Implementers: National Centre for Culture and Art (NCCA)
Duration of the project: 10 months
Start date: February 1, 2015
Total budget: € 102,896.24
EU contribution: € 77,172.18
In Jordan, where resources are already limited, comes the added challenge of the influx of half a million Syrian refugees who are currently living in urban areas and strongly impacting the lives of the Jordanian host communities. As both communities struggle to cope with inadequate housing, rising costs of living and access to outstretched public services, this project aims to bring them to a meeting point where they address and reflect on those challenges urging them to find coping mechanisms that will assist them in dealing with a daunting situation.
“Intersection” is an interactive play performed by Jordanian and Syrian actors that will provide a platform for engaging communities towards social cohesion and provide some comic relief to an otherwise serious situation. It will focus on inviting audience interaction to find alternative solutions, stimulate discussion and change mind-sets of the target audience. It is based on designing and implementing a play that aims to engage the people’s feelings, so that they are ready to argue for or against the play’s message with an open-ended structure that allows for discussions and reflections. Aspiring Syrian actors will be selected and trained with seasoned professional Jordanian actors on theatre based and play writing techniques. The show has been invited to perform in Sweden.
The main aims of the NCCA are to promote social development, cross-cultural understanding and creativity by utilizing the performing arts nationally and internationally; promote human rights, social development and dialogue through developing culturally diverse programs; expand the local and international network of performing arts programs; contribute to the development of theatre and dance locally and regionally through providing professional training to students and educators; promote empowerment of youth and respect of cultural diversity through holding the International Arab Youth Congress annually throughout the region and serve as a leading national and regional resource model for theatre-based training.