Culture Shox! is the name of a project co-designed and implemented by two organisations, Cyprus based TheatrEtc and Danish organisation DSI Swinging Europe, under the E.U. founded ERASMUS+ KA1 Learning Mobility of Individuals. The project evolves around the development of activities in Cyprus and Denmark that allow the contact between individuals from a variety of backgrounds in an effort to learn from one another, confront stereotypes and misinterpretations of their realities and build bridges of communication, understanding and acceptance. In the context of this project, two main activities are implemented:
- Activity 1: Culture ShoX! Youth Camp (28th of July-6th of 2017, Kampos Village, Cyprus) This activity aimed to build a connection between people arriving in Cyprus seeking a better life having fled their home countries and people who are based in their home countries through creative and artistic means and especially through theatre. The camp hosted a group of 28 young people that consisted of 14 individuals from Cyprus and Denmark and 14 individuals who have been displaced from their countries and are based in Cyprus seeking safety and asylum. They spent 10 days exploring and expressing themselves creatively through various workshops and activities such as applied theatre workshops, music and dance workshops, mask making sessions, nature walks and others. All activities and workshops were ran by skilled professionals either from the main facilitators’ team or by visiting artists and facilitators. The camp was concluded on the 10th day with a final piece of artistic work that the participants chose to showcase to a wider audience.
- Activity 2: Culture ShoX! Camp (12th-22nd of October 2017, Herning, Denmark) The aim of this activity is to explore diversity and unity within intercultural Europe. The methodology that will be used to engage participants in the activity are exercises founded in experimental didactics of musical education. Music will be used as a universal language, which crosses verbal language barriers. Through a hermeneutic interpretive approach, the activities will explore diversity in the musical harmonies and what unite people in the cultural use of music.