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Overcoming consequences of war through forum …


Who is behind this?

Maria Slesazeck

German-Russian Exchange


Who is joining forces?



Kraina Vilnykh Lyudey


Our Future


We have a variety of further partners in projects in Russia, Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine, working in a wide range of fields such as theatre, dialogue, peacemaking, anti-discrimination and integration. Last but not least, this includes those representatives of NGOs which we trained in „Usage of Forum Theatre when working with internally displaced persons (IDPs)“ within our predecessor project. These partners will support the project in public relations and recruitment of participants.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

By means of qualification and an international festival, a Russian-Ukrainian-German network of partners will promote the inner-European transfer of well-proven methods of overcoming war consequences through Forum Theatre (FT). Strong connections will be built, those affected by war consequences in Ukraine will be socially activated, and potential for violence will be lowered. A method book in Russian and English will bring these experiences to the public in Eastern and Western Europe alike.

Where will your idea take place?

Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Why does Europe need your idea?

Social tensions induced by wars or migration waves currently bear challenges for many European countries, especially Ukraine, as well as for mutual understanding within Europe. A priori disadvantaged groups such as women, children, and IDPs are particularly influenced by these effects. Post-war countries possess specific competence in mastering such difficulties. However, knowledge transfer and network building between Eastern and Western Europe is often insufficient.

What is your impact?

1. Strengthening Ukrainian civil society; 2. empowering and activating socially disadvantaged groups such as women and IDPs; 3. transferring knowledge and experience about overcoming the consequences of war through FT among European (post-) war countries; 4. spreading the usage of FT in preventing violence and coping with trauma, an approach well-tried by our partner „Sintem“ in the North Caucasus; 5. transferring specific work experience from Eastern to Western Europe – an untypical direction.

How do you get there?

1.Train Ukrainian multipliers in prevention of violence through Forum Theatre, with whom we shall
2.develop a FT play on the subject of domestic violence as a consequence of war, which will
3.premiere at the international FT festival in Dnepropetrovsk beside four other productions from UA, RU, GE, and AM which deal with other problems resulting from war and which will be discussed interactively with the audience, especially NGO activists and IDPs;
4.Arrange a network meeting between the leaders and stakeholders of the five FT groups (belonging to various social groups in four different countries) during the festival;
5.Compile and publish a Russian and English method book about the usage of Forum Theatre in overcoming war consequences which will include work experience from four countries.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Civil societies and FT multipliers from the Ukraine (especially womens' rights advocates), Russia, Georgia, and Armenia are direct beneficiaries of the project. Collaterally, marginalised and discriminated or socially disadvantaged groups within these societies (such as IDPs or war-damaged persons), especially current and potential victims of domestic violence in Ukraine (predominantly women and children), will also benefit highly.

What makes your idea stand apart?

The strategy for preventing domestic violence through Forum Theatre which was developed and well-tried by our partner „Sintem“ in Chechnya but is little known in Eastern Europe is transferred to the civil societies of other European post-war countries. Forum Theatre is promoted as an effective method for overcoming diverse consequences of war. Contrary to the common direction of transfer we impart work experience from four Eastern European post-war regions to Western Europe.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Seven-day workshop for 10 activists (honoraria, accommodation, travel): 7280EUR; international festival of Forum Theatre (accommodation, travel costs for 40 persons, rooms for public performances): 11920EUR; Financial support of the Forum Theatre groups from 5 countries (preparation, direction of the performances, domestic travel costs, coffee breaks): 5000EUR; Conception, layout, and translation of the method book: 3800EUR; Administrative costs: 4000EUR; Salaries of the 3 coordinators:18000EUR

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

We welcome every invitation to collaborate or connect as well as the participation of all those interested in our public events in Ukraine. If needed, we are happy to facilitate contacts to Forum Theatre groups or other activists from our network, working to overcome the consequences of war in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, and Armenia.


Maria Slesazeck Deutsch-Russischer Austausch e.V.

Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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