The Landfill Harmonic Orchestra – YouTube


Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When music teacher Fabio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments. 

That changed when Szaran and Fabio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

Our film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings.

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  1. Music derived from passion, reminds me of a *M_A_SH scene – Charles teaches a few POWs to play Mozart – they form a deep bond.
    And steel drums born of the Pacific war, happy as a banjo!

    The beauty of music; the only thing I can think of that has nothing negative about it, a true gift.

  2. That’s my school assembly for next week sorted. What an inspiration for the children of the UK who take everything for granted.

  3. I don’t even have to read the article or listen to the video to know what this is about!

    The Eastern-West Divan Orchestra set up by Daniel Barenboim and Edwatd Said raised the spirits of those caught up in the tragedy of the holy war in the “Middle East”; which I think we “Westerners” should by now have begun to term Eastern Asia.


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