- Title: Venezuelan violinist leads young musicians in anti-Maduro protest concert
- Date: 4th June 2017
- Summary: AUDIENCE, SEATED ON THE GROUND OUTSIDE, APPLAUDING (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) VENEZUELAN VIOLINIST, WUILLY ARTEAGA, SAYING: "This concert, I'm going to collect all the instruments, which are just violins, to donate them to kids like Joel [indicating boy next to him] who had them stolen and who have lost them and don't have the money to buy instruments so they can study music." PEOPLE APPLAUDING ARTEAGA HOLDING UP A DONATED VIOLIN VARIOUS OF AUDIENCE CHANTING, "SI SE PUEDE" ARTEAGA HOLDING UP A DONATED GUITAR AS AUDIENCE APPLAUDS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MAN WHO WENT TO THE STREET CONCERT, CARLOS FEO, SAYING: "He's using a language, what we can call the language of culture, the language of peace to try and communicate with those in power, with the national guard and make them rethink things. And his message has meant a lot to us and that's why we came out today."
- Embargoed: 18th June 2017 20:48
- Keywords: Nicolas Maduro concert protest Wuilly Arteaga violinist violin Venezuela
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA0026JV5BGN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Venezuelan violinist Wuilly Arteaga, known for playing his violin amongst the chaos of the near-daily street protests in Venezuela, held a street concert in Caracas on Sunday (June 4) with a group of other young musicians.
The 23-year-old violinist went viral on social media leading up to and after a video of him surfaced holding a broken violin in tears.
Arteaga said he was playing during a protest when a National Guard soldier on a motorcycle grabbed the instrument by the strings, breaking it.
Followers soon created a movement to get Arteaga a new violin with promises of donations pouring in.
The musician asked his supporters to come to his Street Concert for Life and to bring the donations they had promised him so he could collect them and give them to other musicians who have lost their instruments or who cannot otherwise afford to buy them.
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