It could be me – It could be you: School festivals bring young voices together

More than 2,600 primary and secondary school students, including refugee children, in 120 schools around Greece will present a series of collaborative artistic festivals this month, posing the question “Could it be me? Could it be you?” and exploring issues of co-existence and solidarity with refugees. The school festivals and […]

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More than 2,600 primary and secondary school students, including refugee children, in 120 schools around Greece will present a series of collaborative artistic festivals this month, posing the question “Could it be me? Could it be you?” and exploring issues of co-existence and solidarity with refugees.

The school festivals and action days will feature theatre, music and arts performances, exhibitions and community activities in the cities of Athens, Patras, Drama, Kozani, Corfu, Ioannina, Amfissa, Aigio, Kalamata, Tripoli, Nafplio, and Lesvos from today until the end of May. Similar action days were organized earlier this year in Thessaloniki, Larissa, Trikala, and Chania. They are supported by teachers, school and local authorities, as well as other local partners in the framework of the “It could be me – It could be you” project of the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet – Gr) and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, which has been running in Greece for five years. The festivals, bring together the creative forces of schools that have been participating in arts and theatre-based workshops during this school year and give the opportunity to students to share their dreams, ideas, and experiences from the programme.

“The festival demands serious commitment,” says a teenage girl from the Intercultural School of Evosmos in Thessaloniki, who participated in the activity this year. “It takes a lot of effort, but it is really worth it. I believe that you gain experiences that you might never have had the opportunity to repeat. I am so happy I took part!”

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“It could be me – it could be you” is an awareness-raising project about refugees and human rights using theatre and drama. It was launched in 2015 by TENet – Gr and UNHCR in Greece and is accredited by the Hellenic Ministry of Education and the International Drama/Theatre & Education Association. Under the project, more than 8,000 teachers, 19,000 students and 100 partners have been involved in capacity building seminars, interactive workshops in schools, festivals, events and joint activities bringing refugee and host communities closer.

For more information on each local festival see here.