Storytelling training in Novi Sad, Serbia

The first YAC storytelling training in Serbia took place between the 2nd and the 6th of April, in Novi Sad. The training was given by Fouad Lakbir, on behalf of Stichting  International Storytelling Centre and it consisted of a four-day workshop for the youth and a one-day of a Train the Trainers workshop. 

The group of participants comprised six people who, on the first day, began getting to know each other through teambuilding and trust exercises, alongside a short introduction to storytelling.  The following sessions were spent alternating between storytelling theory and human rights discussions. Great conversations and personal stories came out of questions such as “Was there a moment where you thought about leaving Serbia?” and “Can you tell me about a time when you felt discriminated and a time when you felt validated?” 

When everyone had come up with their own story to work with, the time was dedicated to crafting their stories and coaching the participants on the structure and imaginary telling. 

The 4th day was an important day: after working on their presentation skills, everyone presented the stories to each other and to a small audience. The results were beautiful and really touching and we could wrap up the workshop with the distribution of the certificates and a nice drink together.

The very last day was a bit different: it consisted of training the group in the use of storytelling training methods and tools, so that they can be the ones applying it in their communities in the future.


Radio/podcast training in Pristina, Kosovo

Between the 24th and the 29th of January, our trainers Lotte van Gaalen and Saleem Salameh headed to Pristina in order to carry out the first radio/podcast training as part of our Youth Artivists for Change project in the Balkan. There, a group of participants which consisted mostly of people from the LGBT community, awaited them, eager to start learning. 

Some of them mentioned how open-minded their families were, but others made evident that the safe art space has been very important in making them feel at home. It soon became clear that they were all very outspoken about their passion for human rights and they were eager to tell stories that concerned mental health issues, homophobia and violence against women.

After the icebreaker games, some stories had already been shared and the participants had become acquainted with each other, immediately showing a lot of empathy for one another. Soon enough, important questions started being raised: “what can we expect from the generation of our parents who were raised with a different mentality?” and “Should LGBTQ+ people have to come out?” The workshop rapidly proved to become a safe space and it was evident that a very strong sense of community was beginning to take shape.

Afterwards, it was time for a bit of theory regarding storytelling. The trainers explained how through the techniques of storytelling one can engage the audience in such a way that their opinions are challenged and their minds open up.

It was with a lot of emotion that on the third and last day they finished their recordings and made the edits of their stories. Some of the stories will be released on our podcast platform art.1 radio, available here.


Stichting art.1 zoekt peer educators voor project over mensenrechten

daVind jij het belangrijk om met tieners te praten over discriminatie, LHBTi-rechten, de vrijheid van geloof en vrije partnerkeuze? En kun je daar vanuit eigen ervaring over vertellen? Word dan peer educator tijdens De Week van de Mensenrechten!

In december organiseert Stichting art.1 in samenwerking met Stichting Discussiëren Kun Je Leren (DKJL) voor de tweede keer de Week van de Mensenrechten. Tijdens deze week organiseren we vier debatten in vier gemeenten waarbij leerlingen van verschillende middelbare scholen met elkaar zullen discussiëren over het belang van mensenrechten en een samenleving zonder discriminatie. Voorafgaand aan deze debatten volgen de leerlingen een les over debatteren en over mensenrechten.

Wat doe je als peer educator?
Als peer educator geef je een les samen met een docent van Discussiëren Kun Je Leren. De DKJL-docent leert de deelnemende klassen de vaardigheden die nodig zijn voor het voeren van een debat over mensenrechten; jij zorgt voor een inhoudelijke verdieping op het thema. Dit doe je door de thematiek te verbinden aan jouw persoonlijke verhaal, maar vooral ook door gesprekspartner te zijn van de leerlingen.

Voorwaarden:

  • Je hebt affiniteit met het thema mensenrechten en specifiek LHBTi-rechten;
  • Je vindt het leuk om met jongeren te werken in de leeftijd van 13 tot 15 jaar;
  • Je bent beschikbaar op 25 oktober 2018 voor een training
  • Je bent flexibel inzetbaar in de periode van 1 november t/m 15 december 2018;
  • Je hoeft geen ervaring te hebben met lesgeven, maar je moet het wel leuk vinden om te spreken voor publiek;
  • Je bent tussen de 18 en 35 jaar oud;
  • Je woont in (de omgeving van) Amsterdam.

Wat bieden we jou?
Naast dat je uiteraard een interessante en verdiepende tijd zal doorbrengen met de deelnemende leerlingen, bieden we je tevens een ruime vergoeding per gegeven les en dekken we uiteraard je reiskosten naar de scholen.

Interesse?
Stuur dan voor 8 oktober 2018 een motivatiebrief naar lara@stichtingart1.nl. Ook bij vragen kun je contact opnemen via dit mailadres of bellen naar 0643476477.


Queer Faces Migrant Voices: Cycle 1 - Final presentation

Queer Faces Migrant Voices is a radio / storytelling project with LGBTIQ refugees. It's a traveling program in which pre-recorded radio stories are alternated with live presentations of participants on stage. The interviews will be conducted by our very own Antonij Karadzoski, while our friends from Radio Pink Terrorists will record live.

All stories have been previously broadcasted via radio programs in the Netherlands and many cities throughout Europe, holding its first cycle's final presentation on  Jul 31st 2018 y in OBA Amsterdam.

As part of Amsterdam Gay Pride, the program is free of charge and the broadcast language is English.


Kwaku Summer Festival 2018

On July 22nd between 14:00 hrs. and 18:00 hrs., several films LGBTQI+ will be screened as part of the Pink Sunday theme of Kwaku 2018.

Once again we have had the pleasure of being invited to curate part of the films screened at the iconic summer festival.

Held in its traditional location in the Amsterdam Zuidoost district, Kwaku is a grand celebration of cultural diversity and Amsterdam identity in which art, sport and food come together in the height of the summer.


Best Project of the year nomination

On July 3rd 2018, the 10th anniversary of theFonds voor Cultuurparticipatie (Culture Participation Fund) was celebrated with the Golden C Awards. Five projects were nominated by the Fund's internal committee for Best Project of 2017, including our very own 'Queer Faces Migrant Voices' project. We are extremely proud to be nominated alongside other truly remarkable projects. Our project leader Antonij Karadzoski received the nomination on behalf of all our participants and the Stichting art. 1 team with a beautiful speech.

Op 3 juli 2018 werd het 10-jarig jubileum van het Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie gevierd met de uitreiking van de Gouden C. Vijf projecten zijn door een interne commissie van het Fonds voorgedragen als beste project van 2017, waaronder ons project Queer Faces Migrant Voices! Hoewel de prijs uiteindelijk ging naar het project Vocal Statements, zijn we bijzonder blij met de nominatie en de erkenning voor ons werk. Onze projectleider Antonij Karadzoski heeft namens al onze deelnemers de nominatie in ontvangst genomen met een prachtige speech.

 

photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg


LGBT Cops: Upclose and personal

 Stichting art.1 kondigt met trots de realisatie van LGBT-politie aan: Upclose en personal, een film in co-productie met filmmaker Chris Belloni.

'LGBT Cops: Upclose and personal' is een 40 minuten durende film met persoonlijke getuigenissen van LGBT-politieagenten uit onder andere

Nederland, Italië en Canada. Er is veel vraag naar internationale filmfestivals en Nederlandse ambassades wereldwijd.

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Stichting art.1 proudly announces the realization of LGBT Cops: Upclose and personal, a co-production with Amsterdam based filmmaker Chris Belloni.

'LGBT Cops: Upclose and personal' is a 40 minute film with personal testimonies of LGBT police officers from The Netherlands, Italy, Canada amongst others.

The film is in high demand of international film festivals as well as Dutch Embassies world wide.


Azerbaijan: long term cooperation

In opdracht van de Nederlandse ambassade in Baku werkt Stichting art.1 aan een human rights - en filmproject in Azerbaijan.

Sinds IDAHOT 2017 heeft Chris Belloni het land verschillende keren bezocht voor verkennende gesprekken met lokale civil society organisaties.

Het resultaat is een langdurige samenwerking met de ambassade op strategisch vlak. In oktober 2018 verzorgt Stichting art.1 een trainingsprogramma in Baku en bezoeken Antonij Karadzoski en Galo de la Huerta Azerbaijan voor het project.

Binnenkort presenteren we meer informatie over dit bijzondere en belangrijke project.

Commissioned by the Dutch Embassy in Baku, Stichting art.1 is working on a human rights and film project in Azerbaijan.

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Since IDAHOT 2017, Chris Belloni has visited the country several times for exploratory talks with local civil society organizations.

The result is a long-term cooperation with the embassy on a strategic level. In October 2018 Foundation art.1 provides a training program in Baku and visits Antonij Karadzoski and Galo de la Huerta Azerbaijan for the project.

 We will soon share more information about this exciting project.


Queer Faces, Migrant Voices: Split-Croatia Edition

In June 2018,  Stichting art.1 was invited to present Queer Faces Migrant Voices in Split, Croatia as part of qFest Film Festival. During this festival three brave LGBT refugees shared their life stories and their journey in coming to The Netherlands in search for freedom and love.

After the presentation the three participants gave an interview for a local TV station and shared their journey for a local television show.


Perform2Reform (Alexander Project)

The Alexander project seeks to develop new performing art and soft skill methodologies to address sexual diversity topics.

Five organisations from five European countries bring together their shared knowledge and experience in order to equip youth workers with alternative tools with which to foster inclusion and acceptance among a younger demographic.

The diverse and even opposite contexts of Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Slovenia and The Netherlands come together to create powerful and adaptable techniques for youth workers everywhere.

Perform2Reform is executed in conjunction with LGBTI Support Centre -Macedonia www.lgbti.mk; Legibitra - Slovenia www.legebitra.si; Accept LGBT – Cyprus www.acceptcy.org, UNESCO Youth Association Thessaloniki – Greece www.unescoyouth.gr and is funded by Erasmus Plus funding scheme of the European Commission.