Wake up! Theatre for a colourful Europe
Start date: Aug 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
"Wake up! Theatre for a colourful Europe" was taken place from 16 to 26 October 2015 in San Sebastian/Zarautz in the Basque Country. The exchange involved a group of 19 young people between 18 and 30 from Belgium, Italy and Spain.
Intensifying international migration pressures present many societies with major policy dilemmas; most countries of the world are becoming more multicultural, multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual. These changes challenge governments and civil society to accommodate and gain from this diversity in ways, which promote peace and respect for human rights. One in every fifty human beings, more than 150 million people, live outside their countries of origin as migrants or refugees. They are highly vulnerable to racism, xenophobia and discrimination.
The aim of this youth exchange was to give space to young people to discuss and act against racism and xenophobia by accepting and celebrating multiculturalism as a richness instead of focusing on the negative. We worked around four key words: racism, xenophobia, migration and multiculturalism through “theatre of the oppressed”, a participative theatre pioneered by the Brazilian Augusto Boal which involves the spectators and aims at social change. Through theatrical games and exercises the participants learned how to feel more confident in using their body language to transmit a message and get to know about the dynamics of the theatre of the oppressed. The participants interviewed people on the streets to know more about the local opinions on the issues of the project, and they listened to testimonies of immigrants. We created a final performance that we was act out in the streets of Tolosa.
The objectives were:
1- Know the realities of the participating countries in terms of multiculturalism and work with intercultural education
2- Develop and exercise the use of body language to transmit a message through theatre as an educational tool
3- Learn about the dynamics of theatre of the oppressed and apply them to social themes
4- Promote citizen participation and the fight against racism and xenophobia
5- Sensitize society about intercultural education
6- Learn more about migration in Europe
7- Reflect on the causes of xenophobia and racism to learn how to fight them
8- Learn about the cultures of the participating countries and learn how to value cultural diversity
In the youth exchange 3 organizations from programme countries were participating: Spain (the organizing informal youth group led by Eider Sainz) 6 participants + leader; Italy (Associazione Culturale Eufemia) 6 participants + leader; Belgium (Joetz vzw) 4 participants + leader.
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