Arts and cultural activities, Social inclusion

The Best of Us_Paths of Memory


Who is behind this?

Cristina Nogueira

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Who is joining forces?





Medicos do Mundo


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

The project raises questions about isolation, loneliness, self-awareness, social integration and the share of knowledge among elderly communities. It links visual (photography) and movement (dance) artists with a group of elderly from Lisbon, Vienna and Hamburg. By using participatory methods, we aim to achieve a sense of self-advocacy for oneself and others and a social integrated elderly community.

Where will your idea take place?

Hamburg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Lisbon, Portugal

Why does Europe need your idea?

In Europe there has been a growing awareness of the need to improve the quality of life of ageing populations, according to WHO, “its median age is already the highest in the world… but their chances of spending these later years in good health and well-being vary within and between countries.“. Our work with elderlies will provide self-advocacy, visibility and impact on health and social systems, governmental and non-profit institutions.

What is your impact?

We aim to integrate all elderly despite of ones’ illness, ethnical background or gender. The outcome is a more inclusive, creative and healthier elderly population with a better sense of self-advocacy for oneself and others; a social integrated elderly community mingling among younger generations without fear, with a higher sense of well-being, self-awareness and QOL. We will promote project aims, goals and results beyond borders through social networks and media.

How do you get there?

Workshops of Dance Movement Therapy and Photovoice are the project methods. Each city starts with workshops of groups of 20 elderlies with all project partners. The workshops develops between 2-4 months with constant feedback from city teams. Partners return at the end of each city process, to together evaluate, reflect and discuss project development and results.These outcomes can be a short dance-theater performance, a photo exhibition and a video exhibition. Project process evaluation is made through assessments, questionnaires, pre and post-tests. The last project phase is in Lisbon, it will have a symposium format. It will gather elderlies which will share their project experiences, include lectures, open space for discussion and inviting experts from other fields.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

We are doing this project to empower elderly's self-advocacy. Beneficiaries are all project participants, caregivers, partners, familiars and friends. This project is a tool which envisions the empowering of communities, their social interaction, inclusion and integration despite gender or ethnical background. The project wishes to inform health related institutions about project achievements and conclusions.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The partnership of one photographer that uses PhotoVoice, an innovative participatory photographic visual storytelling method; three Choreographers and Dance Movement Therapists, empower individuals and enhance physical and emotional expression; two video makers who promote the work of non-profit institutions; psychologists who created an impact on five thousand persons QOL in Portugal. This group of people and unique objectives is what makes this project a challenge.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 69450,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Office expenses 1500,00€, travel and accommodation costs 8200,00 €, accommodation and subsistence 10400,00€, Event costs (e.g. room rental, materials, etc.) 5100,00€, fees and honoraries 23950,00€, (e.g. for speakers, artists etc.), public relations 7400,00€, Unforeseen and others (e.g. fees, equipment) 2100,00€, personnel Costs e.g. programme manager, programme assistant, assistant etc. 10800,00€.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

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Idea created on March 7, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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