The Landfillharmonic empowers the people of poverty stricken Cateura, Paraguay to redefine their community, as they create and learn to play functional “recycled” instruments from the landfill their city sits upon. In a place where 40% of children never finish school, this project has allowed children to gain confidence, explore a new form of art and culture, and bring music to their community and the world beyond. We’re fascinated by the repurposing of materials into works of art for both the ears and the eyes, as the makers must get creative in order to turn garbage into instruments. Check out their website to learn more about this inspiring project and the forthcoming documentary. To see videos of the orchestra and the Ted Talk by director Favio Chavez, click here.