Our project involves young people in an intense theatrical environment, guided by performing arts professionals. Using laboratories that consent rate on movement, voice, theatrical improvisation and writing skills, we stimulate artistic expression, active participation and build positive self-awareness. The program culminates in a high-level theatrical production, open to the whole city, that demonstrates the positive result of social inclusion and emphasizes our shared sense of democracy.
The city Prato, situated in Tuscany, a region in central Italy.
The province of Prato has the highest percentage (28%) in central Italy of minors in the lowest socio-economic strata who are by definition culturally disadvantaged. In Tuscany, 16% of minors do not work and do not study. Prato is charachterized by a strong multiculturalism; its has a large Chinese community as well as hosting more than 125 different ethnic nationalities. Prato is at the center of an important trial: how to develop an integrated and democratic society, that has the cohesion to lift all members to a better quality of life. The opportunity is to welcome diversity and build a social fabric based on one’s own rights, and respect for the rights of others.This is the challenge facing our region, and the one that our project is designed to respond to.
Our aim is to remove the social and cultural obstacles that prevent young people from exploiting their inherent talent and skills, by using the tools of participation and inclusion. Educational poverty hinders the conquest of active citizenship and causes serious repercussions on the needs of self-realisation and social recognition. It is a well established fact, that art and the theatre have a powerful therapeutic effect. Our project offers Prato’s young people a sense of inclusion, giving them the opportunity to explore their inherent talent and experience their feelings. Our techniqus use tried and true theatrical activities, that develop the social tools and self-awareness needed to become members of a community.
Our target group is the young people who are in the development phase of their personalities, starting by the most vulnerable and fragile members of our society. We are going to present the project in local schools, especially in the suburbs. We want to reach out to teachers who can signal us needy students. At the same time, we involve the families and ethnic communities to which the children belong. We make use of key figures such as cultural mediators and local managers of ethnic community associations, creating a dialogue between their members and our team. From day one, the young people are identified, not as Chinese, Moroccan, Italian or African, but as human actors, involved in the team effort of producing a play.
The initial phase is dedicated to finding participants, with the collaboration of the Municipality of Prato, local schools and associations. The next step starts an intensive process of socialization aimed at theatrical training. Theater, dance and music are used to guide the participants towards the creation of works - visual, dramaturgical, performative - that will make up the final event.
The project culminates in a high-level theatrical production, open to the whole city. Every phase of the production is documented by professional video producers and still photographers, ensuring a high quality historical record of the program. The project’s main goals are always kept in sight: social integration in search of a personal and shared contribution.
By approving this project, it increases the public’s interest in cultural events, it embraces a new audience of young people. It encourages the direct involvement of this city’s most forgotten citizens, their families and their communities. It increases the attendance at our public libraries, our city’s theaters and museums.this project enhances city of Prato public image by linking it with the virtuous intentions of the production : social inclusion, the participation of our city’s youth, training future talent, and building bridges between this city’s public administration, it’s performing artists, and it’s citizens.
The project seeks to contribute to a new vision of Europe as a common cultural space, where improvements takes place through the social commitment of every individual. The focus of our idea is the promotion of panEuropean values of participation, diversity, active citizenship, solidarity and respect for human rights and dignity. We turn to young people, with particular attention to the most vulnerable members of our community, and give them quality learning opportunities in line with the objectives of the European Agenda 2030 ie. the reduction of educational and cultural poverty.
We seek to trigger a debate on what now constitutes European citizenship in our city: how to fight social isolation in order to have a different kind of society.
Gianni Rodari (Italian children’s author) wrote a volume entitled "The Grammar of Fantasy" in which he stressed the importance of imagination within education. He concluded by saying that the motto of his work could be “All of us are allowed to use all the world’s words”, and that there was nothing more democratic, "not because everyone is an artist, but because no one is a slave”. We think that this last phrase best describe our intent: discovering a new path of education, guiding the young people towards a new awareness of themselves as European citizens with a positive role in their society’s future. We introduce the possibility of other worlds and other types of relations. We celebrate diversity, and the opportunity that each one of us can be a positive agent for change.
Funding requested from Civic Europe
Personnel (project team and theatre, music, dance trainers) 27000€
Technical personnel 2000€
Travel and Accommodation 2000€
Communication and Promotion 3000€
Photo and Video 5000€
Technical Equipment (Rent) 2000€
Scenes and Costumes 2000€
Metropopolare enjoys a long relationship of co-financing with our local public Administration.
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