“Me and you – performing” is an international performing-arts project that aims at exporting Ukrainian experience in the field of confidence building, reconciliation and peace education through performing arts to Germany and European Union. The project aims at fostering mutual understanding by creating a non-verbal, performing dialogue on values and identity between different ethnic, religious and linguistic groups of society in Germany and Ukraine.
Lviv region/Ukraine; Landkreis Cham/Germany
The challenge addressed by the project both in Germany and in Ukraine is the need for new methods and approaches to intercultural dialogue and learning and integration in the context of migration (international or national) of war refugees with a Muslim background into new “hosting” societies. In both countries, these challenges can only be mastered constructively, if a dialogue is built up between all groups of society, in order to detract stereotypes, especially towards Muslim migrants.
The project aims at strengthening mutual understanding between majority groups of population and those groups of population with an immigration and Muslim background (Ukraine: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Crimea; Germany: refugees) on the basis of (1.) joint performing-arts projects (pantomime, theater of the oppressed, object art)and (2.) German-Ukrainian exchange of experience in the field of performing arts as an instrument of confidence building and intercultural dialogue.
After selection of 3 NGOs in Lviv region and in Cham region on the basis of an application form, a 5-day Training-of-Trainers seminar on the methods of performing arts as an instrument of integration and confidence building will be implemented firstly in Lviv, then in Cham with activists of the partner organizations. After the ToT, these trainers will implement 8-weeks mini-projects in the field of performing-arts with groups consisting of 10 locals and 10 IDPs/refugees each. In December 2016, theater-festivals/expositions will be organized in Lviv and Cham. A small publication in German and Ukrainian language will be elaborated and printed to summarize the project results. In order to finance these festivals/expositions and project publication additional, local sponsors will be attracted.
Target groups in Ukraine are 9 local activists representing 3 NGOs in Lviv region that actively work on a daily basis with IDPs from Crimea. These will work with in total 60 beneficiaries (30 locals and 30 IDPs from Crimea). Target groups in Germany are 9 representatives of 3 NGOs or educational institutions in Cham district that work on a daily basis with war refugees. These will work with in total 60 beneficiaries (30 locals and 30 refugees).
We are planning to import social innovations from the European boarder region (Ukraine) to Central Europe (Germany), therefore from one of the applying EU-neighborhood states to one of the founding states in order to shape a peaceful European future – by opening minds through performance, theater and art.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
5-day Training-for-Trainers in Lviv and in Cham (board, lodging, travel expenses of participants, premises, training materials, honoraria for 3 trainers); Trip of 3 Ukrainian trainers to ToT-seminar in Cham (flight and train tickets), 9 mini-projects (premises, training materials), Theater-Festivals in Lviv and Cham (Premises, catering, PR and marketing, materials for trainers and participants, travel expenses); Project publication (honoraria for redaction and layout, printing).