In April 2016, El Sistema’s artistic director Ron Davis Alvarez started his dream orchestra, El Sistema Sweden Dream Orchestra, with a handful of young boys from a refugee home south of Gothenburg.

A year later, the orchestra consists of more than 40 children and young people, most of them alone from Afghanistan, Syria, Iran, Eritrea and Albania. Three times a week they practice in central Gothenburg your many of them travel a long way to get involved. Dream Orchestra is growing steadily in line with the availability of instruments with the aim of forming a full symphony orchestra.

Today the Dream Orchestra is an orchestra with 53 members which offers a tool for learning for life and for social change.