|Project title||Youth Forum Theater in the village of Lak|
|Thematic area||Youth and children issues|
|Name of the organization||Clowns on the Horizon|
|Postal address||1024 Budapest, Budapest Ady Endre utca 12|
|Project manager||Feuer Yvette|
|Project timeframe||April 1st, 2015 - November 30th, 2015|
|Amount of support||13,488 €|
The main objective of the project was to improve the self-knowledge, self-confidence and several skills in order to enhance their readiness to act, to strengthen their critical thinking and their empathy that contributes to the involved children’s future.
11 children from 3 settlements participated in the project that started in the beginning of summer in 2015. The 6 professionals of the project promoter organized 4 preparing workshops so they could personally meet with the potential participants and make children interested in the upcoming programs.
During the one-week-long forum theatre camp a really successful artistic and pedagogical progress was realized. Based on the ideas and perspectives of the participating children a performance was created titled ‘Matthias, the no-king’. Local people, parents and relatives could see the performances, then the children performed at Lake Banki Festival, altogether 190 people saw the performance.
Organizing two community events contributed to the development of social relationships of children. The team invited 2 similar art groups and they learned together telling poems, slamming, rapping and rhythmical speaking. A huge experience was for the children – coming from these really disadvantaged settlements and background – to present their performance in Budapest in real theatre conditions. The performance was successful, the auditorium was full and several media representatives also visited the event.
Finally a short study was elaborated by the voluntary sociologist of the project. He examined the effects of this short project on the participants based on the questionnaires that the children filled out, the focus group and the whole development process based on the mentor’s field logs.
The closing event was an evaluating meeting in which the study was introduced to the collaborating professionals, shared their experience and evaluated the achievements.