ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V.
Centro di Creazione e Cultura
University of Tarragona – Universitat Rovira i Virgili
partner #4: Synergy of Music Theatre (SMouTh) www.smouth.com Greece partner #5: Brouhaha International http://www.brouhaha.uk.com/ UK
The SLSR project will develop and disseminate artistic approaches to promoting LGBTI+ rights and to combating homo-, trans- and biphobia. SLSR will empower young artists from Germany, Greece, Italy, Slovakia, Spain and the UK to reach young people with strong messages promoting LGBTI+ equality. They will jointly create performances that will be presented at public events and festivals in all participating countries. A publication will compile collected and tested best practice.
Köln/NRW, Germany; Larissa, Greece; Florence, Italy; Bratislava, Slovakia; Barcelona, Spain; Liverpool, UK
Recent research has shown that gender inequality, anti-LGBTI+ discrimination and hate crime still persist all over Europe, rooted in heteronormative societies and rigid gender concepts. To combat this discrimination, SLSR will address the cultural context of many young people: Urban Cultures, often transporting positive values such as mutual respect and diversity, but also reinforcing heterosexuality and binary gender concepts as social norms, devaluing people outside or beyond these "norms".
– to raise young people’s awareness of LGBTI+ discrimination on personal/cultural/structural levels; to enable them to identify it and respond to it
– to empower young artists to play active roles in the recognition of diverse sexual orientations/gender identities/LGBTI+ rights
– to address a broad audience with strong messages promoting LGBTI+ equality through public performances and online videos
– to address youth/culture workers and teachers with a manual of best practice/tested methods
Starting from analysis of LGBTI+ discriminating discourses, best practice of artistic approaches to create counter-narratives will be researched in all partner countries. In international seminars, selected best practice will be developed further and professional artists will be trained to be SLSR trainers. Based on this, artistic residencies will be organised in the 6 partner countries: First as pilots, than as improved follow-ups. There, young urban artists (16 to 30 years old) will join forces to create performances, movies and/or exhibitions deconstructing LGBTI+ discrimination, guided by the SLSR trainers. Results will be performed on stage, presented in public space and/or published online. A publication will compile collected and tested best practice.
1. young urban (performing/media) artists with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities will be empowered to become active change agents
2. the public, especially urban youth, will be addressed through artistic creations by the young artists raising awareness for gender/sexuality related topics and inequalities.
3. stakeholders such as youth work/cultural organisations, schools and actors of public influence will benefit from the publication of best practice and tested methods
The innovative character of this projects lies in linking artistic approaches and social sciences; and in the involvement of young urban, performing and media artists as peer promoters of the project's topic and message. Being part of urban youth scenes themselves, they have potentials of reaching other young people that are mostly inaccessible for adults from social majority groups. Furthermore, this project follows a inclusive, diversity-conscious approach, avoiding labeling and exclusion.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Total costs for 6 countries and 30 months: Staff costs (including organisation of all project steps, creation and translation of final publication): 204.000 €; fees for trainers: 66.000 €; Other costs for 10 artistic residencies (subsistence, equipment rentals, local transport, insurance etc): 44.000 €; 7 International meetings (travel and subsistence) 56.000 €; Public performances and dissemination of results 50.000 €; overheads and administration costs 5.000 €.
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