Das 3. Ohr
The world of music in NRW is shaped by the most diverse cultures of origin – in no other part of Germany do people of different cultural backgrounds live closer together than here.
Thousands of artists, bands and ensembles, agencies and labels, music schools and cultural institutions, clubs and associations work in this melting pot of sound.
Since 2004, the NRW KULTURsekretariat has taken account of this diversity under the title “Das 3. Ohr” (The 3rd Ear). Together with a number of partners, the NRW KULTURsekretariat has developed a series of programmes and initiatives in the area of world music.
This includes various interconnected projects from the promotion of concerts to the organisation of conferences and discussions and the instrumental grant initiative “Bağlama für alle!” (Bağlama for Everyone!) at public music schools.
Together with the NRW State Association of Music Schools and the JeKi initiative as well as in cooperation with many Saz teachers, the NRW KULTURsekretariat already developed a curriculum in 2012 for the long-necked lute called bağlama that music schools and teachers can make use of and reliably offer Saz lessons on a long-term basis.
Moreover, together with the “Musikkulturen” (Music Cultures) 2018 advisory board a concept has been drawn up for the universal qualification of refugee world musicians.