 children
Language of the workshop: Arabic
Duration: 2 hours

Content and organization of the workshop:

The main idea of the workshop is to strengthen the coordination between seeing, hearing and moving among children. The main idea is based on identifying three different colors, that are in the course of the workshop associated with three sounds. Using the three various sounds, different rythems are developed. The simple rythemical paterns, which are based on a 2 or 3 time, are first sung, later put into action through various body movements. Using their own body to express music, children learn through playing, basic music concepts pertaining to square and un-square rythems.

The coordination of seeing, hearing and feeling has a positive effect on the growth of children. Through the experience of learning and playing together, children develop a healthy sense for community and collective work as well as a postive self-esteem, that encourages expressing ones own personality.

In the course of the workshop, children are brought into incounter with world of Arabic music at large and the world of Arabic children music in particular, using a number of children songs, written by Muhammed al Thaher and composed by Marwan Abado to fit this workshop and its aims.

Marwan Abado is also planning in these Workshops pro camp to invite local musicians who are living in the area as special guests in order to develop a multicultural approach on a musical theme breaking the boarders between the camp and outside the camp.

Furthermore children will notice a teacher that also came from a similar background: Marwan Abado was born as a refugee child in Beirut, and has undergone in his childhood and youth similar experiences to those they are exposed to. Such a workshop offers not only an opportunity for encounter between Palestinian refugees from the Diaspora but also helps to see success stories of Palestinian refugees that could enhance developing positive role models and self-confidence among the children.