Crooked House Theatre Company: Hestia Project
an international project on community theatre
Last updated: 14/3/2021
Hestia: Belonging Through Community Theatre is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project which aims to encourage the exchange of good practices based on the concept of Community Theatre as a tool for social inclusion in youth work. Three partner organisations from three different countries (Ireland, Spain, Greece) will work together for 20 months to exchange good practices in the area of their expertise; Ireland in Devising Theatre, Spain in Community Theatre and Greece in Physical Theatre and performance in public spaces.
The project consists of three transnational activities: a) study visits in each partner country focusing on the different expertise of each organisation; b) a youth exchange and; c) a training course. The exchange and training course aim to apply and practise the new competencies gained through the study visits while spreading new knowledge and skills among other youth workers and artists on European levels. A documentary film about the project's results will be produced and become available with subtitles in four different languages (English, Spanish, Catalan, Greek).
The project will involve two target groups: 1) youth workers and artists working in the community and youth sector; 2) young people aged 15-18 years old. The youth workers and artists will gain new competencies necessary for implementing inclusive youth programmes in their local communities. This will impact their employability and their capacity to develop their own social, youth and cultural initiatives both on national and European levels.
The young people involved in the youth exchange (and who will also be part of the study visits on the local levels) will become aware of the values of social inclusion through non-formal education practices and tools from the community theatre approach; they will develop collaborative and decision-making skills and they will gain experience in intercultural communication and relationships.
The project’s specific objectives are:
1) to exchange good practices trough study visits and develop skills relevant to community theatre, social inclusion and cultural participation in youth work,
2) To empower young people’s active participation within their local communities through intercultural mobility experiences, based on a community arts programme, such as youth exchange,
3) To equip youth workers and theatre makers with new competences related to inclusion within the community and the youth work sector,
4) To create a video documentary about the results and the experience of the project, in order to disseminate the results of the project on a national and European level.
PARTICIPATING THEATRE PARTNERS
Crooked House Theatre Company (Ireland)
Associacio Juvenil Pirineus Creatius (Spain)
Creative YouthLand (Greece)