Sabir, the old Mediterranean lingua franca, recalled in every sailor the sense of belonging to the Mediterranean people. The sharing of words, prayers and colourful characteristic expressions built the heart of the union among people sailing the sea. Every person who went aboard learned a name, a verse but also brought in a word.
Thinking today of Europe as a union of diverse people from different parts of the world, we invite a group of young people from different parts to continue this archaic way of creating a new, mutual language. „Sabir on board“ is not a language class being taught but an adventure of “building together an everybody's language”. The most beautiful, expressive and meaningful words from each language of the individual crew members will be shared and integrated into a new language: „our personal Sabir“.
Aboard two small sailing yachts, two crews formed by Europe’s young generation, will live an extraordinary experience of sailing together in the South of the continent, meeting local communities, listening to stories and sharing their own story.
Ships have always been a cultural melting pot and - in the words of Foucault - the biggest reservoir of imagination ever. Ships constructed the world as we know it, in the beginning by scientific and geographic discoveries, later by becoming preferred carriers of trade between distant countries.
As Pessoa said, “Our homeland is our language”, thus integrating other people's words into our own language means welcoming other people as messengers of meanings, emotions and expressions. This way of understanding language does not only make us richer, but is also the ground of people’s union, where diversity and multitude turn into essential values.
Ships were also the first vehicle of transporting knowledge and the first cosmopolitan place in history. This is why two small sailing yachts can be the fruitful womb of conceiving a new sense of homeland. Departing from a language we all share and communicate with, we can build a temporal unique society on the water, remembering that man is always and just a part of nature and life itself.
The experience will be accompanied by a small two people film team and end up in a cinema documentary about the Mediterranean Sea and its people called „Stories from the Sea“. All participants should be okay with being filmed and to be part of the film.
You can read more about the documentary here: https://forms.gle/78M2GmBAPapYnwXQ7
If you want to become part of this unique experience of navigation, sharing, reaching out to others and discovery, please apply here. Refugees and migrants are more than welcome to apply too. Just bear in mind to be able to travel within the European Union. The film production might be able to take over the participation fee and traveling costs for participants with no funancial stability.
The Migrant Integration Center of the City of Athens implements free intercultural activities emphasizing on the organization of theatrical and other artistic activities aimed at children and youth of refugee origin, citizens from third countries and Greeks. The aim of the workshops is to bring different population groups in contact and to familiarize and experiment with the theater in a safe environment of expression, cooperation and mutual support. The first period of applications will last until Tuesday 17/4/2019.
For applications you can go to the Migrant Integration Center (Mezonos 45, 3rd floor), every Wednesday from 14:00 – 19:00 end every Wednesday from 14:00 – 19:00.
Creative drama workshops are designed in five-week circles with the possibility of extension and include two-hour weekly meetings. They are addressed to children and teenagers with basic knowledge of Greek or English.
More specifically, the workshops are the following:
1. for children aged 6 to 12 years of refugee origin, native and third-country nationals, every Tuesday at 3-5pm. Address: Migrant Integration Center 45, Mezonos Str, Metaxourgio, 3rd floor.
2. for adolescents aged 12 to 18 years of refugee origin, native and third-country nationals, every Tuesday at 5.15-7pm.
Address: Migrant Integration Center 45, Mezonos Str, Metaxourgio, 3rd floor.
or call for information to 210 5246722.
The City of Athens conducts creative drama workshops as a pedagogical means of strengthening and integrating foreign children, teenagers and young people into Greek society. Through creative drama and improvisation, participants will be able to express themselves, to develop their creativity and to enhance self-esteem and to foster collaboration and teamwork.
The activities of the Migrant Integration Center are implemented with the co-funding of the European Social Fund- National Strategic Development Framework (NSDF) 2014-2020.
2 week entrepreneurship training for youth aged 18 to 35!
Duration: 2 weeks(10 full days)
Frequency: every ‘working’ day of the week, mon, tue, weds, thurs, fri
Hours: on average 3-4 hours per day as of 10 AM (see schedule above)
Where: Athens Solidarity Center, Domokou 2 (Larissa station)
Language: classes are all in English with (Farsi or Arabic) interpretation *
Profile: see online webpage: 18-35 years old, asylum seeker, refugee, Greek or other, formal education not a prerequisite.
Groups: mixed, we aim for 25 people per group
What: business skills(business ideation, marketing strategy, digital marketing…) soft skills training(communication, presentation, pitching) and more!
Deliverable: certificate of participation if over 70% of class is attended.
2) Possibility of entering mentorship scheme, 16 hours of 1:1 with expert/mentor to develop business idea into business plan. This is done through the submission of a business model canvas at the end of the 2 weeks. A symbolic reward of 768 euros for the 40 out of 330 who complete the training. More information on info form.
Cycle 8: Monday 5th of Nov to friday 16th of November
Cycle 9: Mon 19- Fri 30 November
We have rolling interviews at the Athens Solidarity Center, Domokou 2!
Interviews this week for (Cycle 8 and 9)
Tuesday 30th, October from 12.00 till 16.00.*
Wednesday 31st from 13:00- 16.00 *
for more information!
Web Page: http://www.solidaritynow.org/businessforyouth/ in Farsi too!
From Athens to Papua New Guinea, from Kenya to Ukraine and from Slovakia to Tanzania, people from all four corners of the earth unite their voices, become one and interpret songs speaking straight to the heart. This is the power of the GNO Alternative Stage’s Intercultural Choir which continues its multicultural journey through the world’s neighbourhoods. In the third year since its creation, the Intercultural Choir continues to offer unique moments and intense feelings to the audiences, and at the same time a unique experience to its members.
Songs of unpaired melodic richness from the traditional music of the countries of origin of its members constitute the Intercultural Choir’s repertory, which continues to be enriched with new material. Already, the Choir has over 25 members, while the last two years it has conducted workshops in refugee and immigrant accommodation sites as well as in open concerts at Kypseli and Omonia squares, at the Athens Airport and the Summer Nostos Festival of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The GNO's Alternative Stage, in collaboration with the Learning and Participation department of the Greek National Opera, is inviting permanent and temporary citizens to become members of the Intercultural Choir!
We are looking for amateur and professional musicians, as well as people that love singing without necessarily having previous musical experience.
CHOIR MAESTRO: Vasoula Delli
The Alternative Stage in collaboration with the GNO’s Learning and Participation create a new Intercultural Orchestra.
Permanent or temporary residents of Athens, professional and amateur musicians from all the communities of the city are called upon to participate. The Intercultural Orchestra aspires to bring the universal language of music closer to us and serves as a focal point for getting together and co-existing, fostering, mutual understanding and accepting diversity. The point of reference of this ensemble will be music, which as a universal practice that unites and does not separate, engages in a dialogue and does not force itself, will attempt to open up perspectives, give hope, and mainly, bring forth, understand and accept diversity.
Orchestra Leader: Harris Lambrakis
Get Involved: Interested participants are requested to contact the Learning and Participation Department of the GNO to express their interest and attend an audition with the leader of the orchestra Harris Lambrakis on the 5th of November 2018 at the GNO, SNFCC, Leof. Siggrou 364, 176 74, Kallithea.
The interested participants are requested to bring with them in the audition their musical instrument. In case that is not possible, please contact the Learning and Participation Department of the GNO to seek alternative solutions.
Audition date: 5 November 2018
Day/Time of meetings: Every Monday from 12 November 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Migration and displacement hold a central role in shaping identities and histories of peoples living or having lived in the European continent.
Migration journeys are always marked by a loss; leaving most of one’s possessions behind, what one carries is a symbol of the entire experience.
If you have an object that carries a personal or family story?
*Want to go Salamanca, Spain, for one week for FREE? *Aged between 18-25? *EU youth exchange program held April 23-28 *Youngsters with migrant background encouraged to apply
or call AKEP at 210 3313690