“I drew a paper boat, like the ones you wear as a hat: there was a migrant aboard, wearing a life jacket. Later that man told me he had arrived in Europe just like that, on a dinghy.” Sibomana
At Explora, “JOURNEYS”, a project co-funded by Creative Europe, a European Union’s programme, to promote refugees’ integration through visual arts and theatre, with the endorsement of Regione Lazio, Roma Capitale and the Presidente del Municipio Roma II. The project – coordinated by ArtReach, a cultural UK agency – is inspired from the Journeys Festival International, which was started in 2013 in Leicester, then spread to Manchester and Portsmouth, and now is in Rome at Explora, in Palermo at CESIE, in Hamburg at Altonale GmbH as partners, and also involves the Municipality of Rieti and Trafo House of Contemporary Arts in Budapest as associated partners.
Events for the Explora visitors, on schedule from April 1st through 9th, suggest telling stories about refugees’ experiences: the key theme is “emotion”. The project involves the artist and urban activist Sibomana, graphic journalist & screenwriter Takoua Ben Mohamed and the ArteStudio association, which has been actively promoting refugee’s integration through workshops and theatre performance. Refugees play a key role, having opposed a proactive vision of the future to the tragic experience of fleeing their home. A refugee is a person who gets into touch with a new world and brings her/his experience, helping improvement, on both human and cultural aspects, towards a universal language.
The Festival will open on March 27th, with the Takoua Ben Mohamed’s exhibition “Behind the veil”, by Manuela De Leonardis, on schedule in the Sala Consiliare, in the city of Rieti.
The project will be documented by photographer and film-maker Luigi Narici.
Events at the Museum of Rome will take place on the following dates:
- Saturday, April 1st:
“Play on the beach-Respir’azione”- body/voice training and theatre performance by ArteStudio in the area in front of the museum’s entrance hall, at 11:00 am. Free event for children aged 6 and up, and accompanying adults, to be booked, free admission to the Museum at 12:00 pm only. “Diversity as richness”- Workshop, for children aged 6 and up, on Fumetto Intercultura with graphic journalist & screenwriter Takoua Ben Mohamed, at 4:00 pm, Explora Bookshop. Free event to be booked.
- Sunday, April 2nd:
“Colour Journey”- Arts workshop, for children aged 6 and up, with the artist and urban activist Sibomana to create 3 artworks to be exhibited in the area in front of the museum’s entrance hall, at 10:30 am. Free event for children aged 6 and up, to be booked.
- Sunday, April 9th:
“Play on the beach-Respir’azione”- body/voice training and theatre performance by ArteStudio in the area in front of the museum’s entrance hall, at 11:00 am. Free event for children aged 6 and up, and accompanying adults, to be booked, free admission to the Museum at 12:00 pm only.
In addition, on April 21st, from 12:00 pm, Explora will host the Opening ceremony of the Photo Exhibition dedicated to the project, in the presence of the International Partners, Artists, Press delegates and Institutions.
The project is co-funded by Creative Europe, a European Commission’s programme
Regione Lazio Roma Capitale
When: from April 1st to 9th
Age:6 years and up
How to attend: tickets are limited, to be booked through the Eventbrite link