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Multilingual evening of site-specific poetry in Helsinki 22.8.

The City of nightingales and a hundred tongues

Cooperation of The City Ghettos of today with Runokuu festival and European Theatre Collective.

22.8.2014 at 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Lavaklubi, Läntinen teatterikuja 1
FREE ADMISSION

The Helsinki-themed, site-specific poetry by the poets from the multilingual Sivuvalo project places the experiences of writers from all over the world onto a map of the city. The writers are Roxana Crisólogo (Peru), Yousif Abu Al-Fawz (Iraq), Polina Kopylova (Russia) and Daniel Malpica (Mexico). The poems will be accompanied by improvised music from cellist Sergio Castrillón (Colombia). The panel discussion will be hosted by the Regional Artist on Cultural Diversity, Outi Korhonen. The Nightingale City event and the accompanying digital poetry map are produced in cooperation with the City Ghettos Today -project as part of the Runokuu poetry festival

 

The evening ends with a performance by Finnphonia Emigrantica, where the essence of Finnish-ness will be explored. What happens when an immigrant performs a contemporary poem about Finland in his mother tongue? The night will, indeed, see many poems about Finland written by domestic poets – but the languages they will be recited in are Hungarian, French, Danish, Swedish, English, Swahili, Luganda, Romanian and Russian along with Finnish. The event will be subtitled in Finnish. Performing are: Romulus ChiciucMad IceOlga Shiskin and Sara Soulié. Directed by David Kozma.

Organized by Poetry Moon, the Sivuvalo project and the European Theatre Collective

NEWS PARIS

From 10 to 22 March, The City Ghettos of Today’s international artistic team will be in residence at Paris’s Musée de l’histoire de l’immigration (Museum of Immigration History) in order to create and present the first phase of their ambulatory performance-installations.  This inaugural event will explore the phenomenon of ghettoization in two neighbourhoods located in France’s Ile-de-France region: the Goutte d’Or in Paris and the Quartier du Parc in Nanterre. Coordinated by the Paris-based company Check Points, this double exploration will showcase the collaborative work of locally based artistic researchers who were brought together prior to the European team’s artistic residency with the help of cie Check Point’s local partners (Université Paris 8, the association Atouts cours, Les Equipes de Développement Local based in both the 18th arrondissement and in Nanterre). During the collective outing of the project meeting in Paris on 22nd of March, participants will have the opportunity to view the in-progress installation, attend the performance, participate in a roundtable discussion and enjoy a convivial meal together with the artistic team.

Here the complete programme of the Paris event of the project

NEWS WARSAW

Open call for creative workshops in State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw in the range of „The City Ghettos of Today” project!

From January 16th we invite you to participate in multicultural workshops conducted by international artists from Italy, France and Finland , and Strefa WolnoSłowa’s staff . Workshop activities will focus on artistic processing of the collected materials – stories, audio and video of all the cities of the project.

The final of the workshop will be jointly created a performance which will be presented January 24th in State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw.

The January part of „The City Ghettos of Today” in Warsaw will be a summary of the ongoing project for over a year. The artistic events held in Paris, Warsaw , Helsinki, Milan, Berlin and twice in Bologna.

Team: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Alejandro Olarte (independent artists, Helsinki), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki)

To sign in please contact: w.chinowska@strefawolnoslowa.pl
The number of places available for the workshop are limited!
The knowledge of the Polish language is not needed

When: January, 16th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23th, 24th, h: 6.00-10.00 p.m.
January 17th-18h, h 12.00-6.00 p.m.
Performance: January 24th, h. 7.00 p.m.
Where: State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw, Kredytowa 1 Street

 

Wólka Kosowska

Wolka Kosovska is a phenomenon, not only because there are working many foreigners from Vietnam, China and Turkey, who create unique multinational trade center, but also because foreigners live here, build families and send their children to kindergartens and schools nearby. On one of the streets appears billboard advertising a new housing estate, showing the faces of the Vietnamese family.

Shopping centers in Wolka Kosovska mainly consists of Chinese, Vietnamese and Turkish part. All three are multilevel buildings divided into shops, mainly clothing. The primary means of transportation is a kick scooter on which the goods are placed to express conveyance. To the bottom of the kick scooter is nailed piece of wood, where you can put up even a big cardboard box.

In Chinese and Vietnamese parts of trade center are working a lot of teenagers. They are riding on kick scooters in all directions, but their faces are motionless, don’t show emotions. Maybe if we decode writings in Chinese and Vietnamese in elevators, perhaps we will found out what is their attitude to Wolka, their work, and perhaps even to the Poles themselves.

STAGE DE PRATIQUES ARTISTIQUES

During the weekend of 15-16 March 2014, the international artistic team was proposed a series of intensive practical workshops in theatrical improvisation inspired by The Tempest of William Shakespeare and its characters as well as by the real stories of people and places of the city, and took shape in response to on-the-ground scenographic installation and real-time video and electro-acoustic musical creation. These pluridisciplinary workshops enable the public to took part in The City Ghettos of Today’s process of creation.

The workshops led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

ATELIERS HORS LES MURS/ Nanterre

Entre le 10 et le 22 mars, au cours de son exploration des quartiers de la Goutte d’or à Paris et du Parc à Nanterre, l’équipe artistique internationale organise également des ateliers gratuits et ouverts à tous de pratique artistique pluridisciplinaire afin d’aller à la rencontre des habitants et de créer de nouveaux espaces d’échanges avec ces territoires. Ces ateliers sont l’occasion pour l’équipe artistique de récolter et de créer in situ avec tous ceux qui viendront vers elle de nouveaux matériaux pour l’installation-performance.

Les ateliers et le stage sont menés par l’équipe artistique du projet : Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Fondation StrefaWolnoslowa, Warsaw, Piotr Mikuc (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie).

ATELIERS HORS LES MURS/ Goutte d’Or

Entre le 10 et le 22 mars, au cours de son exploration des quartiers de la Goutte d’or à Paris et du Parc à Nanterre, l’équipe artistique internationale organise également des ateliers gratuits et ouverts à tous de pratique artistique pluridisciplinaire afin d’aller à la rencontre des habitants et de créer de nouveaux espaces d’échanges avec ces territoires. Ces ateliers sont l’occasion pour l’équipe artistique de récolter et de créer in situ avec tous ceux qui viendront vers elle de nouveaux matériaux pour l’installation-performance.

Les ateliers et le stage sont menés par l’équipe artistique du projet : Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Fondation StrefaWolnoslowa, Warsaw, Piotr Mikuc (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Varsovie).

“LES VOIX DE CALIBAN”

Souvent, le ghetto concerne surtout la sphère intérieure de l’individu. Souvent, c’est l’esprit qui en est prisonnier. Le ghetto doit être ouvert. La littérature peut-être un moyen de l’ouvrir. Essayer de lire les effets et les dynamiques du “ghetto” en utilisant le prisme de la tempête de Shakespeare et de ses réécritures, c’est notre façon de chercher possibilité, mouvement, liberté, là où au premier abord nous ne voyons que fermeture, contrainte et paralysie.

Nous explorerons des quartiers souvent isolés comme l’île de Prospero et à la voix souvent unique d’en haut – celle de Prospero – du savoir transformé en pouvoir.  Nous confronterons les multiples voix, les multiples visions des multiples Calibans, des multiples Ariels, des multiples Mirandas avec leurs stratégies d’expression dans les interstices du discours de Prospero.

Pietro Floridia – directeur artistique de l’installation – performance

 

A LA RECHERCHE DES VOIES DU GHETTO

Ce débat souhaite rassembler tous ceux qui s’interrogent sur la notion de “ghetto”, qu’ils soient artistes, travailleurs sociaux, opérateurs culturels, chercheurs, habitants, ou curieux du travail mené par les équipes du projet. Ce temps d’échange permettra de revenir sur la genèse du projet européen THE CITY GHETTOS OF TODAY, de se poser la question du rapport éthique de l’artiste, du chercheur et du travailleur social à la parole de celui avec qui il travaille, et de présenter l’organisation des prochaines résidences de création du projet.

 

Participants (sous réserve, dans l’ordre des interventions) : Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna),Linda Fahssis, Rachel Shapiro et les participants de l’atelier de recherche No/s Ghettos (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Aleksander Robotycki (National Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw), Maria Koskijoki (Ethnographic Museum, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (NAGA association, Milan), Elena Basteri (Alternative Européenne, Berlin), Mabrouck Rachedi, Laurence Février, Philippe Ripol (auteurs), Didier Lapeyronnie (Université Paris 7), Sabrina Mahi (Mairie de Nanterre), Marie Poinsot (Musée de l’Immigration, Paris), Outi Korhonen (Art promotion center, Helsinki).

IN SEARCH OF GHETTO INLETS

This debate unites all those who question the concept “ghetto”, whether artists, social workers, cultural practitioners, researchers, residents or individuals curious to discover more about the work that has been – and will be – undertaken by project team members.  A time to exchange ideas, this event will provide the public with an inside look into the genesis of The CITY GHETTOS OF TODAY.  It will similarly interrogate the complex ethical relationships that link artists, researchers and social workers to those populations with whom they work.  The event will draw to a close by presenting the different forms that the project will take as it makes its way across Europe in the coming months.

The following speakers will take part in the debate (pending confirmation) : Alicja Borkowska (Fondation Strefa Wolnoslowa, Warsaw), Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis, Rachel Shapiro and the participants of the theatre research workshop No/s Ghettos (Compagnie Check Points, Paris), Aleksander Robotycki (National Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw), Maria Koskijoki (Ethnographic Museum, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (NAGA association, Milan), Elena Basteri (Alternative Européenne, Berlin), Mabrouck Rachedi, Laurence Février, Philippe Ripol (auteurs), Didier Lapeyronnie (Université Paris 7), Sabrina Mahi (Mairie de Nanterre), Marie Poinsot (Musée de l’Immigration, Paris), Outi Korhonen (Art promotion center, Helsinki).

“CALIBAN’s VOICES”

Residency and workshops outing directed by Pietro Floridia

With the participation of the international artistic team : Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Piotr Mikuć (StrefaWolnoslowa Foundation, Warsaw), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

The ghetto, very often concerns primarily an individual’s interior sphere. Often it is a state of mind of being imprisoned in the ghetto. The ghetto should be open. Literature can be a way to open it. Trying to read the dynamics of the “ghetto” through the filtres given by Shakespear’s The Tempest and its re-interpretations  give us,  is our way to search  for the possibilities, movement (if not other than of the thought itself) and freedom where at the first glance we can see only locks, coercion and paralysis.

We are going to explore the districts, often isolated, as the island of Prospero. We are going to contradict Prospero’s dominant speech – by affirming that the throne of knowledge is transfigured through the power of many voices,  different voices of many Calibans, many Ariels, many Mirandas with their strategies of expression in the interstices of the Prosperos speech.

Performance director – Pietro Floridia

HORS LES MURS WORKSHOPS/ Nanterre

During their exploration of Paris’s Goutte d’Or neighbourhood and Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc, the international artistic team offered artistic workshops to the public in order to encounter local residents and created new spaces for exchange and reflection within these multifaceted territories. These workshops, organized in partnerscip with associations from the territory were similarly enable the artistic team to cull and to created new materials for the performance-installation in situ in collaboration with those individuals and groups who choose to took part in this process of artistic research.

The workshops were led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

HORS LES MURS WORKSHOPS/ Goutte d’Or

During their exploration of Paris’s Goutte d’Or neighbourhood and Nanterre’s Quartier du Parc, the international artistic team will offer artistic workshops to the public in order to encounter local residents and create new spaces for exchange and reflection within these multifaceted territories. These workshops, organized in partnerscip with associations from the territory will similarly enable the artistic team to cull and to create new materials for the performance-installation in situ in collaboration with those individuals and groups who choose to take part in this process of artistic research.

The workshops will be led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

ARTISTIC INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOPS in PARIS

During the weekend of 15-16 March 2014, the international artistic team proposed a series of intensive practical workshops in theatrical improvisation inspired by The Tempest of William Shakespeare and its characters as well as by the real stories of people and places of the city, and took shape in response to on-the-ground scenographic installation and real-time video and electro-acoustic musical creation. These pluridisciplinary workshops enable the public to took part in The City Ghettos of Today’s process of creation.

The workshops were led by the artistic team of the project: Pietro Floridia (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Linda Fahssis (Company Check Points, Paris), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw), Marek Pluciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Luana Pavani (Compagnia dei Rifugiati/Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Nicola Bruschi (Fine Arts Accademy, Bologna), Weronika Chinowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa Foundation, Warsaw).

Cultural Centre Stoa

Cultural Centre Stoa is a lively cultural centre for East Helsinki situated by the metro station in Itäkeskus, next door to the Itis Shopping Centre. Stoa’s programme includes Finnish and international contemporary dance and circus, theatre, music, children’s performances and exhibitions. City of Helsinki Cultural Office is responsible for events at Stoa.

Stoa offers its gallery space for the installation of the City Ghettos of Today for the week 37 in 2014, coinciding with an international theatre festival that takes place in the building at the same time. The Producer of the Cultural Centre, Petra Hannus, is also a member of the planning team of the project.

 

www.stoa.fi

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Evens Foundation

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.

www.evensfoundation.be

TEAK

Founded in 1979 , Theatre Academy Helsinki provides the highest education in theatre and dance in Finland, training actors (in Finnish and Swedish), directors, dramaturges, lighting and sound designers, professionals in dance (choreographers and dancers), performance artists, dance and theatre pedagogues.
The results of the studies are performed on the stages of the Academy’s training theatre. The Academy also works within research and development in the fields of theatre, dance and performance.

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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/

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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.

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.

 

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.

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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

…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.