Has El Sistema joined the Venezuelan opposition?main
You might think it has from this report on the academic website, The Conversation.
The headline reads: The Venezuelan government’s newest opponent is a state-funded orchestra
And the author, Yana Genchova Stainova, a post-doc at Dartmouth College, concludes: ‘Now, El Sistema musicians are defying their expected roles and summoning their musical skills to oppose the very government that funds them. Beyond fueling political action with creativity, the musical and social skills that these young people have acquired embody the human values that are fundamental to the creation of a new political community. The collective practice of making music is forging bonds of solidarity – trust, the ability to listen – in a fractured society.’
But Dr Stainova has no new information on which to base this conclusion, other than scattered press reports of isolated incidents. There has been no turnaround at El Sistema. As far as any objective assessment is possible, El Sistema and its local leaders are still right behind the oppressive Maduro regime.
But let’s not confuse academic thinking with actual facts.