Now more than ever, our society is in desperate need for creative youth.
Creative Arts for Peace and Equality (CAPE), a programme designed by Clowns Without Borders Sweden and implemented by Clown Me In in Lebanon, ran again in 2020, comprising 20 workshops, each one given by two trainers and engaging 10 participants from vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, sharing with them arts and social therapy-based tools, offering them a safe space to express themselves, vent, and a medium to “speak up”.
This workshop allows them to become trainers for young people in their local communities, helping them change and deal with their harsh realities, through the medium of street performance.
This year, we reached a total of 188 participants, engaging more than 12 local and 3 international artists in the training that happened in Beirut, Tripoli, Bekaa and Barja, especially in areas affected directly or indirectly by the explosion and the economic crisis.
Also, due to COVID-19 situation and the enforced lockdown, we worked on translating our trianings to fit for online adaptation to continue the sessions despite the challenges. We had in mind all of the obstacles that poeple might face during the sessions from poor internet connection, lack of proper devices to connect to, lack of personal space in homes, and the time spent on computers if working or studying online.
“After the explosion, I started having more fun. Now people are caring for us.” – a 13 year old CAPE participant