A creative journey towards inclusion
The project is co-funded by the European Union (CREA-CULT-2021-COOP) and Fondazione Alta Mane Italia.
Context and aims of the project
The Crossroads project aims to develop the use of the theatrical arts in supporting migrants and communities, in order to foster inclusion and intercultural dialogue. The objectives of the project are, in particular:
– SOCIAL INCLUSION: improving the living conditions of young immigrants who live in social marginalization and psycho-physical distress, by activating supportive processes connected to the artistic experience;
– CULTURAL CHANGE: developing intercultural dialogue in European society, through artistic actions open to the community;
– ARTISTIC EXPRESSION IMPROVEMENT: supporting theatre operators to develop new educational competences, in order to better understand their educational role and action
What makes the project innovative is the creation of a transnational model of working with migrants and communities through the theatrical arts. Many are the already-existing experiences that use theatre as a tool for inclusion and social change, with the aim of contributing to a real intercultural society. The presence of these experiences and their great variety is of great wealth, and it confirms the importance of theatre as a creative tool for change.
Our project wants to give its contribution by shaping a methodology that systematizes these practices, offering elements and methodologies to increase their impact, and to apply them to different European contexts.
The Crossroads project sees, as its fundamental parts, two actions:
– the creation of theatre workshops in all the contexts of the project’s organizations, accompanied by cooperation and transnational exchange activities, both remotely and face to face;
– the creation of outputs and artistic events.
The workshops will be the forge for the creation of various outputs:
The workshop activities will lead to the production of cultural outputs of various nature (theatre performances, music shows, performances, site-specific events…) to be shown in both national and international live events;
The practices created in the workshops and the models gradually developed by the partners will contribute to create a tool kit aimed to share principles and methods emerged during the project;
The workshops activities will also be included in some documentative videos, filmed by the single organisations’ operators, that will become part of a final documentary.
While the live events will have different venues depending on the single partners’ choice, the toolkit and the documentary will be show in Brussels during the very last international meeting of the project.
The project will have a strong impact on different target groups on short, medium and long-term.
In particular, we foresee positive effects on the participants in the workshops, as the project’s actions will help the migrants improve their linguistic skills, increase their self-esteem and get a better awareness of their own personal abilities and potentialities.
These actions will also reverberate on the professionals in the field of theatre and education, on the communities at local level and on the participating organisations increasing their knowledge in the use of theatrical methodologies in working with migrants.