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CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS - CULTURE IN A TIN!Theatre for Inclusion, Integration & Intercultural Dialogue

27/12/2016

Dear Friends!

We would like to invite to take part in the project “CULTURE IN A T-IN! Theatre for Inclusion, Integration and Intercultural Dialogue”, which will focus on the use of theatre as a methodology to foster inclusion and integration of migrants and refugees within the local communities.

Title: CULTURE IN A T-IN! Theatre for Inclusion, Integration and Intercultural Dialogue
Project Dates: June 18th to June 27th (travel days included)
Project Venue: Brussels and surroundings (Belgium)
People involved: 36 young people (6 facilitators, 30 participants)


Organizers:

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU) is an International Non-Governmental Youth
Organization established in 1986 and member of the European Youth Forum in Brussels as an INGYO. YEU looks forward to increase tolerance and awareness between different countries, cultures and traditions, and to promote a greater level of comprehension through the development of various youth activities. The main aim of YEU is to promote peace, understanding and cooperation between the young people of the world, in a spirit of respect for human rights. YEU is a non-profit making youth organization independent of all political affiliation, run by young people for young people by means of a democratic structure. Visit our website for more details about YEU:
http://www.yeu-international.org/


ABOUT THE PROJECT/EXCHANGE
"CULTURE IN A T-IN! Theatre for INclusion, INtegration and INtercultural Dialogue" is a youth exchange that will take place from April 22nd to May 1st, 2017, in Brussels (Belgium) and will involve 30 young people (aged 18-25) and 6 facilitators from 6 different countries: Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece and FYROM/Macedonia. The exchange will be preceded by an APV, hosted in Brussels from February 24th to February 27th, where the 6 facilitators (1 per group) will gather and discuss all project aspects and details. The main aim of the project, therefore, is to explore theatre as a social tool and methodology to foster inclusion, integration and intercultural dialogue, giving the chance to young europeans and young migrants to meet and create bridges and to redefine the concept of “culture” by opening themselves to each other.
Inclusion, in fact, is a group process, not a physical state or immutable property. And with every individual that enters or leaves a group at any given time, this group changes and adapts. As a group, culture is a living organism, open and permeable. Most of the times, however, we approach culture as a closed tin: we judge it from the cover, we analyze it from the outside label and image and we don’t even “dare” to open it. In this way, we create stereotypes (i.e. a preconceived notion, a conventional or formulaic conception or image) and we feed our own communities with fear and radicalism. Living in societies that are more and more intercultural and interconnected, with more than a million migrants and refugees who crossed into Europe in 2015, we cannot keep our cultures in safe, closed tins. The risk, is not only to lose any sense of compassion, but even a grip on reality.
“Xenophobes warn that Europe’s cultural identity is at risk, and yet the founding treaty of the EU calls for societies characterized by pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men. That means welcoming refugees, and taking steps to integrate them in a way that respects these values, and their identity.“ (Judith Sunderland - Associate Director for Human Rights Watch’s Europe and Central Asia division). There’s no doubt that the refugee crisis and the high flow of migrants in the EU pose many challenges, today and in the years to come, and that a path towards inclusion is necessary.
As stated by París Uki, the founder of the austrian collective “Theatre for inclusion”, Inclusion is a process that requires continuous revision and change, a personal transformation towards the values of inclusive coexistence and, by extension, of cultural transformation towards social inclusion. Having already experienced and developed the use of theatre as a tool for conflict resolution, we decided to explore it in the context of social inclusion. Theatre can help to face some of the underlying issues of intercultural dialogue and inclusion by:
1. Recognizing the value of BEING a person
2. Accepting LIMITS (physical, emotional, etc.) and learn to WORK TOGETHER to overcome them
3. Fostering SELF DETERMINATION
4. Discovering and overcoming the social BARRIERS that make it difficult to participate in the life of a community or society
5. Creating a SUPPORT net and developing resources able to transform those barriers into opportunities and positive challenges
6. Interiorizing this process in order to live the VALUES of inclusion in our everyday lives and experiences
Therefore, by using theatre, we will face and discuss some of the most difficult issues of today’s society in Europe: inclusion, integration, intercultural dialogue, radicalization, islamophobia. By reflecting on ourselves and on our behaviors within society, we will be able to reach the others (in this case young refugees and migrants and the organizations working with them on a daily basis) and to fight fear and stereotypes within the local community, creating long lasting bridges and support networks.

OBJECTIVES:
The specific objectives of the project will be:
- To contribute to migrants and refugees integration in local communities
- To promote intercultural dialogue and learning
- To promote inclusion, tolerance and mutual understanding / fight generalization, racism and stereotypes
- To promote the values of an “open culture”, able to change and adapt in order to include others
- To fight radicalization and islamophobia among european young people and local communities
- To enhance and foster the use of theatre as a methodology and tool for inclusion and integration
The expected outputs will be:
- A final theatre forum performance that will be shown in a local refugee camp, through which young europeans and young migrants/refugees will be able to interact and create meaningful connections
- A short documentary video of the whole experience

METHODOLOGY:
Non-formal education methods will be used throughout the youth exchange as we strongly believe in its power to develop the competences of young people. In this process of learning, there are no teachers and students. The activities are organised according to the needs of the participants while the sharing of experiences in healthy environments of trust and mutual respect is encouraged. Moreover, by using theatre as a social tool and methodology we will be able to create awareness and empathy among young people and to transform them in real actors of change and inclusion.

ACCOMMODATION and FINANCES:
YEU International will cover all costs related to accommodation. It will also cover 100% of travel costs if it is up to the limit indicated below and the cheapest way from the resident country. 100% of visa costs will be reimbursed. The Participants are obliged to have receipts of the ticket, boarding pass and invoices of credit card that was used for buying the tickets for online payments. Reimbursements will be transferred after the event to partner organisations' bank accounts (after all original documents are collected, the final report is submitted and the second payment from the National Agency is received).

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
 Between the age range of 18 to 25;
 Are able to work in English;
 Are committed to work for the successful implementation of the convention;
 Have at least basic knowledge on the topics of the project;
 Are willing to act as multipliers of the project;
 The participation of young people with fewer opportunities is suggested;
 Young migrants and/or young people with different cultural backgrounds;
 Full attendance for the duration of the project;
 Previous experiences in theatre would be considered as a value added.

Participants will be selected by YEU on the basis of their applications, while priority will be given to Members of YEU Member Organizations. Due to the specific topic of the exchange, priority will be given to participants with different cultural backgrounds.

he countries included in this youth exchange are Belgium, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Greece and FYROM/Macedonia gathering 30 young people and 6 facilitators/group leaders from 6 different YEU member organizations.

Dates: June 18th to June 27th (participants are expected to arrive on the 18th of June and depart on the 27th, no more than 2-3 days of flexibility before or after the project dates are allowed).

Maximum Travel Costs Reimbursements*:
- Belgium 0€
- Italy 170€
- FYROM/Macedonia 170€
- Turkey 270€
- Spain 170€
- Greece 170€
*Reimbursements will be done based on actual travel costs upon presenting the original documents and in accordance with conditions described in this call.

If you are interested, please apply here until 09/04/2017 23:59 (CET).


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