September 27, 2023

The Music & Arts Center, a joint project of Dream Day Foundation, Questscope and Playing for Change Foundation, includes a State-of-the-Art Recording Studio

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan, Sept. 25, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Global superstar Ellie Goulding joined Syrian refugees in the Zaatari Refugee Camp for the grand opening of the Zaatari Music & Arts Center. Whilst at the camp, Ellie observed Syrian cultural music performances; interacted with young entrepreneurial female visual artists and saw a gallery of their work; took in a girls dance troupe performance with members from age 4-14 and recorded the first vocals in the newly set up recording studio. This new facility will offer youth a safe haven within the camp from which they will have the opportunity to overcome trauma through the arts and find their self-identity.

"It was an honor to visit Zaatari today," Ellie said, "For those that have lost everything, displaced from their homes, music and the arts can be powerful tools in healing trauma and reclaiming personal identity through creativity. I witnessed the most talented young musicians and artists today, and it was an incredible privilege to meet them. We must not forget that 110M people are currently forcibly displaced from their homes, which is the most since World War II. We must face up to this crisis together, as a global community."

Thanks to a partnership between Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) Questscope, and Dream Day Foundation (DDF), the youth among the 85,000 residents (60% of which are under 25) of the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan now have access to culturally-based music and arts education. This new offering will provide classes in Guitar, Drums, Oud, Voice & Dance, as well as a recording studio and community performance space.

Students will additionally have the opportunity to collaborate with other PFCF participants from their other 50+ locations in 19 countries across the globe - including in recording, performance, and music video production. Today's event was sponsored by the Fairmont Amman which generously hosted Ellie and the PFCF, Questscope and DDF delegation.

Today's event was sponsored by the Fairmont Amman which generously hosted Ellie and the PFCF, Questscope and DDF delegation.

A link to photos taken by FARRAS ORAN can be found here:

A long-standing activist and philanthropist, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ellie Goulding uses her platform to engage young people with global issues. Her environmental work dates to 2017, when she was awarded the UN's New Voices Award, and in recognition of her wider activism became a goodwill ambassador for UN Environment. In 2022 Goulding also became a TIME100 Impact Award winner, was named an ambassador for the WWF and was honored by the UN Association as a Humanitarian of the Year.

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