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Bina mira - Jugendbegegnung im Friedenstheaterspiel
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The "Bina Mira"-Project - "Bina Mira" means 'Stage of Peace' - came into existence in the year 2008. For more than 6 years now, the people behind "Bina Mira" have devoted themselves thoroughly to the idea of getting youth theatre groups from all over Europe together. These international meetings are meant to bring forth constant cooperation of young people from different European countries as a creative contribution to the necessary peace work after the Balkan Wars in the 1990ies. Every year, around the International Day of Peace in September, "Bina Mira" organizes youth encouters in different places, be it in former Yugoslavia, be it in Germany. In these youth encounters young people from the former Yugoslavian war zone meet young people from other European countries. By meeting each other, they all get the chance to widen their horizon and to discuss their future in Europe, a future with same chances for everybody, even if they have special needs.Between 60 up to 110 young people from Bosnia, Serbia, Belgium, Slovenia, Turkey and Germany participate in these international youth encounters in Serbia/Zrenjanin. They all have two things in common: they love acting on stage and they are all eager to gain new experiences and create international friendships. Theatre, culture is the best possibility to integrate all nationalities even handicaped young people in tolerance and acceptance.Especially for those young people from fromer Yugoslavia, the "Bina MIra" youth encounters are a tremendous help. "Bina Mira" provides the necessary setting for an intercultural communication, which enables the participants from former Yugoslavia to gain more tolerance and to overcome ethnic, religious and cultural tensions. Thus, every day, the young actors from different Eurpoean countries are involved in drama workshops in which they experience intensive and fertile discussions of sometimes controversial points of view. The "Bina Mira" young people, however, do not only learn discussing controversial aspects. They also learn how to develop solutions by acting them out on the stage. Very experienced theatre teachers help them. They know how to trigger off these processes, which are crucial for a deep and ongoing development of those skills and competences, which are essential for communicating and interacting.2016 will work together more than 100 young people, 11 different partners, living in 6 different countries(Belgium, Germany, Slovenia which are members of EC, Serbia, Bosnia and Turkey) one group with special needs (mentally and physically handicaped), all presenting their results in Serbia/Zrenjanin on 22.9. 2016, the international day of peace in the world.

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