İKSV is hosting José Antonio Abreu, the founder of El Sistema, an inspirational example for the world and Venezuela Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra under the baton of world-renowned Gustavo Dudamel in Istanbul for a series of events.
Before the concerts that will be taking place on the 8th and 9th of August in Haliç Congress Center, the Caracas Brass Ensemble and Atalaya Percussion Ensemble, both formed of the members of the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, performed free concerts in Galata Square. The non governmental organizations that are similar to El Sistema in educating kids and teenagers with music, has performed in these concerts as well. There was also a free screening of the movie To Play and To Fight for those who were interested in understanding the aspects of El Sistema. Furthermore, there was a panel discussion on 8 August, with the founder of El Sistema José Antonio Abreu on how to launch a similar system in Turkey.