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


October 2nd 2017 from 9.30 to 13.30 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Kick off meeting
First meeting between the institutions and the social and educational actors of the local area, in order to get to know each other, introduce themselves, tell about the project, organize the agenda and identify the group of refugees and asylum seekers participating in the project.

October 12th and 13th 2017 from 9.30 to 13.30 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Training for trainers, operators and educators
Teatro dell’Argine’s teaching team shares with trainers, educators, teachers and other actors involved in the reception of refugees and asylum seekers, some theatrical methodologies and techniques that can be useful tools to support and facilitate dialogue, empathy and a better relationship.
October 22nd at 18.30 at ITC Lab (ITC Teatro courtyard, Via Rimembranze 26, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Performance L’eredità di Babele - #PrimoStudio
Final outcome of the project Exoduses 2017
The future project participants, young asylum seekers and refugees and member of the project network, along with general audience, watch the performance of the intercultural group of young of Exoduses project, by Teatro dell’Argine.
After the performance, a meeting between the Exoduses group and the future project participants takes place, to welcome the newcomers and tell them about the theatre workshops.
October 23rd and 25th 2017 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Focus groups with the workshop participants
Two meetings with Dr. Luana Valletta (psychologist), organized at the end of the theatre workshops with the participants (both Italians and non-Italians), the teachers and the educators.
October 27th 2017 from 10.00 to 12.00 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Focus group  with teachers, operators, educators
Meeting of Teatro dell’Argine’s teachers and of all other network members who work with refugees and asylum seekers with Dr. Luana Valletta, in order to acquire new tools to draw on during their work and talk about the well-being of operators.
In November 2017, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 20.00 to 22.00 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Theatre workshops
Refugees and asylum seekers involved in the project along with Italian participants, divided into two groups, take part into two workshops of theatre and music therapy.

December 4th and 5th 2017 from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00 at ITC Studio (Via Vittoria 1, San Lazzaro di Savena)
Learning partnership
Two days of practical and methodological work and exchange between operators and educators, with the aims of creating a document containing good practices to promote an integrated approach to intercultural dialogue and social inclusion of refugees, and to strengthen the network of stakeholders that can enhance the system of welcoming.
Creation of a toolkit: guidelines and documentary
A video documentary about the whole process and a paper containing guidelines, tools, practices, methodologies of art work involving people with a migration background are created and become a toolkit to be shared on a national level with all interested partners and stakeholders. The video documentary is in Italian with English and Arabic subtitles; the guidelines are in Italian but will be soon translated into English. Both tools are freely available and downloadable on the Internet.


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.



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