Art and Creativity can build better communities and reinvent themselves for a better society.
SHARE project is a 2-years long-project (2019-2021), focused on education and creation in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. This is a project motivated by experiences we have gained from other international projects in the past years. It combines education, creativity, art and reality. No matter how we look around the world, we always face incredible differences in terms of opportunities between Continents-Europe on one side, and Africa and the Middle East on the other. As is important that those differences are becoming smaller, what would bring to lower migration, less poverty and better future for developed countries and richer exchange with EU countries.
Let alone the fact that Artists from underdeveloped countries depend on European technology and production in the Art field to develop their work. Many creation processes have to be completed in Europe due to the fact that there are not many qualified technicians in the creation of light, music, and scenography on top of the lack of info-structure capable of hosting the good production. This means, that even if African choreographer wants to work at home, he or she will face some difficulties since there are very few infrastructural conditions to support their creative process. It’s a kind of vicious circle that needs to be changed.
The real development in culture would then necessitate an acquisition and access to knowledge, tools for creation, tools for creative business and sustainability for people living in developing countries. There is not enough support granted for the education of professionals needed in the art and cultural production: technicians, producers, managers, etc. This project wants to contribute to the creation of a durable system by training people who would become potential trainers, producers, designers and develop something durable.
We believe that training must be combined with a full immersive practice through the actual process of creating and producing new projects so the students can acquire adequate knowledge and become independent in his work. Therefore, we are starting a new project which will be divided into two phases.
The first phase
- Training of local technicians and other supporting professions in the production;
- Workshops are given by the project artists for groups of local artists;
- Workshops are given by the project artists for specific target groups: women, children, prisoners etc.
In First phase we are focus on local artists, technicians and communities. We give and we learn.
The second phase
- The trained local technicians work together with the project artists on new productions;
- Creative residencies for production;
- Touring of the created productions;
- Designers follow their ideas till the realizations, with the help of experts of different skills.
In the Second phase, we focus on artistic development. We create and we share.
The short-term goals of the project
- To train local technicians for further productive work
- To straighten the local artists, their events, designers and partners for their work in the future.
The long-term goal of the project
- To help local partners by building Creative centers in Senegal and Burkina Faso.
The project team
The project team will include a number of excellent technicians, who will act as mentors in different fields of technical production (in both phases of the project), as well as brilliant artists, who will give workshops for local artists (in the first phase) and create new productions with support of the newly trained core local technicians (in the second phase). All project artists and mentors are used to work in several different fields, they are open to new challenges, and they are capable to interact and combine with each other and pass on their knowledge with an active approach. The project team will be mainly composed of artists and mentors with previous working experiences in Africa and the Middle East. The majority of the project team members have already participated in our past international projects. The project team members come from Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.
The project is based on a bottom-up approach, meaning that the topics develop above all in dialogue with local partners and artists about their actual needs for their development and production. We want to include the local population in our workshops, especially on the principles of the Oasis. Oasis creates a space in which seemingly impossible activities can be implemented in a short period of time, and thus enables the participation of citizens. It is based on the idea that the change is possible, both individually and collectively, and involves people as they build the type of society in which they want to live.
- Share knowledge, experience, artistic visions, differences, and capacity building among artists from different countries;
- Share knowledge and build technical teams for future support of creative arts in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe;
- Offer equal possibilities – regardless of regional differences – for artists and technicians in the project on all levels: financial, social and political;
- Build a unique Open Space for longer cooperation, multicultural exchange and professional approach;
- Insight into diversity.
Timeline of the project:
The Preparation Phase
- May 2018, Senegal, meeting with local partners and artists, mapping the places for first Lab and workshop with the local dancers.
- May 2018 – Pilot Lab with all artists, mentors, local producers, partners and producer. 10 days: gathering, brainstorming, small try out with locals.
- November 2018, Cameroon, meeting with local partners and artists and workshop with the local dancers.
- February 2019, Burkina Faso, meeting with local partners and artists and workshop with the local dancers.
The First Phase: Education & Workshops
- Duration: September 2019 – May 2020
- The 1st phase is carried out in 4 Labs, each of them 12 days, together 48 days.
- Each Lab includes:
- Training given by the project mentors for the core team of local technicians (15 technicians from Africa), and additional local technicians in sound, light, video, technical production, production.
- Workshops given by the project artists (18 artists from Africa, Europe and Middle East (Palestine) for the local artists and special target groups:
- Creative designers: Set designer, costume designer
- Dance: hip-hop, freestyle, contemporary dance
- Performing practice
- Film and photography
- Locations of Labs:
- Senegal, May 2019, pilot project and May 2019 Lab 3
- Cameron, November 2019, Lab 1
- Burkina Faso, February 2020, Lab2
- The number of local participants in all 4 Labs:
- Technical training: 80
- Art workshops: 160
- Special target groups: 80
- Local producers: 4
- Special project: Artists for kids; Janin, Palestine, October 2019
The Second Phase: Residency, Creation & Touring
+ Creating small creative jobs as the base for new jobs
- Duration: September 2020 – September 2021
- Residencies: Italy, Croatia, Spain, France
- Touring: depend on the production but in all involving countries in the projects.
- Special project: Artist for the kids, Grahamstown, June 2020
Countries involved in the project
Mentors/artists and project core technicians (the list is not final):
- Senegal 3 + 5
- Burkina Faso 3 + 5
- Cameroon 2 + 5
- Slovenia 7 + 0
- Spain 1 + 0
- France 2 + 0
- Croatia 2 + 0
- Palestine 2 + 2
- South Africa 1 + 0