Institute of Global Responsibility
Romania - (partner to be confirmed)
Sweden - Ridgedale Permaculture (Member of the British Association - partner to be confirmed)
The project connects education and art of performing on stage to highlight challenges of contemporary small-scale local farming in European countries. It presents a crucial role of local farmers in Europe in guaranteeing food sovereignty and encourages people to think together about solutions to their problems. It also promotes idea of sustainable use of natural resources in deep connection with efficient crop production.
The project will cover chosen rural areas in 3 European countries: Poland, Romania, Sweden
We're addressing the "Taste of Democracy" project to the challenge of negative changes in local food production in rural areas of European countries. These changes relate to the:
1) structure of local markets together with its legal and economic instruments
2) land grabbing issue
3) structure and scale of crops - biodiversity vs. monoculture
4) soil degradation
1.Local farmers are aware of their crucial role in European food system as well as of the solutions for protecting natural resources from policies and strategies of grabbing. 2.They promote local food production as a vital issue for guaranteeing food sovereignty in Europe. 3.They implement chosen elements of alternative solutions for local food production and for protecting rural land. 4.They're engaged in an active advocacy for food sovereignty in Europe through theatrical performances
a)Recruiting a group of 9 people from rural areas to create a FORUM Theatre play;b)International workshops-exchange;c)FORUM Theatre play;d)Film;Workshops' themes:structure of markets and crops,soil protection,land grabbing,introduction to FORUM Theatre.Aim: sharing knowledge&ideas,getting feedback from European farmers.Duration: 9 days(1country–3 days).Educational workshops are followed by theatrical exercises.A stage play presenting current problems of European local farming is created by Polish group.Time:5 days,only in Poland.The play will be presented 5 times in Poland in small village, medium-sized city&big city(with foreign guests).Workshops&theatrical activities will be recorded to produce a film,which will be translated&used as educational material for similar initiatives in Europe
Direct target group:
1. Local farmers
Indirect target groups:
1. Local food enterpreneurs (local food processors, distributors, sellers)
2. Local communities (preserving and revitalizing social and cultural heritage as a European value)
3. Consumers, including residents of urban areas.
Our project combines education with engaging form encouraging people to contribute to the dialogue about one of the main challenges in Europe,which is preserving the food sovereignty.By using theatrical methods & working with experts we're moving the debate to another dimension,where food consumers and producers can talk about their problems and create together the solutions.We're showing,that the global food market mechanisms have a decisive impact on potential of surviving for local farms.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
1. Coordinating – 16 000 Euro 2. Office expenses – 800 3. Accountancy – 1000 4. Travel expenses – 5300 Euro 5. Honoraria for experts – 4000 Euro 6. Honorarium for performance trainer – 2500 Euro 7. Honoraria for moderators - 1500 8. Accommodation – 3000 Euro 9. Food – 3400 Euro 10. Renting space for workshops – 2000 Euro 11. Promotion of the project – 1000 Euro 12. Film prproduction – 8000 Euro 13. Performances of stage play (renting place) – 1500 Euro
We'd like to receive advice and comments on how we can improve European connection and cohesion within this project. We'd also like to receive some tips concerning budget. What is more, it would be nice to hear what do others think about the idea of working with this particular target group and the main assumptions in our project. Thank You in advance :)