European Network of Cultural Centres (ENCC)

Migrants Music Manifesto

Migrants Music Manifesto Le Laba
The Migrants Music Manifesto aims to dispel prejudices and highlight the positive contributions of migrants in Europe.

Partners in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Greece develop tools and methods for mediators who promote intercultural dialogue and the integration of migrants and refugees. They also organize international residences, bringing together musicians and audiences with a migration background, gathering information on intangible and musical heritage, and offering a mentoring cycle on instruments and musical skills.

Music can stimulate the acceptance of marginalised cultural groups in urban areas in Europe and the tools can be used to promote multilingualism. The project offers cultural operators a space to share creative common ground, aimed at enhancing marginalised cultures, more particularly those of migrants and refugees. The main objective of this space is to strengthen intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding, and respect for other cultures to contribute to the social integration of migrants and refugees.

Migrants Music Manifesto mobilizes European cultural operators who wish to renew and share their know-how in the promotion of marginalised cultures. The project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Commission.

The project brings together: 

  • world and traditional music professionals

  • social organisations specialised in the integration of migrants

  • researchers and journalists.

The project includes:

  • international residencies with refugee musicians and singers and audiences from migrant backgrounds. These residencies take place at the Rocher de Palmer (France), Abusuan Intercural Center (Italy), Muziekpublique (Belgium), and Alba Kultur/ DE.

  • data collection focused on musical heritage (nursery rhymes, song lyrics, films, playlists) in collaboration with journalists Patrick Labesse (Le Monde) and François Bensignor (France Inter, France Culture, RFI Musiques).

  • a mentoring cycle on tools for highlighting the languages and skills of migrants and refugees, in collaboration with Edra (Greece), the University of Strasbourg (France), Ramon Llull Foundation (Spain).

The ENCC is in charge of disseminating the results of the project, including its database of resources, interviews, and videos


Musiques de Nuit diffusion / Rocher de Palmer (France; leader of the project)

Le LABA (France; coordinator of the project for Musiques de Nuit diffusion)

CNRS / Le CNRS en Aquitaine (France)

EDRA - Kinonikes Sineteristikes Drastiriotites Efpathon Omadon (Greece)

alba KULTUR (Germany)

Associazione Abusuan - Abusuan Intercultural Centre (Italy)

Muziekpublique (Belgium)