We had the chance to visit the purpose-built Centre for Social Action through Music (Centro Nacional de Accion Social por la Musica) in Caracas.
Maestro Abreu carefully chose the location of the centre – transport-wise it is easy to get to with a main road going past and a metro station next door, religious centres are close nearby, the building backs out onto the Parco Central, and beyond that you can see the Teatro Teresa Carreno and the high rise block containing the offices of the FundaMusical Simon Bolivar. There is even a bandstand built in with a mechanised door, so that outdoor concerts can easily take place for the community. Apparently at one concert they were expecting an audience of 2,000 in the park, but ended up with 7,000!
To the east of the building, construction has already started on another wing which will house a new Latin American Teacher Training facility. A large plot of land to the west has also been acquired, and will include five more performance halls as well as more rehearsal space and practice rooms. The construction is planned to be finished in 2019, and Maestro Abreu is keen that it will be known as the Simon Bolivar City of Music.
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