Acting Together #WithRefugees

The Project

a project by Teatro dell'Argine
in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
in collaboration with Arca di Noè, Cantieri Meticci, Intercultural Center Massimo Zonarelli, San Lazzaro di Savena Municipality, Social Cooperative Camelot, CSAPSA Due, Bologna University - Department of Educational Sciences "Giovanni Maria Bertin", GVC - Civil Volunteer Group, Il Girovago - Editions Nuova S1, Institution Gian Franco Minguzzi, MusicSpace Italy, Christian Fraternity Opera Padre Marella, Piazza Grande, Teatro delle Temperie

September 2017 – December 2017

Acting Together #WithRefugees aims to foster the social inclusion of refugees and asylum seekers through artistic tools and through the settling of a close cooperation with local institutions, organizations, associations and individuals working in the social, educational and cultural fields.
The project was developed from September to December 2017 and was aimed both at young natives and newcomers (especially refugees and asylum seekers), and at cultural, social and educational workers of the local network, working with people with a migration background.
The project included several theatrical actions, trainings, focus groups and learning partnership. A video documentary and guidelines for artistic work with migrants and refugees form a specific toolkit created as final project output and available on this website.


Video documentary by Moviementi
Photographs by Lucio Summa

Steps - part 1

September 2017 - December 2017
October, Monday 2nd 2017, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm, at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Kick off meeting
The first opportunity for the local institutions and the social, cultural and educational actors involved, to get to know each other, introduce themselves, tell about the project, share the agenda and identify the group of refugees and asylum seekers taking part to the project.
 
October, Thursday 12th and Friday 13th 2017, from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm, at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Training for trainers (cultural, social and educational workers)
The teachers of Teatro dell’Argine share with trainers, educators, teachers and other actors involved in the reception of refugees and asylum seekers some theatrical methodologies and techniques, which may be useful tools to support and facilitate dialogue, empathy and a better relationship.
 
October, Sunday 22nd 2017 at 6.30 pm, at ITC Lab (in the backyard of ITC Teatro, Via Rimembranze 26, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Show L’Eredità di Babele #PrimoStudio (The Legacy of Babel #FirstStudy)
Final outcome of project Exoduses 2017
The future project participants, young asylum seekers, refugees and members of the network, together with general theatre audience, watch the performance of the intercultural group of young people of the project Exoduses, by Teatro dell’Argine. After the show, a meeting between the Exoduses group and the future project participants is the opportunity to welcome the newcomers and tell them about the theatre workshops.
 
October, Monday 23rd and Wednesday 25th 2017, at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Focus groups with refugees and asylum seekers involved in the project 
Two meetings following the artistic workshops with Doctor Luana Valletta (psychologist), involving participants (both Italians and non-Italians), teachers and educators. 
 
In November, on Mondays and Tuesdays, from 8 pm to 10 pm at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Artistic workshops 
All the project participants, refugees, asylum seekers and natives, are divided into two groups to take part to two workshops of theater and music therapy. 
 
December, Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th 2017, from 10 am to 1 pm, and from 2 pm to 5 pm, at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Learning partnership
Two days of both practical and methodological work and exchange between cultural, educational and social workers, with two main objectives: to create a paper containing good practices to promote an integrated approach to intercultural dialogue and social inclusion of refugees; and to give strength to the network of partners that can help and reinforce the reception system.
 
Creation of a toolkit: guidelines and video documentary
A video documentary about the whole process, and a paper containing guidelines, tools, practices, methodologies of the artistic work with people with a migration background are the final output of the project. Together, they form a toolkit to be shared on a national and on an international level: the documentary is in Italian with English and Arab subtitles; the guidelines are in Italian and in English. Both tools are available for free download on the internet.

 

Steps - part 2

Exoduses project 2018
In collaboration with Comune di San Lazzaro di Savena, MusicSpace Italy, Il Girovago - Edizioni Nuova S1, Opera Padre Marella San Lazzaro, Cooperativa Sociale Camelot, Cooperativa Sociale Piazza Grande, Arca di Noè, Arci Solidarietà Bologna
Special thanks to Centro Sociale Fiorenzo Malpensa, Circolo Arci San Lazzaro and CPIA Metropolitano di Bologna
In the frame of Estate 2018 San Lazzaro
 
The workshop
A free theatre workshop, for teenagers and young aged 15 to 25, from all over the world, including Italy.
 
The show
L’Eredità di Babele (The Legacy of Babel)
Final outcome of Exoduses workshop 2018
from July Friday 6th to Sunday 8th 2018 at 9.30 pm 
at Circolo Arci San Lazzaro - Sala 77
theatre workshop and show directed by Vincenzo Picone, Micaela Casalboni, Mattia De Luca
music workshop lead by Francesca Quadrelli, Timothy Trevor-Briscoe, Barbara Zanchi
assistant director Irene Montanari
live drawing Giampaolo Parrilla
with Omar Badji, Barry Amadou, Alfa Omar Balde, Harry Baldissera, Desirèe Biondi, Sulayman Camara, Mattia Candini, Riccardo Canzini, Enrico Cavina, Martina Cinalli, Modou Diawara, Saikou Dukaray, Vito Enrico Fanizzi, Moussa Faye, Zoe Fornasini, Diego Franceschi, Laura Gnudi, Idoriana Iantorno, Bakary Jabbi, Ebrima Jawla, Makan Kanoute, Layemamadi Keita, Francesco Lolli, Federica Lollini, Ojebor Lucky, Francesca Marchi, Lea Marmo, Asia Mearini, Federica Molteni, Piero Monti, Marco Morara, Nada Moutirhe, Martina Muzzi, Giampaolo Parrilla, Benedicta Rizzi, Diego Rosa, Francesca Miranda Rossi, Souare Saren, Ibrehim Sissoko, Marta Specolizzi, Giovanni Stanzani, Ndjebel Sylla, Yaleub Suleman, Camilla Taurone, Francesca Tisano, Arianna Trevisani, Srna Tulic, Ginevra Tundo, Matilda Verole Bozzello, Matilda Vitiello, Beatrice Zannoni
Over 50 boys and girls from 16 different Countries have explored the archetype of the Tower of Babel through the languages of theatre, music and visual art, to create a performance made up of bodies, relationships, looks and exchanges. Beyond the word.
 
The events
July, Friday 6th 2018
Vuoi giocare con me? (Wanna play with me?)
A multimedia interactive installation by Teatro dell’Argine
July, Saturday 7th 2018
Culture and the arts for intercultural dialogue 
Presentation of the European report on the role of arts in the inclusion of migrants and refugees 
July, Sunday 8th 2018 
L’Eredità di Babele: the graphic novel
Presentation of the graphic novel published by Il girovago - Edizione Nuova S1, created in synergy with the intercultural workshop Exoduses.
 
The English translation of the guidelines, written during Acting Together #WithRefugees 1, available here.
 
A moment of meeting and exchanging among the participants of Exoduses 2018 and Acting Together #WithRefugees 1, with the projection of the documentary about the first part of the project.
 
Acting Together #WithRefugees 2
A national networking session on art and intercultural dialogue
San Lazzaro di Savena, November 15th and 16th 2018
A two-days session to meet, to know each other, to discover and map skills and resources, practices and experiences of those individuals and organizations from the artistic sector in Italy, who work with people with a refugee, asylum seeker and migrant background.
A chance to learn from each other, to compare strengths and criticalities, to tighten alliances that can support the single local actions.
The session will involve organizations that are engaged in cultural and artistic actions and projects involving migrants, refugees and asylum seekers all over Italy, with the aims of knowing each other, set up a network, share ideas, suggestions and practices on this theme.

Networking Session | November 2018

Acting Together #WithRefugees 2
A national networking session on art and intercultural dialogue 
by Teatro dell'Argine
in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
November 15th and 16th 2018, San Lazzaro di Savena
at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
 
A two-days session to meet, to know each other, to discover and map skills and resources, practices and experiences of those individuals and organizations from the artistic sector, who work with people with a refugee, asylum seeker and migrant background.
A chance to learn from one another, to compare strengths and criticalities, to tighten alliances that can support the single local actions.
 
Acting Together #WithRefugees 2 represents the broadening on a national level of some of the actions of the project Acting Together #WithRefugees 1, realized during the theatre season 2017-2018 by Teatro dell’Argine and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
The original project included workshops, exchanges of practices and training for trainers, implemented on Bologna metropolitan area. In this case, the programme will include: reporting the results of project phase #1; sharing practices, processes and experiences realized by organizations coming from all over Italy; choosing crucial issues and questions to be elaborated in working groups. Main aim of this session, besides knowledge, education and training, is exploring the possibility of building a national network of alliances among the participants, in order to implement common activities, share methodologies, patterns, criticalities, problems and solutions, be more effective in the daily engagement in these contexts, and feel less alone.
 
The two-days session programme will include:
  • a report, in words and video, of the project Acting Together #WithRefugees 1, and particularly the action “training for trainers”, including an overview of the experiences, practices and methodologies by Teatro dell’Argine;
  • a learning partnership session, or the sharing of good practices, projects, experiences of the participants coming from all over Italy;
  • the elaboration of main themes and questions emerged from the preceding phases, that become object of discussion and re-elaboration in working groups.
 
The networking session will host organizations from all over Italy, who are engaged in theatre, art, culture and migration, although they may work in different ways and contexts. Among the participants: Artestudio (Lazio), Arti e spettacolo (Abruzzo), Associazione Culturale Smascherati! (Umbria), ATGTP (Marche), Associazione Malte (Marche), ATIR (Lombardia), Babel Crew (Sicilia), Centro di Creazione e Cultura (Toscana), C.RE.S.CO, Carovana S.M.I. (Sardegna), Suq Festival (Liguria), Cooperativa Camelot (Emilia-Romagna), Factory Compagnia Transadriatica (Puglia), Fondazione Fabbrica Europa per le arti contemporanee e ROOTS & ROUTES International (Toscana), Fondazione Ismu (Lombardia), Gommalacca Teatro (Basilicata), IAC Centro Arti Integrate (Basilicata), Isola Quassud (Sicilia), Istituto Pratiche Teatrali per la Cura della Persona (Piemonte), Kronoteatro (Liguria), Maria Grazia Panigada (Lombardia), Operaestate Festival Veneto - CSC Centro per la scena contemporanea (Veneto), Pandemonium Teatro (Lombardia), PAV (Lazio), Rete Teatrale Aretina - Festival Dello Spettatore (Toscana), Teatrabile (Abruzzo), TeatriInGestazione (Campania), Teatro dei Venti (Emilia-Romagna), Teatro del Mondo e TamTando (Valle d'Aosta), Teatro dell'Orsa (Emilia-Romagna), Teatro Due Mondi (Emilia-Romagna), Teatro Koreja (Puglia), Teatro Metastasio di Prato (Toscana), Teatro Metropopolare (Toscana), Teatro Scientifico-Teatro Laboratorio di Verona (Veneto), Teatro Stabile di Innovazione del FVG (Friuli-Venezia Giulia).
 
A limited number of seats is available for listeners, following registration.
 
To have a look and download the detailed programme, click here.

Guidelines

Among the project’s outputs, a toolkit containing a video documentary and guidelines was created. 
The paper Acting Together #WithRefugees: Guidelines - Tips, models and best practices for cultural and artistic actions with asylum seekers and refugees contains a journal of the project, with details of all the actions carried out from September to December 2017, and collects suggestions, practices, experiences and methodologies, shared by Teatro dell’Argine and by the organizations of the local network.
 
The guidelines are freely available and downloadable here.

Documentary

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