The MEDART International conference in Bratislava

Dec 8, 2016Integration and inclusion

Bratislava hosted an international conference to disseminate the MEDART project. From the 24th to the 26th of November the “MEDART – Methods of Education for Disadvantaged Adults Rooted in Theatre” project partners met in the Slovak capital to promote the project and organise a partner meeting. The project is funded by the “Erasmus+, Key Action 2 – Partnerships Strategic Education for Adults” programme and involves 8 partners from 8 countries: apart from the Centre for Creative Development “Danilo Dolci”, the partnership consists of Divadlo Bez Domova (Coordinator – Slovakia), Acta Community Theatre (United Kingdom), Teatr Grodzki (Poland), Asociacion Acunagua (Spain), Drustvo ProSoc (Slovenia), MVKBP (Hungary), Stichting Hogeschool Rotterdam (Netherlands). The whole partnership has as a common denominator a strong experience in theatre – in the field of drama therapy in particular – and the use of non-formal education techniques within their projects that make use of theatrical methods. All partners have also had experience in EU projects and in the training and inclusion of people belonging to disadvantaged groups.

The partner meeting in Bratislava was held on November the 25th. The partners had the chance to share the theatre practices of the seven partners working with theatre for the social inclusion of homeless people, migrants, people with mental and physical disabilities. The consortium also talked about the final products of the project, in particular the Methodological Guide that will contain good drama therapy practices developed by the partners.

The Bratislava meeting was also a unique opportunity to participate to the ERROR festival, one of the most important festivals in Europe for social theatre, which took place from the 24th to the 26th of November 2016. Three days of theatre and music performances staged by some theatre companies that are part of the MEFDART project and other companies from all over Europe.

The general objectives of MEDART are:

  1. improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of professionals and social workers who work with disadvantaged adults as homeless, migrant, disabled, using the techniques of theatre as a tool for social inclusion;
  2. to create a manual collating methods from the individual partners in the work for the empowerment of disadvantaged adults through drama therapy techniques that will be tested during the implementation and they will become the basics of the drama therapy manual which will become a valuable aid for all social workers working with theatre and disadvantaged adults.

For further info, please contact CSC project coordinator, Dario Ferrante