EcoLab Foundation for Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship
International Projects' Association INPRO
Partner Organization 4: “D.O.M.48.24” NGO (Ukraine) Partner Organization 5: Stavropol Regional Public Organization "Center for Network Initiatives' Support" (Russia)
Ultranationalistic narratives are gaining wider acceptance in various countries. The contexts and arguments for those narratives may vary, but the results are always the same-exclusion and elimination. A group of artists will analyze the sets of bias and prejudice standing behind nationalism in different contexts and employ the universal language of art, theater in particular, to spread messages of multiculturalism, diversity acceptance and social cohesion across Eastern and Western Europe.
Main workshop/residency- Vanadzor, Armenia, performances in various towns/cities in Germany, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine.
Recently, the world has been reminded about the threat of nationalism and extremism. Extremist movements and ideologies present many challenges to countries in Europe and beyond. They gain support from various segments of the society and affect people by populism and anti-immigration sentiments, which fuel nationalism, xenophobia and islamophobia. Additionally, there is lack of a critical discussion of the questions related to multiculturalism, interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
This project brings together actors from cultural and civic scenes to contemplate, discuss and share experiences on the current situation and attitudes regarding nationalism and extremism in the EU and its immediate neighbors. The activities aim to strengthen cohesion through sharing the common European perspective conveyed by means of interactive theater, which is a tool for civic education and active engagement of actors from various spheres.
10 day art residency of interactive theater will take place in Vanadzor, Armenia, gathering together actors from Armenia, Ukraine, Russia, Sweden, Germany, Poland (4 actors from each country, 24 total) and 3 topic experts, to think in broader terms about the roots and repercussions of nationalism in their respective socio-cultural settings. The troupe will analyze the common European values promoting multiculturalism and diversity acceptance and contrasting those to nationalistic discourses. As multipliers, 4 actors from each country will take back the interactive performance, designed during workshops, back to their countries and play them for different audiences, encouraging rethinking the religious, racial and other biases that are forming the ultra-nationalistic discourses.
As nationalistic thinking is present to varying extents in all the project countries, the performance will promote thinking beyond nationalities and collaborating for a common cause of building united, inclusive and open European network. The message will reverberate through the target audience (mainly from 18-35 years old) the main actors of change. Performances are going to be played for free, mostly in public spaces and universities and art centers.
We believe that art, the artistic competence, and artistic tools can contribute to the development of individuals, organisations and the society as a whole. With this method the participants experience arising conflicts from a different perspectives, they try out collective problem-solving strategies to recognize mutual dilemmas as well as synergetic effects. We believe that our activities contribute to a better world, a society in which art and culture are always present.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Coordination costs - EUR 11,000; Expert fees - EUR 4500; Actors' honoraria - EUR 12,000; Travel expenses: International - EUR 10,600, Local - EUR 400; Accommodation - EUR 6500; Rent of space - EUR 5000
We welcome any contributions from individuals and organizations concerned with struggling against nationalism and extremism. The contributions can be in form of suggestions and stories to be incorporated in the performance scenario,insights about the background of nationalism in your country and whatnot! Best of all, you can connect us with organizations in your country which can host the performance. Until then, Project team