Monthly Archives: January 2014

mairenanterre

Nanterre Town Hall

Nanterre’s Town Hall organizes local consultancy services (workshops, neighbourhood counsel and public meetings) which are led by a collective of local elected leaders in charge of the neighbourhood.  They also support civic initiatives proposed by associations and local residents, create links between resident demands and local public services and promote social cohesion by organising collective manifestations, such as local festivals.

www.nanterre.fr

Museum of Immigration

The Musée de l’Immigration’s mission is to collect, safeguard, valorise and render accessible material relating to the Republic’s immigration history from the nineteenth century onwards.  In so doing, it seeks recognise integration processes effected by immigrant populations into French society as well as to alter perspectives and preconceived notions regarding immigration in France.  The museum associate to the scientific discourse, an artistic, pedagogical and citizen’s dimension. It is along those lines that the Museum invite artists to a productive process of new forms, to share it, and to make its spaces, resources and project their own. Artists and visitors participate actively at the discussion carried out by the institution.

www.histoire-immigration.fr

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CENTQUATRE

Located in Paris 19th arrondissement and directed by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the CENTQUATRE provides space for residencies, production and performance for artists and audiences from all corners of the globe. The CENTQUATRE encompasses all forms of art: theatre, dance, music, cinema, video and also culinary, digital and urban art. The vast majority of the centre’s programme is made up of artists who are, have been or are going to be in residence at CENTQUATRE. The centre supports and works with young artists and also provides insight into their artistic creations. Conceived as an artistic collaboration, it provides open access to a range of emerging art through a decidedly popular, contemporary and ambitious programme. It is also a vibrant place with shops and areas dedicated to amateur artistic activities and a space for young children.

www.104.fr

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Atouts Cours

The association ATOUTS COURS offers literacy courses, French language courses (FLE) and socio-linguistic workshops for immigrant populations who have little or no French-language ability.  Association representatives are also made available in order to assist these same groups with any administrative processes.  Today, the association proposes 75 workshops, of which 2/3 take place in the 18e arrondissement, led by 60 volunteers and attended by 1200 individuals.

http://atoutscours.org

CANTIERI METICCI

Cantieri Meticci is one of the main project partners. Based in Bologna and founded by the theater director Pietro Floridia is a group formed by the professional and non-professional actors – Italians and refugees living in Italy.  Cantieri Meticci was created as one of the Teatro dell’Argine’s activities in 2005 involving in the theater workshops refugees came to search for the political asylum in Italy. From 2013 the Company works independently as an unique theater company which deals with the migrant themes in the performances of a high artistic quality.

 

http://www.cantierimeticci.it/

zonarelli

Centro Interculturale “Zonarelli”

Centro Interculturale “Zonarelli” is a place of the weekly meetings of the intercultural theater workshops of the Compagnia dei Rifugiati – one of the main project partners. “Zonarelli” is a venue open for all the cultural and migrant associations working on the Bologna territory – here they can find a place to realize their projects, workshops, seminars, trainings, mother tongue courses and other events. The team of the project was hosted by the Centro in October 2013 for the kick-off meeting discussions.

socjologia

Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University

The Institute of Sociology is substantive partner in the project. The Institute provides information, knowledge, and analytical tools for the implementation of the project. It improves the process of gathering materials focused on the problem of migrant ghettos in Europe, which will be used during the research part of the project as well as during the art workshops. The staff of the Institute is actively involved at the preparatory period in the research conducted in the Warsaw districts with a large migrant concentration and will co-organise and co-coordinate the debate part of the project in Warsaw as well as participate in some of the international events in other cities.

www.is.uw.edu.pl

ITC Teatro/Teatro dell’Argine

ITC Teatro/Teatro dell’Argine was one of the responsible for the organization of the kick-off meeting of the project, as well as will take part of the realization of the workshop, debate, and installation in Bologna. TdA provided a space for the planned events in october in Bologna and  uses its network of local contacts with NGOs, public institutions, and media to ensure the positive impact of the project on a Bologna and the Emilia-Romagna territory. TdA has been working with migrants and refugees for 8 years now involving the migrant communities in theatre projects so it will guarantee a large participation of migrants in the events in Bologna. Pietro Floridia – artistic director of the theatre – is involved as a artistic director of the project leading the group of artists in conduction of the workshops in the cities and directing the installation/performance in range of the project.

 

Research workshop in Beyond Borders Foundation

From the end of September 2013 goes on the meetings of research workshops in former venue of the Beyond Borders Foundation at Górskiego 3/17 Street.  The participants visit and interview the rappresentatives of the cultural and religion minorities living in Warsaw, as well as they will get to know Warsaw in the eyes of foreigners living in the capital. They collect materials – interviews, photographic, videos – which will be used in the performance and become an inspiration to work with international artists during the creative workshops in May and December in the National Ethnographic Museum.

Centre social et culturel P’Arc-en-ciel

Nanterre’s P’Arc-en-Ciel is a social and cultural centre that is open to all residents of the quartier du Parc neighbourhood.  It proposes numerous activities: cultural outings, intergenerational workshops, workshops for women and divers initiatives in favour of community solidarity and civic awareness, to name but a few.

 

Université Paris 8

To this day, Université Paris 8 has always insisted on maintaining a strong link between research and teaching, adapting teaching methods to different kinds of audiences, and providing education for all at every stage of life. In the presented project Paris 8 will share with partners the quality of the faculty and students, the interdisciplinary nature of the classes and research, the fact that it is open to the modern world, and the involvement with the local social, economic, cultural and professional environments. The staff and students will be actively involved at all stages of the project from communication and promotion at the national level to participation in workshop, installation, and debate in Paris. It will also delegate staff to some of the international debates. Additionally it will co-curate and co-organise the Paris debate during the project as well as we will delegate members of the staff to research the “city ghettos of today” in Paris area.

…read more about project in Helsinki

Projektin Helsingin osuus

Helsingin osuus euroooppalaisesta City Ghettos of today –projektista kutsuu yhdistyksiä ja kulttuurilaitoksia sekä yksittäisiä toimijoita taiteen, teatterin, kulttuurienvälisen kansalaistyhteiskunnan alueelta rakentamaan yhdessä merkityksellisiä kokemuksia ghetto-käsitteeseen liittyen. Kysymme ihmisten omien kokemusten kautta, onko olemassa alueellisia ja konkreettisia tai näkymättömiä ja aineettomia muureja, jotka erottavat ihmisryhmiä toisistaan ja jos niin on, miksi, milloin ja miten nämä muurit ilmenevät Helsingissä. Entä miten kaupunkimme tilanne suhtautuu muihin eurooppalaisiin kaupunkeihin?

Prosessin lopputulokset esitetään syyskuussa 2014 viikoilla 37 ja 38 Helsingissä installaationa kahdessa tilassa, kulttuurikeskus Stoassa Itäkeskuksessa ja kauppakeskus Forumissa kaupungin keskustassa. Näiden 12 päivän ajan kollektiivinen työskentely jatkuu kansainvälisen taiteilijaryhmän ohjauksessa, jonka jäsenet tulevat projektin yhteistyökaupungeista Varsovasta, Bolognasta, Milanosta, Pariisista ja Berliinistä. Avoimissa keskusteluissa esitellään myös muita tämän hetken moninaista kaupunkitodellisuutta heijastavia tapausesimerkkejä taiteen ja tutkimuksen alueelta.

Kulttuurienvälinen, monialainen suunnitteluryhmämme koostuu ihmisistä, joilla on erilaisia kokemuksia ja taitoja ja utelias, kriittinen ja yhteistyöhaluinen asenne. Kokeilemme, miten teatterin, videon ja äänitaiteen keinot vaikuttavat kokemusten jakamiseen, kuuntelemiseen ja kertomiseen. Miten meidän kaupunkimme tarinat, äänet ja kuvat monimuotoistuvista alueista, niiden kaduista ja ihmisistä muistuttavat toisien kaupunkien tarinoita? Taiteen hahmotamme aktiivisen kansalaisuuden työkaluksi ja tavoitteeksi, joka parhaimmillaan mahdollistaa odottamattomia kohtaamisia, sanatonta ymmärrystä ja kokonaisen olemisen hetkiä.

 

Atouts Cours

The association ATOUTS COURS offers literacy courses, French language courses (FLE) and socio-linguistic workshops for immigrant populations who have little or no French-language ability.  Association representatives are also made available in order to assist these same groups with any administrative processes.  Today, the association proposes 75 workshops, of which 2/3 take place in the 18e arrondissement, led by 60 volunteers and attended by 1200 individuals.

CENTQUATRE

Located in Paris 19th arrondissement and directed by José-Manuel Gonçalvès, the CENTQUATRE provides space for residencies, production and performance for artists and audiences from all corners of the globe. The CENTQUATRE encompasses all forms of art: theatre, dance, music, cinema, video and also culinary, digital and urban art. The vast majority of the centre’s programme is made up of artists who are, have been or are going to be in residence at CENTQUATRE. The centre supports and works with young artists and also provides insight into their artistic creations. Conceived as an artistic collaboration, it provides open access to a range of emerging art through a decidedly popular, contemporary and ambitious programme. It is also a vibrant place with shops and areas dedicated to amateur artistic activities and a space for young children.

CENTQUATRE hosted the City Ghettos team during the first week od residency in Paris in March 2014.

Musée de l’Immigration

The Musée de l’Immigration’s mission is to collect, safeguard, valorise and render accessible material relating to the Republic’s immigration history from the nineteenth century onwards.  In so doing, it seeks recognise integration processes effected by immigrant populations into French society as well as to alter perspectives and preconceived notions regarding immigration in France.  The museum associate to the scientific discourse, an artistic, pedagogical and citizen’s dimension. It is along those lines that the Museum invite artists to a productive process of new forms, to share it, and to make its spaces, resources and project their own. Artists and visitors participate actively at the discussion carried out by the institution.

The Musée de l’Immigration’s hosted project team twice: in Marach 2014 nd and in Februrary 2015.

 

AUDIO FROM THE PERFORMANCE

Centro Interculturale “Zonarelli”

Centro Interculturale “Zonarelli” is a place of the weekly meetings of the intercultural theater workshops of the Compagnia dei Rifugiati – one of the main project partners. “Zonarelli” is a venue open for all the cultural and migrant associations working on the Bologna territory – here they can find a place to realize their projects, workshops, seminars, trainings, mother tongue courses and other events. The team of the project was hosted by the Centro in October 2013 for the kick-off meeting discussions.

…Leggi di più

Il Teatro dell’Argine, la Compagnia dei Rifugiati e l’associazione Sopra i Ponti costituiscono il nucleo di sviluppo delle attività e riflessioni connesse ai temi del progetto a Bologna. Composta da circa cinquanta attori di più di quindici nazionalità differenti, è un gruppo aperto di migranti e studenti. A partire da fine ottobre, nella cornice dei laboratori settimanali, i membri della Compagnia, diretti da Pietro Floridia, hanno iniziato un percorso che porterà alla messa in scena di due spettacoli  nell’ambito della tappa estiva bolognese del progetto.

Le riflessioni scaturite  dalle altre tappe del progetto e dal lavoro portato avanti nelle altre città, verranno man mano incorporate nelle attività della Compagnia, in un rapporto di dialogo continuo.

…READ MORE ABOUT PROJECT IN BOLOGNA

The Teatro dell’Argine, The Refugees Company and the Sopra i Ponti Association are the core team of development of the project in Bologna. Refugees Company composed by about fifty actors from more than fifteen different nationalities, is an open group of migrants and students. From the end of October, in weekly workshops, the members, directed by Pietro Floridia, began a path that will bring to two performances for the meeting of the project in Bologna the next summer.

The reflections originated by the other phases and groups of “The City Ghettoes of Today” project will be incorporated in the work of the Company, in a process of continuous dialogue between the involved cities.

…read more about the project in Warsaw

The intercultural groups working during the year on the theater projects of Strefa WolnoSłowa were actively involved in a research and artistic part of the Warsaw events. The exploration of the city from the migrant point of view was concentrated, among others, on the Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Belorussian and Russian communities.

 

humak

HUMAK University of Applied Sciences

The Degree Programme in Cultural Management at HUMAK University of Applied Sciences offers courses in the field of arts and cultural administration. In teaching HUMAK highlights the role of civic society and attempts to activate the students to become active citizens. This project gives students and teachers an opportunity to participate in an arts project with similar aims in an international environment.

 

The role of the organisation in the project
HUMAK is based in the Helsinki area and will be active in organising the workshop, installation, and debate in Helsinki. The students in cultural management will be actively involved in the project especially in the fields of coordination and communication and they will participate in the workshop and debate.

www.humak.fi

artcentrefinland

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland

The Arts Promotion Centre Finland is an expert agency under the Ministry of Education and Culture. It continues the activities of the Arts Council of Finland, which was founded in 1968. Its task is to promote the arts on both the national and international levels, as well as to promote aspects of culture that are not covered by any other official body.

Regional artists work for the good of professional and amateur artists in their local area, carry out project and facilitate forming projects of others. Their work is one of the regional arts councils’ most visible forms of art promotion. Regional artists work in different fields of the art and as producers of art.

The project partnership of City Ghettos of Today in Arts Promotion Centre Finland is carried out by regional artist on cultural diversity, Outi Korhonen. At Arts Promotion Centre she offers counselling and networking services for transcultural artists to fund and implement their project plans and also participates in forming projects related to the increasing cultural diversity in the Finnish art scene.

 

www.taike.fi

paris8

University of Paris 8

Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis, founded in 1968, is the heir to the experimental centre of Vincennes born in the intellectual and pedagogical turmoil that followed in the wake of May ‘68. Since then, the university has been characterised by a desire to promote democratic access to knowledge and education, and has oriented research so as to try and answer the challenges of the modern world. The reputation and influence of Université Paris 8 is also grounded in the international fame of a number of scholars who have held teaching positions in the institution such as Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, and Jacques Lacan. Based in Saint-Denis, Paris 8 is attended by students from all around the world. The innovative nature of the research undertaken here can be traced back to the various fields studied. The university became a pioneer in fields as psychoanalysis, urban planning, geopolitics, cinema, gender studies, etc.

Centre Social et Culturel “La maison du bas Belleville”

Belleville Social Centre (BSC) in Paris works in the social development of the 20th district with the population of Belleville area. As a supporter of the French movement of popular education, BSC bases its action on three founding values​​: human dignity, solidarity, and democracy. The Centre is intended as an educational and cultural meeting place offering many activities and entertainment opportunities for families and neighbourhood residents. BSC participates in the fight against all forms of exclusion and defends the policies for social inclusion. BSC promotes adaptation and social integration of minorities through the learning of the French languages and an employment-training program. BSC raises the participation and commitment of people in the local social life by organizing meals and special events to provide social cohesion.

www.maisonbasbelleville.org

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“La Veilleuse de Belleville”

The cooperative “La Veilleuse de Belleville” develops cultural and social activities including discussions/debates, screenings, free use of the kitchen for non-profit organizations, and implementation of a partnership with the neighbourhood’s social centre. It is a cultural centre (coffee-bar-restaurant) which purchases products mainly outside the mainstream providers – fair-trade drinks, small producer’s food, local businesses, and so on. This contributes to creating a friendly and socio-economically involved environment for the area’s inhabitants and associations to meet and exchange.

http://laveilleusedebelleville.tumblr.com

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Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici, University of Bologna

Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (SSSUB) is a Research Institute based at the University of Bologna, founded in 2000 by Umberto Eco, to provide a platform for high level research in the Human Sciences. It coordinates a series of PhD courses and organizes seminars, conferences, and keynote lectures by international renowned scholars. SSSUB’s research staff has also founded the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Cultural Memory and Traumas (“TraMe”), which is dedicated to the research and study of individual and cultural memory genres, places and representations. The Centre contributes to debates on memory and memory studies, a field where these different but interconnected subjects are explored. On these objects and topics the Centre promotes an interdisciplinary approach and tries to meet a social and cultural needs. The researchers of TraMe will be especially involved in the project.

www.sssub.unibo.it

Olinda Association

Olinda is a voluntary association, created with the aim to close and transform a large psychiatric hospital in the northern suburbs of Milan. Social entrepreneurship, welfare, and cultural activities have changed the area into a laboratory of social, urban, and human innovation for disadvantaged people as well as for citizens of the metropolitan area. Olinda started a social enterprise in an effort to combine services for the city with those for disadvantaged people. Olinda used conflicts within and outside the organization to advance public discourse and raise visibility regarding their decisions and actions. Olinda shows the role of outsiders with new ideas, skills, and social capital and how bringing different types of people together can generate new insights and developments.  Sociability and cultural productions can be a turning point in building a shared interest in innovative action, especially in promoting intercultural activities with second generation migrants.

www.olinda.org

Teatro degli Incontri

“Teatro degli incontri” was created in 2010. It is a team of theatre professionals under the artistic direction of G. Gherzi and is active in Milan’s Via Padova – an urban area characterized by a high concentration of migrants. The aim is to investigate different themes of migrant life in the city and its neighbourhoods and to identify new forms of citizenship involving all social actors – both Italian and foreign. All citizens are called to ask themselves about new possible scenarios of human interactions in metropolitan areas. “Teatro degli incontri” runs theatre workshops for Italians and foreigners, men and women, youth and children. All performances take place in public spaces near the immigrant population. The association is now working on “The Antigone Feast” project and is running workshops for various communities including political refugees, migrant women’s groups, children, second generation migrants, and it hosts of a charity house.

www.gigigherzi.org/progetti/teatro-degli-incontri

sopra

Sopra i Ponti Association

The association was founded in Bologna in 1995 by a group of Moroccan migrant workers and local citizens, in order to perform cultural activities aimed to overcome prejudice and reduce communication difficulties between migrants and natives. Its associates are now mostly Moroccan migrant workers and its activities are mostly committed to: small-scale cooperation projects supporting rural communities in Morocco (since 2008, three rural development projects in southern Morocco have been implemented with grants from Emilia-Romagna Region); cultural activities in Bologna based on the lives of migrant workers (since 2009, participated in a 2-year theatre workshops programme run by Teatro dell’Argine and implemented a 1-year workshop of comic storytelling which resulted in publication of a comic book).

 

 

yoda

Yoda association

Yoda association operates in the social and cultural sectors and implements various activities and enhances international cooperation projects through voluntary service. The association organizes global education activities in order to promote  knowledge about international development among youth and children; it plans, organizes, and implements cultural projects such as concerts, conferences, performances, festivals, ethnic celebrations, meetings and debates, exhibitions, seminars, and answers research enquiries of any kind in order to reach and spread its cultural goals.

Most important projects: It.a.cà migrants and travelers is a festival about responsible tourism, exchange project among Italian and Mozambican artists and volunteer camp in Saharawi’s refugees’ camps.

www.gruppoyoda.org

argine

Teatro dell’Argine

Teatro dell’Argine (TdA) was founded in 1994 with the aim of disseminating drama culture in close dialogue and interaction with the local community as well as internationally. This has been accomplished through various projects, in which culture and art always serve social purposes: Italian and international productions and co-productions of new plays on social/civil issues, drama workshops for children and adults, beginners and professionals, inside and outside schools, theatre projects  carried on with youth living in disadvantaged situations such as migrants and political refugees, theatre projects carried on with mentally/physically disabled children, projects aimed at attracting people to theatre, international and EU projects aimed at exchanging methods or for social purposes (e.g. workshops in Palestinian refugees camps or project Crossing Paths). Teatro dell’Argine is supported by Town Council of San Lazzaro, Province of Bologna, Region Emilia-Romagna, and Italian Ministry of Culture.

www.argine.it

strefa

Strefa WolnoSłowa

Strefa WolnoSłowa organizes theatrical, artistic, cultural and educational activities focused on intercultural dialogue and themes connected to migration. Through international art projects and interdisciplinary activities involving refugees and immigrants living in Poland, SWS facilitates intercultural dialogue and promotes European integration and human rights. SWS is interested in analysing current events in the world, as well as exploring innovative methods of cultural animation and multicultural education. SWS collaborates with theatres, public administration, schools, cultural centres, and NGOs in Poland and abroad combining in their activities art and social involvement with a focus on the activities that encourage increased participation in cultural and social debates. SWS is a member of the Transeuropa Network – a transnational network of organisations promoting democracy, equality, and culture beyond state borders by organising the cultural events, social campaigns, workshops, and debates.

www.strefawolnoslowa.pl

socjologia

Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University

The Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw is among the leading sociology departments at Polish universities. Its position is reflected in the number of professors and faculty with doctoral degrees and their track record in research. The Institute conducts theoretical inquiry, methodological, and empirical research in many fields of sociology, with a special focus on transformations of the political system, social awareness, ethnic problems, and problems of minorities in Poland.

www.is.uw.edu.pl

ocalenie

Foundation “Ocalenie”

Foundation “Ocalenie” has been founded in 2000. The main aims of its activities are assisting refugees and immigrants on Polish territory (e.g. legal aid, making oral and written translations, assisting in contact with health services, helping with job or flat searches, psychological and social aid, explaining cross-cultural differences); supporting public institutions by consultations, mediations, or organising workshops; cooperating with public institutions and non-governmental organizations working in the field of refugee and immigrant assistance; organising cultural events; participating in researches which monitor the situation of refugees and immigrants in Poland; supporting Polish diasporas and repatriates.

www.fundacjaocalenie.org.pl

etno

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, founded in 1888, is the oldest museum of its kind in Poland.
The Museum collects examples of Polish and international folk culture, which number over 80.000 objects. Permanent exhibitions present the cultures of Africa, Oceania, and America as well as some aspects of Polish culture such as rituals, customs, and material culture. The Museum also organizes temporary thematic exhibitions and has an effective role in scientific publishing, research and promotional activities regarding culture. The Museum has a significant educational and cultural offer addressed to children, youth and adults, it organises workshops, debates, has its own cinema to screen films of artistic and social importance.

www.ethnomuseum.pl

zaba

Beyond Borders Foundation

The main goal of the Foundation is to promote and facilitate integration of migrants in Polish society through education, cooperation, empowerment, and advocacy. The Foundation provides a consultation point, where foreigners can get a consultation on issues of legal stay and work in Poland, Polish tax and social security systems, and details about the labour market. Polish and English language courses are opened for migrants and their Polish spouses/partners. Some of the Foundation’s most important initiatives are cultural activities – film screenings and discussion clubs, theatrical and literary workshops, and common celebrations of holidays. All these activities are open for migrants from all around the world who live in Warsaw. In 2011 and 2012 the project “Be my guest – (not only) Polish lunch” has been organized. The common meal of Poles and foreigners in a family atmosphere is a great opportunity to get to know each other better as well as Polish and foreign culinary and cultural traditions.

www.frog.org.pl

…mehr über das Projekt

“The City Ghetto of Today” wird in Berlin im Herbst 2014 in Zusammenarbeit mit European Alternatives Berlin und dem Theaterkollektiv OnElf passieren. Hauptanliegen des Projektes hier ist die Auseinandersetzung mit dem Thema „Ghetto heutzutage“ anhand von aktuellen sozialen und städtischen Phänomenen.  Dazu zählt z.B. die Gentrifiezierung von ehemaligen armen Bezirken und die damit verbundene Verdrängung der Bewohner oder die zunehmende Welle von Flüchtlingen, die durch Protestaktionen in dem öffentlichen Raum eine große Aufmerksamkeit gewonnen haben.

Anhand von Geschichten, Bewegungen und Spuren in der Stadt von Menschen, die direkt von diesem Phänomenen betroffen sind,  ”The City Ghetto of Today” zielt darauf, eine dynamische und lebendige “Map” von Berlin zu trassieren, das das Verhältnis zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie sowie zwischen neuen und alten „Ghettos“ erforscht. Ein der Hauptanliegen des Projektes ist somit den Begriff Ghetto aus einer zeitgenössischen Perspektive zu hinterfragen.

OnElf

The theater and performance collective OnElf has been founded in summer 2011 in Berlin.

The main interest of the group is to deal with current political and social issues with a site-specific approach, mainly through the participation of “local guests”. It is through their biographies and (true or invented) stories that a new reality is produced.

Among their last projects: “Nikolandia. A fairytale expedition in the unknown Mitte” (Transeuropa Festival, Berlin 2013), “Heimat Asyl” (Festival 48 Neukölln, Berlin 2012).

www.onelfjo.blogspot.com

National Theatre of Finland

National Theatre of Finland cooperates with the City Ghettos of Today –project especially related to a project of the theatre called Reittejä Kontulaan – Routes to Kontula. The participants of the project will have a possibility to continue with different art and theatre activities in the City Ghettos of Today -project. In Reittejä Kontulaan a theatre play is created based on history and actuality of the citizens in Kontula Region in cooperation with the theatre professionals of the National Theatre and citizens living in Kontula, which is one of the culturally diverse areas in Eastern Helsinki. At the moment this area is living an interesting period of cultural. The artistic director of the project is Eveliina Heinonen who partipates in the planning team of the national project. http://reittejakontulaan.blogspot.fi. National Theatre offers also space for the project´s public debate in Lavaklubi,located in the basement of the National Theatre.

www.kansallisteatteri.fi

Pacunet

Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network

Pacunet Palace and Cultural Network gathers together an intercultural group of artists and theatre enthusiasts with rich presence of members with African and Asian background. During the year 2014 the organization creates theatre plays that treat themes of ethical conflicts that rise when migrants who come to Finland from culturally distant countries have to rebalance their moral positions between very different cultural values of the countries of origin and Finland. Directed by Walter Fondo, Pacunet opens through theatre also difficult and provocative themes of discussion including practices like circumcision and polygamy.

www.pacunet.fi

ptarmigian

Ptarmigan Helsinki

Ptarmigan is a non-profit initiative to house projects that exist outside of the realm of the traditional. It seeks to provide space for adventurous and challenging scenarios, whether it be performance, visual art, sound, interactive work or other ideas. At the moment, Ptarmigan is functioning as a mobile curatorial project.

Ptarmigan is actively involved in the Ghettos-project through the work of Marek Pluciennik, one of  the assocaition´s board members. Ptarmigan has also the role of administrating the external funding of the project in the national level.

www.ptarmigan.fi

checkpoints

Cie Check Points Paris

Founded in Paris in 2013, Check Ponts is a multidisciplinary theatre company that brings artists and project organisers together in order to create performances that unite professional artistic practice and engaged social action.   company’s first creation, “L-Usine” (“The Factory”) [Oct 2009], directed by Artistic Director Linda Fahssis, enabled company members to experiment with this socially engaged approach to theatrical creation, most notably by exploring themes related to violence and unhealthy power relationships within the workplace.  Since its creation, the company has similarly evolved alongside a close-knit international network of collaborating artists and organisations with whom it has elected to launch its latest creative project, “The City Ghettos of Today”, a European collaborative performance installation that will develop progressively over a two-year period between 2013 and 2015.

In 2013, Check Points also lead an amateur creation project that was supported in large part by the European Commission’s programme Youth in Action, a funding programme that enabled the company to create a European platform for amateur theatre artists that was entitled « Migrating theatre-Varsaw ». This project gave rise to another collaborative creation entitled “Koniec Titanica”, which was performed in Warsaw’s Studio Theatre Koloon 14 April 2013.  Its next incarnation will take place in 2014, when the project will be performed in Paris in collaboration with the Théâtre de l’Aquarium in the Cartoucherie in Vincennes.

In addition to their professional theatre creations, Check Points also actively develops amateur theatre workshops.  However, far from remaining separate from the company’s creative endeavours, these workshops encourage participants to become « co-generators » of the company’s performances.  In this vein, workshop organisers seek to create collaborative works by placing both amateurs and professional artists at the heart of their processes of theatrical research.  Among others, the company leads workshops with refugee communities residing in emergency residences in Pantin, as well as with young adults at the Centre social et culturel la Maison du Bas-Belleville, French-language students of the association AtoutsCours in Paris and high school students in the Paris region in partnership with Cémea in Ile-de-France.

www.checkpoints.fr 

European Alternatives Berlin

European Alternatives is a transnational membership organisation promoting democracy, equality and culture beyond the nation state. The nation state is no longer the appropriate political form in which to define democratic decision-making and active citizenship, equality between people, the respect and extension of rights. Through the launch of campaigns, the organisation of Festivals and many other different forms of political and cultural activism European Alternative looks for other forms of participation and collective action. European Alternatives is structurally based on a dense network of local groups, spread in numerous European cities. European Alternatives Berlin was foundes in 2009 and it has contributed since then with several events to the cultural life of the city.

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Un planning de travail est en cours de finalisation pour une double exploration qui porte sur les phénomènes de ghettoïsation qui occurrent à la Goutte d’Or à Paris et au quartier du Parc à Nanterre. La compagnie convie les participants de ses ateliers annuels (détaillés ci-dessous) à participer au stage mené par l’équipe artistique à la Cité lors de leur résidence ; et elle monte également des partenariats avec d’autres acteurs locaux du 18e arrondissement et du quartier du parc de Nanterre pour multiplier les occasions de rencontres entre l’équipe en résidence et les personnes avec qui le projet prend sens.

 

The State Ethnographic Museum

The State Ethnographic Museum was involved in the anthropological and cultural research of the project identifying the migrant districts most appropriate for the realisation of the project in Warsaw. In the first part of the project in Warsaw in May 2014 The Museum was the place of creative workshops for migrants with the artistic team and final installation and preformance “Miranda gazes upon the sea”.
Final of the City Ghettos of Today will held on January 2015.

Audio recordings from music workshops:

AUDIO FROM THE FINAL – January 2015

…read more about the project in Berlin

Over the course of this, these districts, once the furthest limits of West Berlin and now central districts in the reunified German capital, have been increasingly populated by a new wave of immigrants. These newcomers, primarily from comparatively rich Western countries, active in the creative industries and often using English, not German, as a working language stand in stark contrast both to the pre-war German residents of Kreuzberg and Neukölln as well as the first wave of post-war immigrants, coming primarily from Turkey through a guest worker program established by West Berlin.

How do these distinct groups see themselves today? How do they see each other? Can they even communicate? 25 years after the Fall of the Wall, Berlin is still an island. An island full of existing inhabitants and constantly arriving new inhabitants. An island whose international glamorization and hyping in recent years have radically transformed living conditions in these previously impoverished, primarily migrant districts in the form of unsustainably increasing rental costs. An island that everyone wants to obtain or defend a piece of. The “struggle” for the island had been examined with representatives from these various groups through laboratories and workshops.

…read more about the project in Paris

The programme for this residency embarked upon a double exploration of the problematical concept of « ghettoisation » in two neighbourhoods in the Ile-de-France region: the Goutte d’Or, located within the city limits of Paris in the 18e arrondissement, and the Quartier du Parc, which is located in the northern suburb of Nanterre.  During this exciting event, the company had been soliciting the participation of its many amateur and professional collaborators for an intensive workshop with the City Ghettos of Today’s international artistic team during their residency at the CNHI.  At the same time, Check Points members were equally  working in partnership with other local actors in the 18th arrondissement and in Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc in order to increase opportunities for fruitful encounters between the international artistic team and those participants from whom the project garners its full sense.

Programme of the project in Helsinki

Interdisciplinary artistic workshops: Creating Prosperos’ veils
When: 8.9.-19.9. at 17:30-20 (schedule and / or location changes on 13.9.,16.9. and on performance days 17.9. and 19.9.)
Where: Cultural Centre Stoa
Turunlinnantie 1, Itäkeskus
Helsinki

The process is open for local people, both artists and other people, Finnish and foreign-born. Inscriptions to outi.korhonen@minedu.fi.

The workshop process starts with encounters with individuals from different groups of migrants. Based on these interviews and the pre-work of the local team, audiovisual content is created in the workshops and located in the installation structure formed by different sized tubes. The tube structure also serves as a scenography for the performances that will be created related to the installation.

The parallel workshop contents are modified according to the interests and skills of each participant. All the workshops contribute to concrete outcomes of the installation and/ or performances. The contents include:

-       discussions and dialogues related to the theme (please read the cover)

-       drama exercises, acting and creative writing

-       work with music and sound as elements of the installation space

-       video shooting and creating video contents in experimental drama work

-       performance planning and rehearsing, finishing with two public performances

-       experiments with the technical possibilities of video screenings and sound projections

-       scenography assistance

-       documenting the project

 

 

Workshops are led by the artist team of the project:

Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Luana Pavani (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Amine Lamraoui (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna)
Alicja Borkowska (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa Wolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw)
Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris)
Alejandro Olarte (Centre for Music and Technology, University of Arts, Helsinki)
Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan ry, Helsinki)
Walter Fondo (Pacunet ry)
Eveliina Heinonen (National theatre, audience development)
Roxana Crisólogo (Sivuvalo project of multilingual literature)
Outi Korhonen (Arts Promotion Centre)

 

 

 

…read more about the project

At the heart of this project was a desire to redefine and re-examine the concept “ghetto” in the context of today’s closed migrant districts.  Through artistic creation and sociological research, we aimed to create a space in which to examine and discuss the multiple stories emanating from Europe’s migrant “ghettos”.  How do we talk about “ghettos” today?  Is it possible – and even necessary – to redefine the word in a manner that more accurately reflects the multiform realities that constitute our contemporary urban landscapes?

What role do “ghettos” play in constructing a European identity?  What factors contribute to phenomena of “ghettoization” in contemporary Europe? What are the dynamics that contribute to the implantation of migrant communities throughout Europe today and how do they connect to the collective memory of Europe’s past?

The City Ghettos of Today entailed a series of workshops open to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin.  Run by artists and cultural actors, each workshop installment concluded with an art installation and public debate on the project’s themes in each of the cities listed above.  This European collaboration concluded in February 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that brought together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops.  The project will unite artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explore the broad themes of “ghetto” and “districts of migration” in participating European cities.  The City Ghettos of Today reflected the interdisciplinary dimension of the Strefa WolnoSlowa foundation, which crosses academic and theoretical methodologies with practices of artistic and cultural creation.   Through artistic reflection and intellectual research, this collaborative project seeks to unravel the complex and problematical theme of “migrant ghettos” in contemporary Europe, paying particular attention to various definitions and visions of ghettos within the contexts of Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Antwerp and Berlin.

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