Tomorrowland has launched its first music school with Lost Frequencies, AKA Felix de Laet, attending the opening at Sekha, high in the Nepalese Himalayas.
The building has been funded entirely by contributions from attendees of the Belgian festival, which this year runs over the weekends of Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd, and Friday 27th to Sunday 29th July.
The Love Tomorrow Music & Arts School comprises four classrooms and a central atrium, and offers lessons to more than 300 children that currently attend the Cunina Boarding School, which is on the same site.
“I first came into contact with the Love Tomorrow Foundation and their plans to build a music school in Nepal at Tomorrowland 2016. I was instantly enthusiastic about the project. That's why I was very happy that they asked me to travel to Nepal with them to officially open the school on behalf of Tomorrowland and all People of Tomorrow,” said de Laet, who recently picked up a trophy at DJ Mag France's Best of French Awards.
“My personal story aligns perfectly with this project. At home, I was given every opportunity and that included time and space for creativity. I chose to express this in making music and learning to play instruments. Without those opportunities, I would never have become a musician/dj. That's why I think it's fantastic that the children here in Sekha can now have that opportunity as well!”
The school relies on donations of €30 per child, per month, and is operated by the Belgian NGO Cunina. The new music facility results from a partnership with Tomorrowland's Love Tomorrow Foundation, which has also been involved in a recent beautification project of the festival's traditional home, De Schorre park, in Antwerp.
“Over two years ago, when Manu and Michiel Beers, the creators and organisers behind Tomorrowland, became sponsors of Cunina, I invited them to a personal meeting,” said Sophie Vangheel, founder of the non-profit Cunina, who was also at the event. “We soon discovered that we share the same values and what's more, that we had the same dream… Building a music school for vulnerable children and young people."
Take a look at the official opening video below.