Project place: Paris-Montreuil, France
Project dates: 20.09.2022 – 22.09.2022 (traveling days 19.09 – 23.09)
Deadline for applying: 22.07.2022
ABOUT THE PROJECT
WHAT IS THEATRE MAKES POLITICS (TMP) ?
The first research workshop for Theatre Makes Politics (TMP) will take place in Paris – Montreuil in September 22 (travelling day Sept 19th). 3 other workshops follows in Greece (October), Portugal (November) and North Macedonia (January).
Based on theatre practices, TMP wants to propose a creative response adressing religious extremism, populism, racism and conspiracy theories in Europe.Through creative tools, TMP intends to support pedagogues and youth workers in their practises.In that logic, the project may help youngsters to find a deeper understanding of people who are “different”. TMP is about overcoming prejudices and discover the pleasure of exchanging, playing and acting for young people.With the results of the project (creative worktools, handbook, network) we want to encourage youth workers to be able to shift perspectives in their concrete work, and to help young people to find a deeper understanding of people who are “different”, overcoming prejudices and discover the pleasure of exchanging, playing and acting with people they would otherwise never meet.The project addresses the needs of professional youth workers: youth educators, social workers, professionals from the field,of youth education (members of the associate partners).
The project will be concluded by multiplier events in the different partners countries associated with a major promotional event in Germany.
ABOUT THE WORKSHOP ON RELIOGUS EXTREMISM
Paris workshop addresses more specifically religious extremism (islamic fundamentalism and christian extremism). How theatre practices may contribute to a better understanding of those topics and offer a creative way to dialog between youngsters ?
The 3-day workshop will consist in:
– sharing knowledge on religion and extremism (with contributions from experts)
– sharing methods on theatre practices adressing citizenship and political topics (with contributions from the 6 partners)
Creating through sessions based on design thinking approach to frame the future TMP methodology that will be proposed (lead by the hosting partners) Theatre.Makes.Politics#Theater.Power.Politics proposes to create a creative response on anti-democratic forces in European societies. The consortium considers it is extremely important that youth workers working with young Europeans are able to use creative tools to question how populists and extremists of different colours try to manipulate them. TMP#TPP explores how some groups create opposition up to enmyship to other groups, be they refugees, muslims, “unbelievers”, LGBTQ+ a.s.o.
This Project wants to create a creative response on anti-democratic forces in European societies, especially on:
1. Far-right extremism and populism, related to
b. Conspiracy theories
2. Religious fundamentalism
a. Christian fundamentalism
b. Islamic fundamentalism.
With the results of our project (creative worktools, handbook, network) we want to encourage youth workers to be able to shift perspectives in their concrete work, and to help young people to find a deeper understanding of people who are “different”, overcoming prejudices and discover the pleasure of exchanging, playing and acting with people they would otherwise never meet.
The project’s general objectives are:
● To empower and encourage youth workers to integrate methods into their work that will help them to
address anti-democratic attitudes, such as racism, nationalism, intolerance, as well as religious
fundamentalism in all its forms.
● To enrich the set of methods and tools available for youth work in the above fields with techniques
from the field of theatre pedagogy and other performing arts.
● To create a core of youth trainers/ workers who have skills to tackle these sensitive issues in their
work, and who also can act as multipliers.
The final goal is to provide a method for youth workers, and to give them the tools to conduct a creative and collective debate with their publics.These methods will explore thoses questions in particular:
● How to create a workshop where the youngsters can :
○ Share and participate;
○ Listen to others;
○ Peacefully debate;
○ Feel safe to talk about a sensitive subject.
- Be 18 years old or older
- Be able to work in English
- Commit to implementing the learned knowledge and skills in practice back home
- Youth workers, trainers, volunteers, active in the NGO sector
- Have a knowledge on religion and extremism
- Have knowledge or interest in learning theatre practices adressing citizenship and political topics
- We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, educational backgrounds, races and ethnic backgrounds to apply.
ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
All costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the hosting organization.
Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 EUR.
Participation fee: NONE!
Sending fee: 500 MKD