General info:



Orchestre Partout combines music of all sorts into a diverse world-repertoire. The band-composition reflects the conflict area’s in the world. Musicians come from Iran, Irak, Angola and Russia. Together they form a band with a colourful repertoire. Stomping Kurdish dances blend with Punjabi love songs, Russian melancholy blends with Iranian folk.


Music is a language that unites, regardless of origin, culture and language. From this idea Ted van Leeuwen started the first music workshop in 2010, in refugee center Alkmaar. In 2016 Orchestre Partout became an independent foundation. Over the years, Ted and a diverse team have developed a successful program.



In the three-stepped program -lessons-rehearsals and concerts- participants can develop their musical skills. Some bandmembers have found their way to the Conservatory of Rotterdam or have started a professional career.

Orchestre Partout organises weekly music lessons and rehearsals inside the refugee centres in Amsterdam, Dronten and Heerhugowaard. The music workshop is a lively meeting place in the center. Professional musicians teach guitar, piano, percussion and singing. As soon as participants reach a solid basic understanding of music, they are invited to join in band rehearsals and concerts.

Besides its regular activities, Orchestre Partout organizes Mundo Sonora and Les Super Étoiles de Partout. Mundo Sonora is an annual concert in collaboration with local music ensembles and orchestras. Les Super Étoiles de Partout exist of the most experienced members of Orchestre Partout. In 2019 and 2020 they play together with Gallowstreet.



Ted van Leeuwen is founder and artistic director. Ted is an all-round musician, composer and theatre maker. He developed his craftmanship as composer and musician during his years with Dogtroep. He currently teaches music in school, and gives occasional workshops for Conservatory and groups of non-professionals.
Titia Bouwmeester is executive director and creative producer. She is in charge of the daily management, fundraising and creating and maintaining a network of cultural and social partners.
Lex Pantelic is guitar-player, workshop leader in Heerhugowaard and main arranger.
Modar Salama is percussionist and music teacher in both Heerhugowaard and Amsterdam.
Ziad Haji Bik is ud-player, singer and band-coach in Amsterdam.
Nick Veenstra does the concert bookings.


The board of Stichting Orchestre Partout:

Chair: Egbert Fransen (director ‘Pakhuis de Zwijger’ Amsterdam)

Secretary: Fronnie Biesma (former director ‘De Vrolijkheid’, currently director and coordinator of ‘Ondertussen’ Amsterdam)

Treasurer: Arno Duivestein (director ‘De Pletterij’ Haarlem)


Centraal Orgaan opvang Asielzoekers (COA) hosts Orchestre Partout and accommodates with working space and internal communication.

De Vrolijkheid develops creative activities for children and youngsters in the refugee centres. Where they focus on minors, Orchestre Partout focuses on adults. We exchange experiences, and refer participants to one another’s workshops.


Orchestre Partout is made possible by generous support of: Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, VSBfonds, KANSfonds, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Flevoland, Fonds Cultuurparticipatie, Fundatie Van den Santheuvel, Sobbe, Rabobank Flevoland,  stichting 5eKwartier and through individual gifts that reached us through Voordekunst.