The Land-Fillharmonic of Cateura, Paraguay

The Land-Fillharmonic of Cateura, Paraguay

Here’s an amazing story of one community’s answer to some of today’s challenges.  The people in this little town are creating instruments and an orchestra from a landfill!   The village of Cateura, Paraguay is a slum that was built on a landfill.  In spite of this unpromising beginning, the children on Cateura are playing in an orchestra on instruments built from trash.

You’ll be moved and inspired by this documentary, and you’ll be amazed at the quality of the music!

This segment of 60 Minutes is entitled “The Recyclers: From trash comes triumph” and presents a complete picture of the LandFillHarmonic, their town, the children, their maestro and instrument creator.  The story is inspiring, astounding and heart-warming.  Those of us who take our instruments and our daily access to superb music for granted will look at our musical lives with new eyes after visiting this community in Paraguay.

Here’s more about this amazing work:

Favio Chávez worked as an ecological technician at the largest garbage dump in Asunción, Paraguay. There he became aware that especially the children of the recyclers needed something positive. One man’s trash is another man’s music and now, children in his music education programme learn to make instruments from recycling material and, in those instruments they play Mozart and Beethoven, just like any other music student around the world.

Scroll to Top