The Heartbeat: Haifa chapter consists of 8-12 high school aged Jewish and Arab, Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians from the Haifa area who will meet weekly throughout the 2014-2015 school year and come together for retreats to build mutual understanding and to co-develop new music. We are grateful to our partner the Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Cultural Center for providing our weekly meeting space.
The Heartbeat: Haifa program schedule for 2014-2015 is as follows:
Bi-Weekly Meetings (November 2014 – June 2015) – The Heartbeat: Haifa band will meet regularly at Beit HaGefen Arab-Jewish Cultural Center, working together over the course of the year to learn different styles of music, create new music, and work towards live performances professional audio recordings.
Heartbeat Retreat (December 2014) – The Heartbeat 3 day music exchange will include previous and new Heartbeat youth musicians from both Heartbeat: Haifa and Heartbeat: Jerusalem. This formative experience will enable the group to meet and connect with their fellow band members through facilitated music activities. The retreat will take place in a neutral environment away from the participants normal routines.
Spring Retreat (June 2015) – Towards the end of the school-year, Heartbeat youth musicians will have the chance to deepen their experience through an overnight retreat. Potentially, Heartbeat participants from Haifa, Jerusalem, and Jaffa will be able to come together to strengthen their wider network of youth musicians for social change.
Performances and Workshops (December 2014 – June 2015) – Once ready, the Heartbeat: Haifa ensemble will offer concerts and workshops to bring their music and messages to their communities. To date, Heartbeat: Haifa has already given a handful of successful performances at community events in Haifa, such as the Holiday of Holidays Festival and Simply Singing, in addition to the Willy Brandt Center’s Imagine Change event in Jerusalem.
Recording New Music (March 2015 – June 2015) – Heartbeat: Haifa will record their original songs that were written throughout the year and release them on social media in Summer 2015.