I CAN MOVE – promoting community dance as a means of social development and peace-building
- contribution to the social development of Palestinian individuals and communities
- contribution to self-empowerment and the ability to empathize within the community as a factor in sustainable peace-building
- creation of a viable, sustainable Palestinian Community Dance movement, including
- strengthening cooperation links between Palestinian and Austrian stakeholders
The project I CAN MOVE aims at establishing a community dance movement in different locations of the West Bank. Implemented by the NGO “YANTE – Youth, Art and Levante Kunstverein” (an Austrian arts association) in cooperation with local partners, the project uses dance as a tool via which to address specific social development obstacles like inequality, exclusion, fragmentation, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).
A key component of the project is involving young people, as well as marginalized groups and women in dance and community activities. Additionally, a community centre in the city of Birzeit has been established. Next to daily dance activities and training sessions, film screenings, exhibitions, lectures, and “Live Acton Role Plays” are organized. Furthermore, a training module for students and graduates of the Faculty of Education of Birzeit University is offered, to enable local teachers to pursue these activities (as part of the education cooperation between YANTE; Birzeit University and the University for Music and Dance Köln/Germany).
The project strives to strengthen physical, emotional, social, and mental resilience by means of dancing. It also aims to contribute to the social empowerment of marginalized groups by providing participants with tools for self-expression, raising their self-esteem and body awareness and hence also strengthening their ability to empathize. This project furthermore seeks to break up stereotypes, contribute to increased gender equality, and enable social strata to communicate across the fault lines of their differences.
- establishment of a community dance movement in different locations of the West Bank
- involvement of different social groups in community dancing and training activities, including approximately 100 persons with disabilities, 80 women, and 2,000 children in cooperation with three schools;
- involvement of 30 national and international trainers, as well as 300 students of the Birzeit University
- establishment of a community centre in the City of Birzeit
- establishment of a training module for students and graduates of Birzeit University, Faculty of Education
- strengthened cooperation between the Palestine community dance movement, local and Austrian stakeholders
Funding: EUR 180.000, funded by the Austrian Development Agency