1997-8: "The Journey of A Lifetime": an international arts project for ethnic minority elders
In spring 1997, with funding from the European Commission's anti-discrimination unit, the Network was able to mount a series of reminiscence drama projects with ethnic elders in different European countries. The elders worked with professional theatre directors to create new pieces of reminiscence theatre based on their own experience of migration, resettlement and of growing old far away from their places of origin. [Image: Arkadas Theatre performing the Turkish Experience in Germany on stage London, 1997].
The project culminated in a festival of live theatre, hosted by Age Exchange in London entitled "Journey of a Lifetime". This featured all the original works by ethnic minority elders from the different participating European countries, supplemented by groups of elders from the USA and from Taiwan. There were supporting professional theatre productions, films and practical workshops in which professional arts workers and the elders participated. [Image: "I Want To Speak of Old Times"]
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