Monthly Archives: March 2015

Read more about project in Bologna

During the second week, participants and organisers used the key words emerged in such categories as stimulations for art workshops involving nearly 100 participants and embraced practices of writing, video, theater, illustration, and music. The final performance, which involved around fifty participants-actors from fourteen different countries, was titled “The Island is Full of Noises”, which is a verse from Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. Viewed through this Shakespearean lens, the “camp” signaled a form of isolation whilst simultaneously emphasizing a richness of possible voices and interpretive keys. The performance took place in the prestigious setting of the Cortile del Pozzo (Courtyard of the Well), the courtyard of the town hall of Bologna. On directorial level, it was divided into two distinct phases: an itinerant time where the public could “explore the island”, which included many small scenes based upon interviews that were written by the playwright Tomasz Gromadka; and a second more central time which, focusing on the clash between Prospero and Caliban, proposed choral and choreographic scenes that used music composed during the project’s music workshops by the composer Alejandro Olarte.

More about conclusive event in Paris

Over the course of this three-day event, both foreign guests and Paris-based members of the public had the opportunity to took part in an open discussion at the Immigration History Museum in Paris about the project artistic and research outcomes. Public equally was invited to see the audiovisual materials connected with migrants and refugees issues emanating from the creative workshops in cities across Europe. Using artistic activities as a focal point project addressed the multiform ways in which migration has shaped Europe over the years as well as the different ways in which EU citizens have reacted to the presence of newcomers from Asia, Africa, Middle East and East. In this vein. The City Ghettos of Today used the language of art and of the theatre to explore different facets of immigration in Europe, ranging from personal testimonies to legal and administrative issues.

Inspired by testimonies culled from cities across Europe over the course of 2014, “Island Europe” showcased personal histories, songs and short videos of migrants from Congo, Eritrea, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Vietnam, Palestine. This showcase will take the form of a presentation and an open discussion that held at Immigration History Museum on 11 February 2015.

1. Open discussion and presentation of the The City Ghettos of Today project outcomes
11 Febbruary, 2.30 p.m.
Where: Museum of Immigration History, 293 avenue Daumesnil, 75012 Paris – métro Porte Dorée
The Museum of Immigration History together with the French Theatre Company Check Points and the International team of The City Ghettos of Today’s project welcomed for the open-discussion visitors and all those who had taken part in the artistic process during the first project residence in Paris in March 2014: workshop participants from University Pais 8, young migrants from the French language association Atouts Cours, habitants of the Nanterre neighborhood Quartier du Parc, participants of the workshops of the Cie Check Points and the French Cultural center CENTQUATRE as well as all the French partners who had participated in the development of the project in Paris: Nanterre town council team, workers of the Social Center of Nanterre Parc’En Ciel and the Association Bel Agir, The Salle Saint Bruno in the Goutte d’Or.

Evens Foundation

EVENS FOUNDATION – sponsor of The City Ghettos of Today project


EVENS FOUNDATION is a public benefit foundation based in Antwerp (Belgium) and with offices in Paris and Warsaw. It initiates, develops and supports sustainable projects that encourage citizens and states to live together harmoniously in a peaceful Europe. Its 3 main action domains are European Citizenship, Peace Education and Media. It awards biennial prizes to highlight achievement and good practice in relevant fields.


kunstZ was hosted The City Ghettos of Today’s residency in Antwerp. kunstZ is a community art organisation focused on employing, engaging and training Antwerp’s minorty groups in order to facilitate their professional insertion into the city‘s cultural landscape. The organisation produces performances in collaboration with their minority partners and is equally a platform for employment in Antwerp and Flanders. kunstZ also runs a theatre-training program for immigrants and foreign-speaking newcomers, the students of which participated in The City Ghettos of Today project.

University of Antwerp

Seminar in the range of “The City Ghettos of Today ” project in Antwerp: Breeding grounds. New citizenship and art forms in urban diversity

This seminar was provided a platform for a dialogue between the artists, cultural practitioners and researchers as well as a group discussion which were discussing the myriad dynamics of working with an din a diverse society.
Diversity in urban areas presents specific challenges and opportunities, particularly in the arenas of social integration, solidarity and culture. Are top-down policies in these domains better equipped to facilitate social harmony in these areas or is a bottom-up approach more conducive to congruous living amidst diversity?

MAS Museum aan de Stroom

The performance “Under Sail” took place on the 8th floor of the museum MAS, with a view on the city and the port. The students of the kunstZ academy were presented the results of the workshops in a multidisciplinary installation.

The Museum aan de Stroom (MAS; Dutch for: Museum at the river) is a museum located along the river Scheldt in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, Belgium. It opened in May 2011 and is the largest museum in Antwerp.
The MAS is a ground-breaking museum that tells the story of the people, the past, present and future of the city of Antwerp and the world.


Psychiatric ex-hospital Paolo Pini

The area of ​​the former Psychiatric Hospital Paolo Pini was built in the thirties and early sixties housed about 1,200 inmates. With the closing of the psychiatric hospital in 1999, the former Paolo Pini today constitutes an important resource territorial, environmental and planning that covers an area of ​​nearly 300,000 square meters. The multi-sectoral projects that conversion of Paolo Pini have matured in recent years has led to tangible results and recognized social inclusion and local development. In particular, the combination of cultural projects, participatory, rehabilitative and aggregation (free vegetable garden, painting workshops, theater workshops, sports, children’s shows) with social enterprise projects oriented to the implementation of the public places (bars, restaurant, catering , hostel, theater, festivals) has created interesting elements of urban regeneration. Today they are active in the area of ​​Paolo Pini the following organizations: ASL Milan, Hospital Niguarda Ca ‘Granda, Milan Province, Scholastic Institute Lagrange, Agricultural Technical Institute Pareto, The Fabric of Social Cooperative Olinda, Olinda Association, Association of The Garden Aromas, Association Arca, Azzurra Cooperativa Sociale, Nucleus ACLI, Arci Grossoni, Banda d’Affori, Sports Club afforese.

Events in Milan

Through a combination of artistic exploration and collaborative research, “Caliban’s Cave” seeked to situate the very notion of “ghetto” within a double perspective:
- “Ghetto” as designating modern-day Milan and its surrounding suburbs. in interviews and artistic experiments undertaken by the hanks to the interviews and artistic elaborations made by the Teatro degli Incontri team in the viale Sarca and via Gola neighbourhoods,
- Milanese “ghettos” in historical perspective. This axis of reflection aims to unearth the specific historical and symbolic role that the ex-psychiatric hospital Paolo Pini has played both in reinforcing and in overturning dominant conceptions of marginality in Milan. In particular, this conceptual axis identifies the practical evolution of the Paolo Pini hospital from a place of restraint and isolation into one of sociocultural integration and creative expression.
All research activities and artistic workshops opened to both Italian nationals and non-national participants. Working together, participants took  part in the theatre workshops, developing the installation, elaborating performance texts, composing and recording music, and constructing the installation scenography.

More information about project in Milan

The City Ghettos of Today entailed a series of workshops opened to local communities in different European cities – Warsaw, Paris, Bologna, Milan, Helsinki, Berlin and Antwerp. 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 Warsaw in January 2015 with a large-scale installation-performance and debate that will brought together materials culled from each of the participating city workshops. The project united artists, cultural actors, academics and social workers in order to explored 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 seeked 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, Helsinki, Milan, Berlin and Antwerp.

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 disadvantagedpeople 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.

TeatroLaCucina / Olinda

All workshops, installation and final performance “Caliban’s Cave” in the range of the project took place in the TeatroLaCucina.



English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center is the German capital’s only producing and presenting organization in the Hauptstadt expressly dedicated to English, the 21st century lingua franca, as the working language.

Our year-round programming comprises the Producing Series – Made in Berlin (in-house productions), the Presenting Series (selected international productions and work from Berlin’s independent performing arts community), as well as our Performing Series(concerts, comedy and more from Berlin’s English performing arts community) andPedagogy Series (cultural and drama education). We are a proud member of Berlin’s freie Szene, the independent performing arts community, and are currently developing platforms to share our work within Germany and abroad.

We consciously use theater and performance as living, discursive forms to bring artists and audiences into conversation with each other about our shared city and the greater world we live in.

English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center receives funding from Regierender Bürgermeister von Berlin, Staatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.

Our 2014 project 25 Jahre Mauerfall or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ossis/Wessis is generously funded by the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin.

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