Migranland

Migranland is an immersive theatre project, which offers a different perspective on migration aimed at empowering groups at risk of social exclusion. It forms part of “la Caixa” Banking Foundation’s Art for Social Improvement programme, which has supported over 250 projects.

During a three-month workshop, 14 residents of immigrant backgrounds (between the ages of 19 and 50 and coming from Cuba, Chile, Gambia, Morocco and Senegal) from the community of Salt (Girona, Spain) built a theatre narrative focusing on their experiences of migration. 40% of Salt’s 30,000 inhabitants are from abroad and there are 90 languages spoken in the town.

The result, which involved music, video, photography, writing, performance and installations premiered on 30 November 2013 and was shown five times to more than 500 spectators.

The project plays a crucial role in maintaining tolerance at a time when anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise across Europe.


The Belfedar

The Evens Foundation and the University of Peace in Belgium have invented the Belfedar, a cooperative board game for 4 to 8 players over the age of 10. The game encourages constructive communication, cooperation and group solidarity.

The Belfedar website is now available in four languages: Dutch, French, Polish and Spanish. It provides information and inspiration on how to develop social skills for managing conflict and preventing violence through engaging in playful exercises.


Woven Stories

The women of Figuig, as required by the traditional culture, are the custodians of family care and home, but they also carry on the tradition of vertical weaving, creating wonderful rugs that tell stories.

The project “Woven stories” by the Arte-fatto non-profit organisation is the result of a co-development project between the region of Lombardy and the western region of Morocco which started in 2012. The project, entitled “Weaving the social enterprise of design” helps improve the living conditions of women in both countries through weaving. Arte-fatto was responsible for strengthening the women’s associations of Figuig and Oujda, through technical training of beneficiaries and by supporting the promotion and marketing of their products. Thanks to the project 50 women were trained in the studios of weaving, hand and machine embroidery, crochet and basket-weaving and made a sample of 30 products. At the same time market research began to test the marketability of the collection “Oasis of Figuig”.

Photo credit: Marco Valerio Esposito