Forum Theater NGO is implementing the “Cross-cultural Bridge between the Youth of Armenia and Turkey” project under a grant scheme implemented by the Eurasia Partnership Foundation within a Program “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process”.
The goal of the project is to bring together artists from Armenia and Turkey to discuss and share experience on current situation and relations between the two countries. By using art, the participants will present their opinion on solving prejudices between youngsters of Turkey-Armenia. Interactive theater method which is an efficient tool to promote civic education and civic engagement will be applied to reach the project goal.
The first meeting: workshop on interactive theater skills and methods on conflict resolutions was held in Yerevan from October 17-20, 2014 with the participation of artists from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was led by the expert Jonathan Chadwick, Artistic Director of AZ Theatre from Great Britain.
Through theatrical exercises, discussions and storytelling, the participants tried to understand the Armenian-Turkish relation and present their personal opinions on possible ways of improving the existing situation. Ideas, opinions, fears and concerns will be summarized and presented to the public through a performance.
Next stage of project implementation includes drafting and finalizing the scenario as well as recruiting professional artists operating in Istanbul. For more information on the recruitment, please, follow the link. During this phase a workshop will be held on March 21-25, 2015 in Istanbul followed with a performance on March 26. Young actors from Armenia and Turkey will arrive to Armenia and play the performance once more in Yerevan on March 27.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.