“We Have More In Common” is a creative approach to introduce and explore social challenges. The European family is facing monumental dilemmas. People are asked to cope overnight with extreme social reshuffles and landscapes. Thus, we wish to orchestrate a mini theatrical festival bringing closer amateur artists, academic institutions and ordinary people. The aim is to raise awareness and tumble the walls of exclusion for vulnerable groups, mitigating the stigma and the discrimination they face.
Greece, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic
Despite the vast amounts of information and the various awareness campaigns concerning the vulnerable and socially excluded groups both on national and European level, there is widespread discrimination, prejudice. Xenophobia, racism and polarization are some of Europe’s key issues. We would thus like to raise awareness about these phenomena through an intensely popular expressions of art, the theatre, since art has no language nor frontiers, and can break through all ages.
The goal is to raise awareness about lurking social problems towards vulnerable groups such as: migrants, refugees, homeless, addressing things in common, reaffirming there are few differences between multi-cultural groups. We wish to highlight these issues without aggression or in a lecturing manner. Participatory, spirited and creative performances, would be the most effective communication tool showcasing to the European family that we are all equal despite what appears seemingly different.
We plan to get there through a theatre festival. Theatrical teams of maximum 4 actors (amateurs) from 6 different countries of Europe(Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece and the Czech Republic) will perform a 10’ play each, story line deriving from the main title. The language of the play may vary. Scripts have to be original and inspired by true human stories. On May 9th, Europe’s day, all of the teams will be invited to perform in Greece in the presence of a jury, several NGO’s, and members of different communities. The performances will be filmed, and later shared with an academic institution of each respective country, to study and analyze. The festival will be accompanied by a number of pre and post activities, such as photo exhibitions or several mini cultural touches.
We are doing it for the people who have not been exposed at all to what is considered “different”. For all vulnerable populations who face discrimination, social exclusion, hostility, stigma, overall lack of dignity in their daily lives. For the amateur actors and scriptwriters, who want to express themselves and didn’t have the chance yet. For the younger generations, who dream for a better, more inclusive world, with less people suffering and more people discovering the value of giving.