Queer Faces, Migrant Voices

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Through a partnership between Stichting art.1 and LGBT World Beside, we held a storytelling and podcast workshop as part of the project Queer Faces Migrant Voices on the 15th and 16th of March, in Goethe Instituut Amsterdam.

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A group of refugees from Russia and Chechnya, now currently living around The Netherlands and Belgium, came together to acquire some tools designed to allow them to tell their stories in a more powerful and effective way.

This workshop created a safe space for all of the participants to get to know each other and provided great conversation starters that originated talks about their lives and experiences. Besides, the trainers explored the theory of storytelling and radio making, inspiring the participants to create their podcast episodes and tell their own story as they wished.

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“Queer Faces, Migrant Voices” is a project for LGBTQ+ refugees who have recently come to The Netherlands. Many of them have fled discrimination, war or lack of prospects and have decided to leave their homes to find a better life elsewhere. It is for people who struggle with questioning their sexuality due to a conservative education or religious upbringing, and who, in addition to this inner disruption, are confronted with a completely new environment: a new country, a different language, different customs and habits. Our project is dedicated to these people and gives them the space and voice to deal with their cultural, sexual and religious identity. The trainers Lotte van Gaalen and Salim Salameh help participants with technical and personal questions. These questions become stories that bring participants together in a narrative mosaic. The young refugees then have the opportunity to share their experience and thoughts on international platforms such as festivals, websites, a podcast channel and various radio stations.

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