Beautiful Music Made From Trash

landfill harmonic violins

Cateura, Paraguay is a town essentially built on top of a landfill. Garbage collectors browse the trash for sellable goods, and children are often at risk of getting involved with drugs and gangs. When orchestra director Szaran and music teacher Favio set up a music program for the kids of Cateura, they soon have more students than they have instruments.

That changed when Szaran and Favio were brought something they had never seen before: a violin made out of garbage. Today, there’s an entire orchestra of assembled instruments, now called The Recycled Orchestra.

A film about people transforming trash into music; about love, courage and creativity.

This film shows how trash and recycled materials can be transformed into beautiful sounding musical instruments, but more importantly, it brings witness to the transformation of precious human beings. Find out more about the Landfill Harmonic.

landfill harmonic violins

The music room for the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra.

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  1. Linda Pope
    Linda Pope says:

    I would very much like to have permission to use the photograph of the violins in an online sustainability course I am developing. Do you know who might be able to give me permission? Thank you!!!


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