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Youth Exchange

Austria, September  18-28 2017

The project, “Interventions” brought together 36 young people from Austria, Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Poland and Portugal to discover together that we  can communicate without using verbal communication. During the youth exchange non-verbal language and art have been used as a  tool in breaking stereotypes supporting  the integration process of the refugees in the local community.

Participants could experience that art is bringing people closer and is opening doors for  communication, helping individuals opening up to the world, art offers self-discovery, helps with self-confidence  other  brings new perspectives to the understanding of the world.

The idea of the project was  to create  environment where there are no  language barriers, the common language being art in its various representations,  where people are feeling free to express  themselves and will be created a bridge between the community and the  participants / refugees.

The project was separated in 3 parts:  Breaking stereotypes, communication  through arts and street performances. The street performances were short  interventions in the community in this way  facilitating the communication and connection between the  participants / refugees and the locals.

The participants together with the refugees and the team leader created a final performance which took place in Stockschloss, Trofaiach. They prepared for the public a theater performance combined with juggling, music improvisation, and dancing. There was also a photo exhibition and local sweets from the countries of the participants.

The video of the final performance. It was prepared in totality by the participants, guided by the team leaders, using communication through art as a method.

Postcard of the project.

Can be downloaded for printing

by clicking on the picture.

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