SULUKULE ÇOCUK SANAT ATÖLYESİ
Sulukule Çocuk Sanat Atölyesi, mahallenin kentsel yenileme projesi sebebiyle yıkılmasının ve orada yaşayanların dağılmasının ardından; mahallenin müzik bilgi ve birikimini, çocukların müziğe olan ilgi ve yeteneğini yaşatabilmek; gençlerin birlikteliğini sürdürebilmek için, Sulukule Platformu’nun girişimi Sulukule Roman Kültürünü Geliştirme ve Yaşatma Derneği’nin, İTÜ Konservatuarı’nın ve İstanbul Avrupa Kültür Başkenti Ajansı’nın desteği ile Mayıs 2010’da yıkılan mahallenin yanında, küçük bir binada kuruldu. Atölyede Keman, Ritim, Nota, Dans gibi dersler veriliyor, HipHop buluşmaları, müzik atölyeleri, okula destek etüt dersleri yapılıyor. Her hafta en az 80 çocuk atölyeden yararlanıyor. Bunun yanında atölyenin müzisyenleri ve dans ekibi davetli olarak çeşitli gösterilerde yer alıyorlar.
2010 senesinde açılan atölye, çeşitli vakıf ve bireylerin desteği ile gönüllü çabalarla sürdürülüyor.

SULUKULE CHILDREN ART ATELIER
Sulukule, known as one of the oldest Roma settlements in the world, was for many centuries also famous for its musicians and dancers. Many written sources confirm that the Roma of Sulukule have acted as the cultural transporters of the “Çengi” tradition, a heritage brought from the Balkans and present throughout the Ottoman era to the present day. Between the years of 1950 to 1980 Sulukule was also known for its many entertainment houses, which made the area one of Istanbul’s most popular entertainment districts. Consequently, we can say that Sulukule is a remarkable domain for the transition of popular culture and identity of a cosmopolitan city.
After the neighborhood was demolished in 2009, many musicians who used to live there moved to the nearby areas of Karagümrük and Balat. Many families began to have financial difficulties due to the effects of the demolitions. According to the research we have conducted, the demolitions have had a negative effect on the psychology of former residents, especially the children. 95% of the children do not continue their education after primary school; 70% of them spend time in the streets and coffee houses; 20 % of them find daily jobs and contribute to their family’s earnings. For these reasons Sulukule Platform and Sulukule Roma Association have set up Sulukule Children Art Atelier in the wake of the demolitions. The atelier provides academic support to the traditional teaching method of playing various instruments at home with family and friends. The atelier opened up in 2010 with the financial support of European Capital of Culture Agency. Each week, 80 children between the ages of 8-17 participate in a program prepared by Istanbul Technical University Turkish Music Conservatory. Teachers and graduates from the Conservatory train the children for 3 hours per day and 6 days per week. Every day there is a different lesson at the atelier, ranging from Violin, Solfege, Percussion, Dance, Theatre, HipHop, English and Study for School Lessons. Music classes are given for 2 levels: beginner and advanced.

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