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The Ethno Hope Sessions: Sustaining Intercultural Exchange during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gibson, Sarah-Jane ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3098-3231 and Higgins, Lee (2021) The Ethno Hope Sessions: Sustaining Intercultural Exchange during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of music, health and wellbeing.

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The purpose of this article is to consider how Ethno World, a global youth music network, has sustained its practices during the COVID-19 pandemic and, in so doing, provided a mechanism that supported the wellbeing of both its artistic
mentors and participants. Through an exploration of the Hope Sessions, an online teaching platform created during the lockdown period, we investigate how a recontextualized musical practice has created both challenges and opportunities for those that have worked within it. Using a hybrid ethnographic strategy and a theoretical framework based upon a 'web of artistic practice' and an 'ecological
perspective', we argue that the online musical encounters have provided a conduit through which musicians associated with Ethno World have been able to develop new pedagogic skills, new relationships, sustain existing friendships and find comfort within enforced social isolation. In conclusion, we suggest that online musical experiences can provide opportunities for new and unexpected forms of
interaction that may lead to conceptions of intercultural exchange that move beyond Eurocentric perspectives and consequently enhance society's wellbeing through healthy social connections.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
School/Department: School of the Arts
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/5774

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