Stride & Rock DI launch their incredible collaborative album, Abrazos, at Arte Sostenible; Sin Exclusión - a festival of sustainable and inclusive arts in San Juan del Río, Mexico - Saturday 19 March, 7:15pm ðŸ˜€ ðŸ¤© ðŸ¤˜ ðŸŒ â˜€ï¸ ðŸŒ§

The launch comes following an amazingly joyful and productive digital collaboration begun in September 2020 between Paragon's band, Stride, and Rock Di from Mexican inclusive music organisation, Armonia E Inclusión.

About the bands:

Stride is a band that emerged out of Paragon’s inclusive youth music programmes. The musicians meet regularly for Sunday evening rehearsals at Berkeley 2 Studios in Glasgow. They create their own music in different styles, incorporating the skills of individual group members, with a focus on live performance.

They have been performing since 2017 at venues and festivals across Glasgow. During the pandemic they met up online and continued to create new songs, before discovering Rock DI, from San Juan del Río in Mexico who shared their passion, ethos, and creative approach. They began making music together over the internet and in 2021 the British Council supported the two bands through its Digital Collaboration Fund and musicians from both countries composed 10 original tracks together for this album. All the songs reflect their own lived experiences about disability, the pandemic and the longing to meet up even though they live five thousand miles apart. Abrazos means “Hugs” in Spanish and one day they hope that they will be able to hug one another in person!

Rock DI is a rock band that emerged from the inclusive music workshops of Armonía E Inclusión AC, it is a group of young people that have been meeting and rehearsing for the last for 6 years in San Juan del Río, Queretaro creating their own artistic history.

Date: Saturday 19 March

Time: 7:15pm - 8:15pm

How to watch: Watch FREE on the Paragon YouTube channel, here.




This project is generously supported by the British Council as part of the #DigitalCollaborationFund, and by Creative Scotland