National Youth Net of Theatrical Discussion Clubs

“Citizens of Europe” – 1

 

Supported by the CEE Trust

 

Where?

7 Bulgarian t owns:

Zlatograd, Gotze Delchev, Blagoevgrad, Turnovo, Gorna Oriahovitza, Turgovishte, Sofia

 

When?

Sept.2006 – Oct.2007

 

What?

Activities:
1. Meetings with local communities in each of the seven cities to provide project support.
2. Week training in Theatre Forum, journalist and project writing 150 youths and their educators. Preparing a manual for a practical work of young volunteers
3. Conducting a inquiry to determine the most exciting local youth social theme
4. Creating a forum theater performance of the topic
5. Issuance of the promotional materials of any club, appearances in local media
6. Overview of youth clubs in Plovdiv performances to local audiences – May, 2007
7. Distribution of youth forum theater performances.
8. Festival of Youth Social Theatre “Agora” – Sofia, September. 2007

Specific measurable results:
o 150 youths and youth educators trained in forum theater skills
o Guide for the young trainer
o Interviewed average of 100 students from the city to define the most painful youth problems
o Promotional materials for youth clubs
o Media press conferences
o 7 youth forum theater shows
o 60 youth forum theater performances in front of more than 6,000 viewer-participants
Except in their cities, young people gave more performances in Petrich. Sandanski Simitli Kresna Zlatarica, Gabrovo, Smolyan, Staroseltsi, Drianovo and Batak, in Plovdiv and Sofia all clubs showed theatrical production

Community Assessment:
– Our actors became stars; the spectators were waiting in queue in front of them for an autograph! At the discretion of their educators, professional theater performances did not have such a strong impact on their students as this of youth forum theater performances. As a result of completion of the project, youth participants and their leaders were invited to participate in the projects of other local NGOs. Media remained responsive to these attractive youth events. Parents and teachers assessed admiration positive change occurring in children

Is it applicable?
“This type of training module is very interesting and different at the same time accessible and naturally engrossing. My personal experience was great! I was busy, but satisfied and alive, filled with positive emotions. Collections and sections were the most emotional thing in my life, altogether the game brought a rainbow in the grey everyday life … Every day was an endless color” – a participant’s inquiry

Ability for multiply
This project demonstrates that the main idea works. We would like to implement on a national level, one of the forms of extracurricular work in every school, an integral part of the activity of each school or community center theater staff

The project was awarded the 1st prize at the

National Competition for the most successful youth project “Major 2007”
(Http://www.sf1.mikc.bg/node/144)

 

 

You may have a look at  photos from the project in the gallery

http://theatretsvete.eu/?page_id=27&album=1&gallery=3