Play is Hope
Since the borders between the European countries have closed tens of thousands of people who hoped to travel on to northern Europe remained in camps, centers and potentially dangerous hot spots in Balkans. Starting from Greece and collaborating with our refugee co-organizers, who gradually got relocated across Europe, we are developing Play is Hope as an international organization that connects people and communities across borders ( www.playishope.com).
Who is Play is Hope and What We Do?
Play is Hope is a coming-into-being organization that creates opportunities for people to play, develop and lead. We are a multidisciplinary, international team of refugees, migrants and locals using performance and conversation to help people to lead their lives and create something new together. We bring performance off the stage, into the communities and camps to create environments for new kinds of conversations. Working across Europe full time for the past year as volunteers we hope with your support to sustain and expand our activity and develop our organization.
Through play and performance, even in the midst of deprivation and crisis, people can break out of predetermined roles, create new ways of relating to each other, and try out new ways of being—in short, they can, together, create new possibilities. During the last year and as our co-organizers were moving from place to place we created our lives anew together, treating the difficult circumstances and the violations of human rights as opportunities to grow and generate collective power.
We created multicultural performance events in the communities, organized panels in conferences and took online courses together. We played in camps and communities across Europe.
We offered consultations to other grassroots organizations and we launched Dialogues Across Borders , a series of interactive exhibitions that is now spreading across Europe and was hosted by Tate Exchange in March 2017. We bring together grassroots organizers and co-create stages of development with and for them to impact their local communities and the world.
Why Independent Fundraising?
National governments and international agencies have failed to deal with the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. That’s why we need private citizens like you to step up and support this innovative, creative, grassroots project working in camps and communities throughout the world. When our governments fail us, we ordinary people can create alternatives. We need your help to do this.
Your money will support Play is Hope , its administrative costs and its grassroots collaborations with organizers around the world. It will go to producing play and performance workshops in the refugee camps, funding participation in conferences, educational opportunities and international gatherings around the world, developing collaborations and grassroots initiatives of communities across Europe, funding the interactive exhibitions and offering payment for the organizers (refugees and locals) who are leading our projects.
1/10 of the money raised in this campaign will be donated to Pikpa open refugee camp and Mosaik centre in Lesvos.
Write to us if you want to collaborate with us or to connect with local organizers. Join us as a participant and as a leader.
Play is Hope is inspired by the performance-based approach to development and learning of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy and All Stars Project, Inc . It is growing with the support of an international network of local organizers connected with the Performing the World community.
Play is Hope in partnership with East Side Institute and the Performing the World community, initiated on the 4th of March 2017 Creating Community Across Borders , a series of synchronised performance events that brought together online 200 people across 12 countries.
Inspired by this activity our co-organizers who are now relocated in Europe suggested to come back in Greece and help the people who are still waiting in the camps and asked if our international friends can help us do differently than our governments decide.
We are building with our co-organizers a series of events with play, movement, myth in communities across Europe.
In November 2017 we are organizing in Thessaloniki in collaboration with local universities an international conference with artists, academics, therapists from around the world. 40 leaders will gather from more than 15 countries to connect and organize together a bigger international conference in 2018. We will provide scholarships to our refugee co-organizers to come back to the city we met and discover together how we can continue organising environments for the world to grow, heal and develop.