Amateo as the European network for active participation in arts and culture recognizes the great creative potential of people across Europe and wants these talents to be seen. DO IT YOURSELF is a project, aimed at all of you, who want to present your artistic creativity and talent in a short video to help others learn new skills. Summertime is a good time to try something new – after a long and difficult pandemic winter, now is a time to relax and find new inspiration!
Amateo invites you to try DIY – Do it Yourself videos!
It’s really easy to take part and show your artistic skills and creations:
Follow our instructions and make a short video (up to 2 minutes long).
Inspire people from all around Europe with your tips & tricks while practicing your artistic skills.
Fill in the google form and enclose the link to your video.
DIY project has different sections for music, dance, theatre and puppets, arts & craft and a lot more! So, whatever you are up to, you’ll find your space at DIY! All approved videos will be presented via Amateo communication channels. The very best videos will also be presented at the Amateo conference in October in Milan, Italy!
We are excited to be announcing the recruitment of Amateo’s first ever General Secretary!
The position will have a key role working with the board of our growing network as we take forward a new Business Plan aiming to build on the success of the Arts Take Part project. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a network that is committed to supporting active participation in culture for all of our citizens.
If you want to have an informal chat about the role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our work to highlight and promote the importance of our network we have commissioned a new short film. Launched at our well-attended General Assembly on the 11th June, we would encourage you to share this within your own networks to help us to raise the profile of this vital aspect of European cultural life.
Amateo is pleased to invite you to attend an inspirational event that will share innovative thinking and practice from colleagues working in participatory arts in the European cultural sector!
Many of us feel that during the pandemic the opportunity for active participation in culture is more important than ever. Our speakers and performers will help inspire and celebrate this work – and look to the future. As part of our campaign to raise the profile of the work of our network we are inviting the culture ministers from European countries to join us and find out more about the impact and importance of this work. We know that they are busy people and this is an ambitious request, but every great movement starts somewhere!
1:00pm | Introductions and Welcome 1:10pm | Tania Banotti – Director of Creative Ireland
Tania Banotti holds a Master’s in film in television from Dublin City University and studied politics and economics in Trinity College Dublin. She is a founder and former Chief Executive of Screen Producers Ireland (SPI). She has also worked for the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).
In June 2018, Tania Banotti was appointed as the Director of Creative Ireland, the Irish Government’s five-year plan to place the creative arts at the heart of communities throughout Ireland. The vision and intent of the Creative Ireland Programme is to promote collaboration between different levels of government and engagement with the broad cultural sector, creative practitioners, creative industries and the public. There is a need to encourage dialogue on how the Cultural and Creative sectors can engage the Irish public on climate change and in undertaking climate action, and to make themselves an essential part of the climate narrative.
Jasmina Ibrahimovic (b. 1984) is a Bosnian-born theater director, dramaturge and teacher in the field of community arts, living and working in The Netherlands. In 2010 she obtained her Masters in Contemporary Theater and Dance Studies at Utrecht University. She previously worked as a practice researcher at Community Arts Lab XL (CAL-XL) and was involved in Domain for Art Criticism in the workgroup ‘the quality of community arts’. She also worked as advisor theater, amateur art and community arts at the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK).
She is currently the artistic director of Rotterdam Community Theatre (Rotterdams Wijktheater) and the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF). She regularly gives lectures and workshops to art schools in the Netherlands about the essence of community art and the role of art in society. Since mid 2016 she has been a board member of the oldest community theatre group in the Netherlands; Stut Theater, and of one of the most renowned side specific theatre groups; PeerGroup. Jasmina is also a member of the international Leadership Circle of IMPACT-Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation.
1:40pm | Plenary – a chance to share responses and ask questions
2:10pm | Live Performance from Amateo participants A live performance event by groups that have been involved in Amateo’s Arts Take Part project
Due to an insufficient number of applications we have had to cancel the June event. But CONNECT 2021 is not cancelled – it is just postponed until autumn, when we will hopefully be able to do a LIVE CONNECT. If you want to be informed about the new date as soon we set it, please leave your e-mail addressusing the button below.
CONNECT is an interactive programme offering an opportunity for cross-cultural collaboration, developing projects with partners and creative exchange through interdisciplinary workshops.
In 2021, the theme is ‘CONNECT to the unexpected’, and the focus will be on all sorts of community arts. Join us 4th – 6th of June to explore these themes, develop collaborative Pioneer Projects and apply for one of three grants of €2500 to develop these with partners.
Parallel with this organisers’ programme, there is an active workshop programme for enthusiastic non-professional artists from all disciplines, all age groups and all kind of communities. This year we offer two workshops:
LIVING POSTCARDS – Tamás Bakó and Márton Debreczeni
What are our options for personal and complex messaging, storytelling in today’s digitally overwhelmed social context? We will play with the possibilities of GPS triggering, motion stills, multilayer audio scapes, photo spheres with hidden codes and messages, and find out our personal version of a digital postcard. Tamás Bakó, dancer, teacher, choreographer. Member of numerous companies, Ismael Ivo, Marco Santi, Hodworks, Artus, freelance dancer and choreographer of many productions. Winner of Stuttgart Solo dance festival. Leading teacher of contemporary dance and contact dance improvisation in Budapest Dance Academy, teacher of professional contemporary dance schools, like SEAD / Salzburg, P.A.R.T.S. / Brussels, Manufacture HES-SO / Lausanne. Márton Debreczeni director, teacher. Member and director of Kompania and Artus Contemporary Arts Studio. Cross-field artist working with dance, fine arts, film, augmented reality. Choreographer for Budapest Philharmonic, composer of music for theatre performances and sound installations. Drama, and theatre in education teacher.
Postcards from home Maribor – Photini Papahatzi
What is HOME? Where do you feel like HOME and why? How does it feel in your new home? What do you miss? Is there an object that makes you feel HOME? A gesture, a movement, something abstract? Where is home? What does home mean? What does it symbolize and how is it defined? What is the role that the home can play in people’s lives? Ηome as an origin, as a natural environment, as the body itself, as the neighbourhood, the place, the country, the nation…
The concept of home provides a framework for a wide variety of photographic studies. At a time when migration is a daily event globally, we are returning to the concept of home, and in particular of the Hestia (Mythology).
‘Postcards from home’ is an international art community that reflects and creates on the theme of home. Postcards from home brings together local communities, refugees, immigrants and artists to reflect, create and send a postcard on the idea of HOME. Each postcard has on one side the picture taken from the participant and on the back side of the postcard the story of the photo, along with the details of the participant, if he/she want to share them. Visit www.postcardsfromhome.eu to see what home is for other people on this planet!
The overall vision with this workshop: To reflect, create and share your stories and photos of what home means for you and become a part of this international community. The workshop is addressed to everyone who wants to bring their experience, their thoughts and creativity on the concept of home: anything from the home tradition and customs that was left behind or brought forward, the family archive, the new home; a person that feels like home, an idea, an object or a memory.
PHOTINI PAPAHATZI Photini Papahatzi born in Athens, Greece is a cultural manager, certified non-formal learning adult trainer and a visual artist. Since 2016 she organizes the project “Postcards from home”, which she created during her fellow shop at START Create Cultural Change program (2016) and since then she organises the homonymous interdisciplinary workshop in collaboration with photographers, curators and organisations in various parts of the world. In 2021 she implements the research project “Postcards from home: Geography of feelings” with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture. In 2020-2021, as a founding member of NGO Artifactory, she is working on the implementation of the project “Art + Culture vs Xenophobia” in the framework of Active Citizens Fund, of the EEA grants. She is a partner of AMAKA with which they implement the topos: Lefkada in 2020-2021. She has organised and participated in contemporary art exhibitions (most recent: 6th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2018, and The Provinces , TAF Athens 2019) and in photography exhibitions in NY, Cuba, UK, Germany, Greece, FYROM, Russia and Croatia. Her works are held in private collections in Greece and abroad. Her book “Elevador” is in the collection of the New York & Beinecke International Book Collection & Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, USA. She is a member of the Chamber of Fine Arts of Greece. Website: http://www.photinipapahatzi.com
Dr. Beate Kegler researches and teaches to the topic of cultural work in rural areas, especially to the political aspects and meaning, chances and challenges of community arts for rural development. She is asked as cultural consultant by political bodies, cultural associations and networks and contributes to several juries of grant programs and scientific advisory boards. Before starting her academic career at the Department of Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim, Beate Kegler studied cultural sciences in Lüneburg (D) and London (GB) and ruled socio cultural organisations in remote territories. In the last years she has written a wide range of articles and contributed to publications like the European anthology “Vital Villages. Development of Rural Areas as a Challenge for Cultural Policy” (Vital Village bei transcript Verlag (transcript-verlag.de)). Together with her family she lives in a small village at the German North Sea coast.
11:15-12:30 Block 1 – Introduction into Connect Introduction of the programme and Connect open call & Introduction of participants. 11:15-12:30 Workshops Block 2
12:30 – 13:20 Break 13:20 – 13:30 Arrival
13:30 – 15:00 Workshop Block 3 13:30 – 15:00 Connect Block 2 World Cafe – Creating “Community art” – Various tables and Speed dating in the end
15:00 -15:15 Break
15:15-16:45 Workshop: Best practices & World cafe & Impressions from Workshops 15:15-16:45 Organizers programme: Best practices 1
ANASA (Winner of the Amateo Award 2020):
Anasa Cultural Center is a nonprofit, grassroots, civil society organisation working to eliminate racism, exclusion and discrimination, and promote multiculturalism and intercultural dialogue among peoples, while focusing greatly on the art forms of the African continent and its diaspora. Anasa started operating in 2010 and acquired legal status as a non-profit organisation in 2012 based in Athens, Greece. Since the beginning of our actions we have been working on empowering and integrating, through arts and culture, Greeks and young people of migrant descent who were either born in Greece or came as immigrants or refugees. ANASA offers a wide range of arts, such as circus, music, dance, singing, literature, narration, theatre, painting and gastronomy, and implements pedagogical programs and solidarity actions throughout the school year. The founders of Anasa are youth of African descent who have been born and raised in Greece and who are constantly working towards racial equality in Greece, always through the powerful tools of performing and fine arts. Nowadays Anasa has built a wide audience from different cultural backgrounds and collaborates with young professionals of Greek and migrant descent regarding administration, social media, and artistic events. The Social Circus Project is an arts and culture initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to youth locals of Greek, migrant or refugee backgrounds. Trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, stilt technique, and rhythm games have come together to share their knowledge with youth aged 12-18 who were born and/or grew up in Greece or who arrived in the country recently. Conceptualized in 2014 and trying out some local circus meetings with Roma youth, the social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centres, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. In the summer of 2020 the Social Circus Project of Anasa won the Amateo Award for its voluntary aspects on amateur arts for youth. At the moment the project is trying to launch an online version with tutorials and virtual meetings.
Branka Cvjetičanin, General Artistic Programme Manager of „27 Neighbourhoods“, a flagship program within Rijeka 2020 EcoC. She is an intermedia artist, curator and cultural worker. She is working on a different artistic and cultural programs in rural and post-industrial areas in Croatia and internationaly where she brings together artists and communities in creative practice, where dialogue and art practice meets social visibility. In 1999 she initiated the idea of the Polygon – an organisation as a format of experimenting the organisation structure and setting up the space for artistic-antropological research – http://www.polygon.hr. Branka Cvjetičanin studied various forms of performing arts, site-specific theater direction and art production (MAPA Amsterdam, Internship @Oerol Festival Terschelling). She holds the PhD on UN Urbanism from the Bauhaus Kollege Dessau.
11:15-12:30 Block 4 – Developing a project From the idea to a result – what’s different in different countries? How to deal with diversity? What’s the difference between interculture and transculture? 11:15-12:30 Workshops Block 5
12:30 – 13:20 Break 13:20 – 13:30 Arrival
13:30 – 15:00 Workshop Block 6 13:30 – 15:00 Block 5 Open Working Space for the groups & World cafe
15:00 -15:15 Break
15:15-16:45 Workshop: Best practices & World cafe & Impressions from Workshops 15:15-16:45 Organizers programme: Best practices2
The Yoram Loewenstein acting school
is located in the most neglected neighbourhood in Tel- Aviv, “the neighbourhood of hope”. The uniqueness of the school is in the combination between the highest level of professional acting studies with community work in the neighbourhood where the school is located. Few such institutions exist around the world. As part of the training to become professional actors, the acting students are committed to lead 300 participants in 19 drama groups within the community such as: children and youth at-risk, children with special needs and emotional problems, youth with mental problems, youth at risk youth from the religious sector, elementary schools in the neighbourhood, blinds and partly blinds, senior homeless youngsters, prisoners’ children and many more. Our youth at risk groups represented Israel in an international festival around the world. Our community works empower the neighbourhood residents and gives them tools for individual growth and development. Furthermore, the studio operates subscription project for the residents of our neighbourhood, who can attend the shows which are produced in our theatre hall. For most of the people in the community it is the first time in their lives to see theatre. By attending our shows (which are played by the third year acting students) they are exposed to the best classic and modern theatre repertoire. Halil Itzhak graduated at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio in 2000. He has featured in numerous television shows and commercials. He has performed in various theatres: Habima national theatre, Herzliya Theater, Tzavta Theater, Tmoona Theater and in various children’s theatres. Since 2003 he has been working at Yoram Loewenstein Performing Arts Studio as a Community Program Coordinator (working with children at risk, elderly, people with disabilities, youth at risk, migrants, homeless youngsters and more). Halil led international workshops – “from imagination to improvisation” (Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Austria and more).
17:00 -19:00 Local Safari and “Get together for a drink”(all together)
Cultural society Stična has over 100 members in its groups. It involves theatre, music, folklore and instrumental activity and Festival Stična, which is the society’s overall project. The theatre section has three groups: adult, youth and children group Drzne in lepi, in the last years each group does one theatre production and hosts with it throughout the year in the wider area. Since 2004 the Folklore group Stična has been extremely successful, which attracted a lot of youth; besides numerous performances in Slovenia and abroad the group also prepares an annual independent evening concert. In 2010 was formed also youth group. The singing section is increasingly re-developing. For several years a male vocal cast Boys Octet and mixed choir Zborallica are also a big part of the Cultural society Stična. In 2012 the String orchestra of Cultural society Stična was established which brings together musicians from the Ivančna Gorica municipality. The big band was established in 2017 and is led by the Slovenian musician Mr. Braco Doblekar. He played in well-known bands in Slovenia as are September, Hazard, The Generals and others. Two years later joined to society also etno folk group Gross upi. All members and all the sections of Cultural society Stična have Festival Stična in common. Festival Stična should marked its twentieth anniversary in 2019, but because of virus COVID-19 it was not possible. Since 2006 festival became international. More than 250 native and foreign artistic groups performed on the stages of Stična. Through theatre, music, art and other events Festival Stična educates and promotes creativity, innovation, multiculturalism and unrecognized local artists.
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Dance, theatre, street art and more – all participatory arts projects run by amateur groups across Europe are welcome to enter!
If your creative group could inspire others to try something different, this is the best way to spotlight your achievement!
Get the chance to win 1,000 euros and a trip to the beautiful city of Milan in October 2021. Help us spread the word about this wonderful opportunity far and wide!
AMATEO AWARD 2021 open for entries until 31 May 2021!
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Inspiring creative projectsthat are having a powerful, positive impact on their community!
The culture and creative sector has been severely challenged in recent times. In the year 2020 a lot of projects had to be canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the creative sector has innovated rapidly, notably with accelerated digitization. We are even more determined now to put the spotlight on all the projects (both live and online) that have found solutions to give participants the chance to be creative, show off what they do and encourage others to take part.
Last year, 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020 and featured activity focused on young people, older people (including those with dementia), those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment. Five groupshave been shortlisted by the jury. Read more about the 2020 finalists.
Completing the short Application Form will not take much time. If you know of other inspiring projects, please share this invitation or encourage them to apply.
The Amateo Award 2021 is an opportunity for you to profile your amateur arts group or creative project to an international audience and, in turn, to make connections with participants, policy makers and funders from across Europe. Previous applicants have also found the Amateo Award gave increased recognition and support at a local level.
The Social Circus project by Anasa Cultural Center in Greece has been awarded the 2020 Amateo Award in an online ceremony with participants from all over Europe. In the winner, the jury especially loved the great spirit and passion.
“The project is authentic and resonates right to the heart. It shows a mix of creativity and human aspects. A team of voluntary trainers work with all kind of different skills and artforms with young refugees from all over the world. The person we interviewed has experienced the power of the project itself.”
The winners described what this project means to them:
“Social circus and circus skills in general always involve a challenge. You are challenged to learn to ride a unicycle. You are challenged to break your fear of heights and go on stilts… You are challenged to exceed yourself. You go beyond what you think your limits are.
We thought that the social circus is a way where youth can understand that there are enormous capabilities when you are trying. So through the medium of art you are learning to be persistent. To empower yourself. Because you see that the only thing that is stopping you is your mind.”
Some 64 projects from across Europe competed for the €1,000 prize which celebrates exceptional amateur arts projects. The finalists from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and The Netherlands were all represented at the online announcement of the winner.
The Amateo Award is in its third year and was launched by Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities in Europe. The Award has been part of the Arts Take Part project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities, is joining with other members of the Culture Action Europe network in calling for European Council to urgently consider substantial increases in the EU budgets supporting culture and the Creative Europe programme for the coming years.
Through our work supporting grassroots creative participation across Europe, we see the incredible positive effects this has for individuals and communities. Our network helps participants and professionals to connect through culture across borders and find common ground and mutual understanding. This kind of cultural unity is desperately needed to face the challenges of the coming years and adequately supporting Europe’s collaborative cultural sector is a necessary first step in ensuring that this important work can continue in challenging times.
Amateo supports the statement of Culture Action Europe calling for the doubling of the Creative Europe budget, and to ensure that funds from the Next Generation EU initiative support cultural activities and practitioners in the recovery from the current pandemic.
We encourage Amateo members and supporters to sign and share the new petition below or on the CAE website ahead of the European Council meeting on 19 June 2020.
Do you make music or is the camera your best friend? And are you between 12 and 25 years old? Then this is the chance to make yourself heard!
For the international Make Music Day 2020, dozens of young people from six European countries are working together on a very cool and cross-border online project; the film images and the soundtrack for the “Rebels with a Cause” short film. Whether you come from Lithuania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Belgium, Slovakia or the Netherlands; together you can speak from your heart!
We would very much like to know what concerns you as a young person. What helps you get through this bizarre time? What are you worried about, or maybe not? What do you want to leave behind from before this time? What do you want to take into the future? Together with dozens of young people from all over Europe, you answer these questions in your own way. By making music or submitting a video. Film & sound professionals make out of all submissions the first international short film of “Rebels with a Cause”.
We invite you to join our online orchestra! Reinout Douma, conductor of the Noordpool Orkest, has composed a great basic soundtrack. If you sign up, you will receive a link to download the scores for your instrument and instructions for recording.
If you sign up to participate in this project, you will certainly not regret it. Because you can participate for free in useful online video workshops about script development and making a movie (with your mobile phone). You will receive tips & tricks from professionals from film platform New Noardic Wave and Editors from Lithuania to make your short video of up to 1 minute as cool as possible.
FIVE FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE AMATEO AWARD 2020
Exceptional amateur arts groups are having a profound impact on their communities across Europe. Some 64 projects from 16 countries across Europe applied for the Amateo Award 2020, a €1000 prize supported by Creative Europe to celebrate and strengthen participatory arts. The applications show a wide scope of themes, featuring initiatives focused on young people, projects with older people (including those with dementia) and those with different cultural or migrant backgrounds and projects to improve the community or environment.
Five finalists have been announced representing work from Belgium, Greece, Germany, Slovenia and The Netherlands. The jury loved the diversity and the impact of the initiatives in their communities.
The project “Heimatkarawane” from 1. Stage Divers(e) e.V. – Germany is examining and crossing many borders: between remote and urban areas, the past and present, traditional and new residents and between all art forms.
Fanfakids from Belgium is about 20 young people (aged 7-15) who transform their youthful energy in an explosive concoction of rhythms. The uniqueness of the project is the collaboration between a youth group that supports the young people on a social basis, and an artistic organisation which guarantees the artistic quality of the group.
The Hand-in-Hand Dance Program in the Netherlands connects older adults experiencing dementia with young children in non-verbal contact through dance and music. The model involves dance workshops with different work forms.
Social Circus from Greece is a voluntary initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline with unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps of Greece. The initiative aims to create the first refugee-led circus academy in the long-term future.
In Slovenia “The flock of experienced birds” takes the viewer along a pre-drawn path overflowing with the visual colours of the city’s landscapes. It expands views into the memory of all participants using headphones and creates a unique story of the city.
The finalists will be represented at the announcement of the winner in an online event on Friday, June 19th at 18:00 CET.
The Amateo Award is in its third year now and was launched by Amateo, the European Network for Active Participation in Cultural Activities in Europe. The Network was founded in 2008 as the multi-disciplinary European organisation within the field of participatory arts and cultural activities. There are now 51 members from 14 EU member states and 2 programme countries, with contacts to a huge network of regional and local associations within the European field of amateur arts.
Amateo’s 4-year programme Arts Take Part is co-funded by Creative Europe and aims to grow and strengthen the network over the next four years. The winner of 2019 was Moving Ground from Belgium. Amateo sees active participation in the arts as a core value for a free and open society as enshrined in Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
ABOUT THE PROJECTS Our 2020 Finalists
Stage Divers(e) e.V. Germany The project „Heimatkarawane- wie klingt das Land heute“ is examining and crossing many borders: Crossing those dividing remote and urban areas, the past and present, traditional and new residents, as well as those between music, poetry, acrobatics and theatre. The participants and the team have very diverse backgrounds from around the world (Chile, Israel, Iran, Arabic countries and Germany). New impressions are made that are experienced by all residents, both new and local. The team works on creating an atmosphere that is built on trust and equality, using a variety of artistic realisations. Through the work they do together they artistically create both the old and the new, the known and the strange, and present the overall result in a performance: an authentic picture of the village gets created, focussing on the definition of the word “Home”. Unexpectedly the corona crisis is further expanding the project and the network, by using digitally meetings, which gave others the opportunity to participate. Website:http://www.heimatkarawane.de/
Fanfakids Belgium The Fanfakids are about 20 of youngsters (7-15 of age) who transform their youthful energy in an explosive concoction of rhythms. Their groove is the metropolitan music mix that they grew up with in their headquarters (Youth house Centrum West, Brussels). The uniqueness of the project is the collaboration between a youth house (Centrum West – D’Broej) who supports the youngsters on a social basis, and an artistic organisation (Met-X Moving Music) who guarantees the artistic quality of the group. Despite their age, they have already performed in numerous venues over the globe (Europe & Africa). Over the years, they have developed a strong relationship with different drum and dance groups in Ghana and Guinea. Fanfakids exists in 2020 for 20 years and is been supported by a lot of voluntary work. Website: http://www.fanfakids.be / http://www.metx.be/en/projecten/fanfakids-3/
Hand-in-Hand The Hand-in-Hand Dance Program in the Netherlands is stimulating to connect older adults with dementia with young children with non-verbal contact through dance and music. An accompanying teacher: “I see behavior of my children that I never thought possible.” And a health care worker: “Our elderly don’t only have to receive, they can give so much love and tenderness. That moves me to tears.” The dance form at the heart of Hand-in-Hand is Biodanza, which means “Dance of Life”. It is a dance style involving a wide range of forms of movement which doesn’t require learning complicated dance moves. The Hand-in-Hand model involves 9 dance workshops in total, with different work forms with dance, but also discussion and a drawing of their experiences. To date, 60 Dutch dance teachers and more than 20 schools and care institutions have been carrying out inter-generational dance projects or still are. This spring we expect the first group of refugee children to dance together with elderly people with dementia. Website:http://www.vriendenvanbiodanza.nl
Social Circus by Anasa Cultural Center Social Circus is a voluntary initiative which uses circus techniques to share the beauty of skill, art, team work, and self-discipline to unaccompanied minors from the refugee camps of Greece. A total of four trainers in circus arts, such as juggling, monocycling, acrobatics, slackline, stilt technique, and rhythm games came together on a voluntary basis to share their knowledge with refugees aged 12-18 who have arrived in Greece on their own in the recent years. The social circus team officially started doing outreach programmes in 2018 in refugee shelters, asylum centers, and camps around Athens, Greece. This led to a weekly 3-hour training in 2019 open to all kids of migrant or Greek origin in Kerameikos area. The initiative aims in creating the first refugee-driven circus academy in the long-term future. Youth from Syria, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, UK, Norway, and Greece come together under this non-verbal art form. Website:http://www.anasa.org.gr
The Flock of Experienced Birds The flock of experienced birds takes the viewer along a pre-drawn path through the city with headphones that can be overflowed with the visual colours of the city’s landscapes. It expands views into the memory of all participants and creates a unique story of city. The first-person narrative, with its heavy subjectivity, expands on the many things of the perceptions of individual places in the city, and thus, with the sensitivity of spreading the conversation about change, passing, memories, many, interdependence and connectedness. Even though the views are intimate, are so unique that the common can indirectly recognise themselves in them as well as announce the beauty of the mutual differences in our own vulnerability. The project became a part of the program Kranj 2025 – application for the European Capital of Culture. The project has long term plans to create sustainable environment, programme and content for new generations of elderly. Website:odprti.art