IMPACT – Inclusion Matters! Using Performing Arts towards Cohesion and Tolerance
Timespan: 01/03/2019 – 01/10/2021
Donor: European Comission (Erasmus+ KA 2 strategic partnerships in the field of youth/innovation)
Applicant: VidensCenter for Integration – VIFIN (Vejle / Denmark)
Partners: LDA Mostar (Mostar / Bosnia and Herzegovina); LDA Nikšić (Nikšić / Montenegro); Association of Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) (Strasbourg / France); Društvo za razvijanje prostovoljnega dela Novo Mesto (Novo Mesto / Slovenia); La Piccionaia i Carrara Soc. Coop. (Vicenza / Italy); Coalition of youth organizations SEGA Association (Kavadarci / North Macedonia); Association Urban Development Centre (Belgrade / Serbia).
Project description: The core idea of the project is to offer Western Balkans’ refugees’ amusement and social inclusion opportunities, by using theater and art strategies. During phase 1, the project will promote collaboration and an exchange of best practices among European theater companies with previous experience in working with refugees and Balkan arts groups. During this phase a social inclusion strategy will be developed. During phase 2 Balkans arts groups will implement the above-developed strategies through art workshops with Western Balkan’s refugees and local communities, and eventually will implement final performances. Phase 3 is dedicated to a massive communication and dissemination campaign by publishing guidelines on how to use performing art strategies for social inclusion, a promotional video and surveys.
Objective: The main objective is to bring together Balkan’s refugees with local communities by fostering cohesion and tolerance. Participants shall understand that people are stronger together and that they can learn from one another.
Phase 1: Training of Trainers (ToT), duration: 5 days, venue: Italy
During the first phase experts and artists of the Balkans and the EU will exchange best practices in order to develop social amusing and inclusion strategies to work with refugees. Therefore, artists from Europe with previous experience shall work with artists from the Balkans.
The exchange of best practices shall provide for e.g.:
Phase 2: Artistic workshops and final performances, duration:7 months, venue Western Balkans’ countries
In the second phase Western Balkan artists will implements artistic workshop with refugees and local citizens in their home countries. The main goal of the artistic workshops is to bring refugees and local citizens closer, to build the sense of belonging by using the exchange of best practices’ outcomes, in particular self-director strategies and to develop performances. Different forms of performing arts (pantomimic theaters, improvisational theaters, music, dance etc.) shall be used as the main activity to achieve that objectives. At the end of phase 2, each local group will perform the rehearsed shows in front of a large audience.
Phase 3: Communication and Dissemination Campaign, duration: 1-18 months, massively towards the end of the project
Steering Committee Meetings
Three Transnational Meetings:
Two Virtual Meetings: