The work done during the week in Thessaloniki was an important and positive  experience that has matured in all of us the awareness of the strength that Art can have in helping people.

There have been five days of encounter, listening, observation, exercise and visits.
From the first day, with friends of ANTIGONE, Andromachi and Byron, we have worked with ludic painting, a entertaining activities to get in touch with each other, to make us know aesthetically and at the same time participate in the dual role of “models to be portrayed “(passive) and ” painter artists “(active).

Subsequently, the Spanish friends of COGAMI have exposed the professional work experience within their association, with its teaching laboratories supporting the disabled. So the Swedish team of MEDLEFORS FOLKHOGSKOLA has involved us with their physical body relaxation techniques and activities.

Particularly interesting was the lesson of the English group of HEADWAY ARTS about the “self-evaluation” process. A work that involved all participants by collecting a number of possible principles that may be useful for user rating.
An approach based on the centrality of the person, stimulating mutual trust and a kind of courage to activate the various relational opportunities: meeting, commitment, spirit, fairness, expressiveness, tolerance, etc.
In summary, a process of evaluation that can be understood as a journey to take without being in a hurry, as it takes time to learn to know and during which you must find the right “balance” between the individual placed in the center of attention and The group around it. Introducing mutual mechanisms of flexibility, solidarity, group spirit and positive thinking.

In the next day, at the Contemporary Art Museum in Thessaloniki, we have been working on art workshops on the subject of different cultures about the expression of the facial portrait. The theme of self-portrait with the Pop Art technique; a little workshop for making decorative objects (necklaces, masks, crowns, etc.) linked to the traditional mythological culture of the Greek carnival; at last we met some artists-users from the Antigone Association, who illustrated the working techniques and how they made their works.

Finally, in a gray and decadent aesthetic of Thessaloniki palaces facades that display all their splendor decorated with parables and air conditioning machines, the opportunity to discover the colors of artistic expression around the different environments (museums, cafes, Grocery stores, branch offices, private circles, etc.) that hosted the collections of artists linked to Antigone, gave us a contrasting, positiv and vibrant inner vision of the city itself.

We thank Andromachi and all friends of Antigone for the hospitality and the fantastic organization and we fully share the words of Byron with which he defined that “in Art the madness is added value”

The “theatre for mental well-being” group – run by Teatro Nucleo

The “theatre for mental well-being” group – run by Teatro Nucleo – is practicing  the “bag s exercise”, as learned from the coordinating organization of the A.R.T.S. project and exercised during the first LTT session in Skelleftea.

This is an heterogeneous self-help group working with the external monitoring and training provided by our organization. The group meets every Wednesday in our Theatre Julio Cortazar in Pontelagoscuro (Ferrara). Most of the partecipants are professionals – teachers, architects, educators, technicians in agriculture.  Some of them have the opportunity to re-apply what learned in this group in their work environment, some are able to lead other self-help mental well-being groups all around our region.

A.R.T.S. at TOTEM FESTIVAL in Ferrara, June 2016

TOTEM ARTS FESTIVAL AND A.R.T.S – Alternative Routes To Success
The Totem Arts Festival is a festival of theater and music produced by Teatro Nucleo, was born in 2013 in order to bring together the different territorial realities, in the neighbourhood where the Theatre is located, with national and international artists.
During the fourth edition,

which took place on 3rd to 5th June 2016, the theater and the adjacent park hosted shows for children and adults, workshops, concerts and above all a large and diverse public who participated in the three intense days of Festival.
The event is part of the community of Ferrara and Pontelagoscuro, in network with the Social Center “The Resistance” and Radio Strike, the Centro Sociale Quadrifoglio, Radio Barn and the Family-House of Baura (for heavy handicap people), the Festival of Human Rights of Ferrara, the Educational center “The Bud”.

The program this year was multifaceted, they alternated with theater performances, independent music concerts, shows for children and teenagers, results of pedagogical projects.

All performances had as central issue the concept of “performative act as an engagement tool and Inclusion” and “theater as a magnifying glass to observe contemporary society elaboration”.
Below the program in detail:

Friday, June 3rd
16:30> Paintings of adventure, concluding performances of theater workshops for children Pontelagoscuro by the Cooperative Theatre Nucleo, participating in the fourth year of primary school Carmine della Sala and community theater workshop for children “Cronopios”
18 hours> Henri Camembert – S-disorder – Circus Entertainment
19> Body and Action Network – training project on contemporary performance
21:30> The Best of All Possible Worlds – Magdalena Barile -Production Murmuris / AttoDue
22:30> Rock in the park – DANILO VIGNOLA & GIO ‘DIDONNA UkuleleRevolverTour / The GiantUndertow
Saturday, June 4th
17 “Creatures Fantastic” laboratory building with recycled materials on the road, under the project “Obsolete / Theatre for the environment”
18 Compagnia teatrale A_Ctuar / title to be decided – premiere (show for children) inspired by “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley (admission € 3)
19 Performance aerial acrobatics in the park – Irene Guerrini
20 OfficineDuende – STATION ESMERALDA, a sound trip
21:30 play “Citizen X” directed by Manuela Rossetti with Antonella Civale
22.30 – ROCK IN THE PARK> Cut, Jackson Pollock,
Sunday, June 5th
16:30> “The world of the grown-up” – group “Born out of nothing” (GROUP OF CHILDREN FROM 10 TO 14 YEARS) Director Massimiliano Piva.
18 “Conductors” show of the Teatro Potlach for children from 4 years

1930> rock in the park
19 ELLI DE MON – One girl band <Free
21:30 “Darkness”- By and with Davide Della Chiara, Natasha Czertok – Production Cooperativa Teatro Nucleo. With the support of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK)


The 2016 Totem edition also hosted the Erasmus+  Project A.R.T.S.
During the mornings of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th June it took place a workshop held by the teachers of the Teatro Nucleo addressed  to the participants of the ARTS Project, coming from from Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece and England.
The group had the opportunity to get in touch with the territory of Pontelagoscuro. During the first day of presentation , the Teatro Nucleo has welcomed the European participants presenting the space where they would work the following days, the Teatro Julio Cortazar, and history, specifically the activities that brought the theater practice in psychiatric hospitals, prisons, therapeutic communities, neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities at the service of people in crisis, until the theater training at the  TEATRO NUCLEO School for Theatre in Therapy.

The following days of workshops were prepared by providing a heating early on and then focus on different aspects of theater research: the choral rhythm; the use of rhythm as an expression; voice breathing, emission, intention, color; the song; the guided improvisation; the construction of an individual and collective sequence; the tableauxbvivants; creative writing and dramatic composition.
The last day of work, the participants together with the teachers have built a montage of materials tested during the workshop.

Alongside the practical work, the group has had the opportunity to experience concrete role of observer /feed-back giver, participating as a spectator to all the performances offered by the Totem Arts Festival.


Training activities in Ferrara

From 3 to 7 June 2016, took place in Ferrara the second Learning/Teaching/Training Activity of our project ARTS: the workshop titled “Writing the lines” consisted of experiential activities centred on converting practical processes into intellectual outputs.

Natasha, Davide and Martina – trainers of Teatro Nucleo – led the workshop based on the Stanislavsky method applied to the empowerment of trainers working with disadvantaged groups.

Beside the 3 trainers foreseen for each partner organization, also the managers actively participated in the activities.

In the late afternoons/evenings, the participants had the opportunity to attend various shows offered as part of a theater festival. These performances have further enriched the educational offer of the training as the participants were able to see applied the techniques learned during the day.

Many photos were taken. We encourage all partners to upload their most representative shots.