Know! Act! Change!
April 3 – 10, 2019 (Berlin, Germany)
What is the Forum-Theater and how it helps to defend human rights – read below.
The methodology of the Forum Theater is that the moderator, the so-called Joker, together with a group of non-professional actors with the help of various interactive exercises prepares a short play that reflects the acute social conflicts, human rights violations.
According to the methodology of the classical Forum Theater, there is an aggressor, a victim and several “neutrals”; the aggressor cannot be replaced, although this solves the situation, but in real life this does not happen.
The play stops at the culmination: discrimination, humiliation, conflict, usurpation of power or physical violence.
The plots for the Forum Theater are suggested by the participants themselves. These are the situations they encounter in life.
There is no need for additional entourage for the performances of the Forum Theater, the main thing is the plot and how it develops into a situation of violation of rights.
After the first viewing, the audience participates in the discussion of what they saw, offers solutions. Then there are a few more viewings, where the audience has the opportunity at any time to say “stop” and replace one of the players on stage.
Everyone who comes on stage, replacing one of the actors, creates a new model of behavior by their example.
Thus, it allows you to find, play, “live” difficult life situations, gaining invaluable experience of active citizenship.
At the Kuringa Theater
The participants of our project were extremely lucky, because they were introduced to the methods of the theater of the oppressed by the unsurpassed trainers and practitioners of the theater – Barbara Santos and Christoph Leicht.
Workshops were held in the authentic premises of the Kuringa Theater.
Roma Day is every day!
“Roma day is every day!” – This is the slogan of the parade in the center of Berlin on the occasion of the International Roma Day, which falls on April 8.
The main idea of the action organizers was to inform the general public that in order to protect and respect the rights of Roma, one should not wait for a special day of the year. This should be an indisputable norm, as common as the presence of Roma in all dimensions of public life and space – whether in the corners of remote sleeping areas of small towns or the central square of the German capital.
The celebration began on April 7 in the central square, near the Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Victims of National Socialism with introductory speeches by official guests of the event, including Minister of State Annette Widmann-Mause, Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration
Romeo Franz, Member of the European Parliament,
Uwe Neumerker, director of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Petra Pau, Vice-President of the German Parliament
Karen Taylor, Member of the Board of the European Network Against Racism and Political Specialist in Human Rights in the German Parliament
Tetiana Storozhko, a Roma activist from Ukraine.
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From the Brandenburg Gate, a bright loud procession of activists, politicians, artists, Roma and just caring guests of the event went through the streets of Berlin in the direction of the M. Gorky theater, where a theatrical performance took place, which was prepared by our participants in a few days of workshops.