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Welcome to Parallel Versing

Parallel Versing is project using music to change the life trajectory of children whose quality of life has been impacted by the legacy of conflict.

The Parallel Versing Project recognises that children, regardless of their ability, position in society, or socio-economic status, have inborn creative capacity for unbounded achievement.

Project Summary

Designed and delivered by the organizations Beyond Skin (Northern Ireland) and The Music Project (Sri Lanka) - new music is created using new and simple technology to produce audio/video recordings featuring children from Northern Ireland & Sri Lanka on the same track. Through the process young people exchange handmade gifts, letters and information about their own cultures sharing similarities and successes that can help a better quality of life within their own country.

Beyond Skin & The Music Project have had many media features and international studies directed at project highlighting that both organisations are leaders in the field using music for healing, learning & community development on the frontline in post conflict areas.

Beyond Skin organization: Beyond Skin (established 2004) develops and delivers innovative ground-breaking diversity & global education projects through world music, intercultural arts and new media in an aim to address issues of racism & sectarianism.

The Music Project organization: The Music Project aims to change the life trajectory of children through music. Working with schools in the north and south of Sri Lanka, using music as the link language, we aspire to build orchestral communities.

I'll Tell Me Ma - Sri Lankan mix
Sweeney Baila
Every picture tells a story...You can watch & listen to the Parallel Versing projects to date by visiting our Channel

Themes within the project

Community Relations ✽ Diversity, Equality & Global Education ✽ Citizenship ✽ Music Composition & Production Skills ✽ Self-Confidence & Aspiration ✽ Language & Communication Skills.

How it works

Workshops are facilitated in schools by the Beyond Skin team through a designed lesson plan which suits the school's curriculum or the group's capacity and resources. Throughout the workshop, connections will be made with schools in Sri Lanka through; digital media, internet, music & art. Final music audio & video productions will be hosted online.

Does it work?

Piloted in 2013, the project achieved overwhelming outcomes around the themes utilised. In 2014 the project was fully launched and staff from Beyond Skin worked with? schools in Sri Lanka.

Why should your school or group get involved?

The world is changing fast due to globalisation, environmental impacts and technology advances; and children today need to be equipped to survive and thrive in this diverse world. The legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka has presented many challenges. Sharing these with people who have faced similar challenges - but within a very different cultural context - can present opportunities for growth and learning.

Social media & the internet in some ways do provide a door to a wider world, but this project brings a tangible connection with our global neighbours in the comfort of your own school. Combined with the innovative and creative element of this project, as children produce music with each other 3000 miles apart, the classroom becomes an exciting global shared learning space that children and teachers will enjoy immensely.