Recycle Reuse Celebration PART II

More pictures from our Clown Attack in Aitanit!

So much fun running through the streets and playing with the schoolchildren!

It’s so important to teach children about the negative consequences of littering on our environment, our health and wellbeing.  Teaching them to practice responsible garbage disposal and recycling early on is the best way to engrain good habits!

HERE’S TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF RECYCLERS!

All these beautiful pictures are courtesy of Enke Hwang.

Recycle Reuse Celebration

We took part in a celebration with VNG at Aitanit celebrating the recycling and up-cycling achievement of the local community.

We performed with children from the local school, played with them and taught them about the importance of recycling and responsible garbage disposal.

 

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We also clowned around with residents on the streets and took part in the ceremony itself, performing for the municipality and attendees.

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What a wonderful achievement, we were so pleased to be part of the celebrations! This shows the power of working together as a community to keep our planet clean and green and what we can achieve when we come together. We are looking forward to seeing more of this around Lebanon in the very near future!!

Ideas Box part 2

Part 2 of Ideas Box began this week with Joelle starting the digital storytelling workshops with the kids.

They first got into pairs and filmed each other presenting themselves to the camera. They were then shows 2 short films which were followed by a group discussion.

The first session acted as an introduction to the world of film as a tool for storytelling. It was an opportunity for the participants to familiarise themselves with the equipment and for Joelle to introduce them to some visual material.

Ideas Box

We are very excited to be taking part in the IDEAS BOX project in collaboration with INTERSOS and the Geothe Institut which started in April and will be running through the summer.

The aim is to provide local youth in Choueifat with social therapy sessions designed to explore personal stories in a safe and judgment free environment. The teens are encouraged to work as a team and the sessions revolve around play, imagination and team work.

Chantal of of Clown Me In’s amazing clowns, has been running the theatre and storytelling workshop sin April, introducing the teenagers to different theatre techniques.

Her sessions begin with dynamic group exercises to strengthen bonds within the group. The focus is then shifted onto the individual to help participants to connect with themselves and find their inner strength and stories before partaking group storytelling and theatre exercises.

We are looking forward to beginning the digital storytelling part of the project with Joelle very soon!

CATCH – Creative Arts for Change

Through creativity we can change the situation for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

 

 

61 million people are right now fleeing from war, persecution and poverty. In vulnerable situations affected by violence and uncertainty, existing power and gender structures are growing stronger. In areas of Lebanon where people who have fled from Syria now live, the situation is getting more and more acute as physical, mental and sexual violence against girls and women are constantly increasing. This is why, Clowns Without Borders Sweden together with Beirut DC and Clown Me In are starting  the two-year project “Creative ArTs for CHange”.

Together, Clowns Without Borders Sweden and Clown Me In (Beirut DC) will train Syrian and Lebanese people with a background in art, culture and social work. They will be given new tools and methods to apply when leading group workshops for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. In these workshops, Syrian girls, women, boys and men, will be invited in separate groups to express themselves in a safe space, to create understanding for others and get psychosocial support through creative art forms. The project is being carried out with financial support from the Swedish development assistance via the Swedish Institute.

“We are living one of the worst and biggest crisis in the world, a project like this one would open a space for us to come together, to listen and to act. The need is big in Lebanon and around the world and we all need to act right now,” says Sabine Choucair, co-founder of Clown Me In at Beirut DC.

“Creative ArTs for CHange” starts in April 2017. The first of two 5-6 weeks’ group leadership trainings take place in August-September, and then the weekly exercises for refugees starts in October 2017.

Janana

This spring we had the pleasure of joining forces once again with Al Jana for the 5 day Janana festival in Lebanon to spread laughter and joy amongst children around the country!

We spent 5 wonderful days clowning around, doing workshops with kids, performing and taking part in the parade with all the children and the other performers.

 

We went to Beirut, Tripoli, Baalbeck, Saida and Tyre . We had a great time as usual and look at all the smiles on the kids’ faces!!

Thank you Al Jana for making this happen!!!

The Caravan Project

 

We are very happy and honoured to have been involved in the artistic direction of the Caravan Project – A project putting the Syrian refugee voices at the heart of a street theatre performance, literally, through the use of recorded storytelling audio. The performance has toured Lebanon and Tunisia and is now looking into touring Europe.

To read more about the project please click on this link
THE CARAVAN

To read about the personal experience of our Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Project Sabine Choucair CLICK HERE .

You can also watch this 16min documentary that sums up the experience:

Hurray to more hopeful projects around the world. 

Clown tour supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon

With the support of the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon, we started our clown tour around Lebanon, where we are offering 20 performances and workshops to Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese kids throughout the country.

5 clowns are already on the go -The performance is highly physical and visual, it follows the trip of the clowns, the preparations, their games and their little misunderstandings. It is based on clown skits, routines and fun interactive games.

 Clowns touring:  
Sabine Choucair, Sara Berjawi, Layal Ghanem, Walid Saliba and Hisham Abou Nasr.
Tour dates and places: 
April 19th  – Majdel Anjar, Saadnayel – 10.30 am , 12.30pm
April 20th  – Bar Elias, Nahrieh – 10.30 am, 12.30pm
April 21rst – Malala school – 10.30am, 12.30pm
April 22nd – Sawa camps Bekaa – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 19th   – Palestinian camps Beirut – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 20th   – Dar Al Aytam Beirut – 10.30am, 3pm
May 21rst  – La Maison des Jeunes et de la culture Zouk – 11am
May 22nd  – Kefraya, Lela – 10.30am, 12.30pm
May 26th   – Sour – 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3pm
May 27th   – Saida palestinian camps – 10.30am, 12.30pm
Trailer: 
 
Press:

Lesvos- Greece with Clowns Without Borders

I remember before going to Lesvos, a friend who works for Unicef told me that it is going to be an intense trip.
My answer was: ” I am used to working with refugees, I think it will be fine”.
She was definitely so right about that.  I will share here some observations – statuses I have posted – pictures and videos from the journey-
What was I doing there with Clowns Without Borders? You can watch these two videos

and the AJ+ video below


October 28th
Our first performances in lesvos …
We’ve done one camp and a harbor so far.
It is so beautiful to be able to draw smiles on bored, tired, anxious, worried faces.
Thank you @clownswithoutborders Luz Gaxiola Clay Mazing and Molly Rose for being an amazing team. Clowns Without Borders

October 29th
Lesvos is where you can plan nothing ahead of time; even deciding to go to the toilet involved two shows because… why not? And what else we’re here for!
At night, it was a different story. we heard of a boat that had capsized with 400 people on it. We ran there not in clown costumes. I was translating, supporting wounded people, people who lost family members, women and kids. Molly and Luz helping with distributing warm clothes to the lucky ones who made it and Clay playing music for a family who couldn’t find their father and supported us.
There was this man in his 40s, crying sooooo much. I thought he had lost a family member like many others around. We sat together and he recounted
that the moment they started swimming he saw a baby in a life jacket drowning, he held him tight and swam and swam and swam…
then looked to check on him to realize that he was only holding the life jacket.
The baby slipped away and with him this man’s soul got lost in the sea…

Lesvos is a land where everyone you encounter has tears in their eyes.
Tears of joy after finding a sibling, a daughter, a son, a wife, a husband, a mother or a father.
Tears of horror and sadness after the loss of family members.
Tears of tiredness from sleeping on the sides of the roads, from the very cold nights and from hunger.
Tears of compassion specially observed on faces of the Greek people who are trying their best to help. The journalists who are covering the heartbreaking news, the volunteers coming from all over the world who (most of them) have never encountered that much misery in one place…
Tears of us clowns after every interaction with the crowds.
Lesvos is tired. Very very tired.

Thank you Clowns Without Borders today we performed 4 shows and done different “Clown Pit Stops” in different camps and ports.
Seeing people smiling (kids and adults) melts my heart…

I danced with this little kid on the right side of the picture wearing the light brown jacket and clapping. He was soaking wet but very happy to play and laugh with the clowns after enduring a rough time in the sea. He is a marvelous dancer by the way.
It wasn’t until today that I understood why he was so wet.
This kid survived the sinking boat and now off to a hopefully better life.

Sabine Choucair's photo.
We were on a “Clown Pit Stop” on the side walk of the harbor – there was this guy wearing a pink google shirt – he made a joke in Arabic that I didn’t really get but everybody in the crowd roared laughing; I thought this guy must be even funnier than us clowns so I invited him to take my part
his first comment was: ” Well, my dad is dead, he was burnt from head to toe and I almost died last night in the sea, so I might as well have some fun now”
Clay Mazing lasso’ed him and hugged him tight
Luz Gaxiola played amazing music while some bubbles were flying in the air.

it was a beautiful moment for him and us.
I feel so humbled to have taken part in this magical, hopeful, clown moment.
thank you Clowns Without Borders
Sabine Choucair's photo.

Today while performing in the UNHCR waiting area of one of the camps, a 10 year old kid was enjoying the show until he heard the sound of a helicopter. pure coincidence; I was looking at him at that specific moment.
His world collapsed, his smile turned into extreme fear, he looked at the sky then in no time put his and the two other kids’ heads on the floor and shouted : ” an airplane an airplane – hide hide”. But the other kids didn’t understand why he was acting this way and they did not obey…
That terrified him even more. He was shivering so much.

Not sure if he knew the other kids or just felt responsible for the ones next to him at that specific moment. But what I’m sure of is that this kid saw all the airplanes that once flew over his house in Syria in one fraction of a second.
At that specific moment I couldn’t help myself from crying. I went and hugged him, the helicopter left. We continued the show and he smiled again…
I hope it will be long before he hears such sounds again.

A happy day in Lesvos.
So far everyone arrived safely. We helped some people getting to the first registration camp and performed there.
One girl loved the small origami tree she got during one clown skit and after the show came to me and asked if we will go to Sweden because she’s going there.
I said she will definitely meet some other clowns there. Then she replied with a very sad and concerned face : ” but we will be staying in a house there and not in a camp – clowns don’t come to houses.”
Hurray clowns for making the refugee camps a desired place

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an illustrator followed us to one of our shows in Moria camp in Lesvos
the outcome is worth sharing.
Thank you Hannah Kirmes-daly

From today’s show
Well one of the shows

Clowns Without Borders's photo.

6 November 

A ‪#‎rubber_boat‬ can mean putting people’s lives in danger, sinking and loosing loved ones but can also mean a new life worth being celebrated with the clowns;
Lesvos is where contradictory feelings travel with you all day long and mess with your mind!
Sabine Choucair's photo.

kids in Lesvos taught me that the simplest acts are the most meaningful ones
Clowns Without Borders, Molly Rose Luz Gaxiola Clay Mazing Clown Me In ClownMe In