Street Theater Projects

Black is a Value / الأسود قيمة

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The “Black is a Value” project works, through the technique of street theater and based on the idea of a human rights culture, to promote the principle of mutual respect and coexistence among all groups of the Tunisian society and encourage the elimination of all practices and forms of discrimination on the basis of color in Tunisia. Through research and training, the project team and the artists involved will strengthen their capacity to deal technically and objectively with racial discrimination, in the framework of a common ground that intersects arts and human rights. A performance, inspired by ceremonial and ritual forms of black Tunisian culture in conjunction with the genre of opera, will be developed and performed in public spaces and squares.  In addition, the project will focus on conducting a research on the historical trends of slavery in Tunisia, which will be eventually represented to the Tunisian Parliament as a preliminary report, in order to support black Tunisians to value their cultural heritage, reject racist practices linked to social behavior, and enhance the abolishment of discriminatory practices and racism against black Tunisians.

يعمل مشروع الأسود قيمة من خلال أسلوب مسرح الشارع المبني على أسس وثقافة حقوق الإنسان على تعزيز مبدأ الاحترام المتبادل والتعايش بين جميع فئات المجتمع التونسي، والقضاء على جميع الممارسات العنصرية القائمة على أساس اللون في تونس. من خلال تنظيم عمليتا بحث وتدريب، سيقوم الفريق القائم على المشروع من فنيين وإداريين على تعزيز قدراتهم على التعامل فنيا وموضوعيا مع قضية التمييز العنصري، في محاولة لإيجاد أرضية مشتركة بين المجال الفني وأسس حقوق الإنسان. سوف يكون العرض مستوحى من ثقافة أقليات المجتمع التونسي الأسود على هيئة عرض للأوبرا، ليتم تقديمه في الأماكن العامة والساحات. بالإضافة إلى ذلك، سوف يركز المشروع على إجراء بحوث حول الاتجاهات التاريخية للعبودية في تونس، والتي سوف تقدم في نهاية المشروع إلى البرلمان التونسي كتقرير، من أجل دعم التراث الثقافي  للأقليات السود في تونس،  رفض الممارسات العنصرية المعززة في السلوك الاجتماعي، وتعزيز القضاء على الممارسات التمييزية والعنصرية ضد الأقليات السود في تونس.

Implementing Organizations:

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Danseurs Citoyens  is a Non-profit organization that offers professional training for Tunisian dancers and works to defend the status of the dancer from the Tunisian authorities.

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 2.34.33 PMDamj Tunisian Association for Justice and Equality is a non-profit organization that aims to expand the culture of human rights and equality. Its work includes the implementation of activities that enforce the principles of citizenship and defending equality between Tunisian citizens,  address the causes of marginalization and vulnerability in the Tunisian society, fight against all kinds of stigma and discrimination, and develop partnerships and networking with other organizations that work toward the same goal.

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M’nemty is an association which works for a pluralistic Tunisia that would allow each Tunisian to flourish in its diversity. Our main objective is to combat different forms of racial discrimination in Tunisia. Based on the principle of non-violence, our activities focus on advocacy, awareness and education to eradicate the various forms of racism: institutional, cultural and social. M’nemty is not a community group and hosts indiscriminately anyone who shares our ideals. In this context we intend to act on five main areas – education – awareness – denunciation – development – Valuation

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