A new exchange of students between South Africa and Norway in our PULSE! Programme brings cross-cultural learnings and holistic health knowledge to both countries. Five FBF members have left for Norway for the 2015/16 cycle of the programme, and we have welcomed six participant from Norway to our operations in SA.

Launched in September 2013 by the Field Band Foundation and the Norwegian Band Federation, and funded by FK Norway, this programme works with a holistic understanding of community health. It allows participants from both countries to learn from each society’s own challenges of diversity, cross-cultural integration, working with disability, and related issues of social inclusion.

Lessons from this exchange programme are then brought back for use in the home countries. This work allows the broader community development benefits of music to be more clearly identifiable to participants, helping them to develop relevant ways of operating at band level to greatest positive developmental effect.

The Foundation welcomes the six current Norwegian participants to our work in Johannesburg and Parys. They are:

• Ingrid Thorstensen, a flutist and music teacher and music therapist from Trondheim
• Solvor Vermeer, a singer, musicologist and music teacher from Finnsnes
• Ingvill Espedal, a trained singer and music teacher from Bergen
• Idun Hjellestad from Tjøtta plays classical flute and has worked as a music teacher
• Eva Bortne, a trumpet player and music teacher from Bergen
• Lisa Gontarek is a music teacher from Karmøy, whose primary instrument is the recorder.

Field Band Foundation members on this exchange in Norway will work with local school bands and study music at Norway’s Toneheim Folkehøgskole. They are:

• Godfrey Molele, a percussionist from Blouberg, Limpopo
• Stella Molelekwa from Kimberley, the second FBF dancer to go on exchange to Norway
• Mongezi Kheswa, a percussionist from Johannesburg
• Dineo Mthimunye, a trumpet player and dancer from Cullinan
• Thulani Maluleka, a trumpeter from Johannesburg.

For more information on the PULSE! Programme, see www.pulsestrongertogether.com and www.spilleglede.no