Societal Issues Targeted:
- Challenging negative cultural norms, like people who don’t know each other in public spaces shouldn’t talk
- Experimenting with music together is fun, healthy + should be normal for everyone, regardless of talent
Intro: An afternoon of musical creativity, exploring the power of music to bring people closer together; while we transform the boring, dull, grey transport system intoa magical oasis of creativity, fun and expression for everyone! At the same time we offer commuters the chance to share a positive social interaction with each other and the opportunity to experiment and play with their inner musician ..something that far too many people haven’t done for much too long. This event takes our community one-step closer to a change in culture, towards a future where sharing a positive interaction on public transport is just a normal thing to do.
We ask people to each bring two instruments (or make them out of trash – suggestions in the forum), and it is your mission to give one of them out to the people we meet as we go, and to invite them to play music with us.
We usually hold an instrument making workshop somewhere nearby before, so we turn up ready to get the event going with a group of people and a big bag full of cool instruments like yoghurt pot shakers with rice or spaghetti, fizzy drink bottle trumpets, drums made from big tins, etc.
Don’t worry about musical ability, the event is great for anyone to explore and enjoy experimenting with music, something that many people we meet may not have done for years! ..although it certainly helps to have 1 or 2 musicians along to set a rhythm to help lead the the less confident folk.
- In countries where busking is normal people will try to give you money! Its a nice compliment but it changes the message we are trying to spread so I’d recommend wearing or carrying signs saying “We don’t want money – we want you to experiment with music with us! (cardboard with some string around your neck works well to keep your hands for spreading musical joy 😉
- Our event in London usually finishes in one of the cities music venues and turns into a jam night to keep the party going into the early hours. everyone is always way too high on positive vibes to just go home!
- Trains have more space than buses
- We’ve used rally points, but they don’t work well. There is lots of extra organising and on the day it can be stressful waiting and running around finding people; also lots of people miss the start because they know they can find you later.
- I find it a lot more enjoyable and relaxing to just jump on a train and go wherever the music takes us. If lots of people join in, stay with them. If you find a crowd too nervous to play get off and try another route.
- To be sensitive to those who don’t like noisy fun, for whatever reason; try to get on a quiet time, build up slowly, ask people nearby if they are ok with it. once we get into full swing anyone not wanting to be part of it would simply not get on that carriage. the train is plenty long enough. It my suspicion that having a well publicised sociable area at the back of the train would actually make the front of the train more likely to be quiet for those in need of security