See, hear and act was an international youth exchange held at Youth Center Trbovlje in the period from 28 October to 3 November 2018. 21 participants between 15 and 29 years from Slovenia, Croatia, Latvia and Greece took part in the exchange, accompanied by four youth leaders. During the Autumn school holidays, participants explored the world of the blind and the deaf with the help of theatre methods, and discovered the challenges that young people from this social groups are facing with in their everyday life. The initiative for this exchange came from the side of the young people from Trbovlje, who wanted to discover the world of the deaf and the blind in the field of theater. Participants in the exchange thus broadened their horizon on how the blind and the deaf experience theatre and encouraged both themselves and others to become more tolerating towards people with special needs. The idea for the project emerged during the youth exchange “Theater fixing connections” and “ARTopia”. Therefore, some participants from the previous two exchanges decided to create the project with the support of the MCT trainers, by taking part in the project from the initial to the final stage (planning, writing the application form, implementation of APV, preparation and implementation of the program, evaluation of the project and preparation of the final report).
The main purpose of the project was to stimulate the understanding of the lives of the blind and deaf through the process of making a research in the company of peers and in the intercultural environment. Through the final theatre performance we managed to transfer it also to the general public as well as to us, so we believe that we encouraged the inclusion of people with special needs in everyday activities with this poject
We set three goals in the project application: the first was to understanding the lives of the deaf and the blind and the inclusion of people with special needs in everyday activities. Through various workshops that tried to recreate the lives of the blind and the deaf, participants learned to understand and pay attention to the daily activities that the blind and the deaf can not do, which helped us to learn how we can include the blind and the deaf in various activities. The second goal of the project was to promote and raise awareness about the acceptance and inclusion of the deaf and the blind in the daily activities through the cooperation and the implementation of the activities during the exchange and in the preparation of the closing event. The third goal was to raise intercultural awareness, promote tolerance and recognition of other cultures, which is important both on the personal and at the wider social level. The third goal was achieved through various workshops, which were equally distributed by the partners in the project, as well as through two national evenings (Slovene-Croatian and Latvian-Greek), where we got to know the countries, music, food and special features of the partner organizations. On the first day of the exchange, we started to get to know each other through different methods, got acquainted with the project (purpose, goals, activities, schedule) and with Youthpass – eight key competences. On the second day, we studied the world of the blind and the deaf in small groups and discussed the problems that young people in these groups have. Throughout the whole exchange, we daily performed one experiential activity that brought us closer to the world of the blind and the deaf and helped us understand the challenges that young people from these social groups encounter. In the chat session with Anja and Urh, who are the representatives of the aforementioned groups, we also learned from the first hand how they experience their blindness or deafness and with what challenges they face with. Through numerous workshops (improvisation, theatre of the oppressed, motion and mimic workshop and the contact improvisation workshop), we became familiar with various theatre approaches, which were then combined in the result of the exchange: a final theater performance with two plays, the first one of was adapted for the blind and the second for the deaf audience. We made the video of the show and distributed the questionnaires among the audience, which we later on analyzed and wrote recommendations for conducting similar activities for theater groups and organizations that take care for the inclusion of the blind and the deaf. As part of the exchange also a Flash-mob was created, which promoted the final event in the streets of Trbovlje and at the excursion in Ljubljana, where we visited the Museum of Illusions.
Results of the project are available here:
1) Theatre play, adapted for the deaf audience: WATCH IT
2) Theatre play, adapted for the blind audience: WATCH IT
3) Flashmob: WATCH IT