Cultural heritage

Break the ice

Break the ice

Project ID: HU07-0207-B2-2016

Projektgazda/Projekt Promoter Szegedi Focus Műhely Kortárs Színházi és Összművészeti Alapítvány
Program Operátor/ Programme Operator Miniszterelnökség - Társadalmi és Örökségvédelmi Ügyekért, valamint Kiemelt Kulturális Beruházásokért Felelős Helyettes Államtitkárság /Prime Minister’s Office, Deputy State Secretariat Responsible for Cultural Heritage, Social Affairs and Major Cultural Investments 
Megvalósítási időszak/ Implementation period 2016.05.02. - 2017.04.30.
Hazai Projekt Partnerek/National Project Partner Daru Közhasznú Egyesület
Donor Projekt Partner/Donor Project Partner -
Összköltség / Total budget (EUR) 8 460 962,24 HUF/ 27 859,61 EUR
EGT/Norvég támogatás összege / EEA/Norwegian Grant (EUR) 7 600 000 HUF/ 25 024,7 EUR

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Members of both Roma and Non-Roma societies are dissatisfied with the backlog in education and employment, integration difficulties of the minority. Unsolved problems cause daily conflicts, tensions outbreak in more and more extreme ways. Social inclusion and equal opportunities cannot be made by economic and social policies only. Culture creates values and reinforces social cohesion, it is indeed a strong tool to know Roma communities, their life and cultural values, to acquire common experiences. Our project aims to visit 20 different locations - some of them underprivileged - in Hungary, reach Roma and mixed communities, the young and the adult, to cooperate in cultural projects, weaken the prejudices, facilitate intercultural dialogue by forum theatre techniques, workshops, literary performances and art exhibitions. The main objective is to improve mutual understanding in coexistence - in the workplace, institution or community -, to process everyday difficulties through cultural assets - in this case, theatre. Forum theatre provides a possibility to present real situations, take consequences to the extreme, and propose alternatives. Dramatic situation is always based on the clear relations between the oppressor and the oppressed. The conflict arises from the abuse of the privileged over the protagonist. Crisis is born with a balance of power: opponents are not willing to give in, accept a lower status, and the protagonist is unable to assert interests and raise status. Forum Theatre method concerns not only the emotional and mental identification of the audience (or target group), it expects the player/viewer to act on behalf of the protagonists, to take decisions that actually affect the turnout of the game. Forum Theatre is distinguished by all other dramatic methods because its inherent structure uses problem-solving as a rule: this is indeed beneficial in Roma/non-Roma mixed environments. This project outlines a complex conflict situation, as opposed to the usual forum theatre structure based on a singular conflict. Two wildcard characters (actors, connecting characters) try to interpret the conflict scene and make the audience re-enact it, replacing characters and proposing solutions that break the chain of conflict, with the oppressed standing up for their rights. Experience has shown youth to be incredibly justful and inventive in reenactments. The program is a sentitizer and also empowers self esteem: similar situations of oppression, ostracism, isolation in real life can be met with the ability to stand up for themselves or others. Roma community is heterogeneous. Some of them choose the path of integration, some of them don't. Segregation is present. Urban communities provide contact in school classes or apartment blocs: rural communities, villages are different, still, the minority is often segregated; people do not necessarily meet or know each other. We appreciate the chance - if only 90 minutes or a few days - given by the program to meet and discuss, providing a prerequisite of finding each other in the future. Forum Theatre programs at different locations involve students, then adults of the same community, providing an opportunity for professionals working with them, for them, to problem-solving workshops. The project is closed with a cultural event presenting the beauties of Roma arts - achievements of artists can be an inspiration for the young struggling with social exclusion.



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