Recycled Orchestra of Caterua

As part of the 2018-2019 Bryan Innovation Lab Visiting Innovators Program, The Steward School is hosting the director of and members of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a musical group of young people and children living in a community on the Cateura landfill, located in Asunción, the capital of Paraguay. The Orchestra was established nearly 10 years ago by environmental engineer and music enthusiast, Favio Chávez, as a simple means to keep kids from playing in the landfill. A critically acclaimed documentary, Landfill Harmonic, tells the group’s story, and the film director will join us as well.

Read a press release about this exciting event.



  •  Monday, November 5
    • 7:00 p.m.  Lora M. Robins Theatre in the Cramer Center for the Arts
      • Film Screening of the Critically acclaimed Landfill Harmonic: A screening of the critically acclaimed film, “Landfill Harmonic,” which tells the story of Favio Chávez and his journey of giving the children of Cateura the opportunity to create music from landfill trash. Watch trailer:
  •  Wednesday, November 14
    • 8:15-9:00 a.m.  Lora M. Robins Theatre in the Cramer Center for the Arts
      • Talk + Performance: Orchestra founder and director, Favio Chávez, will lead a discussion of this organization and the benefit it is making to this community. Juliana Penaranda-Loftus, director of the film, “Landfill Harmonic,” will join him. The discussion will include a performance by the visiting Orchestra students.
    • 3:15-4:30 p.m.  Bryan Innovation Lab
      • Musical Maker Fair: The community is invited to participate in creating musical instruments with the visiting Orchestra students. Using trash from a local landfill, participants of all ages can learn how everyday refuse can be transformed into a musical instrument. There also will be demonstrations of the instruments being performed.
  •  Thursday, November 15
    • 10:30 a.m.  Dominion Energy Center in the Carpenter Theatre
      • Recycled Orchestra City-Wide Performance: The community and area schools are invited to attend a performance with the Recycled Orchestra and students from The Steward School and the Richmond music community. This event is being made possible with the support of the Richmond Symphony, RMHF and the City of Richmond. If you are an educator planning to bring your class to the city-wide performance at the Carpenter Theatre on November 15, please click here to use the educator registration form.  


        Registration is free but is requested.

        This program is made possible through grants from The Robins Foundation, E. E. Ford Foundation, and Luck Companies Foundation.




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