Iñaki de la Linde
The team reply
1. Why do you think it is necessary to use music, dance and theatre as socio-educational tools?
2. What does Xamfrà mean to you?
Because they are artistic expressions that can be performed in a complementary and cooperative way, that are created from emotions and transmitted by them, and that allow different people with different abilities to express themselves all at the same time.
Xamfrà is a space that defends the universal right to cultural and artistic participation, which is necessary for people to grow and live with dignity.
Because they are universal languages that lead us to communicate, to look at each other, to touch each other, to express ourselves …….They give us the opportunity to change our usual roles and discover new ways of relating to the environment and the community. Xamfrà is an oasis of hope and justice in the world in which we live, showing that other ways of thinking and doing are possible and necessary. The uniqueness of Xamfrà is to generate a space in the Raval where segregation is destroyed, that seeks to make bonds tirelessly, and that bases relationships and daily life on trust.
Because they put people in the middle, creating common spaces where we can share who we are, individually and collectively, based on respect and recognition of each other.
Xamfrà is a refuge in the social chaos in which we currently live. An open space based on love for people, where creativity and optimism for a different world can be felt.
I have been moved by the capacity of artistic group processes to change personal and group dynamics, allowing human relationships (with oneself and within the same group) to change, to transform and to create new ones. So the universal right to be able to experience this should be guaranteed!
Xamfrà is a meeting point where everyone has a place, and where emphasis is given to values that promote respect and care (for oneself and for others), as well as cooperation and collectivity; values that I consider a priority because of what they bring to us as people who are part of a group and who live together.
The arts stir emotions, and without emotions there is no learning, no life.
Xamfrà is a free space where participants can grow in an environment of trust, and this brings out all the creativity within them.
Xamfrà was a dream come true. Music and Art, “that magical little bird that flutters and plays in the tenderness of so many children’s and adults’ lips” as Màrius Torres says. These are all utopias for dreaming and help us to keep walking.
A thought motivated by the pleasure of helping others to transform themselves in fullness and freedom. Now I see the students who are enthralled by the teachers who pass on their knowledge with passion, and who are trails of hope that light the way.
Music, dance and theatre have great power as educational tools. Children and young people discover and experience their own artistic abilities through these activities. This makes them enjoy themselves and find pleasure.
Xamfrà is a project that a team of three of us started with great enthusiasm and that is growing day by day. I have received and continue to receive a lot from Xamfrà, it is part of my life. Teamwork is vital for Xamfrà. Believing in the project and moving forward together.
In this serious moment of an economic and political system that crushes the weak and reinforces the old authoritarianism, community arts education is revolutionary and emancipating for those who want to take advantage of it.
Xamfrà is the essential meeting point – physical and spiritual – between the community and the arts. In addition to being a powerful social lift, it is a door open to many different and complementary perspectives on the arts. Everyone is welcome and becomes essential.
Its radius goes beyond the Raval and projects itself as a lighthouse in this small corner of the Mediterranean coast.
Artistic expression helps us to discover who we are and to express ourselves with freedom and honesty.
Xamfrà is confidence in the strength of the community. It is believing in the ability to transform what we don’t like.
What moved me was seeing kids in the streets of São Paulo sniffing glue and smoking crack, that broke my heart and I decided that with music I had to do something for the world. Music and the arts in general increase the intellect, bring people together and are powerful tools for social and educational purposes.
Xamfrà for me is a big family, where I have been welcomed with a lot of love and it is a meeting point for families. A project that started out as simple and which now is necessary for the lives of many people.
Because the most important thing to take care of is people, and we have the capacity to transform if we observe the world with a critical spirit. It can’t be any other way.
Xamfrà is a “house”, it is a place of growth for everyone who passes through it, and it is the responsibility of everyone who passes through it. Xamfrà is made by the people who are part of it.
Art brings us closer to new languages to interpret and understand what happens around us, it brings us empathy and sensitivity, which are very necessary to appreciate the daily values of human relationships.
Xamfrà is a cry for learning, knowledge and relationships. Xamfrà is a space of opportunity, creation and illusion.
The restlessness and curiosity of being able to bring artistic education closer to everyone who wants it.
Xamfrà is an opportunity for both teachers and students to create links through the arts.
Iñaki de la Linde
When the artistic experience is shared, there is a space for people to meet and get to know each other.
Xamfrà is confidence in the strength of the community. It is believing in the capacity to transform what we don’t like.
To make available to others communication tools related to beauty, to share, to flow with oneself and with the group.
Xamfrà welcomes, listens, makes proposals, guides kindly and generously, very generously, and with professionalism.
The creative experience is addictive, expansive… when one has the possibility to regularly express what one carries inside (and outside), we have no choice but to act, sing, play and dance.
Xamfrà is a network, a spiral that spins in and from different dimensions.
We live at a time in which the capitalist system has collapsed, and I think it is very healthy to dedicate ourselves to an activity such as art, which does not consider the individual as a market object but as a being who experiences and communicates.
Xamfrà is the opportunity to experience ourselves in community as human beings who resonate, move, dance and have their own voice.
For me, art is a gigantic method of expression that embraces an infinite number of things and all of them are positive. With music I can transmit and share values such as respect for others, empathy for others or generate curiosity about what surrounds us. In short, art makes us better people.
Xamfra is a very powerful project with a long trajectory that through music, dance and theatre brings culture closer to all kinds of people, something fundamental and necessary for social progress.
The performing arts are the arts of the moment which require the active participation of everyone and where they connect different ways of communication, dialogue and listening so that the experience is collective.
Xamfrà is a meeting point where diversity, respect and trust coexist through artistic languages and an open view of the reality in which we live.
Music as a socio-educational tool is essential to guarantee that every person and every collective has the right and the freedom to grow, train and express themselves in the way they can, know and like best.
Xamfrà is a treasure that is not about profits or results, but about sharing, growing, thinking, building, giving opportunities to everyone who wants them, and bringing humanity and culture to everyone who comes along.
Because it is a means of expression, a tool for inclusion and a way of being rooted in culture, among many other things. Within these three areas we work together to achieve a common goal, not competing but sharing.
Xamfrà means diversity, equality, integration, art, freedom, expression, empathy, overcoming, community… Xamfrà is not a centre where the aim is simply to dance, play and act, but rather a place where dance, music and theatre are the tools to create the community.
I believe that art is essential for this internal and expansive movement of sharing and creating collectively. “Because life is not enough, there is art”.
Xamfrà is a space of freedom and joy, of creativity in action, of community esteem and self-love. It is respect, reflection, questions and answers, a vital beating hub.
Collectively and with artistic values, through music, we can transform and educate society. Xamfrà is the starting point, from where culture is generated and promoted in each neighborhood as a tool for social and educational transformation.
Music stimulates empathy and sensitivity, so teaching music or any of the arts mentioned above is a pleasure for anyone who wants to feel fulfilled.
Xamfrà represents an opportunity to bring music to anyone who wants it.
I have always experienced music in a communal way, cooperating in the effort, sharing emotions, and enjoying it collectively. And in this way, by making music, we educate ourselves in respect, sensitivity, empathy and responsibility. There’s little more we could ask for, right?
For me, Xamfrà is the embodiment of the right to access, participation and contribution to culture, indispensable for the full development of people. An indispensable space that creates community and makes the city more habitable.