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Crooked House Theatre Company - This is Who We Are (Re-imagining European Youth)
Start date: Mar 15, 2013,

'This is Who We Are' is a project which will use theatre, dialogue, film, and artistic collaboration to explore young people's understanding of their identity as European citizens. We will work with 10 Norwegians, 10 French and 20 Irish young people aged 16 - 19. We aim to:• explore issues of self image and youth identity using creative methods of youth-work and group-work• raise awareness of factors that have an impact on youth identity and self image (such as popular culture, music, all types of media, peer groups, national culture and tradition, gender stereotyping, family, and school).• suggest actions the young people could do that would develop their ability to shape their own identities comfortably, and in a stress free way, leading to positive mental health• showcase the work of youth theatre projects and young artists in Ireland, Norway and France. This work is themed around 'self-image and identity.'• bring young people together with professional artists and youth workers to create collaborative presentations based on the themes explored during the project • build on previous relationships between the promoters and the young people to further integrate each group with their European peers.The project will occur in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, in Riverbank Arts Centre and The Liffey Studio. Workshops will commence on Sunday 23rd June and conclude with a public creative presentation and a discussion forum on Saturday 29th June. Each group will also bring a prepared creative presentation to be staged during the week for the rest of the participants and for invited audience members who have an interest in Europe, or youth development. All of the presentations will explore the theme of self-image and identity.During the week, the 30 young people will work with leaders, facilitators and youth workers from Norway, France and Ireland to further develop their understanding of identity. There will also be visits and inputs from regional MEPs, and advocates of women's rights, GBLT rights, and migrant rights.
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