Street Theater Projects

The Caravan/ الكرفــــانة


“The Caravan” is a project aiming to construct and tour a participatory street performance built collaboratively by professional theatre-makers and refugee artists, in an effort to incorporate recorded interviews conducted with Syrian refugees populations living in Lebanon. The piece will be developed with Syrian Refugee communities in Western Bekaa and then toured throughout Lebanon to highlight the voices of refugees outside of Beirut, in particularly the stories of refugee women and children, who may not be able to travel as freely in their communities.  By creating a physical street performance to accompany the recordings, The Caravan hopes to put Syrian refugee voices at the heart of the performance, in order to amplify and serve the messages and stories that come from the refugee community; and reach thousands of audience in remote areas in Lebanon through a visually compelling and emotion provoking performance.  This will positively impact the Syrian refugee community in Lebanon as it will increase confidence and promote spaces for creative self-expression that are free of danger, censorship, or shame, provide a platform for social engagement and communication around the Syrian refugee experience and provide Lebanese citizens with insight into the refugees’ realities. 

 مشروع الكــرفانة يهدف إلى تنظيم العروض المسرحية التشاركية المتجولة – تعرض للجماهير في الشارع ـ وهي فكرة جديدة ومبتكرة لتفاعل مع المارة  بشكل مباشر و بدون تهيئة أو تنسيق مسبق.  سوف  يتم تنظيم هذا المشروع بشكل تعاوني من قبل فنانين محترفين مع فنانين ناشئين من اللاجئين السوريين،  من اجل الحصول على مادة مسرحية يتم صياغتها لتحاكي الواقع وتعبر عن نبض ومعاناة المهجرين والمهمشين في منطقة  البقاع الغربي من لبنان،  والذين جعلتهم الحرب مواطنين من الدرجات المتدنية بدون اي حقوق مدنية، اجتماعية أو إنسانية. سيتم تسجيل هذه المقابلات كجزء أولي من مشروع الكرفانة ومن ثم وبعد دراسة دقيقة سوف يتم تحويل ذلك إلى عرض مسرحي في الشارع يهدف إلى إسماع صوت اللاجئين السوريين إلى المجتمع اللبناني، حتى يتفهم طبيعة مشاكل ومعاناة اللاجئين على أمل تغيير النظرة السلبية السائدة في الشارع الى نظرة جديدة ايجابية. ويهدف مشروع الكرفانة أيضا بان يؤثر ايجابيا على المجتمع السوري اللاجئ في لبنان من خلال العمل على زيادة الثقة وتعزيز فضاءات الإبداع لتعبيرعن الذات بطريقة إبداعية بعيدة عن الخطر أو الرقابة، و توفير المنصة للانخراط الاجتماعي والتواصل حول تجربة و واقع اللاجئين.

Implementing Organizations:

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.51.59 PMBeirut DC aims to provide help and support to Arab independent filmmakers, in facing up and overcoming the constraints facing independently-minded Arab cinema. In due time, Beirut DC became more capable and efficient in its efforts to adjust to the difficulties and challenges facing Arab independent movie-makers. The organization was able to learn and profit from its prolonged experience, and to gain the knowledge necessary to define and pursue its ongoing projects. In a region where individuality is generally restricted, Beirut DC encourages its partners and collaborators to produce films that are relevant to their society, that seek to question pre-established forms and beliefs and aim to induce change and new, personal approaches.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.52.18 PMSawa for Development and Aid has been working for four years with Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Among the first groups working with these communities, Sawa has been able to support families to reach the minimum standard for a dignified life. Sawa’s work starts from relief, development, education but also includes edutainment, psychosocial support through music and art, creative writing workshops, choirs, concerts, and plays, among others. Sawa has previously worked with several international, local and refugee artists both in the capacity of fundraising and capacity building to use art as a form of relief and psycho-social support. 

Clown Me In is a clown initiative that uses different art forms from storytelling, clowning, physical theater and video to explore human dynamics and vulnerabilities, giving people a new way to learn about themselves through works and performances. The clowns of Clown Me In hit the streets of Lebanon to carry out street performances addressing different issues of social justice.

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